No Containment

There’s Good News from the battlefield ⇒ WE’VE WON! If we have faith in Jesus Christ then we have His victory too. This Good News, the Gospel, is power, God’s power. We can live out our life-giving faith. We can be about the Father’s business. We bring glad tidings, not sad or mad. Our job is to enforce the victory Jesus won for us all but we need to lay hold of it.

A Victorious Life Is One Without Containment

Containment Webster Dictionary Meaning ⇒ the act, process, or means of keeping something within limits
 

The enemy wants to contain God’s people. God’s plan is a life of freedom without defeat. A life where we have the victory over our bodies, families and life circumstances. Where God’s truth and power break out of any containment.

Moses was used by God to tell Pharaoh to Let My People Go.

6 Therefore say to the children of Israel: ‘I am the Lord; I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, I will rescue you from their bondage, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great judgments. 7 I will take you as My people, and I will be your God. Then you shall know that I am the Lord your God who brings you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians. 8 And I will bring you into the land which I swore to give to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob; and I will give it to you as a heritage: I am the Lord.’ ” (Exodus 6:6-8 NKJV)

As we continue to read the story in the book of Exodus and each of the plagues brought upon Egypt, we see Pharaoh attempts to appease Moses by continually moving the goalposts. He relents a little but still puts boundaries in place to restrict and control the Israelites. There are three main ways the enemy attempts to restrict us too.

1. The Devil Uses Containment

Firstly, we must remember we don’t use carnal weapons in our fight against the enemy.

12 For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. (Ephesians 6:12 NKJV)

Consider the tactic Pharaoh uses in this part of the story.

27 We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the Lord our God as He will command us.” 28 So Pharaoh said, “I will let you go, that you may sacrifice to the Lord your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away. Intercede for me.” (Exodus 8:27-28 NKJV)

He allows them to be free to worship but limits and restricts how far they can go. The spirit of Pharaoh continues this approach today. What limit has been placed on you regarding your freedom to honour and worship God? God desires we go all the way with Him, the enemy says we can only go part of the way. That approach robs us of the fullness of God. The enemy will use any means for us to accept this limitation. Perhaps we’re more concerned about pleasing people or being self-conscious. God is worth going all the way, only He can save us. Seek the Lord, allow the Holy Spirit to give you revelation today as to what going all the way for God looks like for you.

2. Only Men May Go

7 Then Pharaoh’s servants said to him, “How long shall this man be a snare to us? Let the men go, that they may serve the Lord their God. Do you not yet know that Egypt is destroyed?” 8 So Moses and Aaron were brought again to Pharaoh, and he said to them, “Go, serve the Lord your God. Who are the ones that are going?” 9 And Moses said, “We will go with our young and our old; with our sons and our daughters, with our flocks and our herds we will go, for we must hold a feast to the Lord.” 10 Then he said to them, “The Lord had better be with you when I let you and your little ones go! Beware, for evil is ahead of you. 11 Not so! Go now, you who are men, and serve the Lord, for that is what you desired.” And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence. (Exodus 10:7-11 NKJV)

In this instance, Pharaoh denied Moses’s request that all the people be allowed to go. He permitted just the men to go but said the others must remain for their safety. Pharaoh holds an office of power that should be respected. Nevertheless, he was denying the people their ability to choose and trust God. God always gives people a choice. Pharaoh continually lied and would not free the people so God continued His work.

3. The Flocks and Herds Must Remain

24 Then Pharaoh called to Moses and said, “Go, serve the Lord; only let your flocks and your herds be kept back. Let your little ones also go with you.” (Exodus 10:24 NKJV)

Pharaoh sure was hard-hearted and stubborn. Still, he refused to obey God by allowing the provisions of the Israelites to go too. God is our provider and the enemy is always trying to steal from us. Like the Israelites, we don’t know what we’ll need in the future and God’s plans for us. No, we need our provisions for our families, our church and our creativity. We may be called to build an enterprise for the Lord. God said all the people and all their livestock must be set free. So it is with us.

They tried to contain Jesus. He was crucified and put in a tomb to contain his body and a big heavy stone was rolled over to seal it. But Jesus is UNCONTAINABLE. His tomb is empty, the stone was removed. With His help, we are the same. The enemy tries to seal us up by putting a stone over our life. This stone makes us hopeless, helpless and isolated. But God rolls it away. Reject enemy lies and containment today. Accept and follow Jesus. Embrace, believe and speak God’s truth in all circumstances and be set free into your calling.
 
God Bless
Ps Mark Ironside
 
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