As we wrap up 2018, I want to give you some words that I believe will set the stage for 2019. I have been meditating on a verse that has always given me such strength and I want to share it with you. Exodus 14:12-14 is the exchange of words that the Lord had with Moses and the children of Israel as they approached the Red Sea with the Egyptian army closing in. The Israelites had just been miraculously liberated from their enslavement in Egypt and were still adjusting to their new leader, Moses, and what lay ahead of them. Challenged with crossing the impossible, they stood at the Red Sea with a sense of confusion and panic. Exodus 14:12 says, “Did we not tell you in Egypt, Let us alone; let us serve the Egyptians? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness.” This emotional erratic outburst is the result of pressure, which comes when there is a demand for action without knowledge or understanding.
Moses’ response in Exodus 14:13-14 to the Israelite’s complaint is what I want you to see and take as your platform from which you face all pressure in any area of life.
Exodus 14:13-14 reads, “Moses told the people, Fear not; stand still (firm, confident, undismayed) and see the salvation of the Lord which He will work for you today. For the Egyptians you have seen today you shall never see again.14 The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace and remain at rest.”
Here’s how the Lord showed it to me for you and I want you to see it just the way I wrote it in my journal.
Tell the people…
-The Lord will work for you
-The Lord will fight for you
Hold your peace
Remain at rest
“Fear not” is a command and God’s commands are accompanied with ability and authority. So decide right now, I WILL NOT FEAR! (Psalms 23:4)
Ephesians 6:13-14 reads, “Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand, stand therefore…”There’s an acronym for the word “stand” that I have always admired which is, Simply Trust And Never Doubt. Psalms 46:10 says, “Be still, and know that I am God;” Standing still is a confident position formed from a revealed knowledge of Christ that dissolves all doubt.
Another word for “Hold your peace” is “Be quiet!” In other words complaining or speaking doubt disables and holds you captive. John 12:50 records the words of Jesus, “And I know that His command is everlasting life. Therefore, whatever I speak, just as the Father has told me, so I speak.” The key to victory in times of pressure is speaking God’s Word only.
This last statement is of utmost importance. “Remain” is defined as, “To continue, to stay in the place one has been occupying.” Also, “Continue to possess a particular quality.” Ephesians 2:6 says, “And raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” Matthew 11:28-29 reads, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.” Every trial and opposition you are facing physically, mentally, relationally, and financially is nothing more than natural circumstances opposing the reality of Christ’s work in you and your place of authority in Him. Do not relinquish your rest, fight the good fight of faith, cast all care and know God always leads you in triumph in Christ.