Shielding from behind!
Verse for Today: Monday, October 29, 2012
Exodus 14:10 – As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord.
Quite often the enemy comes after the children of God to terrorize, discourage and pull them back. The enemy comes close to the striking distance to drain us off our courage, strength and to shake our faith. If we look back, our eyes catch the enemy with his chariots, soldiers and fiery darts. But we are the onward–looking soldiers who are not expected to look back. There might be the roaring sound of the rushing enemy behind us to distract us. But it is only a sound and will not reach up to us to destroy us. Our God is watching the whole drama and has already prepared a way to wipe out the enemy and keep us safe. Our mission is to look forward and run the race with zeal and enthusiasm, trusting the Lord to handle the enemy. We are warned against looking back through the life of Lot’s wife. The strategy of our enemy is to make us somehow look back so that our unbelieving heart will become fearful. The enemy tries to enter through the eye door and ear door of our hearts to weaken us. The very sight of the enemy will tempt us to think that perhaps the enemy will overtake us. The enemy knows very well that if he can weaken our faith, we will be discouraged and will resort to murmur against our God. So let us fix our eyes upon our Lord and His glory and believe that no force in this universe would ever defeat the purposes of our God for us. There might be hindrances in front of us, but let us see only our Lord before our eyes. He is capable of making a way for us to advance through and in spite of the hindrances. He is the One who has called us and will not abandon us as orphans on the wayside. So let us determine not to look back, but look forward to all that our Lord has planned for us.
Dear reader, are you discouraged and afraid today because of the approaching fierce enemy behind you? Is the enemy cluttering your situation and make you feel insecure because of the fearful circumstances he has created to weaken your faith? Is the sight of the enemy behind you sends chills through your legs due to fear and lose confidence? Remember, you are expected to go forward not by looking back, but focusing your eyes upon the Lord who called you. Go after Him fearlessly and courageously. The enemy is bent upon weakening you, but you don’t need to fall into his trap. You are already released from the clutches of the enemy and so there is no need for you to go back to his emotional trap. Your challenge is to sing and praise God, like Paul and Silas, for what He is going to do through you in the future. You can rest like Peter in the prison cell even when he know that the enemy was planning to annihilate him. You can be rest assured that God’s plan for you will open the doors of your prison cell as in the case of Joseph. Even when the enemy tries to lock you up in a lion’s den, the Lord will encompass around you and protect you because you have a lot more ministries to accomplish for Him. Instead of becoming fearful, you can cry unto the Lord who will hear your voice and come to reassure you of His plan of deliverance for you. Today you are challenged by the Lord to trust Him in the wake of all the attacks of the enemy around you. He is your shield behind you to avert the arrows of the enemy. He will answer your prayers and cries and will take you forward unhurt to cause you to praise Him and sing to the power of His presence with you.
Exodus 14:13 – Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today.
Thought for Today
Our Lord travels between us and the enemy who follows us for our protection and preservation.
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