Labor of Love

“Let us flee from the face of Israel, for the Lord fights for them!” Ex. 14:25

God didn’t just rescue His people, He blessed them in the presence of their enemies, and then used the enemy to bless them also! (Psa. 23:5, Ex. 12:35-36). God is jealous for us and He will move heaven and earth to prove it! (Deut. 4:24, Eph. 3:20). Israel’s victory wasn’t without struggle. Sometimes we want quick solutions, but God works ALL things together for good (Rom. 8:28). God showed Israel who He was, and then He gave the enemy an opportunity to repent (Ex. 6:7, 2 Pet. 3:9, Deut. 30:19). Pharaoh was given many opportunities, but pride was His downfall (Prov. 16:18). He would face consequences, but He would know who God was (Rom. 6:23). People will deny God, but in the end every knee will bow and confess that He is God (Rom. 14:11). If you are in a battle today, know that God is fighting for YOU! (Ex. 14:14). He is El Gibbor – Mighty God! (Lk 1:49). The Exodus rescue mission demonstrated Gods love and faithfulness. Israel lived under cruel conditions; unable to meet Pharaohs expectations. Be careful what/who you are serving (Matt. 6:24). It doesn’t matter what the world throws at you, the only one you need to please is God. Israel complained about their situation, but God (our defender) had a much better plan! What the enemy plans for evil, God works for good (Gen. 50:20).

God wants to break yokes of bondage from our necks. Sin cannot bind us if we are feasting on the truth (Isa. 10:27). For example, if you eat enough your belt will eventually lose its grip on you (Matt. 4:4). At the word of God, the enemy has no power! (Js. 4:7). Anything in your life that takes priority above God is bondage; a stronghold that must be broken by renewing of our mind with God’s word (2 Cor. 10:1-5). To serve God is a privilege; a labor of love (1 Thess. 1:3). Many see God as a cruel taskmaster with a bunch of rules, but to serve the Lord is freedom and liberty (2 Cor. 3:17). We are so out of touch with reality today that we fail to recognize we are in bondage; distraction being the greatest form. Martha had the master in her home but was so distracted by her “works” she forgot about the good part -communion with God. If I had to choose God’s biggest love language, I would say it’s “quality time.” We need to learn to sit and rest at the master’s feet from time to time (Lk. 10:38-42, Matt. 11:28). The Joy of the Lord is our strength (Psa. 28:7). Be careful not to replace one on one time with God. The enemy wants us tired and distracted. In Rev. 2:3-4, God says to the church in Ephesus that even though they suffered for Him, they forgot their first love. When Jesus died it was a labor of love for us. We love Him because He first loved us (1 John 4:19).

I will fight for you! Love God.

Happy Valentines!

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