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Deliverance


August 9


Read Colossians 1:13 (ESV)

He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son...

 

Reflect

What is the “domain of darkness” and who rules over it? Where are believers transferred and who rules there?

 

In Genesis 15:13-14, God told Abraham that his descendants would travel to a land that was not their own and that they would be oppressed by those people for 400 years. But God promised deliverance. He promised not only to secure their freedom by His mighty hand but He promised to judge their oppressors. He also promised that Abraham’s descendants would leave that country with great wealth.

 

In the book of Exodus, we see this play out just as God had said. The Israelites had fallen into captivity by the Egyptians. They were forced to work as slaves for the Egyptians making bricks, building cities, and working in the fields. Exodus 1:13 records that the Egyptians made the Israelites' lives bitter and worked them ruthlessly. But just as God promised, He sent a deliverer—Moses. Through Moses, God judged the Egyptians with plagues for what they had done to His people and Moses led them out of the land of Egypt. God rescued them from a dark domain—an evil regime—and transported them to a land where He would be their king and they would be His people.

 

The Exodus narrative is a beautiful illustration of today's verse in which Moses is a type of Christ. His role as the deliverer of the Israelites points ahead to Jesus, our ultimate Deliverer. Just as Moses delivered the Israelites from the oppression of Egypt, Jesus has delivered us from the oppression of Satan and the bondage of sin and death.

 

In today’s verse, Paul says that we have been transferred out of the “domain of darkness.” A domain is an area of territory that is controlled by a ruler. We know that this world is enemy territory ruled by Satan. Notice that there is no neutral ground. It is either the domain of darkness or the kingdom of Jesus.

 

In 1 John 5:19, John says “We know that we are from God, and the whole world lies in the power of the evil one.” In 2 Corinthians 4:4, Paul refers to Satan as “the god of this world” who has “blinded the minds of unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” Satan rules over a domain of darkness. He tries to keep us from the light of the truth. He wants us “in the dark”.

 

But in John 14:30, we read this encouragement from Jesus: “...the ruler of this world is coming. He has no claim on me…”. The ruler of this world came for Jesus but Satan had no power over Him. Jesus willingly submitted to the suffering inflicted by the prince of this world in order to deliver us. Jesus’s death on the cross redeemed us. He paid the price that we owed. He delivered us from slavery to Satan. We do not serve him anymore. Darkness no longer has any power over us. We belong to the kingdom of Christ—a kingdom of light and truth.

 

Friends, we need to understand this. If we aren’t walking in the light of Christ, Satan has us right where he wants us—in the dark. But if we have received Christ, then He is our Savior, our Deliverer! He took us out of the darkness. Brothers and sisters, you are free to walk in His glorious light.

 

Pray

Lord, thank You for delivering me from the oppression and deception of Satan. Keep me walking in the light of Your truth. Amen.


~ Pastor Nat Crawford

 

 

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5 months ago
Pray that I will stay in the Word. I have frequent temptations about me, and sometimes I become weak. I fear one day I will fall. Lord keep your spirit string within me and keep me in your Word.
5 months ago ( updated 5 months ago )
I'm a few days behind, Pastor Nat, but I have a question. I am big on seeing things as black OR white, no in between gray area. That's on me. Therefore, as a Christian and human, trying to better myself and be kinder and more loving towards friends, family and society, l need guidance. I offer advice, which often comes across as being too honest or judgemental. How do I be more like Christ, and worry less about others actions and lives?
I feel sometimes I snap a little and tough love may be too tough, and maybe the devil has a hand on me, which obviously freaks me out! I know I have free will and control over my feelings and actions.
Note:. It comes from an authentic and honest place in my heart, and I only want myself and those I love to be our BEST selves. Thank you ❤️🙏
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5 months ago
Hi there, I pray that you are well. The enemy most definitely likes to pervert what God intended for good. It is a good thing that you are being honest with others in trying to shed light on the darkness as Christ has called us. However, he definitely preached and called us to do it all in love. Love is the greater message. The bible says we can have all the spiritual gifts and knowledge but "if we have not love you have nothing" ( 1 Corinthians 13:2). Reject the "lack of love" approach every time you feel it rising as if it were a burglar trying to enter your home because it is not of our Father in Heaven. Clothe yourself in Christ Jesus the prince of peace. I also advise you take it to God and let him expose the root of darkness that has allowed for the stern approach. I decree and declare that you will overcome every wicked plan sent by the enemy to pervert your purpose as a believer to witness and minister to God's children. God will be glorified!
5 months ago
Pastor Nat
5 months ago
Great Word! Trust/believe in our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ❤️🙏
5 months ago
Thanks be to Our Lord Jesus Christ that He has Lead me from Darkness to the Light in Him! Thank You Jesus! Amen
5 months ago
Glory be to God. Truth...Yes Lord. Amen, by the grace and help of God through Christ.
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