“Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son”—Colossians 1:13
The Greek word translated as “delivered” in the opening text above, is “rhyomai” meaning –rescue. So divine deliverance means, divine rescue or liberation. And for someone to be delivered, he must be under bondage or captivity.
Our opening text says, God hath delivered us—believers – from the power or authority of darkness. And that God (The Father) hath translated (transferred) us into the kingdom of his dear Son. This means that anyone and everyone without redemption or salvation in Christ Jesus, is under the power or bondage (captivity) of darkness…
… Darkness here connotes the devil, his cohorts and moral depravity or sin. So anyone and everyone without redemption in Christ Jesus, is under the manipulation, control or bondage of satan, his demons and sin. Below is what the scriptures say concerning this fact:
“For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope”—Romans 8:20.
“And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. They answered him, we are Abraham’s seed, and were never in bondage to any man: how sayest thou, ye shall be made free? Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin”-John 8:32-34
Having established above that anyone and everyone without redemption in Christ Jesus, is under the control of satan and sin, it is also very true that there are believers who are still under the control of sin and satanic maneuvers.
Then along physical lines, believers also encounter life threatening or critical situations that require deliverance from time to time. Especially from unbelievers, who are opposed to the faith of Jesus Christ. The group which the Apostle Paul calls unreasonable and wicked men—2 Thessalonians 3:2.
In this article, we will be exploring the biblical secrets of exactly how to receive and continually enjoy deliverance from God, in Christ Jesus. Whether you are yet to be saved; or you are already a believer, who is still under the control of sin and satan. And also how to continually enjoy divine deliverance from unreasonable and wicked men.
How to Receive Divine Deliverance
Listed below are the biblical secrets of receiving and continually enjoying divine deliverance in Christ Jesus:
- Salvation: Our opening text (Colossians 1:13) tells us that God hath delivered us from the power of darkness; and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son. The ‘us’ used there, refers to the saved believers, in Christ Jesus. That is, those who are born again.
So if you want deliverance from the power of sin and satan, and you are not yet saved, you need to be born again. Once you receive salvation, by receiving Jesus Christ as your Lord and personal savior through faith, you receive instant deliverance from the power of sin and satan.
And if you are already saved, and you are very sure of your salvation in Christ Jesus, just know from now onwards that you have already been delivered from the power of sin and satan. Repenting of your sin and receiving Jesus into your heart as your Lord and savior through faith, is the principal access to divine deliverance.
So basically, once you are saved, you’re delivered.
- The Truth of God’s Word: “And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free”—John 8:32
In the above text, the Lord reveals to us a great key to divine deliverance or freedom. He says, we shall know the truth and the truth shall make us free. And the Lord Jesus is the way, the truth and the life (John14:6). So as we receive revelational or relational knowledge of the truth (Jesus) we enjoy divine deliverance.
We know Jesus (The Truth) by the revelational knowledge of God’s written word in the bible. And we receive the revelational knowledge of God’s word by reading, listening and meditating on God’s word; and also by prayers. Then as we receive this revelational knowledge of God’s word, we must stand on them by faith at all times in our lives. In order to enjoy the blessings, including deliverance or freedom.
- Prayer: “Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified even as it is with you: And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith” 2 Thessalonians 3:1-2
In the above scripture, the Apostle Paul requests prayers from the Thessalonians Church. Amongst other things, he requests that they should pray for them to be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men. Then in the Lord’s prayers, among other things, he says when we pray, we should pray God to deliver us from evil (Matthew 6:13). So we can pray for other people’s deliverance as well as for our personal deliverance.
- Fasting and Prayers: “Howbeit this kind goeth not out but by prayer and fasting”—Matthew 17:21
In the context of the above text, the Lord rebuked his disciples for not being able to cast out an evil spirit from a child. After the rebuke, the Lord cast out the evil spirit by his rebuke. Then the disciples asked him why they couldn’t cast out the evil spirit. And Jesus told them, it is because of their unbelief.
But that however, the kind of evil spirit in the afflicted child does not go out except by prayer and fasting. In other words, apart from their faith and prayers, they also needed fasting, for that kind of evil spirit to go out. So there are some kinds of satanic oppression or bondage that require fasting and prayers, added to faith, in order to receive deliverance.
If you or someone you know is under some satanic captivity or bondage to any sinful habit, you can employ the tool of fasting and prayers for deliverance. But however, it is better to make fasting and praying a lifestyle. That way, you always maintain a spiritual fire that always shields off evil forces and manipulations from you.
So the list above is the major ways to receive divine deliverance by faith in Jesus Christ.
Do you know of other scriptural ways of receiving divine deliverance from the power of sin and satan? Share them in the comment section below, with relevant scriptural reference.