TUESDAY October 30, 2018
God is in the Camp
So the Philistines were afraid, for they said, “God has come into the camp!” And they said, “Woe to us! For such a thing has never happened before. Woe to us! Who will deliver us from the hand of these mighty gods? These are the gods who struck the Egyptians with all the
plagues in the wilderness.”
1 Samuel 4:7-8
Notice how Israel’s enemies––the Philistines––were more conscious of God than His people! The Philistines recognized the mighty acts of God done in the past, in Egypt, and became afraid.
The Egyptian Pharaoh would not let God’s people go. So the Lord sent ten plagues on the land Egypt. The water became blood. Frogs, lice, flies and locusts covered the land. God sent a pestilence that killed many of their livestock. The Egyptian people were plagued with boils. Heavy hail rained down, and God brought an eerie darkness upon Egypt––darkness so dense it could be felt. Still Pharaoh hardened his heart and would not let the Hebrews go. Finally, the Lord brought a tenth plague––all the firstborn in the land of Egypt died. God delivered His people, and Pharaoh’s army, who pursued them into the wilderness, drowned in the Red Sea (Exodus 7-14).
The Philistines rejoiced in their false gods because of the victory they had won over Israel, until the Ark of the Covenant came into Israel’s camp. They believed God, who did wonders in Egypt, would crush them in defeat. Yet the power of God was not among Israel.
Seriously, the enemy knows the power of God within our lives, but we are too busy trying to go out to battle without seeking the Lord or listening to Him. We get defeated. The enemy is speaking about everything God has done in our lives, but yet we do not recognize His voice calling us to repentance. Is the door to defeat open in your life?
Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; Make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power
Your enemies shall submit themselves to You.”
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