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Counter Attacks

Counter Attacks
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 (NKJV)

When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, he and his officials changed their minds about them and said, "What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!" So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him (Ex 14:5-6)
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 now Satan would have another stab at coming against God's chosen people he would counter attack.
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 counter attacks 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 this same 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 God's Word.

Q:    What can we learn from this story about the exodus of the God's people?

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."  God interjects to Moses at this point and says, "Tell the children of Israel to go forward" (Ex. 14:11-15).

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 attack can be from others who are not saved, or it can even be through those who have also made a profession of faith but are not abiding in God's will. In either case it is the devil behind the attacks.
The second thing we can glean from this story is this - once we are seeing an attack come against us, we shouldn't freak out. We need to 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 faith builder.

Hey, maybe you can relate to the Israelites today.  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, and you don't have to sit there and act like a victim either.  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?
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.
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 see the lies wrapped in the enemy's temptations.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...
Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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