Exodus 14:13-14 (KJV)
And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
After the Israelites had been in bondage for over 400 hundred years the Lord sent them a deliverer named Moses. Now we find them on their way out of the Egyptian kingdom and at the edge of the Red Sea. God has visited nine plagues upon the Egyptians and so the Pharaoh told the children of Israel to get out, he agreed to set them free. And with them they took much of the wealth of Egypt in the form of gold, silver, and precious jewels.
But now, after having had some time to reconsider the Pharaoh begins to have second thoughts. He decides that letting them go was a mistake and he pursues after them with six hundred of his chosen chariots.
After many years in bondage the children of Israel came out of Egypt thinking:
• That their bondage was over
• That this chapter of their lives was over.
• That they would never again feel the sting of the whip up on their backs.
• That they would never again suffer the oppression of slavery
But Pharaoh didn't want it to end, he wanted them back under his control.
In a recent sermon our pastor pointed out that Egypt represents sin, that the Israelites going through the Red Sea represents baptism, and that the presence of God in the cloud and the pillar of fire represent the Holy Spirit’s presence to guide and lead us until we receive the promises of God that we have hoped for.
What an insight and encouragement this has been to me from God’s word. God has a plan for my life, God has a plan for your life as well. He wants to free us from the bondage of our sin, to wash us in the waters of baptism, and to give us power for living and reaching the end, our inheritance, by blessing us with His presence through the baptism of the Holy Ghost!
How many of you know that Satan doesn't let go of his former subjects so easily? The devil doesn't like giving up any territory. Once you are freed from the chains of sin he will come after you, he will try and get you back into your chains, and he will use any means necessary.
My purpose today is not to tickle your ears, my purpose is to speak into the lives of those who are being pursued by Satan, to declare to you today that God is going to put an end to Satan’s work in your lives. God gave me this word, to create and establish, that today as the end. I am telling you that the Lord has told me, many of you are going to reach the end.
I don't know what it is in your life that has been trying to destroy you, but you know and God is aware of your situation. I don't know if it’s physical, spiritual, relational, emotional, or if it’s financial, but here's what God says about it.
7 The Lord is good, A stronghold in the day of trouble; And He knows those who trust in Him.
8 But with an overflowing flood He will make an utter end of its place, and darkness will pursue His enemies.
9 What do you conspire against the Lord? He will make an utter end of it. Affliction will not rise up a second time.
How many times have you faced situations and circumstances and problems in your life and wished you could just put an end to it and move on? How many times have you wished you could just say the end, and it would be over with? How many times have you looked at the mountains and the giants you’ve faced and heard the enemy whisper, “You’ll never be free, I’m going to keep coming at you.”
Satan is a liar and he wants you to buy into his lies:
• He wants you to just accept it as normal
• He wants you to think it'll be easier on you if you just learn to live with it.
There's something about us that when our normal is interrupted there is an immediate resistance and we fight against it. But when the situation or problem is persistent, we tend to lose our fight and accept our condition, our situation, our problem as the new normal.
Today I want to stir up the fighter in you. I want to wake up the anointing in you. I want this word to stir up a rebellion in you against everything that is contrary to the Word of God in your life. I don't care how long your addiction or struggle has plagued you, or how long you have suffered in your heart, body, or mind, if it is contrary to the Word of God, then it’s not normal!
You may have learned how to coexist with it. You may have your nitroglycerin tablets, your insulin, your Lortabs, your Xanax, and your Nicotine gum. All these things may help you cope with your lions and your giants, but it is not normal.
Cancer is not normal, diabetes and heart trouble are not normal, drug addiction and alcoholism are not normal, divorce is not normal, homosexuality is not normal, strife and division in your church are not normal, and struggling to pay your bills and living under a burden of debt is not normal.
There may be a history of cancer or diabetes in your family, and the doctors may tell you it's in your DNA, but it’s not normal because you have a new bloodline and a new DNA…
II Corinthians 5:17
“If any man be in Christ he is a new creature old things are passed away behold all things are become new”
You may look at your family tree and see alcoholics, drug addicts and wife beaters, but it’s not normal you have a new family tree, Jesus is the vine and we are the branches! There may be homosexual and lesbians in your family line, but it’s not normal! I’m not concerned with being politically correct this morning, I'm trying to start an uprising against anything and everything that is less than God's will for your life.
You will never experience a change until you recognize what is abnormal, until you identify those things which are out-of-order in your life and you rebel against it. And you will never rebel against what is abnormal and out-of-order until you are convinced of God’s normal and God's divine order for your life.
Sickness cannot be normal when Jesus was beaten to heal us from it! Poverty and lack cannot be normal for children of the King of kings! Fighting and arguing can't be normal in marriage, if our marriages are supposed to be mirror images of our relationship to Jesus! Living under a yoke of fear and worry can't be normal because the Bible says, “God has not given us a spirit of fear but of power and of love and of a sound mind!”
I don't know who I'm talking to, but somebody is making up your mind right now, that the devil has pushed you around long enough, and now you're the one who's going to do the pushing.
I hear the spirit saying, “Behold I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”
I began writing today with this word in my spirit, God told me to prophesy and tell His people, “It’s not over, it’s not ending, it’s not finished, it’s only the beginning – when God is in it, all things are new!”
God said that he is getting ready to put a period at the end of a long hard battle. He said to tell you to quit looking for those old familiar enemies, because you're not going to see them anymore.
He's drowning your enemies.
• Sickness and disease are going down.
• Addictions and bondages are going down.
• Depression is going down.
• Poverty and lack is going down.
• Marriage problems are going down.
• Worry and stress are going down.
You might be asking yourself, ”What do I have to do?”
Here's what God says for you to do…
“Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord that He will show you today, for the Egyptians which you have seen today you shall see them again no more forever.”
In other words, God is saying, just stand over there and watch me work, and while you're praising me, I'll take care of business.
The more you praise Him the bigger he gets.
There are some things God expects us to do and requires us to do. He requires us to read his word and learn his will. He requires us to believe His Word and confess His Word as truth. But when you have done everything you can do, when you prayed, you fasted, you confess the word, you rebuke the devil, you plead the blood, and you shout the name of Jesus, and then you stand!
That’s when Jesus says, ‘I'll take it from here! You stretch out the rod, I'll divide the Red Sea. You walk around the walls and shout, I'll knock them down. You stand on my words, I'll rebuke the cancer. You prophesy to the wind, I'll make the dry bones live again. You surrender to my will, I’ll break the yoke of addiction. You sow your seed, I'll bring the harvest. You stand still and praise me, I'll lose your chains and open the prison doors.”
Today is your day to look from the shore and see your enemy removed from your life forever!