Lord, Please Deliver Me – From Myself

There are many things that we may pray for deliverance from.  Tobacco, alcohol, drugs, sex, just to name a few.  But, there are other things too, like gossip, depression, anger, selfishness.  And then there are the things that come at us on a daily basis like enemies, bosses, employees, rude store clerks, railing family members, disobedient children, the list is endless.  Interestingly, however, none of those things pose the biggest threat to our well-being.

No, the biggest thing we need deliverance from is ourselves.  Let me explain.

I’m in control of my own emotions.  No one can make me angry, upset, or lose control without my participation.  No one can stick their foot into my 0wn mouth better, or more frequently, than I can.  No one can take me down the  path to depression faster than I can.

Most of the time we judge ourselves more harshly than anyone else.  We experience guilt, shame, disgrace, and feelings of inferiority, without anyone else’s help.

Of course, there are many folks who do not do much self-examination at all.  They tend to be superior to everyone else, you know the type.  If you are one of the folks, and are reading this then this article won’t make much sense to you, since you have always felt you are superior to everyone else all of your pitiful life.

But, I think normal folks do have moments of self-examination and reflection.  While we may hide many of our faults from those around us, we know how fallible we really are.  Jesus confronted just such a man in Mark chapter 9:

Jesus said to him, “If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.” 
Immediately the father of the child cried out and said with tears, “Lord, I believe; help my unbelief!” 

This is an interesting statement.  It tells of the inner struggle this man had in believing that Jesus could heal the child.  But, it also tells of the wisdom of the man in recognizing that although we have belief, it is sometimes mixed with doubt, or unbelief.

It is a big step to take when we begin to recognize our greatest problem and challenge doesn’t come from without, but from within.  How we face our daily challenges determine what kind of person people see and remember.  Each person faces a unique set of circumstances, not one of which is the same as anyone else.  Although we may face similar situations, losing a loved one, getting married, getting divorced, etc…  each person’s situation is so unique as to be unlike any other.

Who can help us through this mine field?  If we can’t fully control ourselves where do we turn?  If we are our own worst enemy, where can we go?

The answer lies in prayer.  So, while we meet our daily challenges, let us remember to seek deliverance.  Deliverance from ourselves, so we can be the people God wants us to be.

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2 Responses to “Lord, Please Deliver Me – From Myself”

  1. Bea McGuire Says:

    I loved this blog and it is so true! Blessings….

  2. Carrie Says:

    Chuck, I loved this blog! SO VERY TRUE!!

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