Through the Word in 2020 / Feb. 5


We are reading the Bible through together this year, using the Discipleship Journal Reading Plan published by the Navigators. You can download it free of charge from: https://www.navigators.org/resource/bible-reading-plans/
Today’s 4 readings are: Matthew 12:22-37; Acts 17:16-34; Psalm 28, Exodus 13-15. 

 

It is amazing how God’s dealings with the Children of Israel grant us lasting insight into how He still continues to deal with the Saints in every generation. And part of our reading today in Exodus 14:10-15 is one such wonderful example.
 
As with the immediate aftermath of Israel fleeing the confines of Egypt, it is not unusual for the newly minted Christian, to suddenly and fearfully find him or herself pursued by his former sins in a most menacing way. How fiercely they come seeking fresh dominion. And at times, it may seem as though remaining as was would be preferable to being caught once again – and then perhaps dragged even lower than before they believed.

We fear we will never be free of the fetters we have been strapped by for so very very long. Generations of bondage to sin leaving its scars everywhere.

But God has a plan. He intends to be glorified in His grace toward us in victory over our former bondage – a decisive victory that we have not yet imagined.

How shall it be accomplished? The same way our deliverance was at the first – by believing our Lord, and trusting Him.

1. Believing unequivocally that He has our best interest at heart. “Fear not”. Do not fear that what Christ has done can in any way be un-done.

2. Believing that He intends to vanquish the power of sin’s dominion over us. “Stand firm”. Stay your ground. Do not flee back. The LORD WILL fight for you.

3. Believing enough, to let our hearts be silent in trust – that in our continuing to follow, God will break Egypt’s back on our behalf. “Be silent”. Do not cry out as though there is no hope – trust His promise. Trust Him.

4. Believing that it is our call to continue to “go forward” (15) where it seems there is no clear path before us – what appears to be only sea.Keep pressing on toward Heaven. God’s intent is to bring you there. Keep in the Word. Keep in prayer. Keep in worship. Keep in the Gospel. Keep in faith. Press on where it seems there is no place to press on – and He will make a way.

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