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Jesus Is Our Deliverer

Since the beginning, God has been breaking the chains of unhealthy patterns, unjust practices and unholy powers that have kept His people from experiencing abundant kingdom life. Jesus’ life, death and resurrection offer deliverance from that which keeps us bound to sin and destruction, opening the door to life everlasting.

Today’s Scripture
1 John 4:2-4 NKJV
By this you know the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is of God, and every spirit that does not confess that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is not of God. And this is the spirit of the Antichrist, which you have heard was coming, and is now already in the world. You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Colossians 2:15 NIV
And having disarmed the powers and authorities, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross.

Additional Scripture
Ephesians 2:1-7

Prayer + Reflection
1. Pray for those who need deliverance from sin that is keeping them from experiencing the fullness of God’s love and grace.

2. Pray for people to be delivered from institutions, systems or leaders that prevent them from living the abundant, flourishing lives God has ordained.

3. Pray for believers to boldly demonstrate the freedom that is found in Christ as they turn
away from unhealthy patterns, unjust practices and unholy powers to model the hope of Christ’s life, death and resurrection through radical love, gracious hospitality and extraordinary generosity.

Family Moment
In advance, prepare a small paper chain. Gather with your family and ask, “What comes to mind when you hear the word ‘deliver’?” To deliver someone means to save or to set free. Read Ephesians 2:1-7. Jesus is our Deliverer. Jesus wants to break our chains to sin and bring us into a life of freedom. Take a moment to quietly talk with God. Remember that Jesus is the Deliverer, not only of sins, but also of all kinds of pains, sorrows, fears and worries. Gather back together and invite every family member to break off a chain link as a reminder that Jesus is our Deliverer.