ISRAELITES LEAVING EGYPT AND CROSSING THE RED SEA
God demonstrated His miraculous power when the Israelites left Egypt and came to the Red Sea. They were hemmed in from mountains on the left and the right, and an uncrossable sea stood in front of them. Their enemies were to their backs pursuing them and they had nowhere to flee. They were cornered in and trapped. The situation looked impossible. The only way out was forward through the sea.
Are you in a situation in which you feel cornered and trapped? God will lead you through your sea.
In fact, the Egyptian army did finally catch up with the Israelites and would have captured them and taken them back into captivity, except that the Lord separated the Egyptian army from the Israelites with a dark thick cloud.
God’s word to the people in Exodus 14, and His word to us today in circumstances we are facing, is:
- “Fear not!” (Be of a strong mind)
- “Stand still” (Remain stable and calm)
- “See the salvation of the Lord” (The Lord shall intervene on your behalf)
- “The Lord shall fight for you” (He is our Deliverer, Protector and Defender)
- “You shall hold your peace” (You are to remain silent before God and not lift a finger—let God fight this battle for you. “Be still and know that I am God”, Psalms 46:10)
- “Go forward” (Walk forward in faith and confidence. Expand your faith to believe God to do the impossible)
- “For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever” (the obstacles you face today will become a thing of the past. Demonic enemy forces opposing and harassing you will be defeated)
- “I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians … then the Egyptians shall know that I am the Lord, when I have gained honor for Myself over Pharoah, his chariots, and his horsemen” (As God destroyed the entire Egyptian army in the Sea, God also sends confusion to the demonic enemy camp and gives us the victory. God will receive the glory, honor and fame when He defeats your enemies and performs miracles in your life.)
- “God will be honored in the sight of the Israelites” (The Lord will receive all the glory and credit for doing such wondrous miracles in our lives. Others around you will know that only God could have done that for you.)
As Moses cried out to the Lord to rescue the people from the Egyptians, God’s reply to Moses in Exodus 14:15-16 was:
“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.”
In other words, God is telling us to exercise the authority He has given to us. He will perform miracles through us.
Rather than spending our time begging and pleading with God to do something, He’s telling us to speak to our situation—to declare the Word of God over our situation. He also wants us to take practical steps to move forward in faith, as He leads.
We are the prophet of our own lives. We have to take responsibility in learning how to hear God for ourselves and get a word from Him concerning our situation and what we are to do. Other people’s prophecies should primarily confirm what you know in your spirit what God has told you, or at least you should feel a witness on the inside that the word applies to you. It’s not what others say over us, but what we say over ourselves that matters the most and carries the most weight.
When we speak negative things, it’s a form of self-defeating prophecies. It propels you in a direction that is destructive, and keeps you in a mode of feeling “less than”, such as:
- “I’ll never add up to anything.”
- “I’m so stupid.”
- “No one will ever love me.”
- “I’ll always be broke.”
- “I’ll never recover from this illness.”
- “Things will never improve in my life.”
What you say, it just might end up being your reality. When we say negative things over ourselves or others, we come into agreement with the devil by parroting what the devil is saying. Let’s come into agreement with the Lord by speaking what He is saying over us or others.
You have a much better chance of getting the desirable things you do want out of life by speaking words that are full of blessing. Faith-filled words will propel you into a good direction for your life, and build up your confidence. Speak words such as:
- “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
- “I am more than a conqueror. I am an overcomer.”
- “God has a good plan for me and I choose to cooperate with His plan.”
- “Healing is available to me through the Blood of Jesus. I receive His healing.”
- “I am loved by God and worthy to be loved by other people.”
- “God is able to show me strategies of how to earn money, teach me business skills and financial principles, show me how to come out of poverty and lack into abundance.”
- “God is able to give me creative ideas, lead me into education and teach me how to invest, teach me about real estate, teach me how to run a business, or lead me into a career with a profitable income.”
Second Chronicles 16:9 says, “For the eyes of the Lord search back and forth across the whole earth, looking for people whose hearts are perfect towards Him, so that He can show His great power in helping them.”
God is searching for a person who will believe Him for the impossible, and allow Him to display His mighty power in their life. He’s looking for someone who will give Him all the credit and glory for intervening on their behalf.