Getting Delivered From Expectations Of Others
“Now about that time Herod the king stretched forth his hands to vex certain of the church. And he killed James the brother of John with the sword. And because he saw it pleased the Jews, he proceeded further to take Peter also. (Then were the days of unleavened bread.) And when he had apprehended him, he put him in prison, and delivered him to four quaternions of soldiers to keep him; intending after Easter to bring him forth to the people… And when Peter was come to himself, he said, Now I know of a surety, that the Lord hath sent his angel, and hath delivered me out of the hand of Herod, and from all the expectation of the people of the Jews.” (Acts 12:1-4,11)
Today’s Morsel: One of the things that drive kids into being bullies, gang members, using alcohol, being drug abusers, and filled with anger, is they are often told that they will be like their parents who may suffer from the same issues. But what if we could get kids delivered from such expectations? What if we could get the cycle broken? Well, we can. We have been given the best tool to use to deliver them from the expectations of others. The gospel can change anyone. The gospel has the power to change an abuser, bully, anger, and gang members into a preacher, teacher, or great community representative. When Herod had killed James and was expecting to kill Peter after Easter because he saw that it pleased the Jews, Peter was put in prison, but prayer was made by the church for him, and God sent His angel to deliver him from the expectations of those who desired to do him harm. What expectations did others have of you before Jesus delivered you? Were they surprised at what you have become in Christ? God has the power to turn everything the enemy means for evil against you into good.
Sing: He set me free, yes, He set me free. He broke the bars of prison for me. I’m glory bound my Jesus to see. Glory to God, He set me free.
Thought For Today: Jesus is still in the deliverance business.