God delivers us in times of distress, troubles, or peril. He may deliver us from it or in it. Either way, He is with us and brings His Strength and Grace.
Sometimes the pressures of life can be what seems beyond our ability to handle, its times as that when God Steps in and we learn to fully rely on Him who will deliver us. Let us set our hope on Him, Jesus Christ, and the Power of the Holy Spirit. The Apostle Paul and his companions experienced this very thing. They were delivered from distress and peril and so can we.
- The Condition - They were under great pressure far beyond their ability to endure.
- The Feeling - They were despaired of life itself and felt they had received a death sentence.
- Why did it happen? - Perhaps many reasons, but as the scripture indicates they were to rely on God Who raised the dead (meaning if the Power of God can raise the dead then It can surely help with our problems).
- The Support - The Prayers of many were answered and resulted in God’s favor.
- The Result - They were delivered by God from their situation, a deadly peril, great distress, and by His Grace granted favor.
2 Corinthians 1:8-12
8 We do not want you to be uninformed, brothers and sisters, about the troubles we experienced in the province of Asia. We were under great pressure, far beyond our ability to endure, so that we despaired of life itself. 9 Indeed, we felt we had received the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us again. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, 11 as you help us by your prayers. Then many will give thanks on our behalf for the gracious favor granted us in answer to the prayers of many.
12 Now this is our boast: Our conscience testifies that we have conducted ourselves in the world, and especially in our relations with you, with integrity and godly sincerity. We have done so, relying not on worldly wisdom but on God’s Grace.
God can deliver us from our great distress too by our trust in Him and the Prayers of many. We should not rely on worldly wisdom but in God’s Grace which according to scripture the Lord said “My Grace is Sufficient”. Their conduct among their problems was Godly sincerity and integrity, so it should be ours too.
Our Father in Heaven, you are Mighty, Awesome, Graceful and Merciful. Your Grace is powerful in all circumstances. We first thank You for your Grace and Mercy and ask Your forgiveness for any and all our sins. We want a relationship with You that is in harmony with Your will.
As we rely on, trust and put our faith in You, deliver us from times of struggle and peril or walk with us in your strength so that we overcome, for You have overcome the world. We pray for all who need Your deliverance, even Your Great Deliverance.
Grant us this day, Hope, Peace, Security, Protection, Safety, Deliverance, and Favor. Grant us Wisdom and give us Strength and good attitudes. We ask special blessings upon us and that we glorify and honor You.
Give us Wisdom and Knowledge and reveal Yourself Heavenly Father to us each day.
In Jesus Name,
In the Power of the Holy Spirit
Cedar Plains Christian Church
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