When this title was ministered into my heart as I sat down minding my own business, I was like “What? I don’t even know Pharaoh so what is my own with him?” I actually thought I had not heard correctly but yes that was what I heard.
I settled down and The Holy Spirit then began to expand it in my heart. . .
The devil always wants to capture you and take you back to the place you were saved from in the first place.
The case study of the Israelites made the message much clearer. The children of Israel had been in captivity for over 400 years yet the enemy wanted to take them back into bondage upon their deliverance. I wonder if they had not had enough of them. Pharaoh and his army went after the Israelites relentlessly. Their enemies were not ready to give up on keeping them in bondage. The enemies obviously felt it was a mistake to have allowed them out of their grip in the first instance.
Don’t even think for a moment that the enemy will happily let you go of his own volition.
He must be forced to do so.
Take a look at these verses of the Scriptures:
Keep a cool head. Stay alert. The Devil is poised to pounce, and would like nothing better than to catch you napping. Keep your guard up. You’re not the only ones plunged into these hard times. It’s the same with Christians all over the world. So keep a firm grip on the faith. The suffering won’t last forever. It won’t be long before this generous God who has great plans for us in Christ—eternal and glorious plans they are!—will have you put together and on your feet for good. He gets the last word; yes, he does. (1 Peter 5:8-11 MSG)
This is why the devil keeps coming with temptations every now and then. He just wants you back in his clutches. It is your decision to make whether you want your freedom to be permanent or you like being in bondage.
You must fight your way out of the custody of the strongman holding you captive. Violently take your freedom back.
You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free.
If you have surrendered your life to Christ, you know the truth and have been set free by Him.
However, you must keep working at making your freedom permanent. If you relapse, you open yourself to the possibility of going back into bondage in a more intense measure.
You cannot afford to let your guard down for any reason at all. You must stay alert. It is important to always be on your feet ready to attack.
And that about wraps it up. God is strong, and he wants you strong. So take everything the Master has set out for you, well-made weapons of the best materials. And put them to use so you will be able to stand up to everything the Devil throws your way. This is no afternoon athletic contest that we’ll walk away from and forget about in a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a life-or-death fight to the finish against the Devil and all his angels. (Ephesians 6:10-12 MSG)
You are not alone in this war zone. Every Christian is a target for the enemy.
The enemy will keep trying. The only way to being free indeed is staying attached to Jesus the Vine. He has already overcome the world so victory is assured in Him.
I have decided to follow Jesus and stay free. . . No going back. What about you?
I say, “No retreat. No surrender.”
May God continually grant you and I victory over our common enemy in Jesus’ name.
~ OMOSEBI Mary Omolola