When the children of Israel were trapped at the Red Sea with their enemies behind them and no breakthrough in sight, they were told by God to go forward. It’s as they went forward obeying God’s instructions that the Red Sea parted. In our walk of faith there are some steps we need to take for our breakthroughs to come.
It’s difficult to go forward when some things are pursuing us and there is no clear way ahead of us. We don’t have the rod Moses had, but we have the authority in the name of Jesus to command obstacles to move, seas to part, and everything to come into subjection to the ruling of our King. Jesus is with us to bring the impossible. The only way we can go forward is by experiencing the reality of the presence of the Lord. He is alive and He is with us. We don’t have to fear what’s coming after us because His presence has gone ahead to make every crooked place straight. Going forward doesn’t always make sense when there is no visible way and the enemy is applying pressure.
Even after we take the first step and go forward, we need to continue to go forward step-by-step, without questioning what is to come but trusting the way will be made clear. The children of Israel must have been wondering if the water was going to stay parted. They had to stay focused on the dry ground, and walk forward in their breakthrough. Let us go forward, one step at a time, from glory to glory!
Exodus 14:15-16 And the LORD said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
In our warfare we battle with things that are in our way, stumbling blocks in our paths. If it’s not things in our way, our battle is with situations with those we love, or health or wealth problems. Another great area of conflict is when we, ourselves, are blocked, stuck or hindered by our adversary from going forward.
We realize we are blocked when our heart’s desire is to pray, worship, and read our bible—but are unable to do so. In those moments, there are no apparent reasons why we cannot go forth; we just find ourselves incapable of moving in the natural the way our spirit would like us to move. We may look for reasons in our hearts wondering if there is anything wrong with us, sensing we are powerless and not seeing clearly what we are fighting. This is when we need to press through with our whole heart, mind and strength. The Spirit of God helps us as we refuse to allow this hindering spirit to block us any longer, and we take the step by the spirit that we cannot take in our own strength.
This pressing through takes faith and a determination to go forth regardless of the block. As we submit to the Lord, we resist the enemy with every ounce of our being and take the first step. Once we step forth, we are loosed, free to go deeper and reach what the enemy was trying to stop us from reaching. We step forth by His power, from glory to glory!
John 11:43-44 “Now when He had said these things, He cried with a loud voice, ‘Lazarus, come forth!’ And he who had died came out bound hand and foot with grave clothes, and his face was wrapped with a cloth. Jesus said to them, ‘Loose him, and let him go.’ ”
God can enable us to do what we cannot. He tells us to do things that we cannot to show us we can depend on His ability, regardless of the obvious difficulties. Jesus told the man with a withered hand to stretch it out and as he did, his hand was restored. When the Lord directs us to do something that is impossible in the natural, we can trust He will give us His ability. His authority is always accompanied by His ability.
The man’s hand was withered, paralyzed, and completely unable to function. We may not have a hand that is withered, but we may be withered emotionally, financially, physically or in our relationships. We cannot move because of pain and He’ll tell us to rise up. We are unable to forgive and He’ll tell us to forgive. A situation brings fear to our soul and He’ll tell us not to fear. The moment we obey Him, the situation is touched by His glory. As we press through the natural impossibilities, the unction to function flows from the Lord in and through us.
By faith we stretch out our withered conditions. We stand on the Word of God and trust His promises. By His stripes, we were healed, in every area. The Lord desires and delights in touching and healing what we stretch out, believing in Him. He is able and faithful. As we obey His Word, His ability is released, from glory to glory!
Mark 3:5 “And when He had looked around at them with anger, being grieved by the hardness of their hearts, He said to the man, ‘Stretch out your hand.’ And he stretched it out, and his hand was restored as whole as the other.”
We resist satan by remaining steadfast in our faith. Our faith does not vary based on our circumstances, but is constant through all unexpected trials. To be stable in what we believe regardless of feelings, or hurts and pains we all experience from time to time, is a great weapon. Our adversary sends fiery darts our way so we will no longer believe in the promises of God.
When satan sees that this actually increases our steadfastness in the Lord, he flees. He runs because we do not run away from God, but run to the enemy and order him to step back. We confront the enemy and take authority over his destructive ways in the name of Jesus. Our faith rebukes fear. Standing immovable moves the enemy away from our place of victory. We are truly more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.
The devil was defeated through the victory of Christ on the cross. We do not re-defeat the enemy, we release and re-enforce what Christ has accomplished so perfectly. When we run to the Lord, our adversary has to flee. Our enemy’s plan is to get us to run away from the Lord but the opposite happens. Not only do we run to the Lord, but from that place of authority, we go to the enemy in the name of Jesus and command him to flee. We are champions because of the greater one who lives in us, from glory to glory!
1 Peter 5:8-10 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour. Resist him, steadfast in the faith, knowing that the same sufferings are experienced by your brotherhood in the world. But may the God of all grace, who called us to His eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after you have suffered a while, perfect, establish, strengthen, and settle you.
We overcome darkness by releasing the light. Focusing, debating, judging or analyzing what is evil does not help us take authority to cancel its impact. We are not to be ignorant of the wiles of the devil, but we must recognize his schemes and know how to conquer him.
When a room is dark and a light is turned on, the darkness is removed. When a room is lit and darkness tries to enter in, it cannot remove the light. Wherever we are in this world, we are shining the light of our Lord, Jesus Christ. It confronts what is not of the Lord. Conflicts are stirred up because of the conviction the presence of the Lord brings. What is hidden is exposed in order to be touched by God’s healing touch. We remove every bushel that fear creates and let faith arise as we shine. We abhor that which is evil and cleave to that which is good.
When there are happenings that seem to edify evil, we do not hide our light under a bushel but shine even brighter. It’s then that our proclamation of who our God is must become even louder. Our praises increase and in the unity of the Spirit, we put the enemy to flight and overcome evil, from glory to glory!
Romans 12:21 “Be not overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”