For what Spiritual-warfare purpose was Jesus born? Apostle John answers in 1 John 3.8b: “The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil.” How did He do this? Again, John states: “No one has seen God at any time; the only begotten God who is in the bosom of the Father, He has explained Him” (John 1.18 NASB; ESV: “ he has made him known”; NKJV: “He has declared Him”). So, God sent His only begotten Son to destroy satan’s harmful scheming deeds in the societies of Jesus’ earthly days.
Now that Jesus is seated with God the Father, Acts 1.9 leading to Psalm 110.1, who did He intend to continue this destruction of satan’s harmful scheming deeds in the societies of our world? Jesus, Himself, gives the answer, in John 17.18: “As You [God the Father] sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world.” And, Jesus gave us the two means we need for accomplishing this. John, again, reveals these to us, in Revelation 12.11: “they overcame him [satan] by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony….” Jesus’ Cross and His name, the only and best “word” we can speak, as Apostle Paul describes Jesus’ name in Philippians 2.9-11! Receive Jesus’ encouragement to “move out” in Luke 10.19!
So, what are we waiting for? The embers of evil erupt into flame without frequent dousing with “Jesus”! History gives us some encouragement.
A. “Moses, go forward!”
- These were God’s words to Moses as the children of Israel seemed pinned in by the Red Sea and the Egyptian army; Exodus 14.15.
- satan seemed to have the upper hand. A natural barrier blocking their exit. An angry army awaiting the light of day; Exodus 14.20.
- It is interesting that their few days of wanderings had brought them to the Baal of Zephon at Pi Hahiroth (modern Jebel Deraj or Kulalah on the western shore of the Gulf of Suez); Exodus 14.9. Easton’s Bible Dictionary says that “Baal-zapuna of the Egyptians was a place of worship.”
- Exodus 12.12 explains this one, final victory over Pharaoh and his army; and in front of their temple of worship! satan could not, even, protect his warriors from God’s judgment!
- Paul’s words from his experience, in 1 Corinthians 10.13, encourage us to ask for God’s plan of escape when in satan’s schemes. God’s ultimate plan is understood from Galatians 1.4.
- God’s plan for the children of Israel was Exodus 14.13-31. How are Moses’ proclamation in verses 13-14 like Matthew 10.7 and his actions that followed like verse eight? Similarly, what do you learn from Luke 10.9?
- Moses’ was God’s chosen leader (Exodus 3.10) to say the word and do the work. He needed the encouragement of Exodus 14.15. “Move out!”
B. Do you hear His instructions?
- King David did, in 2 Samuel 5.22-25. David was a good listener! He followed God’s strategies.
- This was the second time the Philistines had challenged David’s emerging kingship; 2 Samuel 5.17-25. The Philistines were satan’s agents of harm; idol worshippers! God describes such deceived people, with amazement, in Isaiah 44.9-20. People are really that deceived!
- During the first challenge, David had asked God how to fight against this enemy, and God had instructed him to attack from the front; 2 Samuel 5.19-20.
- But, this second time, God knew the Philistines would be anticipating a frontal attack. So, He instructed David to “circle around behind them and come at them in front of the balsam trees” (2 Samuel 2.23). Jehovah-Strategist! He knows the best ways to attack.
And, there was more. God, further, instructed David to wait for what signal, in verse 24? How was this God saying, “Move out!”?
C. Move Out!
- Jesus heard God the Father loud and clear (John 12.49) when He commanded the epileptic demon to leave the boy alone; Mark 9.25-27. Move out!
- Peter heard God’s instruction when he commanded the paralytic to “walk” in Acts 3.6. Move out!
- Paul heard God’s instruction when he arose from the dead and walked back into Lystra to demonstrate God’s power to his murderers; see Acts 14.19-20. Move out!
- Luke correctly described Jesus in Acts 10.38. This is true about you, too!
So, for what Spiritual-warfare purpose was Jesus born? 1 John 3.8b. For what Spiritual-warfare purpose were you born? Consider that Romans 8.14 leads to 2 Corinthians 4.3-4 leads to 2 Corinthians 10.5 leads to Acts 26.18 leads to 2 Corinthians 5.20 leads to John 17.18 leads to Matthew 6.10!
Your purpose! Move out!
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