The Deliverer is Listening


“I sought the Lord, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears. This poor man cried, and the Lord heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and He delivers them. The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry. The righteous cry and the Lord LISTENS, and delivers them out of all their troubles. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivers them out of them all.” (Psalm 34: 4, 6, 7, 15, 17, 19)

There are many things we can whine and complain about because we are surrounded by opposing forces! Of course we have difficulties and trials, but Jesus never said the Christian life would be without suffering and resistance. He did remind us that He would live within those who are His disciples and that His power was able to overcome anything that could come against us. Many times we forget that we are trying to live in a realm that is depraved and cursed while learning how to accomplish God’s will. Our flesh is perfectly at ease in this realm because it is a part of the default system. It is our newly transformed spirit that is an alien to this world and now has become our true identity. Our spirit is joined with God and our residence is in the heavenly dimension where God is sitting on His throne. It does not matter how dark it seems or how cold and harsh this environment can be – He is the central focal point of our life and we will trust Him completely no matter what happens! Our heavenly Father is filled with love and mercy and only wants the best for His children. Do you love Him today? Is He the center of your universe? Have you completely laid down your will at His feet in order to follow Him all the way? He is worthy of all glory and honor because of who He is! For what He has done for us – He deserves our devotion, commitment and obedience in all that we do and say! Amen. “Be assured, if you walk with Him and look to Him, and expect help from Him, He will never fail you.” (G. Mueller)

I have always known there is more to life than just stumbling around like a blind man that cannot think on his own. In the words of Tozer, “We might be wise to follow the insight of the enraptured heart rather than the more cautious reasoning’s of the theological mind.” In our search for contextual truth may we also remember the words of the great hymn, “turn your eyes upon Jesus – look full in His wonderful face – and the things of earth will grow strangely dim – in the light of His glory and grace.” If we want to become serious about loving and obeying God, we need to consider that life seems to come down to a simple list of priorities. This seems elementary doesn’t it, but we need to soberly think about it for a minute. If there is anything on the list that is above God – there is a serious problem and no doubt the reason for our internal chaos and confusion. Selah. Spiritual peace is found in the intimate relationship with Christ and the closer you are to the Lord – the more of His power and “victory” you will experience. There is nothing preventing you and I from becoming intimate with Him today. We can have as much of Him as we want and as often as we choose. “And now little children, abide in Him; that when He shall appear , we may have confidence, and not be ashamed before Him at His coming.” (I John 2:28)

I was sitting in a doctor’s office waiting room the other day and was reading an article by Barbara Taylor Brown called “finding God in the darkness.” I was curious as to where this was going because I immediately became defensive about how God is light and in Him is no darkness at all. However, I realized that our mission is taking place in a dark world and reaching out to Christ through this darkness is what brings us closer to Him. Of course He is the light of the world and He lives inside of us, but there is nothing necessarily wrong or bad with darkness. When we close the door to our closet, we find ourselves in the dark while seeking the light of His presence in our soul. Many times as we search for answers or solutions to our many problems, it is like we are swimming in the dark seas trying to find His hand that He might pull us up to safety. What we must remember is that we reach out to Him by faith even when we cannot see Him – it is all about TRUST. We must settle this issue in our heart and positively “know” that He is the highest authority and no one is more powerful than Him. “These things I have spoken unto you, that in Me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33)

We learned as a child to be afraid of the dark and the world has associated the darkness with the unknown evil and danger that will “get us” if we venture into it. When I was a young boy, my parents remodeled half of the attic (which became my bedroom and a playroom and the other half was left as storage). My dad built a wall and put in a door to the “dark unknown” but the fearful part was the rest of the family all slept downstairs on the other side of the house. I felt very isolated and often thought if the monsters did come after me – no one could hear my screams. Anyway, when I would lie down in my bed I could see that door and it made me very uncomfortable but on the other hand I would rather be able to see it than not be able to keep a check on it. I remember one night I was particularly a little jittery because I kept hearing things go “bump” in the night. I peeked from under the covers and saw that the door was wide open – I made a dash for the stairwell and nearly jumped completely down the stairs and ran into my mom and dad’s room so shook up I could hardly speak! I eventually learned to face the fear by exploring the attic and realized that it was just an old musty smelling place filled with junk. This is exactly what we need to do with all of our “grownup” places that we are afraid of and that make us anxious. I know people today that hate silence and do everything they can to avoid being alone with the quiet. Some individuals cannot sleep when it is still and I have even heard of people letting a hairdryer run on the nightstand just so they can have a background noise. Others cannot endure walking into a room without turning on the TV or driving without music because they feel very uncomfortable with silence. I personally love the silence because I am trying to hear the voice of God. Allow me to ask a question; if we struggle to hear God speak in the quiet times – how could we ever expect to hear Him in the chaos?

Yes, our journey can be dark at times and it has been mentioned as sometimes like a valley of the shadow of death, but His WORD is the lamp unto our feet and the light unto our path. It does not matter where we are we can know that He is there! Allow me to say; there is no darkness too dark for God to see through! There is no problem or trial that is too complicated or hopeless that He cannot take care of it! He has always been known as El-Shaddai – the God who is MORE than enough! If you believe God cannot handle your situation – your god is too small! Amen! If you are not finding the answers you need today and feel that the Lord has forgotten you, I can promise that it is not because He is too busy or that heaven is having an economic crisis, budget cuts, or staff downsizing. When we find Christ in the secret place and become determined to stay there until we have heard His direction for us, we will no longer feel like a castaway on a deserted island. “I don’t know” is the most common response in the world, but life does not have to be this way. It is true that we have all the questions and He has all the answers, so what do you think is preventing you from knowing all that you need to know?

Maybe instead of running from the darkness we should embrace it because this is what keeps our perspective clear and honest. Do you think that a blind person could have a higher level of spiritual sensitivity? Why? Because they are not distracted or influenced by absorbing the sights of this world into their mind. If they are a Christian they have learned to turn INWARD and become more sensitive to His presence and more discerning to the highest dimension. Actually I believe it could be possible that a blind person could have excellent spiritual vision because they are learning the walk of trust from the inside out. God is pleased when He watches His children reach out to Him in their difficulties especially when they develop patience and confidence that He will use and guide all things into His perfect plan. There is a time to fight and a time to let go, a time to work and a time to rest, thus knowing when, where and how is the divine wisdom that comes from the depths of isolated prayer. Yes, the Lord responds to the cries of His people when they truly depend on Him with their life and fall before Him in obedience and humility. There may be times when it seems we are lost at sea, but it is not true because He knows exactly where you are and where He wants to take you. Our enemy wants to accuse us and say that God is tired of helping us and that He is finished with coming to our rescue, because he is terrified to think about what could happen in our life if we would become one with God! Satan knows that God has a plan for you and that it is filled with supernatural miracles and demonstrations of Holy Ghost power! The devil is working overtime to prevent you from going into your prayer closet and the secret places where you connect with God because that makes his job of rocking Christians to sleep much easier. “Being confident of this very thing, that He which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ.” (Philippians 1:6)

Do you believe that God is listening to your prayers? Revelation chapter eight talks about how He is not only hearing your prayers but they ascend before His throne and are offered with incense on the golden alter. Since God is listening, that means He is actively working on a perfect plan. Selah. He is ready to deliver and bring victory however, most of the time our long waiting period is caused by US refusing to spend quality time with Him. There is no fear – as long as you are holding His hand. Jesus knows where you are and is listening intently.

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