By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible. By faith he kept the Passover and the application of blood, so that the destroyer of the firstborn would not touch the firstborn of Israel. Hebrews 11, verses 27-28.
Just yesterday I was talking with a friend who is on the front lines of spiritual warfare. If you aren’t familiar with that term, it’s trendy…but it’s real. If you say “I believe in Jesus” then you’re a foot-soldier in the line of the army of the Living God. You’re acknowledging Him as God, all good, pure perfect love. Whether you realize it or not, you’re also subtly accepting the existence of non-God, all bad, pure incarnate evil. That’s Satan. It isn’t cool these days to talk about Satan as real, but he is. He’s real, he’s still here, and his methods have changed with the times even as his mission hasn’t. Since that long-ago day in Eden, he has wanted to be God, not realizing he isn’t and can’t be. Jesus called him “the father of lies” and that was two thousand years ago. If you believe in Jesus, you’re setting your beliefs against those of the prince of this world. You’re on the front lines of spiritual war.
My friend and his wife work in Uganda, helping to mentor villagers in farming and self-management. However, they may be moving into a new mission field soon. They’re currently on the front lines of spiritual warfare in Africa, and may be moving into spiritual trench warfare someplace else. Please pray for Floyd, Tamra and the Stanley family as they discern where God is leading them. Yet no matter where they go, they’re going to be on the line against Satan, helping other people to ‘gear up’ in their own fight of standing for good against consummate evil.
Just like Moses. Just like Moses, my friend, and me, and you, and anyone who has faith in God, are standing against evil. Moses went back ‘home’ to Egypt, to the palace where he was raised, to the enslaved people from whom he descended. God had given him the mission to go to Pharaoh and be God’s mouthpiece. In doing so, Moses would confront the ungodly practices of slavery, and pagan divination, and even murder. “Have faith in Me” God told him, and then God thrust him back into the scene of Moses’ crime and the source of his flight into Midian.
Yet Moses went and he stood. He stood because he believed in God and God was all he needed to stand against the evil of Egypt. Through nine plagues, rising tension, and escalating hostility, Moses went to Pharaoh and passed on God’s command to let his people go. Nine times Pharaoh declined and hardened his heart…while sharpening his army’s swords. The tenth time, Moses foretold that death would visit Pharoah’s only son and the first-born child of everyone in Egypt. What would save them? Faith: faith in God. Faith proven in deed with the blood of innocent lambs painted on their door-frames. When the angel of death ‘passed over’ Egypt, all Israel would quiver in awesome respect as it stood in humble worship on the Goshen front line of spiritual warfare.
That very night, as every house in Egypt wept, Pharaoh summoned Moses. Three miracles happened there, and all in short succession. First, all Israel believed that the sacrifice of lamb’s blood, which would fore-tell the sacrifice of the Lord Jesus, would save them from sure death. Second, God’s promise came true as Israel was saved and Pharaoh then relented and freed them from their bondage. And third, the pagan Pharaoh was humbled to acknowledge that there is only one God, and that Israel should “go and worship the Lord as you have requested.” Not ‘your God’ or ‘who you say is God’ but “the Lord.” How the high were brought low, and the humble brought up.
And all because of faith, all because a few stood watch on the front lines that night.
Just like the kid’s song says, I’m in the Lord’s Army. Cheesy? Maybe a little on the surface, but it doesn’t take much to see that the war is real, the fight is intense, and the enemy’s objective is to destroy anyone who gets in his way. My friend and his family fight overseas. Moses fought in Egypt, then in the desert against temptations. I fight here in these words, and in my hometown and wherever I’m given the opportunity to shine kindness against the dark. I fight Satan with faith in my Lord, knowing my Savior will prevail no matter what the enemy throws against us. There are many who think the battle of the ages is coming, with signs all over the world happening more and more. Even today’s eclipse. It’s time to join the army, my friend. Pick up your sword and stand.
For further reading: Exodus 12:21-51, 1 Corinthians 10:10.
Oh Lord, I pray help me to stand against evil where I am today. I pray You guide me as you did Moses, and strengthen me to stand in awe of You.