Escape the Bondage of Your Past

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up and there were the Egyptians coming after them! The Israelites were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help. (Exodus 14:10)

God bought you out of bondage. He set you free from everything in your past that enslaved you. Sometimes, after experiencing this freedom for a while, you feel your past creeping up on you. You thought you defeated the old enemy of a certain attitude, behavior or belief, but there he is right behind you. What do you do? Do you look for help? If you do, who do you look to?

The Israelites had been freed from slavery in Egypt after God inflicted their captors with a series of plagues. The Israelites watched as the mighty hand of God spared them but not the Egyptians. Full of joy, courage and boldness, the Israelites confidently marched away from the land of captivity toward the land of plenty promised by God. But what happened? God caused the Egyptians to go after the Israelites so that his power and glory would be seen. The boldness of the fleeing people of Israel turned into terror as the Egyptians came close to overtaking them. They had a few choices at this point.


They could:

  1. Stop, admit defeat and go back to Egypt with their captors
  2. Perish in the Red Sea to avoid going back to a life of slavery
  3. Cry out to God and see what he would do

They chose the latter. They cried out to God for him to continue his deliverance. They cried out to God trusting that he would not let them go back into bondage. They cried out to God knowing he had not bought them so far only to leave them.

When you feel a formerly defeated enemy coming upon you, intending to overtake you and bring you back into bondage, look in faith to God for his rescue plan. He will never leave you or forsake you. He didn’t bring you this far to leave you. You may not be all you want to be but you are more than used to be. Purpose in your heart that you will not give up any ground to the enemy because your God is an awesome Creator God.

So say like the psalmist, “I lift up my eyes to the hills.

From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” Psalm 121:1-2

And remember that Jesus came and permanently defeated the enemy for all who believe in and follow him.

Related readings to meditate this week- Exodus Chapter 14, Psalm 121, Colossians 1:13, Titus 2:14, Luke 13:16

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