WHEN IT SEEMS DELIVERANCE FAILS
God can and will set you free from oppression and demonizing when you follow His guidelines. The problem is that we are in a hurry and God is never in a hurry. We are just concerned about the end result, but God is more concerned about what happens along the way. We are interested in the product but God is interested in the whole process.
Deliverance is a process He uses to teach us things about Himself and ourselves. He wants us to persevere in faithfulness to Him throughout for that helps us learn to depend on Him and trust Him. It’s also part of the way He works to make us more like Jesus.
I know God is greater than anything we face and will give the victory. I know the victory comes gradually, as we learn to fight and take back ground that was given to the enemy. When the Jews entered the Promised Land under Joshua, God gave them victory, but one battle at a time, one generation at a time. He didn’t give all the land to them at once. He wanted them to learn to fight, to keep trusting Him, to develop patience and perseverance. What was true of them physically is true of us spiritually. So don’t give up. Persevere. It may be hard to see progress but remember – there is improvement. Look back at your life and you’ll see improvement in the past to the present.
You certainly wouldn’t want to go back! Progress is slow but steady, like the story of the tortoise and the hare. Also be encouraged because when things get hard it’s obvious the enemy is throwing everything at you he can. That means this is as bad as it gets, this is all he can do. If he could do more he would. While this is bad, knowing it is as bad as it gets and that it will gradually but certainly get better helps. It takes time. God is interested in the process you are going through as you grow, not just the final product. You do the same thing with your children as you help them grow and mature. He wants you to learn trust, perseverance and faithfulness. You need to learn to use your sword, the Word of God. You must learn to hear His voice and follow Him.
Keep faithfully pursuing the Lord in whatever you are going through. Ask others to pray for you. Remember to focus on Jesus, not your problems or the demonic. Praise and worship Him. Memorize Scripture to quote when tempted/attacked. That is VERY important!
Romans 12:12 Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Galatians 6:9 9 Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.
How are you at persevering? On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you rate yourself? How would God rate you? What can you do to improve your rating? Start doing it today!
by Rev. Dr. Jerry Schmoyer, Christian Training Organization