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Often deliverance is associated with demonic oppression and exorcism, yet in the entire chapter of Psalm 107 we see the various forms of deliverances that the Lord exercised among the Israelites and continues to do so today for each believer.

I could not help but reflect on my life and testify of key areas of my life that I experienced the Lord’s deliverance. Together this week, let’s reflect on those areas and join together in thanksgiving with declarations that “the Lord is good and His mercies endures forever”
Consider these highlights:
• Have you ever gone through something that left you so lost as though you’ve lost your mind? OR even concluded that if it were not for God, you could have gone crazy. Did you cry out to the Lord and He brought you to your senses guiding you in wisdom- if so, consider Psalm 107:4-6

• Have you ever waited so long for an answer; you thirsted and waited and after sometime God responded filling you with more than you expected? If so consider Psalm 107: 9

• Have you ever acted in rebellion, got mad at God, decided to do your own thing, but yet seeing the failing outcomes of your independence, you ran back to the Lord and He still bailed you out? If so consider Psalm 107:11-13

• Have you ever been through something the world and experts say is impossible and unsalvageable, yet an encounter with our Almighty reversed it because all things are possible with Him? If so consider Psalm 107: 15-16

• Have you ever compromised so much so that the consequences were dire? Your friends died from of the consequences of what you compromised on yet, you escaped without a scratch? If so consider Psalm 107:17-22

• Have you barraged with attack after attack, seeing no breakthrough in things , facing days when your business was dry, your plans were at a standstill, when you lost all hope yet suddenly, the Lord intervened , bringing favor and fruitfulness in your life. If so, consider Psalm 107: 23-43.

I am sure you can write your life story testifying of the many accounts of the Lord’s deliverance in your life just from reading Psalm 107. This week ponder on them. Take time to celebrate God’s many deliverances in your life.

Oh the Overwhelming Reckless Love of God…. (YouTube Cory Asbury-Reckless Love) Sing along as you celebrate your deliverance!

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The same Jesus that we are celebrating this season was a perfect example of community, communion and good food. When there was no food, He made multiplied some and ensured there were leftovers! Though He separated Himself to pray, often Jesus dined with people and hanged around with people. Jesus seemed to have crossed boundaries and even hanged out with those others deemed outside their circles. When His family mocked Him, Jesus still found people to be around with. Community and Communion were recurrent themes of Jesus.

The fullness of God though cannot be experienced alone. Some aspects of it requires community, fellowshipping with one another and enjoying each other’s company. I’m beginning to experience the fullness of this freedom in Christ. So far, I am learning that this freedom extends beyond the freedom of being saved, delivered and set free; that it is the freedom of just being you. Coming to the fullness of the identity God created us to be.

When we have come to the fullness of this identity, reaching out and becoming a part of a community becomes easy. It is from here too that we enjoy the community of fellow believers, friends and family. This reminds me of the Israelites after Solomon built the temple (1 Kings 8:65-66) and of King David, when the Ark of the Lord was returned to Jerusalem (2 Samuel 6). These occasions were followed by days of feasting and celebrations. How much more now that Christ has set us free and reconciled us to God! The holiday season can be lonesome for others; introverts like myself would rather just be left alone!

But this Christmas and holiday season, I encourage you to “come out” and join in communion, community and good food. The holidays should not be the only time that brings the best out of us, but please don’t stay home alone, venture out, enjoy the festivities, go watch the Christmas lights, excite the little child in you, make fun of yourself, be silly responsibly!

This Joy to the world, came over 2000 years ago, for your freedom and that you may enjoy the fullness of life with others. So, Come On, enjoy sweet fellowship and communion with others this week and throughout the holiday season.

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Adult bald eagle in flight

YOU HAVE THE RIGHT TO….It is finished! JOHN 19:30. This is the finished work of the cross. The death and resurrection of Jesus Christ grants us our rights to live on earth fulfilled in all aspects of our lives. Here are the rights we WERE granted, Exercise your rights!

•You have a right to LIVE RIGHTEOULSY because Christ’s blood that was atoned for us

•You have the right to a GUILT FREE LIVE, because Christ died for our transgressions

•You have the right to PEACE because Christ was tortured, chastised for our peace

•You have the right to GOOD HEALTH because by the Christ stripes we were healed

•You have the right to TALK TO GOD DIRECTLY, because Christ’s blood purified us, tore the curtain of separation and gave us access to God

•You have the right to ACCESS BOLDLY because Christ and gave us the authority

•You have the right to be FEARLESS, because behold, Jesus Christ is always with us

•You have the right to GREAT ADVOCACY AND HELP because of the Holy Spirit

•You have the right to ASK FOR ANYTHING because Christ gave you His name; In the name of Jesus

•You have the right to ENJOY THE INHERITANCE & RICHES OF GOD as a branch that has been grafted in as partaker of the promises of Abraham

•You have a right to your IDENTITY IN CHRIST, as He know calls you son, daughter and friend. He knows your name. You are created in the image of God

•You have a right to DELIVERANCE, because at His resurrection, he rent all powers and principalities useless, destroying every yoke of bondage that you can be set free

•You have the right to PROSPER because God wants you to prosper in all areas of your life

•You have the right to a SOUND MIND, because God has not given you a spirit of fear but of power and love

•You have the right to FREEDOM, because Christ has made you free in all areas

•You have the right to release and live daily in GOD’S KINGDOM because of the Holy Spirit. The Kingdom of God is righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit

•You have the right to VICTORY and TO LIVE A SUSTAINED VICTORIOUS LIFESTYLE because God always causes us to triumph, even in temptations God provides ways of escape

Exercise your rights these week! These are your “Miranda rights”; better reworded, these are “Your Rights” as a son or daughter of the Highest God. If satan shows up with the contrary, read satan YOUR RIGHTS. Remember Jesus declared IT IS FINISHED! When you know WHOSE you are and your IDENTITY in Him, you can boldly exercise your rights!