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A Word from Minister LaShauna W. Austria
Exodus 14:1-30 (King James Version)
1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 2Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea. 3For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in. 4And I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so. 5And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? 6And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him: 7And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them. 8And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand. 9But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon. 10And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. 11And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness. 13And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. 14The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace. 15And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 16But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 17And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 18And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 19And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 20And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. 21And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 23And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, 25And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. 26And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 27And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. 29But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 30Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.
"It's Just a Set Up"
My brothers and my sisters in Christ, sometimes we need to look at our situation and be reminded that 'It's just a set up"! As we look at verse 13 together..."And Moses said unto the people, fear not stand still and see the
salvation of the Lord which he will show to you today. For the Egyptians whom
ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever." I want to let you know that today is your day! God said to tell you that today is a day of victory, today God is going to deal
the death blow to an enemy that has been plaguing your life, dogging your
heels, riding your back, breathing down your neck, making your life miserable. God said today you are going to put something that has been over your head,
under your feet.
Listen to our text: The salvation he will show to you (today) for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, you shall see them again no more forever. Egyptians: (Enemies) I don t know what the Egyptians mean to you today, it could be sickness, it could be financial trouble, it could be family strife and turmoil, or it could be people who are trying to destroy your life, attacking your ministry. Or it could be a habit or an addiction that you just can't seem to conquer. Whatever it is God said to tell you that today is your day for victory.
How many knows that the devil is opposed to you having victory, the devil doesn
t want anybody enjoying the abundant life that Jesus came to give us. After the children of Israel are thrust out of Egypt Pharaoh decides he has
made a mistake and wants them back and now he's in hot pursuit of them. Verse 3 says "For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the
land, the wilderness hath shut them in". Now Pharaoh is saying: I’ve got them right where I want them, they’re trapped,
there’s nowhere for them to go. I’ve got
them right where I want them.
Most of the time when you hear those words it's because somebody believes they have somebody trapped, surrounded, hedged in, no escape. It’s because they believe that they have the upper hand, and everything is in their favor. When somebody speaks those words, it’s with a sense of superiority, confidence, and assurance. It’s spoken with the sense that the other party is at their mercy, and now their fate is in their hands and they have the power to kill, destroy, or save and keep alive. And that's exactly what Pharaoh was thinking.
How many times have you been at the place where it seems like all hell has broken loose against you, and you look around for help but there is no help to be found? And it feels like you are surrounded and the enemy is coming at you from every side, and then you hear that sinister voice of Satan laughing at you with that attitude of arrogance and self assurance saying: (Now I’ve got you right where I want you). Certainly, we’ve all been there: In fact you might be there right now.You are my assignment because God told me to tell you that things aren’t always as they appear. He told me to tell you that there is more to this than meets the eye. He told me to tell you that (it’s a set up).
He told me to tell you that what looks like the worst circumstances you’ve ever faced in your life is getting ready to thrust you into a brand new glory, a brand new anointing, a new level of faith and power beyond anything that you have ever experienced before. Let me go ahead and say it like this: God sent an elevator your way and it came in the form of an enemy, God said he would make your haters into elevators. Most everyone saw Goliath as a hater, but David saw him as an elevator. I know it sounds crazy but some of you need to thank those enemies for pushing you into your destiny. I wouldn’t be where I am if it wasn’t for my enemies, everything the enemy sent to take you down, God is going to use it to lift you up. I just want to tell you, don't give up, you are on the edge of a miracle. God didn’t bring you this far to leave you. He didn’t call you out on the water to let you drown. He didn’t bring you out of the bondage and the slavery of Egypt (Satan s Kingdom) to let him devour you. I want you to know that help is on the way, and I came to tell you (it’s closer than you think). God said for me to tell you: He has heard your cry and he has seen your tears, and help is on the way. There s a miracle in the making.
In our text the children of Israel found themselves in a predicament, a bad situation, a trap.
I know we're faith people, but let's just be honest about it: (We've all been there) we have all found ourselves in a bad situation that we couldn't get ourselves out of. Sometimes we are there because of foolishness on our part, wrong choices, wrong actions, wrong associations, wrong instructions. But sometimes there is no other explanation but the devil, we have an adversary who hates us and is intent on destroying our lives. Physically, emotionally, financially, spiritually, your marriage your family your ministry. The devil comes but for to steal to kill and to destroy. But whatever the reason: we know what it feels like to be caught somewhere in something with no way of escape.
The temptation is when we find ourselves in that predicament is to be just like the children of Israel and begin to murmur and grumble and complain and start looking backward, and begin to blame God for not making everything easy, and to call his love into question for allowing us to struggle and suffer. But I want to remind you: It’s just a setup.
You’ve been crying out to God for
deliverance, for help and it looks to you and feels to you, like everything has
taken one giant step backward from bad, to worse, to impossible. God wants you to know that when you're down to nothing, God s up to something. God is getting ready to show up and show out. Oh yes there was a trap: But what we miss a lot of times is this one little thing
(the trap wasn’t for the children of Israel it was for the Egyptians). The trap is not for you, the trap is for your enemies. God let your enemies think that you were trapped. God let your enemies see you cry. God let your enemies see your struggle and see your pain so they would get in
One thing I want you to know it that God is getting ready to care of your enemies, and God has been using this situation, this dilemma, this storm, to draw your enemies together, to draw them out of hiding, some of the ones that used to walk around talking behind your back, are now standing up in your face, and some of them that have been working in the dark, God is turning the light on, and he’s uncovering them. God is going to pull them out of their hiding places and he’s going to take care of them once and for all.
It was an impressive show of fierce military might and strength when Egypt came
stampeding down on the children of Israel. All the chariots of Egypt, six hundred chosen chariots captains in every one of
them, all the chariots and horsemen of Egypt with Pharaoh leading the charge. And they followed Israel into the midst of the sea, with the taste of victory
on their lips, they charged into the red sea, gaining on their prey.
Let me ask you a question: Have you ever felt outnumbered? Have you ever felt out gunned? Have you ever felt like the underdog? Have you ever felt overwhelmed? Israel was no match for the great army of Egypt. But they had something Pharaoh had forgotten about. (They had God)
You may have all the artillery, but I’ve got God.
You may have all the odds in your favor, but I’ve got God.
You may have all the plans, and strategies, but I’ve got God.
You may have the courts on your side, but I’ve got God on my side.
You may have the bank, but I’ve got God. And Romans 8:31 says "What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?"
It looked like it was over for Israel: Pharaohs army was closing the gap, the children of Israel could hear the chariots rumble, they could hear the clatter of swords, and shields, and spears. Somebody is in that same place right now: The enemy is so close, you can hear the rattle, and the clanging of his artillery, you can hear his voice, you can hear him talking behind your back, you hear people saying you ll never make it. You can hear them making plans to take over.
But the bible says in Verse 24: "And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD (looked) unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians." The Lord has been looking, he has been watching the enemy, and he has been calculating his actions, and his moves and he has been observing the way he s been treating you, and he’s taking it personal. The bible says: God troubled the host of the Egyptians. That word trouble means: To distract, to confuse, to disturb, to vex. In other words what it means is: All of a sudden there was dissension in the ranks, they got confused, and distracted, they were irritated and they became angry at each other. Then the bible says in Verse 25 "And God (took off their chariot wheels), that they drove them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians." That means that all of a sudden: The Egyptians have lost their momentum, nothing is going their way anymore, everything that was working for them is now working against them, nothing is turning out the way they planned. God is working on it right now: God is pulling off their wheels. God is frustrating your enemies, they can’t figure it out, their hexes, and vexes ain’t working, their powder and everything else ain’t getting the job done. they’re scratching their heads right now, trying to figure out why it's not working anymore, they're getting frustrated and angry and they’re starting to fight with each other.
Suddenly the Egyptians get a revelation: This is not us, this is not bad planning, this is not mismanagement, (This is God). God is fighting for Israel, let us flee from the face of Israel.
We talk a lot about being good soldiers and fighting the good fight of faith, but there are sometimes when God almighty steps in and says: (let me handle this) I’ll take care of this one. You’ve been fighting the good fight of faith, and you’ve been doing everything you know how to do, but it doesn’t seem like anything has changed (but God said to tell you, he’s going to step in and take over and he’s going to fight your battle for you and give you the victory). Deut. 28:7 says "The LORD shall cause thine enemies that rise up against thee to be smitten before thy face: they shall come out against thee one way, and flee before thee seven ways." Some of you would be happy right now, just to see your enemies running away from you, (but if your enemies simply run away, they’ll return again another day) What I’m trying to tell you, is that God is not just wanting to give you a rolaid, or a tums, or a Tylenol, for a temporary relief. (God wants to give you some permanent victories).
Remember Verse 13 "For the Enemies (the Egyptians) whom ye have seen today, you shall see them again no more forever." Some of you have fought the same battles for years, over and over and over again, you’ve been around the same mountain again and again, you’ve walked through the same fire time and time again. You've had some relief but you have never had total victory. But today is a day for VICTORY total Victory.
Then in Verse 26 God tells Moses to stretch out his hand over the sea, and the waters came again and the Egyptians fled against it, and the Lord overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea, and the waters returned and covered the chariots and the horsemen and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them, (there remained not so much as one of them).
In the same place where the enemy said: I'll finish them off, in the same place where the enemy said I’ve got them right where I want them and they'll die at my hand. In that same place God dealt the death blow to Egypt. It's just a set up. God has been setting you up for a "once and for all Victory. I know you didn’t understand why you had to go through what you had to go through, and I know you wondered why it seemed like the enemy had you surrounded, and why it seemed like your enemies had the upper hand and they were going to destroy you. But I remind you again: It’s just a set up. It’s a SET UP FOR A TAKE DOWN. God is not just wanting to pull you out of the fire today, or deliver you from the lions, and he is not just wanting just to give you temporary relief, or make your enemies run away. God said today is a day for permanent victory. This is your day to put it under your feet once and for all. This is your day for total victory.