Wholly His

26 March 2013

The Lord said, “Surely I have seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry…I am aware of their sufferings.  So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite…….”  Ex 3:7-8

The eye of the Lord is always watching over His people.  He is watching over those that know Him and those that don’t, because He knows all men.  He sees our suffering and understands it better than we do.  He is the All-Knowing One.  Where we experience abuse, trauma, set-back, and pain and try to understand, “Why me?,”  our Father God has an answer.  He knows His adversary, the devil, is real and has a plan to destroy all of God’s creation.  We may not even believe in the devil, but that does not mean he is not real.  God knows all these things, and He has an answer – His Name is Jesus.  Jesus paid the price for all mankind to be bought back from the devil who led us into sin, who led us away from our Heavenly Father.  The Blood of Jesus ensures that we can enter into God’s Presence and be restored into His family.

God sees the oppression of people today.  He sees the corruption in the world, brought about by greed, lust, and the desire for power.  Just as in Moses’ day, when God’s people were captive under the hand of Egypt’s Pharaoh, we too are held captive by the corruption in the world. God allows this to happen so that we will recognize that our hearts are no longer solely devoted to Him, but that we have embraced the idols of the land.  I’m not talking about little statues!  No, I’m speaking about anything that takes higher priority in our life than God.  The major strategy the devil uses is to clutter our hearts and minds with all kinds of activities, work, and interests.  There is no inherent evil in any of these things, but when we devote all of our time to them, we are, in effect, worshipping them.  We confuse God’s plan of blessing with a twisted lie of the devil.  We may start out thinking, “I  work because I must provide for my family.”  Over time, however, we may get caught in the devil’s trap of becoming a workaholic, because we don’t understand that God has a plan of blessing for us as we seek to obey His command to provide for our family.  In the beginning, God said it was good for a man to work.  Along with that He  instituted a day of rest for our good, and He said He would bless (prosper) the work of our hands when we work according to His plans.  Following God’s plan, we will not be in lack.   Yet, greed for more, bigger and better often overtakes us.  What started out as providing for our family becomes a plan of acquiring more.  We fall into traps of spending more than we make so we can do more faster.  Focus on our family gets lost because we are running so hard to keep up with the plan of oppression that we’ve fallen into unknowingly.  This is idolatrous thinking, we’ve completely lost touch with the way God thinks about work.

The Israelites cried out to God for many years while they were slaves, but the day came when God said, “Enough!”   Today is that day!  Today, God has said, “I am coming down to deliver them from the power of the Pharaohs.”  When I say “today,” I do not mean this very day, March 26, 2013, I mean in this season of 2013.  This is a season of  God’s deliverance.   He is overthrowing evil agents and opening prison doors for many to walk out into their freedom.   God is doing this all over the earth, He is making a way.  However, you must choose to walk out.  God parted the Red Sea, but the people had to walk through it.  You might look at the condition of the world today and ask, “Where is God overthrowing evil?”  Let me tell you, if you will ask God for help right now, He will overthrow the evil in your life and make a way of escape for you.  He says, “You have not because you ask not.”  Ask Him and see what He will do for you.  He loves you more than you know and He is still doing miracles today.

Another great deliverance story is found in the books of Ezra and Nehemiah.  The Israelites had been taken as captives in Babylon.  They had been removed from the Promised Land because of their idolatry; they had mixed their worship of Almighty God with the gods of the land.  They were divided in their devotion and they reduced God to what they wanted Him to be rather than Who He really was.  God had set a season of time for their discipline, 70 years in captivity.  When that time was over, God said, “I am coming down to deliver my people.”  He caused the hearts of the Persian Kings to be favorable to the Jews and to initiate a return to the Promised Land.  God opened the door for return, but many  people were too comfortable in their place of captivity.  They did not take God up on His deliverance, they stayed in Babylon.

Those who did return to Jerusalem had to examine their hearts and identify the idols, the practices, the desires that would keep them from being wholly His even though they were back in their land.  Just returning to the land would not cause them to love God with all their heart, all their soul and all their strength.  They had to make some changes in the way they thought, in other words, they had to repent.  Repent means to “change the way you think.”

Almighty God is opening doors and calling His people back to the safety of His Kingdom and His family.  All of His plans for you are good.  He truly has prepared for us a land flowing with milk and honey.  He wants to rescue people from the oppression that has come to define our lives.  Can you hear Him calling your name?  If so, get up and walk with Him through the open door.  If you can’t see the door yet, ask Him to open your eyes and make the way clear.  Do not be afraid.  It might seem scary and uncomfortable to walk through a door you do not recognize, but God is our Ever-Present Helper.  Through the person of Holy Spirit, He walks alongside of us, comforts us, encourages us and strengthens us to cross over into a new place of blessing and freedom.  Unclutter your heart and your mind, change your thinking and begin to search out the life that Father God has prepared for you.

This is made possible by Jesus, our Passover Lamb.  He was slain for your freedom.  Receive your redemption today!


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