“And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.”
In the midst of our sea, we can walk on dry ground to safety and deliverance when we trust that He is our only Hope and allow Him to direct us through.
Imagine the walls of water that were on either side of the children of Israel that day. Perhaps they could see ocean life through those walls like we would experience at an aquarium; yet, there were no windows installed to hold the water back, God Almighty did that for them. Perhaps they could touch the walls of water, yet it did not cause any to splash on the ground. Their feet were dry as they walked. Isn’t that just like the Lord, that in the midst of our sea He calms us to where we do not even feel the effects of the water around us. We would drown if He did not hold the waters back.
Oftentimes, we focus on the miracle which resulted in the deliverance of the children of Israel, and we should; but sometimes we neglect the Truth of the Egyptians coming into the midst of the sea as well.
“And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.”
Their enemies pursued them even in the midst of the sea.
People can be so ruthless that they even persecute us while we are in the midst of our sea.
The Lord fought for them just as He had promised.
“The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”
“And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.”
He will also fight for us, if only we will choose to hold our peace and let Him take care of our situation.
Just as the Lord had Moses stretch out his hand over the sea to divide it, He directed that the same thing be done once the children of Israel were safely on the other side.
“And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.”
The Lord will defeat our enemies in the midst of our sea, and may even use the sea itself to do so.
“But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.”
They were delivered.
They were redeemed.
They were amazed.
“And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.”
May the seas of life be used to cause us to fear the Lord and believe on Him.
Leviticus 27 | Luke 11
“But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
Moving forward by faith is not the end of journey, it is the beginning.
Moses and the children of Israel were at a dead end. Their enemies were pursuing them from behind, and the Red Sea was before them.
It seemed as if they had nowhere to turn… but God.
Ever been there?
The Lord had instructed Moses through His Words of what he was supposed to do. Just as He does for us through the Word of God each and every time we open our Bibles.
“And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.”
The Lord made a way when there seemed there was no way, because He is the Way.
The solution to their problem was found in their obedience to the His Word.
2 Timothy 2:15
“Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.”
It is only when we rightly divide the Word that the Word can divide our problems.
If we choose to take the Scripture for what we want It to mean, we only allow for misunderstanding and confusion. God is not the Author of either of those.
Our Answer is waiting within the pages of the Word, because He is the Answer.
Ask Him to guide you in the Truth today, and watch Him begin to divide that problem that is before you.
Leviticus 25-26 | Luke 10
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:”
Forward implies movement.
Yes, there are times when we should stand still and let God move; but sometimes, we stay still longer than God intended.
Sometimes we are too comfortable, so we sit still and claim to be waiting on or for Him.
Oftentimes we know in our hearts that He already told us to take a step of faith and trust Him, but we are too fearful to leave our comfort zone.
We cannot go forward unless we are willing to listen, to go, and to follow the Lord’s instructions.
“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.”
Obedience is crucial to moving forward.
Disobedience causes us to go backward.
We cannot go forward by doubt or fear.
“Arise; for this matter belongeth unto thee: we also will be with thee: be of good courage, and do it.”
Listen to the testimony of Paul in regards to moving forward:
2 Corinthians 8:10-12
“And herein I give my advice: for this is expedient for you, who have begun before, not only to do, but also to be forward a year ago. Now therefore perform the doing of it; that as there was a readiness to will, so there may be a performance also out of that which ye have. For if there be first a willing mind, it is accepted according to that a man hath, and not according to that he hath not.”
Don’t wait and end up regretting that you didn’t start earlier. Be willing to start today.
Move forward by faith.
Leviticus 23-24 | Luke 9
“And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.”
The children of Israel had finally been released from bondage in Egypt. God had led them through the way of the wilderness of the Red Sea.
“But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.”
They had faithfully followed the pillar of cloud by day and pillar of fire by night.
“And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day, nor the pillar of fire by night, from before the people.”
The Lord then gave Moses further specific instructions for them to follow.
“…turn and encamp…”
He directed them to turn away from the land they had set out to obtain.
This did not make logical sense, so doubt and fear took over.
“Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.”
The Lord knew what He was doing, but He did not reveal His plan to them.
They were instructed to pitch their tents by the sea… the Red Sea.
God placed them by the very place where He would soon deliver them; yet, they were unaware of His divine providence and protection that was about to take place.
Imagine if they had given up and refused to follow His direction that day?
Sometimes, the Lord will direct us down a path that does not make any sense to us at the time. He wants us to trust Him by faith and simply follow Him.
It is often right before deliverance comes that our flesh wants to throw in the towel the most. The devil wants us to quit when we are so close to victory.
The Lord knew that sea beside them would soon be divided into walls of water so that they could walk across on dry ground. They did not know any of what was about to take place, but He did.
He sees what we don’t.
The Lord has foresight for what lies ahead.
“And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.”
Do not quit today, Christian. Deliverance is on the way.
Leviticus 21-22 | Luke 8
“And Moses said unto the people, Remember this day, in which ye came out from Egypt, out of the house of bondage; for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place: there shall no leavened bread be eaten.”
Pharoah repeatedly would not let Moses and the children of Israel go out from bondage.
“Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.”
Has there ever been a time in your life where you felt you were in bondage? Maybe there were not physical shackles on your hands and feet, but you felt as though you could not move. You tried to follow the Lord’s leading into a different phase or place in your life, but you were held captive by something or someone.
The strength of the hand of the Lord is Able to deliver you today.
Three times within the Scriptures we find the phrase “by strength of hand”.Each time is found in Exodus 13, and each time refers to the strength of the hand of the LORD.
A generic place
“…for by strength of hand the LORD brought you out from this place…”
Whatever your situation, no matter how broad, God is Able to deliver you.
A place of bondage
“And it shall be when thy son asketh thee in time to come, saying, What is this? that thou shalt say unto him, By strength of hand the LORD brought us out from Egypt, from the house of bondage:”
Wherever you are, no matter the place, God is Able to deliver you.
A specific place
“And it shall be for a token upon thine hand, and for frontlets between thine eyes: for by strength of hand the LORD brought us forth out of Egypt.”
Whatever or whoever specifically has you in bondage today, God is Able to deliver you by the strength of His hand.
Remember to thank Him for His deliverance, even before it arrives.
“And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.”
The Lord will bless your faith in the midst of your bondage that He is willing and able to deliver you when He sees fit.
Leviticus 19-20 | Luke 7
“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
Every now and then we need reminded that God truly is Able.
Not only is He Able, but He is Willing and Able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we could ever ask or even think.
What a Powerful God we serve!
When the Lord gives us Ephesians 3:20 moments, we must always point back to Him for He is the only One worthy of praise and honour.
Pray for Ephesians 3:20 moments.
Pray Ephesians 3:20.
He is the Source of our prayer.
“Now unto him”
This shows us the Person of God.
“that is able”
This shows us His power.
This shows us the performance He is willing and Able to do for and through us.
He is the Substance of our prayer.
He is willing to go beyond any distance for His children.
His power is shown in the depth of His love.
Whatever we can comprehend He is Able to do, He goes beyond that direction.
He is the Solution of our prayer.
“all that we ask or think”
We must pursue His power through prayer in order to see it within our situation.
“according to the power”
We must then yield to His power so that we can witness the impossible.
“that worketh in us”
He desires to work in us and through us when we yield our will to His.
Ephesians 3:20 moments occur in our lives for one purpose…His glory.
“Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”
Leviticus 17-18 | Luke 6
“I will praise thee, O LORD, with my whole heart; I will shew forth all thy marvellous works. I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High.”
Four “I will” statements are found in the first two verses of Psalm 9.
What purpose they can bring to our walk with the Lord, if only we will determine within our hearts to apply them to our lives.
They are what some could call simple principles, yet they are so profound and powerful.
Will you determine today to live a life of “I will…”?
“I will delight myself in thy statutes: I will not forget thy word.”
I will praise Him.
David sought to praise His Lord with everything in him…”with my whole heart”.
Are we that dedicated to praising Him?
Many times we are guilty of only partial praise.
I will speak of His works.
How can we not but speak of the works of the Lord? David said they are marvellous.
How can we not agree? The Lord has done so many truly marvellous things in our lives; yet so often, we neglect to thank Him privately…much less publicly.
I will be glad and rejoice in Him.
Even on those days when things do not go the way we had hoped, we can choose to be glad and rejoice simply because we know Him.
I will sing praise to His Name.
When we praise the Lord with our whole heart, we cannot help but sing praise to His Name. The Name above all names. That Name is Jesus. He is the Reason we have a song to sing.
Determine today to say, “I will”.
Leviticus 15-16 | Luke 5
“Lead me, O LORD, in thy righteousness because of mine enemies; make thy way straight before my face.”
They are part of a prayer David prayed in Psalm 5, that can also be our prayer when seeking the will of the Lord in whatever situation lies before us.
“…make thy way straight before my face.”
He wanted clear direction.
“Lead me, O LORD”
“Deliver me, O LORD, from mine enemies: I flee unto thee to hide me. Teach me to do thy will; for thou art my God: thy spirit is good; lead me into the land of uprightness.”
Even in the face of his enemies, he desired for the Lord to lead him according to His will.
No matter who opposes us, if we seek the Lord’s direction we cannot go wrong.
“With my whole heart have I sought thee: O let me not wander from thy commandments.”
He wanted obvious decisions.
“…make thy way straight before my face.”
He wanted nothing more and nothing less than the Lord’s will for his life.
“Teach me thy way, O LORD, and lead me in a plain path, because of mine enemies.”
When we truly desire for the Lord to lead us, He will make our path plain through His Word.
“Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.”
His Word will guide our next step like a lantern, and then in His timing will light the Way ahead.
Trust Him today, for His way is the Way.
Leviticus 13-14 | Luke 4
“Wherefore be ye not unwise, but understanding what the will of the Lord is.”
When Solomon could have asked for anything, he asked for wisdom.
1 Kings 3:9-10
“Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people? And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.”
The Wisdom he received allowed him to discern what the will of the Lord was in the matters of leading the children of Israel.
The same Wisdom is available to us, if only we would ask and seek Him.
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him.”
Wisdom reveals the will of the Lord.
Be not conformed.
“And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4
“For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should abstain from fornication: That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour;”
1 Thessalonians 5:18
“In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.”
The only way we can discern and understand the will of the Lord is to seek Him through His Word.
These areas are a good starting place for finding the will of God for our lives.
Seek Him today, and allow Him to guide you.
Leviticus 11-12 | Luke 3
“Redeeming the time, because the days are evil.”
The time you started reading the previous sentence can never return.
Think of the photos we take with our phones… it literally freezes and records a moment in time that we can never get back. It is only a memory.
You can hold on to the picture of that memory as long as you want, but you cannot go back and change it.
Use your time while you have it, for there will be no more present time – all will
be future time… all will be eternity.
We are not promised tomorrow.
“Boast not thyself of to morrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth.”
Once time passes, an opportunity is lost and gone forever.
“Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.”
What opportunities have you let pass you by?
Telling a friend how much they mean to you?
Inviting someone to church?
“As we have therefore opportunity, let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.”
Giving someone a tract?
Witnessing when someone asks a question?
“Walk in wisdom toward them that are without, redeeming the time.”
Redeem the time that the Lord has given you while you have it.
Leviticus 9-10 | Luke 2
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