Bible In One Year-Day 23 (January 23, 2014)
Ex4:30-31 “…Then he did the signs in the sight of the people. So the people believed; …” God sent Moses to two sets of people; The Israelites (His people) and Pharaoh (representing the prince of this world) in Egypt (representing the world). To the Israelites, he told them God wants them out of Egypt because their cry got to Him. To Pharaoh, God only gave him the privilege to know about the mission (whether he liked it or not). For this assignment to be done, Moses must make the people of God believe in the mission, i.e. get their mind prepared and ready for the battle because Pharaoh will not let go easily; also to win their confidence. Those signs made them to believe, just as Jesus declared in John4:48.
John 4:48 “Then said Jesus to him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe.”
There is a difference between ‘belief’ and ‘faith’. To believe is to accept or have confidence in the capability of something based on evidence on ground; while still considering fear. Faith, on the other hand, sees beyond the present appearance of any threat, i.e. no fear is considered even if the situation seems fearful or without any supporting evidence for its ability. Faith carries the element of total trust with it. The Israelites failed in their journey because they traveled in belief only (with fear still in them, i.e. without faith despite all evidences) and that was why God was angry with them, “… Children in whom is no faith”, Deut32:20. Many Christians are actually in this state; they pray in fear and not in faith, confess in fear, not in faith. By believing we are justified, but by faith we become the righteousness of God and sanctified. Faith is a gift by the Holy Spirit that purifies the heart (Acts15:8-9) and it is only received by hearing the word of life, John6:63.
Acts 15:8-9 “And God, which knoweth the hearts, bare them witness, giving them the Holy Spirit, even as he did to us; And put no difference between us and them, purifying their hearts by faith.”
If the Israelites had rejected Moses, he wouldn’t have been able to bring them out of Egypt. Christians who stand to pray in fear find testimonies hard to obtain because fear is a stronghold for Satan. In the state of belief, one can waver; when it is tough, God is doubted, but when there is a little relief, ‘God is good’. This was Moses’ trouble with the Israelites after his meeting with Pharaoh. Pharaoh’s action after the meeting with Moses and Aaron is what we call satanic rage in spiritual warfare. This happen when you start praying the correct and target hitting prayer; the kind of prayer that shakes the ground and destabilizes the camp of darkness, Acts4:24-31. The rage of the enemy is just for him to become food for the sword of destruction Jer46:7-10. I love the way it is expressed in Jer46:17; ‘just a noise’. I pray that the satanic noise of the enemy that is giving you concerns be silenced in the name of Jesus. In Ex6, Moses went to meet the Lord to tell Him about his plight. God promised great deliverance, not with the known name, but with a new name for that purpose; JEHOVAH!!! A name that turns the confidence of the enemy against the enemy; what used to be the enemy’s satisfaction is now turned to problem, and the comfort became a concern. In Ex7, the waters in the river was supposed to give Pharaoh the morning comfort, but it became a concern. When you call on that name, what you are saying is that you want God to use what the enemy has, to fight the enemy. JEHOVAH means the God of salvation, Ex6:6/Isaiah12:2.
Isaiah 12:2 “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and not be afraid: for the LORD JEHOVAH is my strength and my song; he also is become my salvation.”
By this name, He uses everything necessary to rescue His people from satanic bondage. The enemy may be heady, he is just a noise, he might pose to you as a lion in the dream, let him know that you are a child of the Lion of Judah. Anyhow the enemy appears to you, God is always there to raise a standard against him, Isaiah59:19.
Isaiah 59:19 “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and his glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.”
The Apostles, Acts4, prayed the prayer of faith, the earth shook. You must have confidence and faith in the name of the LORD, you must add faith to the calling on the name of the LORD;
Proverbs 18:10 “The name of the LORD is a strong tower: the righteous runneth into it, and is safe.”
Faith in that name makes it work for you according to the meaning of the name you call. Jehovah Jireh is the God that supplies sufficiently, Jehovah Rappha is invoking the power of mysterious healing (Isaiah53:5), Jehovah El-Shaddai is the God that is bigger than all your problems and mountains. Only by faith are you counted as a descendant of Abraham, Gal3:7-9.
Galatians 3:7-9 “Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham. And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel to Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.”
God appeared to His people in diverse ways in the past and so He is called by the particular action He took in those circumstances. But He has exalted the name of Jesus above every name attributed to Him as a result of His submission to death. While He was walking on earth, the name Jesus was just Jesus; but after death, God exalted that name. There is therefore not any other name that supercedes the name JESUS. You may call Him with those names to magnify Him, only the name JESUS shakes heaven, earth and even hell (i.e. darkness).
Philippians 2:8-11 “And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient to death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
THERE IS POWER IN THE NAME OF JESUS! When you talk in that name, all attentions are drawn, in heaven, on earth and underneath the earth. However, if the name is not from a genuine heart, Satan may attack such person. This is why you must be part of God’s household by giving your life to Jesus before you can be qualified to use it with result.
Prayer: O God JEHOVAH, arise, and shake the camp of darkness into desolation, in the name of Jesus. Next mile in the trip is Exodus8-10. Keep the fire burning and alive. Tell somebody about JESUS today!!!