Category Archives: God’s Deliverance

Shall The Dead Arise?

Based on Psalm 88:10a “Shall the dead arise to praise him”

I was dead
Wrapped up in sin
Held back by doubt
Darkness was all around me
I could not see where to go next
I could not imaging getting free
God was quiet
I wondered if He even heard my cries
I felt so alone
So far away
Like a dead man in the grave
Stinking with sin
No hope
No future
No life
 
Then Jesus came
Commanded the stone be rolled away
And it was
Light flooded into the room
My sin exposed
My shame announced
Blinded by the light
I covered my eyes
I could not stand before Him
The sinless Son of God
I was not worthy to even approach Him
I smelled of death
I walked like death
Sin all over me
No power
No strength
Ashamed
 
Then He cried out
“Come Forth”
His power stood me up
His love started my feet to moving
Still wrapped in my sin
I could not hold back
I could not stay where I was
I had to come out
Out of that grave
Out of that sin
Out of that death
Into the brightness of His glory’
His mercy
His grace
Then He said
”Unwrap Him”
The bindings of sin started to unravel
I could feel the weight slip off of me
I could feel the freedom all over me
I was free
Free
Free from sin
Free from doubt
Free from fear
No longer bound
Basking in the light of His love
Drinking of the living water
Drawing from the well
No more pain
No more suffering
No more darkness
No more shame
 
Then I praised Him
I thanked Him
I gave Him all the glory
Shall the dead arise?
Indeed they shall!
They shall arise to praise Him
Arise to bring Him honor
Arise by the power of His mercy
His grace
His love
Shout His praise
Shout
The victory is ours
The stone has rolled away
The bondage is all erased
I am free!
Jesus Life

Victory is Mine

He rose up like a standard
Arms stretched out
Feet tied together
Nailed to a cross
A crown of thorns on His head
Bleed dripping down
Sipping vinegar from a sponge
Winning my victory
 
The battle was raging
As he hung there to die
Satan thought he would win
He had the Son of God on the brink of death
Humiliated between two thieves
Soaked in blood from being scourged
No way to escape the nails
Pain inescapable
Hanging in defeat
 
But the battle had just begun
He shouted out “Father, Forgive them”
All my sins, not just there’s
All my failures, not just theirs
All my disobedience, not just theirs
All of it
Every single transgression I had ever done
Gone in three words from Jesus
My victory won
Then He said “It is finished”
Hung His head and died
Gave up His life for me
The devil cried “Victory”
The battle raged on
 
Jesus went to Satan’s lair
Brought the keys
Set the captives free
He didn’t die just for me
He died for all
Gave His life for all
Even those that had died
He gave new life
Their Spirits rose and walked the streets of Jerusalem
Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Jacob, David
Ruth, Hannah, Bathsheba, even Eve\
All were covered
All were set free
All gained Victory
 
On the third day
The stone rolled away
Jesus rose from the grave
Full or power and grace
The battle is over
The victory won
For all time
For all mankind
 
So why do I keep fighting?
Why do I let the enemy have his way?
Why do I allow his torment?
Why do I even listen?
He is defeated
Jesus has won my victory
It’s time to walk in that victory
To put aside my defeat
To claim what He has already done
And make it mine today
Victory is mine.
 
 

You Found Me

When I was lost and all alone
You found me
When my strength was almost gone
You found me
When I just could not go on
You found me and set me free

Free from the darkness in my life
Free from the fear that ate me alive
Free so my soul could now survive
You found me and set me free

Thank you Lord for not giving up
Thank you for showing me you are enough
Thank you for your amazing love
Thank you for finding me

The Believers Life

Safe in Your Arms

When I walk through the valley I am not alone
Because you are with me wherever I go

When the storms come upon me I am not afraid
Because you’ll give peace in the midst of the rain

CHORUS
Conqueror, deliverer Savior and friend. Jesus right with me again and again
Mighty Jehovah, Majesty on high, Holy of Holies. I give you my life

When trials surround me I feel like I’ll lose
I don’t have to wait long for you to rescue

CHORUS

BRIDGE
Safe in your arms. I am safe in your arms. I am safe in your arms always (REPEAT)

CHORUS

It had been quite a day for the disciples. Lepers were healed, as was Peter’s mother, and a number of great stories were told. Jesus was a great story teller. He took the simple principles of life and turned them into lessons about God that people could relate to and remember. It was truly remarkable how He could each into everyone’s life right where they were. The people flocked to Him partly because of the miracles and partly because of His amazing way with words.

The crowds had gone back home and Jesus and his disciples got into a boat to go to the other side of the Sea of Galilee. In the middle of their crossing a sudden storm came up. The disciples worried they would drown, but they found Jesus asleep. The cried out to Him “Master, aren’t you worried we might perish?”. Jesus got up and said “Oh ye of little faith” and He quietly calmed the wind and the waves. All was at peace.

Sometimes we think Jesus I not there with us. We feel alone, abandoned and afraid. We are not sure how we will make it through this test, this storm. But He is always there just waiting for us to call to Him. He will calm the storm, take away the pain, dry the tears and soothe the mind. Nothing is too hard for Him!

Isaiah 61 King James Version (KJV)
61 The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound;
2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
3 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

The Eye of the Storm

You are the eye of the storm
A calm from the wind and the rain
When I kneel and pray
You send me your grace
Bringing peace to my life once again

You are the rainbow so bright
After thunder and lightning suspend
When I’m in a mess
I see your faithfulness
Bringing hope that the trial will end

I will kneel at your feet and adore you
I will lift up my hands in praise
Because you are my fortress and refuge
I will worship your holy name

You are the sunrise at morn
Shedding light that pierces the dark
The birds sing their song
And I sing along
Bringing joy in the depth of my heart

Hallelujah I am free
Hallelujah I am saved
Hallelujah I’m delivered
By the power of your name

I will kneel at your feet and adore you
I will lift up my hands in praise
Because you are my fortress and refuge
I will worship your holy name

Hurricanes amaze me. Swirling around with winds of up to 170 MPH in the fiercest storms, they wander across the ocean on a path that meteorologists can only guess at. So massive that if one of these larger hurricanes were placed over the state of Iowa, where I live, it would cover the whole state with tropical force winds. The winds at the center, a place called the eye wall, are the strongest in the whole circulation. But even in these monstrous storms, in the center is calm. The eye of the storm often brings sunlight and blue skies between the walls of rain, It is a place of peace.

Our God is our refuge, our fortress, our place of peace in the midst of the trials of our lives. We can depend on Him to keep us safe and deliver us from harm. He will never fail us and never forsake us. What a wonderful God we serve!

Psalm 91:1-2 King James Version (KJV)
91 He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.

Rock of Ages

When the storm clouds gather
And the North wind roars
Do not be discouraged
God will make you soar
High above your troubles
Where the sky is clear
You’re on higher ground
When the Lord is near

He lifts me up to higher ground
He calms my soul without a sound
I know I’m safe when He’s around
He is my rock of ages

Rock of ages, fortress strong
Rock of ages, I’ll go on
Jesus, Lord, please keep me safe
You’re my rock of ages

David writes many psalms about the one who is his fortress, his refuge, his strong tower. There will be storms that rage in our lives. There will be trouble on ever side. There will be heartache and there will be strife. But Jesus says He has overcome the world! He has overcome to bring us joy, peace, and hope. His love has brought us up out of the grave of sin and set our feet on solid ground. He is our rock and our fortress strong.

So don’t get lost in the storm. I live in the Midwest and we get blizzards quite often out here. The first thing they tell you is not to get out of your car if you are stranded. In a blizzard you can easily get disoriented and turned around if you start walking. Stay in the car. Stay in Jesus loving arms when the storm comes. Strand on the Rock and you will be safe.

Isaiah 26:4 New American Standard Bible (NASB)
4 “Trust in the LORD forever, For in [a]GOD the LORD, we have an everlasting Rock.

You Can Do It

I walk through the valley alone and afraid
Not knowing what will appear
The shadows surround me and I lose my way
I finally succumb to my fear

I try to escape the darkness and gloom
The sin that has hold on my life
Then I hear you whisper as quiet as dew
My child don’t despair in this night

You can do it with my strength
You can do it through my grace
You can come through this quagmire of life
You can do it with me
As I give you mercy
Don’t despair when your lost in the night

Suddenly light shines around me
The path becomes clear up ahead
Once again I know God walks beside me
I am sure I have nothing to dread
As He speaks

You can do it with my strength
You can do it through my grace
You can come through this quagmire of life
You can do it with me
As I give you mercy
Don’t despair when your lost in the night

Sometimes I get myself into situations that make me cringe. Why did I travel down this road? Why do I get lost in this sin? I brought myself here. Yes, the devil lured me in with His temptations and I succumbed to him, just as Adam and Eve did in the garden. He asks me the same question he asked them on that fateful day. “Did God really say you can’t do that?” When I give any thought to that question, I am in trouble. I know the word well enough to know right and wrong. Yet I walk off the path all too often. I am so glad God is always right thee to bring me back to the path of life. He gives me the strength and the grace to once again walk with Him. Lord, let me stay on this path you have laid out for me! Help me to stay in the light.

Psalm 91:2-3 King James Version (KJV)
2 I will say of the LORD, He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.
3 Surely he shall deliver thee from the snare of the fowler, and from the noisome pestilence.

Come Today

I come to you for healing
I come to you for love
I come to you seeking forgiveness
For the sin that hinders me

I come to you seeking mercy
I come to you needing grace
I come to you with all my troubles
And the storms that steal my peace

Oh Lord please hold me tightly
In your soft and tender arms
Set my feet on solid ground, Lord
Once again forgive my sin

Only you can calm my fears, Lord
Only you can ease my pain
Only you know how I’m suff’ring
From the battle deep within

Holy God, Abba Father
I cry out to you today
How I need you
How I need you
Come Lord Jesus. Come today

In my time of trouble He is always there. When I cry out to Him, He hears my cry and He will answer. He knows my suffering and is acquainted with my ways. He defeated every temptation I face. I can have confidence that He will be there when I need Him. When I wander away He will come and find me just as a shepherd searches for his lost sheep. When I feel worthless, He will come and dig me out just like someone would search out a precious pearl. He is the one who eases my pain, heals my diseases, calms my storms, wins my battles and dries my tears. He is the one who makes me new again, putting my old ways behind so I can follow Him. My Father loves me and will not let anything harm me.

Psalm 91:15 King James Version (KJV)
15 He shall call upon me, and I will answer him: I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him, and honour him.

Jesus Rescues All

When the storms of life are gathered
When the waves rise up and fall
When it seems they’ll pull me under
Jesus rescues all

When the miry clay surrounds me
When there seems no hope at all
When I’ve floundered in my failure
Jesus rescues all

From the ashes He has pulled me
From the place my faith dissolved
From my wandering in darkness
Jesus rescues all

From my sin that long beset me
From a life that found no calm
From my doubt and disillusion
Jesus rescues all

Now I find myself in His arms
He’s become my all in all
We can have this bles’sed assurance
Jesus rescues all.

Sometimes we forget who God is. We get into tough situations and can’t seem to find our way out. No matter how hard we try, the trials and tests seem to stay with us. We get impatient and lose hope. We wander in a sea of doubt and sorrow, thinking God has abandoned us.

Jesus said He would never leave us or forsake us. He said we would have tribulation, but that we should take courage for He has overcome the world. He is the one who rescued Joseph out of Pharaohs’ hand and exalted him above the nation. He is the one who brought Israel through the Red Sea and buried the Egyptians in that same sea. He is the one who parted the Jordan river for Joseph and knocked down the walls of Jericho. He is the one who gave Samson the strength to bring down the house on the Philistines. He is the one who guided the stone out of David’s’ sling to bring down Goliath. He brought Daniel out of the lion’s den, Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego out of the fiery furnace and Jonah out of the belly of a whale. He called Peter from his fishing boat and made him a pillar in the church. He knocked Saul off his horse on the road to Damascus and made him a great apostle. Do you think you’re problem is too big for God? Trust Him. Wait on Him. Believe in Him. Call on His name and He will answer.

Isaiah 41:10 King James Version (KJV)
10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.