Bible In One Year- Day 25 (January 25, 2015)
Battle of the gods!!! Exo7-13 is the true picture of Jesus’ word in Matt12:29.
Matthew 12:29 “Or else how can one enter into a strong man’s house, and seize his goods, except he shall first bind the strong man? and then he will plunder his house.”
You need a stronger hand to deal with the power behind your predicament and that is Jesus. Moses’ statements in Exo10:29/11:8 are profound and it marks the beginning of the final battle in the war. May I briefly remark that there is a difference between a battle and a war. War is a conflict between two opposing forces which lasts a period of time to achieve a particular goal (i.e. two different goals struggling for survival or dominance), while battles are series of encounters between the opposing parties within the war; i.e. there could be ten battles in a war. On the other hand, we could define battle as a step by step stripping of an opponent of its strengths or powers. Moses stripped Pharaoh of his strengths and powers through series of battles with different plagues in order to win the war of deliverance for the Israelites. Christians who understand spiritual warfare do not give up after each battle. Each battle might warrant different tactic (plague) from the previous or subsequent battle. You may lose a battle (which just warrants you to retreat for more power), it does not mean the enemy will win the war. Each plague period is a battle while the total period is the war for deliverance. You will win the war in the name of Jesus. The battles before the final battle achieved two very important goals. The goals were to prepare the ground for the fulfillment of Gen15:14 “… they shall come out with great possession”. Secondly, the battles weakened Pharaoh’s strength by shifting the focus of his people to Moses with respect and this is evident in Exod11:3.
Exodus 11:3 “And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.”
The more you bombard satanic kingdom with prayers, the more you become a terror and threat to the agents and demonic spirits and the more the glory of God is revealed through you, just as Moses declared in Exod11:8 “… all these your servants shall come down to me and bow down to me …”. God needs such hearts in this end time; hearts that would never take “no” for an answer or compromise in any form. All along, Pharaoh’s lieutenants were the ones reacting to Moses’ plagues; they were all defeated without any gainsay. But after dealing with them, the chief warrior of the Egyptians, Pharaoh, pursued the Israelites through the Red Sea. Unfortunately, it was an error that ended in tragedy in favor of the Israelites. The fear of the Israelites became favor from the Lord and their silence broke forth into singing. Before their eyes, their threats sank in the Red Sea. The final battle in a war is with the strong man of the enemy and not until that is fought, DON’T GIVE UP! Why? So that God’s wonders can be multiplied (Exod11:9) as a living testimony among unbelievers.
Exodus 11:9 “And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt.”
The multiplication of a testimony is for it to outlive the generation that witnessed it. For us to be reading about the testimony of the Israelites is because of the multiplication factor. I pray that your testimony shall go from generation to generation in the name of Jesus. This month shall be the beginning of testimonies for you (12:2) in the name of Jesus. Beloved, the way to the Promised Land is near, but the wilderness experience is needful to strengthen and build faith in you so that when you face the powers occupying your promised land, you don’t turn back to Egypt, Exod13:17-18.
Exodus 13:17-18 “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.”
The prophetic banner of purpose was Joseph’s bones in the coffin. For as long as that was there, the Promised Land was sure. In Exod13:21, we could see that God became the first GPS and compass known to man.
Exodus 13:21 “And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:”
The God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel will be your God in your journey through life. It is His promise in Isaiah42:16.
Isaiah 42:16 “And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not forsake them.”
Jesus is our Passover Lamb. His blood safeguards us from all evils that operate day and night. We are redeemed by His blood and through the same shedding of the blood we have life eternal. When you secure your life in Him, then you have insurance with a policy as stated in Psalm91. Prayer: Let the mark of the blood of Jesus of divine favor and protection be upon me and family, in the name of Jesus (prayer adopted from the book PRAYER RAIN, by Dr. D. K. Olukoya). The next mile in the trip is Exodus14-16. Keep the fire burning and alive. Spread the gospel and tell somebody about Jesus today!!!