The God who Promotes His Holiness
But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. - Obadiah 1:17
He never delivers us to be free to serve ourselves. He gives us the strength to serve his purpose, and if we do not understand this, the adversary of our souls will rob us of our blessings.
I have seen quite many people who loved to be delivered but hate the moral obligation to live a responsible Christian life. People often look for what is easy, but nothing good and lasting is easy. If anything seems easy, you probably do not know who is paying the price or sacrifice for that thing.
Going back to the text in Obadiah, we see two things that are characteristic of Zion. (Zion is the prophetic assemblies of God's people and it will be right to believe God is talking to the church).
1. Deliverance is children's bread. It is our heritage in Christ. Jesus came to deliver us, and as members of his bone and flesh, deliverance is our covenant right. That was the oath God swore to Father Abraham and Jesus was born to fulfill the oath.
God is interested in your deliverance as prophesied by Obadiah and Zechariah. Evil is on the earth and we cannot wish evil away. The fall of man had given the devil the legitimate right to be here and the devil will not trade his right for anything. The devil and his cohorts know that the Adamic lease is not yet over and until then, they have moral right to use the authority they stole from Adam at the garden of Eden.
In the temptation of our Lord at the onset of his ministry, Satan said to him in Luke 4:6 “…and the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it”. Jesus did not tell Satan that he was lying when he said that the authority and glory of the world was given to him. We all know as bible scholars that it was not God but Adam and Eve that gave him that authority which through the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ was restored back to every man who receives him as Lord and personal saviour. He became our sin-offering and destroyed Satan's hold over our destinies. He manifested, showed himself forth as a way to defeat the enemies for our sake and then made us seat with him in the heavenly realm. That position is far greater than the position where Adam sat before the fall. So, God delivers us for his sake.
Prayer: In your justice, mercy and truth, O Lord plead my cause against every enemies that rise against me, giving no room for the oppression of the wicked in Jesus name.
Further Reading: Luke 1:70-75; 1 John 3:8
One-year Bible Reading Plan: Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14; 2 Corinthians 8;1-15; Psalm 49:1-20; Proverbs 22:20-21