The world has become accustomed to getting what they want when they want it.
Christians often expect the same results. A lot more of the world rubs off on the Church than we expect.
We looked yesterday at how the Word instructs that the god of this world (Satan) blinds people to the light of the gospel so that they cannot even see or hear it, let alone respond to it. Paul said there is a literal veil over them so they cannot see clearly the message of Christ. (2 Cor. 4:4)
The answer is to use the authority we have in Jesus Christ and His Name to command the powers of darkness to loose them from the veil.
Here in Exodus we see Moses in a “type” of battle with darkness to loose the Israelites from captivity.
Exodus 5:1 – “AFTERWARD MOSES and Aaron went in and told Pharaoh, Thus says the Lord, the God of Israel, Let My people go, that they may hold a feast to Me in the wilderness.”
Notice that first it is the Name of God that Moses and Aaron are invoking. “Thus says the Lord”! This is how every Christian should do battle today with the evil forces. Instead of “Thus Says The Lord”, it should now be “In The Name of Jesus Christ!” Then, as Moses did, make known the demand.
Let My People Go! Let My Loved Ones Go! In the Name of Jesus, I command you to Let My ______Go!
However, while sometimes the demonic spirits will roll right over, more times than not there will be obstinacy and resistance. We are not dealing with dull minds. We are dealing with ancient well trained and wise agents of Satan himself. They will often test and resist you.
Make no mistake or be fooled. They all know who Jesus is!
Like Pharaoh (who in this case is a “type” of Satan), they may question your “credentials”.
Vs. 2 – “But Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord, that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord, neither will I let Israel go.”
As the passage wears on we know that it was a true battle of back and forth before Pharaoh actually released them. Even then he had second thoughts and chased them down to the edge of the Red Sea where his armies were drowned and the Israelites escaped.
So friends, let me say, do not lose hope in the battle for your loved ones. Keep challenging hell with the Name of Jesus Christ in the effort to win their minds back from the power of darkness. Eventually the Name of Jesus will prevail!
Don’t forget that God may well use this as a faith building exercise for you as well to get on the front line of the battle. Often people wonder of what use they can be to the Kingdom. Well, here is a great use! Be an intercessor in winning captives from the devil. Perhaps someone else may get them to hear the gospel, but you can free their minds to receive it!