We Need A Deliverer

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Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ, who gave himself for our sins to deliver us from the present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father, to whom be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Galatians 1:3-5

When I read these words, the phrase that captures me is "deliver us from the present evil age."

It captures me because that's what I want. I want deliverance from the evil in the world. Yet, as I read this, I am reminded that as Paul had his evil age, we will have ours. Evil was just as rampant in his time. There is no new manifestation of evil. Evil existed then, and evil exists now because mankind is selfish and because Satan is free to roam the earth. So when we hear or see a "new version" of evil, we shouldn't be surprised.

But while this is a little oppressive to think about, there is good news. Followers of Jesus are rescued from this. God delivered us from the burden of evil. He did it in one word — grace. God's grace, or his undeserved favor to us, is his gift to men who want to be relieved of this burden. By faith, through this grace, God gives us deliverance in two ways: deliverance for now and deliverance for then. Deliverance, for now, is deliverance from the world's way of thinking and living into God's way of thinking and living. Indwelled by his Spirit, we live a life rescued from depravity and the weight of sin. Deliverance, for then, is deliverance from eternal punishment due to our sin and the suffering we have caused the world. And gentlemen, we receive both — deliverance for now and deliverance for then. And it all comes by his grace.

So yes, there is a lot of evil in the world today. We are reminded of it daily. But you are delivered! Don't live in bondage to evil. You have received grace, and you were saved by someone and something done for you a long time ago, "Jesus who gave himself" for you!

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We Need A Deliverer

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12 thoughts on “We Need A Deliverer

  1. David Moon says:

    Vince, as you were reading the passage, I to was struck by that same phrase, “deliver us from evil”. I thank you for another wonderful devotional.

  2. Trent says:

    I need delivered from my flesh in general. In tries to control me, it deceives me, it wears me down with its relentlessness. Lord, give me the strength to put on your armor each and every day and fight on to finish my race and hear well done. This is my heartfelt earnest prayer, despite the voices in my head trying to convince me otherwise. And thank you for giving me said armor, as I am all too vulnerable without it.

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  3. David Balch says:

    Hey Vince, I love the new video section of your devotional.
    It really elevates your message over and above the old audio only version.
    Blessing to you my brother…

  4. Bill B. says:

    I need to be delivered from the stress of finding a house that we can afford. Please pray that God will bring us the right house that Deb and I can afford that’s in accordance with the Lord’s Will.

  5. Sheldon says:

    From the body of sin, I can so identify with the Apostle Paul when he said when i want to do good evil is present in me, this two nature that we have is constantly at war, oh how i need peace and not war.

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  6. Cory D says:

    Lord help us resist the evil around us, be your messenger to those affected by evil and come to You in prayer for the strength to do so. Amen.

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