Bible In One Year –Day 24 (January 24, 2014)
In Ex5:2, Pharaoh asked, out of ignorance, “Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice …” Pharaoh was enjoying his inflictions on the Israelis. He thought he was the most powerful king on earth and that for Moses to come in and demand for the freedom of the Israelis was an insult on him. If the Israelis had a God, why were they in bondage? That particular Pharaoh grew to know Israelis as slaves, instrument of hard labor, inferior persons and so there was not any reason for their freedom. To Pharaoh, the Israelis were not human beings because he loved and respected animals more than them. He preferred the death of 10 Israelis to the death of one of his cattle. That was why Moses said if they had to kill an animal for sacrifice in the land of Egypt, they would be stoned. People looked at pharaoh as a god. From chapter7, God started introducing Himself to Pharaoh. The magicians were the first to recognize God’s act, Ex8:19.
Exodus 8:19 “Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: …”
Reading Isaiah44:24-27, you could see the mightiness of God JEHOVAH. He takes no non-sense from the enemies of His children. He declared “I will beat down his foes before his face, And plague those who hate him”, Ps89:23. I pray for you that any authority standing against your moving to the next level shall be plagued and wiped off by the finger of God Jehovah, in the name of Jesus. A child of God should not give up in any spiritual battle. It could be more dangerous doing so. Ex8:15 says “… Pharaoh saw that there was relief, he hardened his heart ….” Don’t ever give the enemy a breathing space until you get your total deliverance. Many people run into the church when they are faced with problems. Devil being a deceitful foe (Ex8:29) cannot stand the finger of God. What he does is come and speak silently to you “you have been fasting, praying, giving your tithe and attending church all this while, what has it done for you. Get out and forget about prayers. It is not as hard as that …” This is what we call satanic sermon and a weak Christian yields to that. Many are very close to their breakthrough, the enemy takes the burden away temporarily and such leave the presence of God. Whoever read Ex8-11, prayerfully, will know that it is quite dangerous to give up when in battle with the enemy. Is the devil using your spouse, children, career or wellbeing to inflict hardship, don’t give up. Very soon the Lord, who seats in the heavenly places, shall laugh them to scorn. In Ex9:11, the magicians were silenced with torture and in Ex10, Pharaoh’s servants are confronting Pharaoh. Pharaoh’s kingdom was breaking apart gradually. The Israelis became spectators to the gradual destruction of the confidence of their problem. What do you think of Isa30:15, “… in quietness and in strength shall be your strength, …” God was using that to write a testimony for them, their children and the unborn, Ex10:2/Joel1:3. I pray for you that you shall soon share your testimony in the name of Jesus. Moses stood his ground of total (not compromising) deliverance; “… not a hoof shall be left behind. …” Ex10:26. This should be the heart of a child of God. You should reject every compromising demand and suggestions of the enemy. Anything you leave behind could be a point of contact for the enemy to stage a comeback. Even the profits the enemy made over you should be spoiled in the power of the Holy Ghost and the name of Jesus. Has the enemy taken over your marriage, career, children, finance or health? Don’t give up. Keep the fire of prayer burning and alive. Prayer: Any gain of darkness over my life, I spoil you by the fire in the Blood of Jesus (by this you recover whatever you have lost to the enemy). The next mile in the trip is Exodus11-13. Keep the fire burning and alive. Tell somebody about JESUS today!!!