I was recently asked in a course I am taking, Why did Jesus feel deliverance was necessary?” My answer summed up is He wants us to walk in wholeness with Him and He knows that there is a hinderance to that through the enemy.
There is a “religious spirit” that I believe is plaguing us today. It has created fear and blindness to the truth. It has left us paralyzed to believe for the “more of God”.
This “religious spirit” has been plaguing the church from the beginning of time. Satan is a deceiver and he even uses the word of God and twists it to keep us from knowing truth.
In Matthew Henry’s commentary of Isaiah 6:9-10 he states, “Many hear the sound of God’s word, but do not feel the power of it. God sometimes, in righteous judgment, gives men up to blindness of mind, because they will not receive the truth in the love of it.”
Then Matthew Henry’s commentary of Isaiah 42:7 goes on to say, “The work of redemption brings back man to the obedience he owes to God as his Maker. Christ is the light of the world. And by his grace he opens the understandings Satan has blinded, and sets at liberty from the bondage of sin.” Satan is the one blinding us to the truth. Satan is blinding man to keep us from seeing our truth character. Barnes [internet source from biblehub.com] notes on this bible verse says this, “The condition of the world is often represented as one of darkness and blindness. Men see not their true character; they see not their real condition; they are ignorant of God, and of the truths pertaining to their future existence; and they need, therefore, someone who shall enlighten, and sanctify, and save them.” This is where the necessity of deliverance comes in. Deliverance is removing the blinders the enemy has placed on us and it allows us to have our eyes opened to truth to see ourselves in our full identity through the eyes of our creator. Deliverance is what Christ is referring to when he says, “proclaim that captives will be released and prisoners will be freed” [Isaiah 61:1].
We have been put in prison by the enemy and it is our lack of knowledge of deliverance that holds us there. God has provided a way out and He is saying that inIsaiah 42:18, “Hear, you deaf; look, you blind, and see!” He is speaking here to His children.
Matthew 13:15 in The Passion Translation says, “Their minds are dull and slow to perceive, their ears are plugged and are hard of hearing, and they have deliberately shut their eyes to the truth. Otherwise they would open their eyes to see, and open their ears to hear, and open their minds to understand. Then they would turn to me and let me instantly heal them.
2 Corinthians 4:4 clearly shows us and confirms the source of our blindness, “Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God.” Matthew Henry in his commentary on this scripture says it better than I can, “Christ by his gospel makes a glorious discovery to the minds of men. But the design of the devil is, to keep men in ignorance; and when he cannot keep the light of the gospel of Christ out of the world, he spares no pains to keep men from the gospel, or to set them against it. The rejection of the gospel is here traced to the willful blindness and wickedness of the human heart.”
These verses leave us to ponder the question, "In what ways am I being blinded and deafened by the god of this world?"
In my final comment I must quote another commentary from Barnes’ in regard to Isaiah 42:7, “It denotes that he would rescue those who were confined in mental darkness by sin; and that their deliverance from the thralldom and darkness of sin would be as wonderful as if a prisoner should be delivered suddenly from a dark cell, and be permitted to go forth and breathe the pure air of freedom. Such is the freedom which the gospel imparts; nor can there be a more striking description of its happy effects on the minds and hearts of darkened and wretched people”
All I can say is wow, I want that freedom for myself and for everyone else! As I am walking through my personal deliverance journey I can say that I feel freer and lighter and have a clarity of mind like never before.