God’s people are led by his own presence. He will not leave them alone, but the pressure is on. God carefully tells Moses of the terrifying threat coming behind them and shows him what to do. They are free from their oppression, but now the past seems to be coming after them as their enemy chases them into the desert.
Jesus, our Passover lamb, has done everything needed to save us. Yet sometimes Satan, our enemy comes after us with our past, often in our own thoughts and whispers: “ God couldn’t really forgive someone with a heart like yours?” Or “You think God really wants someone like you to be his child?” Or “You are not free. Jesus can’t change you.” Or “You were so broken and wounded you’ll never really be free.” or “God loves other people and fills them with His Spirit, but not someone with a past like you.” Or “Jesus is not with you.” Some of us even hear the lie, “You were doing better back then, you don’t need Jesus to forgive you or free you.” When these lies come at us from behind, we often don’t notice who is speaking. The enemy is terrified that you will live freed by Jesus and desperate to keep you from the power of the cross and the transforming work of the Holy Spirit in your life. When the enemy of their past comes into view, watch how God’s people react. They panic, complaining bitterly, certain they will be destroyed. They forget God’s power over creation, over the gods of the Egyptians, over life and death itself, and they even say it would have been better to stay in the place of bondage. The Lord gives Moses clear words to remind them that they do not need to fight for themselves. Then the Lord puts the angel of his presence behind them to stand between them and their enemies all through the night until they have crossed the Red Sea. God fights for them.
We need to recognize the enemy coming after us, but we must not try to stand against him ourselves, or believe we can somehow think ourselves into real freedom. It’s not about you fighting for yourself; it’s all about Jesus. He stands between you and your past and between you and the enemy. Nothing can separate you from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus. You can trust him to lead you out of the past and fight for you always.
Pray: Romans 8:37-39: “No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”
Pray that you and those you are praying for will know you cannot conquer on your own, but only through Christ who loves you. Pray that you and they will know with all your hearts that nothing, no spiritual power, not life nor death, present or future or anything else can separate you from the love of God in Christ. Pray that you and they will allow Jesus to stand between you and the enemy of your souls, between you and the past, you and the future, between you and any opposition or distraction to your faith and trust him to fight for you.
Summer Resource Links
A Special Opportunity THIS WEEK-
This week we have the opportunity to hear Linda Boyette speak to the women of Hartsville, Ohio at their summer retreat. Follow the link to hear Linda’s messages. This link is available for a limited time. Click here for Linda’s messages