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Jan. 20. Devotion:You need a Savior


Exodus 2:23-25 And it came to pass in process of time, that 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.

[24] And God heard their groaning, and God remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac, and with Jacob.

[25] And God looked upon the children of Israel, and God had respect unto them.

Exodus 3:17 And I have said, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt unto the land of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites, unto a land flowing with milk and honey.

Have you ever felt that you have prayed and there is never an answer? Do you feel you have been hurting so long and you feel forgotten? To be a slave of your circumstances is one of the most hopeless of all the emotions we can feel. When it seems that the enemy and everyone around us is prospering while we are deteriorating into less and less of a life worth living, then we find ourselves with no other options seemingly than to just surrender in defeat. This is exactly where God’s people found themselves. Israel had been enslaved for over four hundred years and there was no relief in sight. They had, at one time, believed that God loved them and would surely come to deliver them from the cruel hands of the Egyptians. After all, the Egyptians were pagans and they all but mocked God to HIS face with their idolatry of Pharaoh and their false gods. Why would God allow them to suffer at the hands of unbelievers let alone to become their slaves? God’s people were at an all-time low with no hope for deliverance. You know they had to wonder if God had forgotten them or perhaps the Lord did NOT care about them after all.

Have you ever felt this way concerning your situation? You’re not alone. Suffering has been going on from the beginning, since sin entered in the world (in the garden). Our sufferings can be used by God to become another’s hope and to become our catalyst of FRESH FAITH right when we need it MOST! God DID know about HIS people and HE not only knew about them, HE cared very deeply at what they were having to endure at the hands of another. When we are helpless to save ourselves, then we need a savior! When we are utterly defenseless and without hope then it is without question that we need saving! This is the place where Israel found herself; needing a savior and needing to be saved. You don’t need a savior unless you need to be saved right?

But how many of us who are living in bondage, or enduring a situation where we are completely defenseless and unable to help ourselves really know we need a savior? It’s one thing to long to be saved from something or even someone, but it’s another thing to know and believe you need a savior. God was waiting for the perfect time to come when HIS people would be looking, not just to be saved, but longing for a savior. When that day arrived, the Lord bent down low to the earth where they were suffering, leaning in to hear the cry of HIS children, “I need a savior, because I need to be saved”. Delivering us from bondage and restoring hope and joy for living is possible. My friend, it’s possible all because God gave us a Savior, HIS name is Jesus! Hallelujah! Where Jesus is, there is freedom, power over the enemy and strength for the journey. More importantly…where Jesus is – bondage IS NOT!

What struggles do you have today that you simply cannot conquer? You need a Savior. What shackles do you fight to be free from? You need a Savior. What oppressor do you seek to be free from? You need a Savior. What sorrow do you need to overcome? You need a Savior. Whatever the need in your life today, you have a Savior! The God of Heaven sees you right where you are and HE can and will save you. HE sent a Savior over two thousand years ago in order to set you free from the land of bondage, fear, sorrow, hopelessness, pain and suffering. Just as the children of Israel did, would you cry out to HIM today and leave the land of Egypt behind!

Bro. Lawrence Longworth

Isaiah 61:1 “the opening of the prison to them that are bound;”


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