Summary: Are you serving God in rigour and hard bondage? It is time to cry on to the Lord for deliverance!
THE CRY FOR DELIVERANCE
"And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour: and they made their lives bitter with hard bondage, in mortar, and in brick, and in all manner of service in the field: all their service, wherein they made them serve, was with rigour" (Exodus 1:13-14)
This is an apt description of the position of many today. This was the situation with the Israelites: the enemies made them serve with rigour; the enemies gave them hard bondage, not ordinary bondage, but a very hard one. In Exodus 2:23, what did the children of Israel do?
"And it came to pass in process of time, the king of Egypt died: and the children of Israel sighed by reason of the bondage, and they cried, and their cry came up unto God by reason of the bondage."
That is what is going to happen to you as you read this message, in the name of Jesus. Your cry shall come up to God, in the name of Jesus. Then what happened in verse 24?
"And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob. And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them."
There was a hard bondage, and then there was a cry. And there was deliverance. The procedure is still the same.
Obadiah 1:17 tells us:
"But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; then the children of Jacob shall possess their possessions."
As long as the children of Jacob are in bondage and they are not delivered, they cannot possess their possession. It then means that if you want to possess your possession, you need deliverance. It is that deliverance that will make it possible. The message you are reading right now is definitely a deliverance message that breaks the yoke. And what yoke does it break? The yoke of the enemy.
In Luke 4:18, the Bible has this to say:
"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 broken-hearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised."
Deliverance is available to all of us, if only you can cry unto Him right now. There are many people that cried unto the Lord in the Bible. Elisha cried, "Where is the God of Elijah?" and the God of Elijah answered. By the wall of Jericho, the people shouted, and the wall fell. Jesus got to the tomb of Lazarus who had got to the very bottom and been there for four days, but then Jesus cried. "Lazarus," and Lazarus came alive.
From this moment, every dead situation “Lazarus” shall come alive in your life, in Jesus’ name. The blind Barthemeus in the Bible cried, "Jesus, the son of David, have mercy on me." And he got his sight back. The Psalmist says, "In the day that I cry, then shall my enemies turn back. This I know, for God is with me." The Bible tells us that Jesus came to save, to heal and to deliver.
The idea of healing and salvation is very clear to many people, but the idea of deliverance is not very clear. Because of this, any time we mention deliverance, the only thing that comes to people’s mind is people possessed, e.g. witches and wizards and other such terrible things. But these are just some aspects of deliverance. In fact, sometimes, it is easier to deliver a witch from witchcraft than to deliver a man from fornication. Sometimes it is easier to deliver someone from a familiar spirit than it is to deliver him from alcohol. These are other aspects of deliverance, in a different way. The enemy specializes in the life of an alcoholic, using his throat.