Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father-the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God. And the LORD said: “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorrows.
“So I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites.
“Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. “Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:6-10
Those who do not believe that God can redeem and deliver His people from any kind of circumstance and situation do not know God’s word or His mighty catastrophic power. They just have to look at Egypt today and what it once was before God send His plagues and judgments on it to deliver His people. The bible records:
How often they provoked Him in the wilderness, And grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again they tempted God, And limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power: The day when He redeemed them from the enemy, When He worked His signs in Egypt, And His wonders in the field of Zoan; Turned their rivers into blood, And their streams, that they could not drink.
He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them, And frogs, which destroyed them. He also gave their crops to the caterpillar, And their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail, And their sycamore trees with frost. He also gave up their cattle to the hail, And their flocks to fiery lightning.
He cast on them the fierceness of His anger, Wrath, indignation, and trouble, By sending angels of destruction among them. He made a path for His anger; He did not spare their soul from death, But gave their life over to the plague, And destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt, The first of their strength in the tents of Ham.
But He made His own people go forth like sheep, And guided them in the wilderness like a flock; And He led them on safely, so that they did not fear; But the sea overwhelmed their enemies. And He brought them to His holy border, This mountain which His right hand had acquired.
He also drove out the nations before them, Allotted them an inheritance by survey, And made the tribes of Israel dwell in their tents. Psalm 78:40-55
God is not someone you can tempt, provoke or ignore with out paying a severe price, even in the current time of life. When Pharaoh and Egypt resisted the Lord, He turned their rivers into blood, and their streams, that they could not drink. He sent swarms of flies among them, which devoured them, and frogs, which destroyed them. He also gave their crops to the caterpillar, and their labor to the locust. He destroyed their vines with hail, and their sycamore trees with frost. He also gave up their cattle to the hail, and their flocks to fiery lightning.
He cast on them the fierceness of His anger, wrath, indignation, and trouble, by sending angels of destruction among them. He made a path for His anger. He did not spare their soul from death, but gave their life over to the plague, and destroyed all the firstborn in Egypt. But He made His own people go forth like sheep, and guided them in the wilderness like a flock. He led them on safely, so that they did not fear, but the sea overwhelmed their enemies. All of Pharaoh’s chariots and army were drowned in the sea and not one of them was left alive.
But the Lord, the might Deliverer and Redeemer brought His own to His holy border to the mountain which His right acquired. He would have taken them into the promised land had not they listened to the bad reports given by the cowardly and fearful spies and had they not taken up stones to kill Joshua and Caleb.
So God, who kept His word till that time and delivered His people, made a whole generation of His people to die in the wilderness with out going into the promised land. The bible records:
“And now, I pray, let the power of my LORD be great, just as You have spoken, saying, ‘The LORD is longsuffering and abundant in mercy, forgiving iniquity and transgression; but He by no means clears the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and fourth generation.’ “Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy, just as You have forgiven this people, from Egypt even until now.”
Then the LORD said: “I have pardoned, according to your word; “but truly, as I live, all the earth shall be filled with the glory of the LORD- “because all these men who have seen My glory and the signs which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have put Me to the test now these ten times, and have not heeded My voice, “they certainly shall not see the land of which I swore to their fathers, nor shall any of those who rejected Me see it.
“But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it. “Now the Amalekites and the Canaanites dwell in the valley; tomorrow turn and move out into the wilderness by the Way of the Red Sea.” Numbers 14:17-25
The children of Israel were at the border of the promised land but never went in to posses and enjoy it. But God’s servants Joshua and Caleb, because they had a different spirit in them and had followed the Lord fully, He brought them into the land where they went, and their descendants inherited it.
But God does deliver His true ones even in the current time of life. He delivers them the deceptions of men. He delivers them from the enemies that press in all around them. He delivers them from sickness and disease. He delivers them from corruption and judgment. He delivers them from correction and abuse. He delivers them from perversion and death. He delivers them from self-righteousness and pride. He gives them real deliverance and redemption for He is their God.
Unfortunately man does not change and history continues to repeat itself. In spite of all what God continue to do for them, even miraculously, God’s people do stupid things such as believing false teachers or hurting and touching God’s anointed servants. Then they wonder why they have to live out their lives in the deserts of the wilderness instead of the blessings of the promised land. But God’s word is unchanging:
These are wells without water, clouds carried by a tempest, for whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever. For when they speak great swelling words of emptiness, they allure through the lusts of the flesh, through lewdness, the ones who have actually escaped from those who live in error. While they promise them liberty, they themselves are slaves of corruption; for by whom a person is overcome, by him also he is brought into bondage.
For if, after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
For it would have been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than having known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered to them. But it has happened to them according to the true proverb: “A dog returns to his own vomit,” and, “a sow, having washed, to her wallowing in the mire.” 2 Peter 2:17-22
Yes for some who had escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, they are again entangled in them and overcome, and the latter end is worse for them than the beginning.
For the mighty Whirlwind stirs up even today trouble for all who have disobeyed God’s Voice! The pastors, administrators, coordinators, editors, publishers and others who refused to hear and obey the clarion call to justice, righteousness and true! O, they thought they knew better. They thought they were so right and sure of their way. They thought they were superior in their knowledge and their understanding. They were so sure they were right. But they weren’t. They were wrong. They were deceived. So they pay the price for their deceivement,
It is to sad, man is so deceived that he thinks he can carry on without paying for what he has done. His flesh has duped him. His flesh has deceived him but yet, he deceived himself when he accepted what his flesh presented to him. He desired what he was never promised. He desired only what the world promised. So now he must pay the price in his flesh and in his spirit. He forgot the saying: ‘to be your brother’s keeper.’ He forgot to love God just as much as he loved himself. He forgot and now he must pay.
For the Heavens are full of the Majesty of the Lord. The earth is His footstool and the Firmament between is His handy work. The Presence of the Lord is in all places at all times. There is nothing that happens that is missed by Him for He sees and knows all things, even the evil cruel things men do are before His eyes.
He is above all that men do and He allows it for his purposes and the achievement of His desires. He has been man free choice and that choice is to choose for or against Him. The consequences of those choices must be paid. The bill comes due and must be repaid. The jury’s verdict must come in and justice served. That is the way God has established the spiritual laws on the earth.
The enigma is that men think so nobly in one breath and proceed to take a person’s life in the next. He is both noble and cruel, both kind and vicious, both caring and brutal, both full of integrity and totally dishonest. He can never be only the best part of himself unless He relies totally on the Power and Presence of the Lord.
The Light of God must enter into the human world of darkness and shed total and dispelling light on the darkness in men’s minds and hearts. Only God’s Light can change the human heart. Only the presence of the anointing oil of the Holy Spirit can change human hearts. Hearts of stone and flesh can become hearts of Spirit and Light if they are hearts yielded and humble before their Creator. Nothing else can dispel the darkness and bring healing and change.
EXTRACT FROM By My Spirit