Stand Firm

There will be times when God calls us to do something like start a business, ministry, leave a job, let go of certain friendships or relationships. And like He told Abraham to move from your family and the place, we may have lived and have known our whole lives, and to go to a place you do not know! 

However, unlike Abraham, who was financially well-to-do, we might not have any money or resources to sustain us if we were to move wherever God was directing us to move! People will try to talk you out of what God told us to do or we may try to talk our own selves out of what we know we’ve heard in our spirit; therefore, we have to stand firm while trusting God knows the way and that He will provide us with whatever is necessary to sustain in the new place.

Stepping out on what we believe God has told us to do requires us to leave our places of comfort, routines, and habits. It can be quite scary at first, and yet we know and believe deep in our hearts, we must obey the word of the Lord. 

After much internal struggling, we finally get to the point that we trust God and so we step out of the safety net we have built over the years. In other words, we have decided to obey God and leave the place of our own Egypt, the place of much bondage.

At some point during our assignment or place of calling, things seem to turn for the worse. We begin to experience persecution; betrayal from those whom we thought would always have our backs. Our money starts acting funny; we may go through a long season of unemployment, etc. From all outwards appearances, everything seems to be going wrong. 

Doubt and fear starts to creep in and we become fearful, angry, and worried. Like the children of Israel, we start longing for our former place of comfort, familiarity, and wanting to go back to doing what we know how to do well. We actually begin to think and believe the land of Egypt (the place of bondage) that God delivered us from is not so bad! This is a lie and trick by the enemy to get out of purpose and divine alignment with God into disobedience.

As we are moving toward our God-given purpose and destiny, we are faced with our own personal Red Sea. Our personal Red Sea causes us to think and believe that there is no way out and that all this trouble or problems we’re facing that God could not have possibly called us to do this or that thing or move to that state or city. 

We begin to second guess what we know God said to do and question ourselves saying, “Did God really tell me to do…?” or “I wonder if that was really God or was it just me?” “I should never have left…” 

We don’t have to fear that the devil is deceiving us, because he knows that we do a good job of deceiving ourselves by reasoning and through intellectualism. The Word of God and the Holy Spirit must lead  and guide us into all truth, not our experiences or emotions.

No matter what our Red Sea is today God is with us just like He was with the children of Israel. God called them from a place of bondage, knowing that they were going to hit a dead end, knowing that they would murmur and complain and want to turn back to what was comfortable and familiar to them. Yet, God had an awesome plan to save and deliver them from a place of bondage to a place of freedom, health, and wealth. 

It is far better to follow the Lord in unfamiliar territory than to stay in our place of familiarity living in disobedience and out of the will of God. God only makes provision for whatever HE authors, not whatever WE decide to do on our own, apart from His will for us.

In order for the children of Israel to experience what God had for them, it required them to leave something (Egypt – the place of bondage) so that they could experience and have something even better! The same applies to us as the today as children of the living God.

Stop running away from the battle; you are an anointed soldier in the army of the Lord. Stand firm! Stand strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Stop being afraid of the enemy whose only goal is to steal, kill, and to destroy every aspect of our lives. Rest assured that God has already given us the victory.

“But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not vain” (1 Corinthians 15:57-58 NIV).

Be reassured today that whatever and wherever God has called you from and to that He is with you wherever you go; He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not allow the devilish temptation of the enemy to tempt you to turn back and cause you to miss out on the blessing that God Himself has set before you. 

As you step out at His command, you will not leave empty-handed, feeble, nor will your enemies defeat you, for wherever God is taking you, you will never see the enemies that has plagued your life for decades! 

What Moses said to the children of Israel God says to us – His children TODAY…

“…Do not be afraid. Stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today, The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you; you need only stand still.”

Written By Contributing Author: Yvonne Carson


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