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    12    Chapters  The Learner I  (12 Week Course)

   Chapter One                        Becoming A Disciple  

   Chapter Two                        What is Man?  

   Chapter Three                     Man: From Fall Unto Faith!  

   Chapter Four                       These Three Are One!  

   Chapter Five                        Light Vs. Darkness!  

   Chapter Six                          Who Is Man With Christ?  

   Chapter Seven                    Prayer And Confession  

   Chapter Eight                      Forgiveness  

   Chapter Nine                       How To Handle Hard Times  

   Chapter Ten                        God And Deliverance  

   Chapter Eleven                   Faith In Action  

   Chapter Twelve                   Workers Needed  

 Plus Memory Verses at the end of each Chapter!

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God and Deliverance

 

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Primary Message: God will make a way where there seems to be no way. Deliverance belongs to

the Lord! “Because he hath set his love upon me, therefore I will deliver him.” Psalm 91:14

Worldview: Deliverance belongs to the wealthy and strong. God is only a crutch for the weak of

mind.

Evangelistic Emphasis: “The spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to

preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach

deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are

bruised.

Isaiah 61:1

As Disciples of Christ we walk with God seeking to do his will. Sometimes as we travel we

are put to extreme tests of our faith and often we feel as though we have been left alone.

We pray and wait for God to answer, we are stretched to the limit and pressed on every side

only to hear God sometimes say wait or sometimes say nothing at all! Jesus felt this also.

He was put under extremely stressful situations; many people left his side and chose not to

follow Him anymore. This week we will be looking at God and what he teaches us about

deliverance. Deliverance belongs to the Lord and we will focus on why it is important to

understand this.

Psalm 34:1-22

1 “I will bless the LORD at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth.

2. My soul shall make her boast in the LORD: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

3. O magnify the LORD with me, and let us exalt his name together.

4. I sought the LORD, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

5. They looked unto him, and were lightened: and their faces were not ashamed.

6. This poor man cried and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles.

7. The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.

8. O taste and see that the LORD is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.

9. O fear the LORD, ye his saints: for there is no want to them that fear him.

10. The young lions do lack, and suffer hunger: but they that seek the LORD shall not want

any good thing.

11. Come, ye children, hearken unto me: I will teach you the fear of the LORD.

12. What man is he that desireth life, and loveth many days, that he may see good?

13. Keep thy tongue from evil and thy lips from speaking guile.

14. Depart from evil, and do good; seek peace, and pursue it.

15. The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and his ears are open unto their cry.

16. The face of the LORD is against them that do evil, to cut off the remembrance of them

from the earth.

17. The righteous cry, and the LORD heareth, and delivereth them out of all their troubles.

18. The LORD is nigh unto them that are of a broken heart; and saveth such as be of a

contrite spirit.

19. Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the LORD delivereth him out of them all.

20. He keepeth all his bones: not one of them is broken.

21. Evil shall slay the wicked: and they that hate the righteous shall be desolate.

22. The LORD redeemeth the soul of his servants: and none of them that trust in him shall

be desolate.”

Let’s talk a bit about this: I sought the Lord and he heard me and he delivered me from

all my fears is what verse 4 says. A common misunderstanding today is to have fear is sin.

Fear can be good or fear can be bad, it’s what we do with our fears that determine if it is

good or bad. In this case David shows us what we should do when we fear, and that is to

seek the Lord. If your fear causes you to call out to Jesus this is a great fear! Call on the

name of Jesus and he will hear thee and show thee great and mighty things, which thou 

knowest not!

Often, we are in troubled times and we begin to fear. Are we calling out to Jesus? Wouldn’t

it be a sad thing that Jesus just wants to help us but we never ask? Listen to what the word

tells us: “For the Lord God will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore

have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.” Isaiah 50:7 

“For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.”

2Timothy 1:7 To seek the Lord is to surrender to him, to give him all your troubles and to

believe that he is able to help you. The sin of fear, is not having fear, but rather having

unbelief.

When we react to our fears by not calling out to Jesus and by doing things ourselves then

we have unbelief, we fail to trust Jesus to deliver us. This is the sin of fear. Trust God,

blessed is the man that trusts in him. “Faithful is he who calls you, who also will do it!”

1Thessalonians 5:24 

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is

longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come

to repentance.” 2Peter 3:9

You see, God will not fail you, just don’t fail to call out to Him. He promises and His

promises are sure! After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

What was David delivered from?

Did the Lord use an Angel to deliver him?

Who does David say the Lord delivers in verse 17?

What does deliverance mean?

Psalm 40:1-11

1”I waited patiently for the LORD; and he inclined unto me, and heard my cry.

2 He brought me up also out of a horrible pit, out of the miry clay, and set my feet upon a

rock, and established my goings.

3 And he hath put a new song in my mouth, even praise unto our God: many shall see it,

and fear, and shall trust in the LORD.

4 Blessed is that man that maketh the LORD his trust, and respecteth not the proud, nor

such as turn aside to lies.

5 Many, O LORD my God, are thy wonderful works which thou hast done, and thy thoughts

which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto thee: if I would declare and

speak of them, they are more than can be numbered.

6 Sacrifice and offering thou didst not desire; mine ears hast thou opened: burnt offering

and sin offering hast thou not required.

7 Then said I, Lo, I come: in the volume of the book it is written of me,

8 I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

9 I have preached righteousness in the great congregation: lo, I have not refrained my lips,

O LORD, thou knowest.

10 I have not hid thy righteousness within my heart; I have declared thy faithfulness and

thy salvation: I have not concealed thy loving kindness and thy truth from the great 

congregation.

11 Withhold not thou thy tender mercies from me, O LORD: let thy loving kindness and

thy truth continually preserve me.” About 10 years ago I was working the night shift as a 

Corrections Officer when the Lord gave me a vision. I saw in this vision a man standing

in a field. He was dressed like a farmer and had his farmer’s hat on with what appeared to

be rubber boots, and he was standing in the field holding a kite string in his hand as the

attached kite flew high above his head. On the kite string was tied three metal washers

(in the real test Benjamin Franklin used a key) and he was just standing there as it flew. 

After seeing this God began to speak to me about what it must have been like for

Benjamin Franklin when he was standing outside waiting for lighting to strike.

How many attempts did he have to make before his tests

prevailed?

Here’s how it was:

Ben suspected that lightning was an electrical current in nature, and he wanted to see

if he was right. One way to test his idea would be to see if the lightning would pass

through metal. He decided to use a metal key and looked around for a way to get the key

up near the lightning. As you probably already know, he used a child's toy, a kite, to

prove that lightning is really a stream of electrified air, known today as plasma. His

famous stormy kite flight in June of 1752 led him to develop many of the terms that

we still use today when we talk about electricity: battery, conductor, condenser, charge,

discharge, uncharged, negative, minus, plus, electric shock, and electrician.

Ben understood that lightning was very powerful, and he also knew that it was dangerous.

That's why he also figured out a way to protect people, buildings, and ships from it, called

the lightning rod. Ben waited a finally it happened, it is now what we know as:

Electricity! You see, this is all about waiting, hoping, and believing in what God has told

us despite those who ridicule us, despite our emotions through it all, and despite the

many failed attempts. When we expect something from the Lord, often we must wait 

patiently for the Lord. Wait upon the Lord and he will deliver you and he will establish you,

just as he did Benjamin Franklin and His discovery of electricity! Deliverance happens

much like this also, we often have to wait. 

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

Why is this Psalm titled “A Song of Deliverance?”

Why is it important to express our gratefulness for God’s deliverance?

Luke 4:18 and Isaiah 61:1

4:18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel

to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the

captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised”

61:1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me

to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,

to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound.”

 I desire mercy above sacrifice. To see the heart of God and to understand that God is good,

he is merciful, and full of love. This is what we see when we read this passage of

scripture. He came unto the poor, the brokenhearted, and to the captive that cries for

freedom. Jesus is selfless beyond all measure. Should we ever doubt the heart of God when

we can clearly see his love?There are so many times in the bible that we are encouraged

to remember the miracles of Jesus, we often receive good from him and so easily forget

what he has done as did the disciples time and time again. This flaw would make us wonder

why God suffers us so much, but the truth is he is longsuffering towards us and knows

our frame and is very patient because he loves us. True love loves like this. He is always

forgiving, and always full of mercy.

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

Who did Jesus preach deliverance to?

Do the words of Jesus have the power to deliver us?

Mathew 6:9-13

9 “After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be

thy name.

10 Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

11 Give us this day our daily bread.

12 And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

13 And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the

kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

God not only desires to bless you with love, forgiveness, and grace, but he desires that you are

free. He will not allow his children to suffer more than they can handle and will deliver them

from all evil. It is not God’s will that any should perish. Contrary to the world view that

questions why would a loving God allow so much devastation if he were truly real and

truly loving, we can know that our confidence and faith in Christ needs no questions of

Christ’s love because his love is certain and proven at the cross. How many near misses,

how many failed attacks by our enemy, and how many devastations have been already

avoided in our life and have not been attributed to the real and loving God that we serve?

Why isn’t this the focus of doubters?

The point is simple, God is real, God is loving, and God wants to deliver us from

devastation. All that Satan would cause in our lives, all that we have to do is call on Jesus

and trust in him.

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

Why did the Disciples ask Jesus to teach them to pray? And what did He ask them to pray?

In verse 6:13, What are we to pray concerning deliverance? Do we have the power to deliver

ourselves?

Can you think of a tough time in your life and how you got out of it? Explain.

Have you ever delivered yourself from something that was tough that maybe God wanted

you to be more patient and wait for him to do it?

Exodus 14:8-31

8 “And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh King of Egypt, and he pursued after

the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.

9 But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his

horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth,

before Baalzephon.

10 And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold,

the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel

cried out unto the LORD.

11 And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us

away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth

out of Egypt?

12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying,

Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the

Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the

LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day,

ye shall see them again no more for ever.

14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the

children of Israel, that they go forward:

16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the

children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow

them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots,

and upon his horsemen.

18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour

upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went

behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:

20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a

cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not

near the other all the night.

21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go

back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were

divided.

22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the

waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even

all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the

Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,

25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them

heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of

Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.

26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may

come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.

27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength

when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the 

Egyptians in the midst of the sea.

28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host

of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the

waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw

the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.

31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people

feared the LORD, and believed

the LORD, and his servant Moses.”

In closing we can conclude that God has established deliverance as one of his benefits that

is promised to all who put their trust in him. Although it may seem that it is taking forever,

God having his perfect plan, which includes his perfect timing, will deliver all who wait

upon him.

And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the

people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.

Never think that deliverance is only to serve you, deliverance serves a much greater

purpose than delivering you from your troubles. While God desires to see you free, he also

desires to have his glory revealed to all. And the people feared the Lord and believed the

Lord. In delivering you God is actually multitasking or accomplishing many other miracles

as well, thereby making believers along the way! And this is why Deliverance belongs to

the Lord. If we were able to deliver ourselves, who would believe?

After reading these verses what questions do you have?

Answer the following questions:

What happened to the Israelites after they left Egypt?

What did Moses tell the people in verse 13 & 14?

What were the instructions that God gave to Moses to tell the Israelite?

What should we do when we are stuck in a hard time with no way out?

“My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure: I have spoken it, I will also bring it

to pass; I have purposed it, I will also do it!” 

Isaiah 46:10

“Faithful is he who calls you, who also will do it!” 1Thessalonians 5:24

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is

longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to

repentance.” 2Peter 3:9

Jesus is not a liar! If he says it he will do it! He will do it! He has said he will restore you

to sanity! He has said he will take away your shame! He has said he is God and has a

power greater than yours!

Jesus can! We see the history here as we witness the deliverance of the Israelites from

Egypt. God has been in the deliverance business since the beginning of time and His sole

purpose has been to save.

Luke 19:10

“For the son of man is come to seek and to save the lost!”

It’s simple, Jesus wants to save you! Call to Him in your time of need! Suppose for a

moment, right next to you, in the flesh, was sitting the son of God, the son of God! What

would you ask him? What would you tell him? Would you believe that he cared? Would

you believe that he could do what you would ask? Now let's suppose that you could no

longer see him, he became the spirit that now is ever Present, but you can't see him as you

did when he was in the flesh. Would you still talk to him? Would you still ask him for 

things? Would you still believe? You can know that he will because he loves you!

This is all about trusting God, just because you might not be able to see God with your

fleshly eyes walking around as in the fleshly image of man doesn’t mean that God isn’t

near. God is spirit not flesh, so we must worship Him in spirit and in truth. The message

all throughout the Bible to us is to trust and believe. The following message puts a little l

ight on this act of trust that God calls us to.

TRUSTING GOD

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that

shall rise against thee in judgment thou will condemn. This is the heritage of the servants 

of the Lord, and--*their righteousness is of me*, says the Lord." Are you under the gun?

Does it seem that the world is against you because of your stance with Christ? Nothing

that comes against a child of God will prevail! Nothing opposed to God's will in your life

shall prosper!! Isaiah 55:11 "so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth:

it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall

prosper in the thing whereto I sent it." Jesus says, "My word shall accomplish that which

please." His word shall not come back void!!! Suppose that Jesus selected you to receive

his word in your life, he has sent his word into you, now based upon what we just read,

how likely is it that his word will not succeed in it's purpose that he desires to be

accomplished??? 

Numbers 23:19 “God is not a man, that he should lie; neither the son of man that he

should repent. Hath he said, and shall ht not do it? or hath he spoken, and shall he not

make it good?"

Revelation 21:8 "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers,

and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the

lake which burns with fire..." God shall have no part in the lake of fire, save to cast all

listed above into it! To say that God cannot or will not perform what he sent his word

to do, is to say he is a liar and that he will be cast into the lake of fire with all those that

offend! Either he will do it and is righteous or he won't and is a liar! which one is he???

Does God lie or not? He will do what he has promised!!!

Genesis 22:1-19In these verses we see that God tested Abraham and he trusted God during

the test and because he trusted God, God provided all that Abraham needed!

Hebrews 11:17-19 "By faith Abraham, when he was tested, offered up Isaac: and he that had

received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of whom it was said, that in Isaac 

shall thy seed be called: accounting that God was able to raise him up, even from the dead;

from whence also he received him in a figure." He will do what he has promised!!!

Genesis 21:1-3 “And the lord visited Sarah as he had said, and the lord did unto Sarah as

he had spoken. For Sarah conceived, and bare Abraham a son in his old age, and at the

 set time of which God had spoken to him. And Abraham called the name of his son that

was born unto him, whom Sarah bare to him, Isaac." You see Isaac was a promise from the

Lord, yet it came to Abraham & Sarah in their old age and it was a miracle that many

would not believe, but Abraham and Sarah trusted God's promise, and received it.

James 1:12 "Blessed is the man that endures temptation: for when he is tried, he shall

receive the crown of life, which the lord has promised to them that love him."

If you endure the test, the trial, the waiting, and continue in the lord, you shall receive

the promises of the Lord.

1 Corinthians 2:2 "For all the promises of God in him are yes, and in him are amen unto

the glory of God by us." God keeps His word. God is not man That He should lie. Has he

said it? And will he not do it?

James 1:17 “Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from

the father of lights, with whom there is no variableness, neither shadow of turning." 

If God has said it, he will do it, he will not turn away, nor will he fail.

Trust God. Now comes the time of decision. You must turn from your ways of sin and

completely trust Jesus Christ to save you. "Let the wicked forsake his way and the

unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the lord, and he will have mercy

on them.” Will you accept Jesus? Then if you will confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus,

and will believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved! 

Romans 10:9

Memory Verses:

Isaiah 54:17 “No weapon formed against thee shall prosper…”

Numbers 23:19 “God is not man that He should lie…”

Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, the unbelieving, the abominable…”

James 1:12 “Blessed is the man that endures temptations…”

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