John T. Willis

Sunday, April 29, 2012

I Know the Plans I Have for YOU--3

God gives all of us a VISION for life in every generation. Every generation struggles with finding or determining or creating a vision. God's VISION is already very clear and powerful. In this third blog on God's VISION, it is VERY IMPORTANT to realize and accept that God is the GREAT DELIVERER. God delivers us individually and collectively from all types of human threats and problems, including enemies, losses, failures, fears, anxieties, and the list goes on and on.

The Bible repeatedly uses several important positive terms and ideas about God's deliverance. Here are some of them.

1. God FREED or BROUGHT OUT his people from Egyptian slavery. Exodus 6:6. This was a literal freedom, but also a spiritual freedom. The great transition was from Pharaoh king of Egypt to Yahweh the king of the universe. Leviticus 25:42-43 underlines this truth:
"They are my [Yahweh's] servants, whom I BROUGHT OUT of the land of Egypt; they shall not be sold as slaves are sold. You shall not rule over them with HARSHNESS, but shall fear your God."
Pharaoh was a harsh master. Yahweh is a loving, merciful master. Yahweh can and will liberate or free or bring out everyone to come to him alone.

2. God DELIVERED his people from slavery. Exodus 6:6. God's people were in bondage, but God delivered them from being slaves.

3. God REDEEMED his people with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. Exodus 6:6. The term "redeem" means to "purchase" or "buy" a person or an object. Jesus Christ paid a PRICE so we might be redeemed. 1 Corinthians 6:20.

4. God SAVED his people from the bondage in Egypt. Exodus 14:30. The term "save" might refer to forgiveness from sins, but it might also means deliverance from any type of problem.

5. God BROUGHT IN his people into the promised land after delivering them from Egypt. Psalm 78:54 says:
"He [Yahweh} BROUGHT them TO his holy hill,
to the mountain that his right hand had won."

The only hope we have for the future is God's deliverance. Let us turn to God in trust and prayer. HE ALONE can give us the VISION which is sustaining and certain.

Share YOUR insights and dreams and hopes. Let me hear from YOU.

John Willis


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