2018-04-15 - Exodus: The Power Behind the Curtain
Remember, in any area where God’s children are trying to serve Him, there the forces of Satan trying to interfere. His purpose is one of destruction, of chaos. He has already lost, but he wants to do significant damage before he is removed from the scene. But Christ, through His death and resurrection, has already defeated him.
“Since therefore the children share in flesh and blood, he himself likewise partook of the same things, that through death he might destroy the one who has the power of death, that is, the devil” (Hebrews 2:14).
… And we must claim His victory for ourselves.
The issue here is spiritual warfare. And there’s a lot of bad teaching on this subject. Frequently either Paul’s warning of is completely ignored, or believers go off the deep end, finding a demon under every bed. The reality is we are fighting spiritual battles. The more we strive to serve the Lord, the greater the attack.
There is nothing in scripture that teaches naming demons or identifying specific demons with specific spiritual, material or physical problems. There is no basis for striving to identity the demon given responsibility for destruction to a specific geographical area.
The basis for fighting the good fight is the Ephesians passage relating to the whole armor of God. What is this armor? It encompasses all of those attributes that can be identified with the fruit of the Spirit. In other words, as we live as God has called us to, we will be equipped to stand firm against the attacks of the enemy. We are not called to focus on the enemy, we are called to focus on the Lord, walking with him.
Then we will always remember Christ Jesus. It is He whom we serve. It is He who is the source of our strength and our protection. While we should not dwell on Satan so we become overwhelmed, we do need to keep in mind we are not only fighting the world and the flesh, which is obvious, but we are also fighting the Devil. And the Lord provides for that battle. Because we live in the material world does not mean we should forget the invisible one around us. Most of all, though, we should again praise the Lord for He is victorious over all.
How did Moses battle the one behind the Pharaoh? He did so by being obedient to God, serving Him in all things, and leaving the battle and its outcome to God.
“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places. 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 firm. Stand there- fore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness, and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace. In all circumstances take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming darts of the evil one; and take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God, praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,” (Ephesians 6:10–18).
Personal Application: How did Moses battle the one behind the Pharaoh? He did so by being obedient to God, serving Him in all things, and leaving the battle and its outcome to God. How should this truth impact the way you deal with any battles you face?
Prayer for the Week: Lord, may You go before me. Help me to leave my struggles, battles, and most of all my fears in Your hands. In Jesus’ name, amen.
Exodus study to be continued.
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