(Part 2 of 2)
The third word was, “See the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13, KJV). (Remember that the word “salvation” also means deliverance). The message is “change what you see.” Don’t see the blockades to your future. See God opening a way to your future. Don’t see the devil closing your future. See God’s deliverances. Some days it’s hard to drive out unbelief because we see the negatives. Exercise your faith to see the positives (Hebrews 11:1-40).
The fourth word was, “The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace” (Exodus 14:14, KJV). This is a much-needed word. In essence, God says, “I’ll fight; you keep your mouth shut.” All too often we negate our faith because we talk too much. Unbelief and speaking negatively have robbed us of miracles. I heard a Christian executive say that he has a motto on his desk that reads, “Keep your words nice and sweet just in case you have to eat them” (Andy Rooney). We do have to eat a lot of our words sometimes, don’t we? Faith does not struggle. Faith lets God win the battle for you. Real faith refuses to panic. Remember, don’t give God your battle plans. God has His own plans to fight for you.
The fifth word was, “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward” (Exodus 14:15, KJV). God tells Moses to quit crying. The word “criest” means “to call loudly, shout.” Was God saying to Moses, “Don’t you dare shout at me! Moses, speak to the people to go forward”? First he says, “stand still”; now he says, “go forward.” This is not a contradiction. Remember the word to stand still was a word telling them to pull up the tent pegs and be ready to march. Now they are to go forward and to start walking.
The sixth word was, “But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it” (Exodus 14:16, KJV). What a command. By the word of the Lord, Moses did just that, and the sea divided and the people walked over on dry ground. Our troubles would soon be solved if we used our God-given authority over our problems and spoke the word of the Lord. It’s speaking the word that empowers our faith to see miracles. The moment that Moses obeyed the word of the Lord something great happened. Verse 19 states, “And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them [between Israel and the Egyptians].“ The sea was no longer a problem, and now the enemy was no longer the problem either. God did something else, also; the cloud that brought darkness to Pharaoh brought light to the people of God. It’s always like this if we can believe it. 1 Thessalonians 5:5 says, “For you all are the sons of light and of the day. We are not of night nor of darkness” (NASB). For the enemy to touch God’s people they had to first get God out of the way. Please read that again… For the enemy to touch God’s people they had to first get God out of the way. Pharaoh was in the dark about what God was doing for His people. God keeps the devil in the dark about what He wants to do for you and your future. The Lord made a way through the sea and a way for Israel’s future. What is the sea that is holding you back? Isaiah 43:15-16 says, “I am the LORD, your Holy One, the creator of Israel, your king. Thus saith the LORD, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in mighty waters” (KJV). God is the creator of the church through Christ. He is our king, and by His word, He opens a path for us through the sea of troubles in life that we face. What is the sea that is hindering you? Is it finances, family troubles, sin, job needs? Do you need guidance, or a word for your next move? Have you positioned yourself to move and are your tent pegs out? Are you expecting a miracle?
Verses 24-31… The next morning the Lord looked over towards the enemy and troubled them. “He knocked their wheels off.” Or we might say, “God knocked their socks off.” The enemy was trying to follow God’s people through the sea. God doesn’t like the enemy following His people. Did you hear that? The opening of the sea was for Israel and not for the devil. As a matter of fact, the enemy said, “God fights for His people and not for us; let us flee” (v. 25). The word that God gave to Moses was for the people of God and not for the enemy. The word of God that works for us works against the devil. The water of the Red Sea was life to God’s people and death to God’s enemy. I believe that God is speaking to us today and saying, “Be ready to move into miracles.” If God has encamped you in a difficult place, then His purpose is to deliver you by a miracle. What often looks like death to you looks like victory to God. Exercise your faith. Prepare yourself for the moving of God on your behalf.
Pastor George Belobaba
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