Our God of Deliverance
February 21, 2023
by Maria Fontaine
Our God of Deliverance
We are so blessed to have the King of the universe as our all in all. One wonderful way in which we experience His love is through the many beautiful promises in the Bible. We face many things in this life that we don’t understand or that don’t seem fair, or the results we’re hoping for don’t seem to be materializing. I’ve found that God’s promises on deliverance help me to have the patience to keep trusting until the good that He has promised to bring arrives in His perfect time. Like King Jehoshaphat, when things looked so hopeless. He knew where to put his trust. “We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you” (2 Chronicles 20:12).
It’s like those men and women of faith in Hebrews 11. They could face whatever came their way because they had faith in God’s promises of deliverance. “For they looked for a city that has foundations, whose builder and maker is God” (Hebrews 11:10).
It is in the midst of troubles that we most need to remember who we belong to. We can claim His deliverance when we’re facing troubles of all kinds. That deliverance can take many forms, such as forgiveness of our sins or mistakes, or by preventing what would be more than we could bear. It might be manifested in small ways or in completely miraculous ones, but it is always the Lord’s love working on our behalf.
We certainly aren’t righteous in ourselves, but as followers of Jesus, He has covered us with His righteousness and granted us the right to claim the promise that “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers them out of them all” (Psalm 34:19). Paul expressed this to the Christians at Corinth, saying, “He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and He will deliver us. In Him we have placed our hope that He will yet again deliver us” (2 Corinthians 1:10).
Peter and I claim the precious promises in the Bible in our daily prayer times and throughout the day. I love the verse that says, “For the promises of God are yea and amen to the glory of God” (2 Corinthians 1:20). In other words, they are a proof of the glory of God.
Deliverance doesn’t necessarily mean being taken out of a situation that is difficult. God doesn’t always remove the problems and troubles. Instead, He walks through them with us, showing us how to discover the good that can grow from them and giving us the strength to endure times of trouble.
We experience many very difficult things in this life, but how we react is our choice. We can fill our hearts and mouths with praises to the Lord like Paul and Silas did when they were thrown into prison. Their songs of praise were answered as the prison doors were thrown open. God’s deliverance isn’t always so dramatic, but He nevertheless does deliver us in the way that He knows is best. (See Acts 16:25–26.) The alternative is to sink into despair and anxiety by allowing ourselves to focus on the troubles instead of the One who is always with us no matter what.
God honors our prayers of faith, and as we stand on His promises in the power of the Holy Spirit, we can be assured that Jesus will come through for us. He will be with us every step of the way. The darkness we encounter will make His face, power, might, and love shine all the brighter.
Following is a sampling of the multitude of promises of the Lord’s protection, provision, and care. I’m sure that you have your own favorites that you can add to this list.
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- Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.—Matthew 11:28–30
- Cast your burden on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.—Psalm 55:22
- “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”—Jeremiah 29:11
- Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.—Hebrews 13:5
- When you go through deep waters, I will be with you.—Isaiah 43:2
- Before they call I will answer; while they are still speaking I will hear.—Isaiah 65:24
- Surely God is my salvation; I will trust and not be afraid. The LORD, the LORD, is my strength and my song; He has become my salvation.—Isaiah 12:2
- You will keep in perfect peace those whose minds are steadfast, because they trust in You.—Isaiah 26:3
- Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.—Isaiah 41:10
- I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.—Isaiah 42:16
- Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you. … For I am the LORD, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.—Isaiah 43:1–3
- Therefore, I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.—Mark 11:24
- This is the confidence we have in approaching God: that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us—whatever we ask—we know that we have what we asked of Him.—1 John 5:14–15
- But God demonstrates His own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.—Romans 5:8
- For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by Him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children.—Romans 8:15–16
- And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him, who have been called according to His purpose.—Romans 8:28
- In all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.—Romans 8:37
We are conquerors through Jesus. We may not always appear to have conquered in the moment, but we are one with Jesus, the Conqueror of all conquerors, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.
- For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.—Romans 8:38–39
- But whoever listens to me will dwell in safety, secure from the fear of evil.—Proverbs 1:33
- Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace at all times and in every way.—2 Thessalonians 3:16
- No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; He will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will also provide an escape, so that you can stand up under it.—1 Corinthians 10:13
- Being confident of this, that He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.—Philippians 1:6
- But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ, who, by the power that enables Him to bring everything under His control, will transform our lowly bodies so that they will be like His glorious body.—Philippians 3:20–21
- Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.—Philippians 4:6–7
- I know how to live humbly, and I know how to abound. I am accustomed to any and every situation—to being filled and being hungry, to having plenty and having need. I can do everything through Him who gives me strength.—Philippians 4:12–13
- You, dear children, are from God and have overcome them, because the one who is in you is greater than the one who is in the world.—1 John 4:4
- Jesus said, “I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; no one can snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of My Father’s hand.”—John 10:28–29
- For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are—yet was without sin. Let us then approach the throne of grace with confidence, so that we may receive mercy and find grace to help us in our time of need.—Hebrews 4:15–16
- Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.—Joshua 1:9
- “Though the mountains be shaken and the hills be removed, yet my unfailing love for you will not be shaken nor my covenant of peace be removed,” says the LORD, who has compassion on you.—Isaiah 54:10
- Great peace have those who love your law, and nothing shall offend them.—Psalm 119:165
- Though our outer self is wasting away, yet our inner self is being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary affliction is producing for us an eternal weight of glory that is far beyond comparison.—2 Corinthians 4:16–17
- When the righteous cry for help, the Lord hears and delivers them out of all their troubles.—Psalm 34:17
- Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you will honor Me.—Psalm 50:15
- The Lord is faithful; He will establish and guard you from the evil one.—2 Thessalonians 3:3
- And these signs will accompany those who believe: In My name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues.—Mark 16:17
- “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim liberty to the captives and recovery of sight to the blind, to release the oppressed.”—Luke 4:18
- Then they cried out to the LORD in their trouble, and He saved them from their distress. He sent out His word, and healed them, and delivered them from their destructions.—Psalm 107:19–20
- He reached down from on high and took hold of me; He drew me out of deep waters. He rescued me from my powerful enemy, from foes too mighty for me.—Psalm 18:16–17
- You are my hiding place. You protect me from trouble; You surround me with songs of deliverance. Selah.—Psalm 32:7
- As for me, I am poor and needy, but the Lord takes thought for me. You are my help and my deliverer; do not delay, O my God!—Psalm 40:17
- The Lord will rescue me from every evil action and bring me safely into His heavenly kingdom. To Him be the glory forever and ever. Amen.—2 Timothy 4:18
- This poor man called out, and the LORD heard him; He saved him from all his troubles. The angel of the LORD encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them.—Psalm 34:6–7
- Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My name. When he calls out to Me, I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble. I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him My salvation.—Psalm 91:14–16
- Therefore, humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.—1 Peter 5:6–7
- I sought the LORD, and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to Him are radiant; their faces are not ashamed.—Psalm 34:4–5
- For I am the LORD your God, who takes hold of your right hand and tells you: Do not fear, I will help you.—Isaiah 41:13
- In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.—Proverbs 14:26
- What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?—Romans 8:31
- Behold, I am the LORD, the God of all flesh. Is anything too difficult for Me?—Jeremiah 32:27
- God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore, will we not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.—Psalm 46:1–3
- But Jesus looked at them and said, “With men it is impossible, but not with God; for with God all things are possible.”—Mark 10:27
- The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble.—Psalm 9:9