While not regularly practiced in all segments of the charismatic and Pentecostal community, deliverance ministry is prominently featured within some circles. Most leaders within the movement acknowledge its validity as a legitimate continuation of the ministry of Jesus and the apostles.
David, mighty in faith and deed, was nonetheless much like any one of us; a human being with precisely the same needs, desires, and weaknesses we all share. As we emulate him, the theme of Psalm 25 will come to pass in our lives: Those who fear the LORD will be led by the LORD!
Indeed, the LORD promises in Isaiah 41:10: “So 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.”
While salvation is promised to those who believe, the believing sinner is always a praying sinner. God has no promise of pardon for a prayerless sinner just as He has no promise for the prayerless professor of religion. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)
We know the end of the story – God wins, there is a new Heaven and a new earth, His people are preserved. Keep this in mind when your heart is filled with anxiety and trepidation about the things of this world. Since God is in control and His love for you is perfect, there is nothing of any real consequence to fear.
It sometimes seems like the unjust and ungodly succeed while the righteous suffer unfairly. Of course God is ultimately in control and, in the light of eternity, He will reward the faithful and condemn those who have brought misery on His people. Remember, however, to let Him be the judge; it’s not a role for us to take since none of us are without our own sins.
How little have we lived in the likeness of the Son, and in sympathy with Him--for God and His glory alone. Let us take time, until the Holy Spirit discover it to us, and we see how wanting we have been in this. True knowledge and confession of sin are the sure path to deliverance. (Adapted from Andrew Murray, With Christ in the School of Prayer)
This joyous, care-free, peaceful experience bringing the believer into a joyousness, living simply by faith day by day, is the will of God. So that not only is it God’s will that we should find full deliverance from all care and undue anxiety, but He has ordained prayer as the means by which we can reach that happy state of heart. (Adapted from E.M. Bounds, The Necessity of Prayer)