Posted by: dailywordofdestiny | January 25, 2013

DAYBREAK

Morning Watch

Morning Watch

As I read God’s word, I read many passages that speak of the break of day.  I think one of my favorites is  2 Peter 1: 16-19,  “…we were eyewitnesses of His majesty.  For when He (Jesus) received honor and glory from God the Father, a voice came to Him from the Majestic Glory:   ‘This IS My beloved Son.  I take delight in Him.’  And we heard this voice when it came from heaven while we were with Him on the holy mountain.  So we have the prophetic word strongly confirmed.  YOU will do well to pay attention to it, as to a lamp shining in a dismal place, until the DAY DAWNS and the MORNING STAR ARISES IN YOUR HEARTS.” 

There are many people who read these messages who do not have access to a Bible, so I choose to write out the words from the Lord, so all may hear from Him directly.  Faith arises in hearts through HEARING about Christ  (Romans 10: 17).  In my morning devotions I am stuck in the wonderful book of Exodus and as I read and study Exodus, I am often drawn into the book that appears to run parallel to it, Revelation.  Exodus and Revelation hold many wonderful truths about our Sovereign God and as I read the verses, my faith rises up and I have let out a WHOOP of JOY many times during a single reading!  

Today I want to look at the story of Israel’s escape through the Red Sea (Exodus 14: 15-31).  I pray that you will HEAR God in it and that you will see what His personal message to you might be.   

The Israelites have escaped from Egypt and have come to the edge of the Red Sea.  Then they saw that Pharaoh and his army had pursued them, in fact, were now right behind them and they grew very fearful for they believed they were caught!  They cried out to the LORD God and to Moses to “Do something!”  Moses tried to reassure them and said, ‘Don’t be afraid.  Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation He will provide for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again.  The Lord will fight for you; you must be quiet.”  Do you see any thing in your own life that looks similar to this? 

The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me?  Tell the Israelites to break camp.  As for you, lift up your staff, stretch your hand over the sea, and divide it so that the Israelites can go through on dry ground.  I am going to HARDEN the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them, and I will receive glory by means of Pharaoh,  all his army,  and his chariots and horsemen.  The Egyptians will know that I AM THE LORD when I receive glory through Pharaoh, his chariots and his horsemen”  (see also Psalm 20: 6-9).  The Lord’s works will always receive glory when they are works that man can not do in his own strength.  When we come to the end of ourselves and our abilities and nothing looks possible… stand FIRM in FAITH and trust the Lord to move against your enemies on your behalf.  He will receive glory by means of the enemy!   Hallelujah!  

Then the Angel of God, who was going in front  of the Isarelite forces, moved and went behind them.  The pillar of cloud moved from in front of them and stood behind them.  It came between the Egyptian and Israelite forces.  The cloud was there in the darkness, YET it lit up the night!  So neither group came near the other all night long.   Isn’t that wonderful news?  God has His angels encamped about His children; the angels do His bidding and they are standing at the ready to move in your behalf.  Oh what assurance and peace that should give you! 

Then Moses stretched his hand over the sea.  The LORD DROVE THE SEA BACK with a powerful east wind all that night and turned the sea into dry land.  the waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with the waters like a wall to them on their right and their left.  Can you imagine this?  Would you not be CONVINCED God is real when this mighty miracle took place? 

The Egyptians set out in pursuit–all Pharoah’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen–and went into the sea after them.  THEN, during the morning watch, the LORD looked down on the Egyptian forces from the PILLAR of FIRE and cloud, and HE threw them into confusion.  HE caused their chariot wheels to swerve and made them drive with difficulty.  So many times in our lives we will blame Satan for things that are happening around us.  I want to assure you right now, that our God IS Sovereign and NOTHING happens that He doesn’t allow or do in order to have His plans for you be fulfilled…to bring glory to HIS name!  He also is more than able to ‘turn the table’ on the enemy as we now read, “Let’s get away from Israel,”  the Egyptians said, “because the LORD IS FIGHTING FOR THEM AGAINST EGYPT!”  🙂 

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may come back on the Egyptians, on their chariots, and on their horsemen.”  So Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and at daybreak the sea returned to its normal depth.  Here we see FAITH in action; Moses heard the LORD, he immediately trusted and he obeyed and God DID!  Praise the Lord!  We all need to stand in faith but then when we hear the Lord, act on our faith for then God can move.  While the Egyptians were trying to escape from it, the LORD OVERTHREW THEM IN THE SEA.  The waters came back and covered the chariots and the horsemen, the entire army of Pharaoh, that had gone into the sea.  None of them survived.   

God reveals specific distinction between those who follow after Him and those who do not (see also 2 Corinthians 6: 17).  But the Israelites had walked through the sea on dry ground, with the waters like a wall to them on their right and their left.  That day the LORD saved Israel from the power of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore.  When Israel saw the great power that the LORD used against the Egyptians, the people feared the LORD and believed in Him and His servant Moses.  The LORD received all the glory as He had said He would right from the beginning.  

Nothing has changed; He is the same yesterday, today, and forever (Hebrews 13: 8).  He desires that we walk in victory through KNOWING Him,  HEARING Him,  TRUSTING Him,  OBEYING Him, and GIVING Him all the glory due His most holy Name.   He has given us His Son as our Savior and in and through Jesus Christ we have AUTHORITY over the enemy.  The enemy has many strategies to bring about our personal defeat; yet never forget God raised you up with Jesus and seated you with Him in the heavens, in Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2: 5-7) and He has given you the ability to see daybreak every single day and in ever single circumstance!   God bless you as you daily seek His face.


Responses

  1. Amen and blessings on you and yours. Walk in the Light and no darkness shall come near you…bro ken

    • Thanks Ken; I will walk in His Light, Knowing no darkness co-exists while I remain in His Light


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