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Being Prepared For Counter Attacks
8/6/2014

And the Lord said, “Simon, Simon! Indeed, Satan has asked for you, that he may sift you as wheat.  But I have prayed for you, that your faith should not fail; and when you have returned to Me, strengthen your brethren.” Luke 22:31-32

So here is the setting; the Israelites had been set free from the bondage of Pharaoh and of Egypt.   God—through Moses—is leading them to the Red Sea, when suddenly as if his eyes were opened, Pharaoh realizes his slaves are no longer subject to his lordship.  No longer would he have control over them or have use of their lives.  Satan—through Pharaoh—had gone up against God, and he had been soundly defeated as God had shown His power and might throughout the plagues coming upon Egypt. But Satan would counterattack.

This very thing happens to us when we accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  As Christian men and women we have been freed from the bondage of sin, and subsequently we have also been delivered.   But just as in the case of the Israelites, we will face counterattacks by Satan and his emissaries. We can be especially vulnerable when we are new in our walk with God and we are just experiencing a newness of our Christian life.

   As we read the book of Exodus and see how God specifically led the people to the Red Sea, we soon realize this would be the first of a long series of tests allowed by God.  Each test was a way of stretching their faith and implementing the things they had learned from their previous experiences. It is interesting to think how God is doing the very same thing in each and every one of our lives.  Not only can we learn from our previous experiences, we should also learn from the history of others as recorded in the Bible.

When the Israelites had realized Pharaoh and his men were bearing down upon them in the desert, they lost faith and began to cry out, but Moses told them, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today.”  But it is interesting to me that God interjects to Moses at this point and says, “Tell the children of Israel to go forward” (Ex. 14:11-15).  In other words, Don’t just sit there, keep moving forward.

Q:         So, what can we learn from this story about the exodus of God’s people?

We can learn we will be attacked once we have made a profession of faith in Jesus and have chosen to walk after Him. The attacks can be from both unbelievers and believers—in either case it is the devil behind the attacks.  Regardless of who the attacks come from we should remain calm and continue to stand in the truth of God’s promises, and choose to walk in faith—knowing He is going to defend us. This is our faithbuilder.

Maybe today you can find that you relate to the Israelites being challenged in their hope and faith.  Maybe you are finding yourself at a dead end of a relationship with no hope.   Perhaps you are without a job and are suffering financially and as a result you may be feeling overwhelmed.  Maybe there is someone close to you who is being used by the enemy to attack you. 

If this is you then I want to encourage you today—God is going to see you through it. You don’t have to fear any attack, or what you may be facing.  Simply keep walking in the direction God is leading you. It might seem like a dead-end, but choose to walk into it with confidence, because it just might be the path God is choosing to lead you through. Focus on Christ and trust in Him because He will guide you every step of the way.

STUDY QUESTION: What will likely happen once we have made a profession of faith in Jesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Can you see where the devil has attacked you after you made your profession of faith, or after you have done something for the Lord?

PRACTCAL APPLICATION: Do not fear, but choose to walk in faith as you keep your eyes fixed upon Jesus.  He will see us through these times when we are tempted.

MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER: Father, thank You for protecting me and not allowing Satan to touch my life. I praise You for Your protection and Your guidance in all I do. Help me to clearly see the lies within the enemy’s temptations.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 


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