Delivered from the Power of Darkness

Last night, I was reviewing the church’s scripture memory verse for the week. The theme of the verse is we are Delivered from the Power of Darkness. When I think of the term delivered or rescued, the primary thought and emotion that comes to mind is relief. I am not sure if you have ever been trapped in or by something before, but it is a disheartening and defeating feeling.

If you think about emotional, financial or relational traps, I am sure that you can relate. As an African-American, another deliverance that I am constantly reminded of is slavery. The vestiges of institution of slavery still remain in a myriad of ways, but the preeminent slavery connection is man’s slavery to sin.

Ephesians 2:1-3

As for you, you were dead in your transgressions and sins, in which you used to live when you followed the ways of this world and of the ruler of the kingdom of the air, the spirit who is now at work in those who are disobedient. All of us also lived among them at one time, gratifying the cravings of our flesh and following its desires and thoughts. Like the rest, we were by nature deserving of wrath.

2 Corinthians 4:4-6

The god of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers, so that they cannot see the light of the gospel that displays the glory of Christ, who is the image of God. For what we preach is not ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” made his light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ.

Ephesians 5:8-14

For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light (for the fruit of the light consists in all goodness, righteousness and truth) 10 and find out what pleases the Lord. 11 Have nothing to do with the fruitless deeds of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 It is shameful even to mention what the disobedient do in secret. 13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:

“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”

If you will remember, God used Moses to deliver or rescue the Israelites from slavery in Egypt. Likewise, God used Jesus to deliver man from the power of darkness. That is satan’s rule over our hearts and minds through sin. We see that deliverance in Colossians 1:13-14 as well.

13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. (NKJV)

13 For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (NIV)

In Colossians 1:13-14, Paul envisions humanity outside of Christ as being helplessly under the “domain of darkness,” the evil rule of Satan. Those who trust in Christ as Lord and Savior are rescued from satan’s control and brought under the dominion and protection of God’s Son.

It is only through Jesus we can be freed from the control and reign of sin in our lives. The verses above outline that for us. It is only Jesus who has Delivered from the Power of Darkness. If you don’t know Jesus as Lord and Savior, you still controlled by the Power of Darkness.  In the words of Joseph Cinque from the movie Amistad: Give us, us free



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