Go Forward – Fast 2016 – Day 10

Day 10 – Courage in the Face of the Enemy – Exodus 14:8-9

8 And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness.

9 So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.

 

The scene is epic, Charlton Heston would be proud (he played Moses in the epic 1956 film, The Ten Commandments). Pharaoh and his hundreds of warriors in their chariots thundering across the desert sands with the shine of their war wagons glimmering in the Egyptian sun. All of them chasing after the runaway slaves to bring them back under subjection of the gods of the Egyptians or at least under the heavy hand of the taskmasters which Israel has complained to God about. This scene would make the top playbacks on the evening news. The video of this would have gone viral. All of this show of force and not a single cell phone to record this historical event. If they just would have had the internet back then.

But you have to remember they were prepared for battle (day 3). They were able to face the thundering hoards with courage because they were prepared. Sometimes we get the idea that we are just supernaturally empowered with courage from the Spirit of God. We do have courage from Holy Spirit but there is also much courage which comes as we spend time with God and follow His leading into battle. It is good to be filled with boldness to spread the Word to our world, but we also need to have the courage which our understanding of God and His ways brings to us. As we saw earlier Joseph knew that the faithfulness of His people would bring about God’s blessing as they honored him by transporting his bones back into the Promised Land. There is a definite cause and effect relationship with God that comes into play here. When we allow Holy Spirit to lead us into a greater depth in God the effect will be our obedience will turn into confidence. Not confidence in our ability but our confidence in Him.

This is a journey of growth in God. Not a journey of getting from Him. It is a given that you will face battles but the question is, “How will you face those battles?” You have an opportunity to grow in Him and in so doing you can exponentially create confidence or courage to face your enemy. Saying the, “greater is He that is in me” verse is easy words but can you stand with boldness when the sand is flying and you are facing total elimination? Through Him you can and through Him you will.

Prepare for battle. Form your plan. Stand with boldness!

 

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