Stand Firm! The Lord is Bringing Deliverance!
We now find ourselves in a place not so different from the Israelites as they left Egypt behind and were heading in the direction of their Promised land. They were stepping into uncharted territory and every step they took would be new ground they had never seen.
The Israelites thought they had left Egypt behind and had not been gone long when Pharaoh orchestrated his plan to overtake them. Of course, they were terrified, and grumbled against Moses. Then, Moses uttered words that would usher them into a NEW MODE OF OPERATION and COMPLETE RELIANCE on God. In Ex. 14:13, "Moses answered the people, 'Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.'"
The Church has stepped into a new era and great season of transition. Like the Israelites, we are stepping into uncharted territory and new lands for the Kingdom. Scripture tells us the Egyptians followed the Israelites into the midst of the sea, even as God walled up the waters for the Israelites to pass through. How afraid the children of Israel must have been! It is no surprise, then, that in similar fashion the enemy has sent his legions of demons to "nip at the heels" of the people of God as we purpose to move forward into our new lands, as well. But, God has a place of faith and rest for His people in this tumultuous time just as He did for Moses and the Israelites. God will release His Divine strategies, plans, and directives to those who purpose in their hearts to seek Him above all else.
The Church has stepped into a time of deeper reliance and acknowledgment that it is His strength, and His strength alone that will take us into our lands. Old patterns of self reliance or operating according to the world's wisdom will no longer suffice. God wants us to hide in His Presence under the shadow of His wings, and yet maintain forward movement for His Kingdom.
God provided dry ground for the Israelites to go through the sea. As we stand firm in His deliverance He will provide our own dry ground when it seems there is no way. We are to KEEP OUR EYES ON HIS PRESENCE as our guide, not looking behind at the enemy's pursuit.
I believe as we keep our eyes on Him and purpose to follow His directives, He will direct our steps. It was in the last watch of the night that the LORD looked down at the Egyptian army in pursuit and "threw it into confusion". He literally jammed the wheels of their chariots so they had difficulty driving! I believe the LORD is about to jam the wheels of the enemy's chariots as they are thrown into great confusion.
We can partner with the Spirit of God in this brand new era by purposing to come into agreement with what He is saying and doing. Just as Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, God will give us assignments to release decrees that change and shape world happenings and events as we bring the Kingdom of Heaven to earth. This is the Church's time to rise and shine as we use our mouths to release what Father is releasing. We use our keys to bind on earth what has already been bound in Heaven, and loose on earth what has already been loosed in Heaven.
We live in a time of prophetic promise unlike any other. Like the Israelites, we do not always clearly see the steps ahead of us, but we KNOW the One who orders our steps. We KNOW the Great Deliverer who has said, "Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today." (Ex. 14:13)