Sunday, February 12, 2012

Exo 14:14 and Matt 26:74 "My Friend is Fighting For Me" (February 12)


The real battle I'm fighting is going on inside of me. As You bring Your kingdom into me, the devil and the world system oppose every move You make, but my worst enemy is my own self-centeredness, the spirit within me that thinks it's my right for life to go the way I want it to.  Larry Crabb

The rooster crows in my own garden and I hear the words of Peter in Matthew 26:72-74:  "I do not know the Man."  There is a statue of the scenario in today's NT reading---it sits near the gates of Jerusalem and the inscription reads: "He is not my Friend."  When trouble hits on every side, do I follow Who this man truly is, the Christ.  My Friend in the good times and the bad times.  The One Who is fulfilling the Scriptures in my own life---I mean, He could send more than 12 legions of angels---but He doesn't always work that way.

Pharaoh lets the Israelites go.  Scripture fulfilled.
Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues with six hundred chariots.

Fear ensues enslaves engulfs the Israelites.
And the WORD from Moses:
Exodus 14:14 "The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
It's a verse I ponder in cancerous circumstances, my own and others.

Israelites say:  Leave Us Alone.
God says:  Go Forward. 
And a cloud divides the Israelites in the Light and the Egyptians in the Dark.
Where is that Cloud giving us Light this day?
Pushing the Darkness away?
Dividing the sea in half...dry ground.

Troubles on each side of us yet we're untouched.
God brings us to our knees in dire straits as these.
Those whom He is not honored by
He will be honored upon.
Know this, my friend, God will reign down His Honor on your enemy.

Even the Egyptians said:  The LORD fights for them.
I know in my troubled heart this morning
that it is the LORD fighting for my life.

Exodus 14:29 Walking on dry ground with you
Surrounded by troubles on every side.
This is my God and I will praise Him.

5 comments:

  1. “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will work for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall never see again. The LORD will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”

    I love your summaries and commentaries, Bev. You display His glory through your words. You have such a poignant way to say in short punchy sentences powerful insights. . .Our battles and the Egyptians (internal and external foes) we fight that we need only be silent and watch the Lord fight on our behalf.

    And I pledge today with you Bev's faith-filled words:

    Exodus 14:29 Walking on dry ground with you
    Surrounded by troubles on every side.

    This is my God and I (we) will praise Him!

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  2. Annette, I tried to comment about your birthday but I see that it didn't go through. Not having internet at home anymore drives me to Starbucks, literarlly, but haven't been this week. Happy Birthday, dear friend.

    An alphabet cannot contain the depth of what you have meant to me. No words. Thanking God for the privilege of being your friend. Love you more than tongue can tell. You have so brought God to me over the years. My Love and Gratitude, Bev

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  3. Thank you Annette for your kind words. I feel Moses dilemma most of the time---slow of speech, stumbling through. Exodus 4:11 has really given me courage this week that our words are filled with power. God is dealing with me that if it is for one person, that's okay. What about if it's just for Him and nobody really is listening. Shouldn't everything be just for Him?

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  4. Exodus 14:4...strong words...Stand firm and be silent....hard for someone like me, who is so wordy....use way too many...just hard for me to not have to express myself and let others know it. Bad habit....How I want to praise Him NO matter what happens in my life. So hard to let go of wanting to think that I have the right for things to go the way I want them to go in my life. I say, I do, yet I find myself wanting things to be a certain way in my future and that may not be what He has planned for my future at all. May I quit be so self centered and become Him centered.

    Bev and Annette and Deborah, your words always stir up thoughts in me and point me to Him and encourage me so much in my walk. I know that He has used everyone on our beautiful string of Pearls to grow me in Him. What a blessing...one of my 1,000 plus Gifts from Him.

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  5. This is such a sweet stop in my day. Thank you for the kind words, the birthday wishes and the inspiration you each bring. Words cannot express my gratitude with strong enough emotion. Love you guys.

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