And the Lord said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it:and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea."
~ Exodus 14:13-16
When the children of Israel reached the red sea it seems from a natural perspective as if they have in fact reached a dead end especially with Pharaoh and his army relentlessly chasing them behind. However, if God is on our side, what seems like a dead end in the natural is actually not a dead end at all. Rather, it is an event for a generational testimony to the glory of the supernatural God who as Almighty is able to do all things and work all things out for our good. God already foreknew that there is a red sea in the path of the Israelites journey. And He has already pre-planned to path the red sea for the children of Israel to walk through it even before the Israelites reached the brink of the red sea. The hardened heart of Pharaoh as clearly highlighted from the onset by God to Moses in (Exodus chapter 3), is actually not by Pharaoh's power and might but by power and might of God. God's dealing with Pharaoh and Egypt is synonymous with His judgement on Satan and the world of sin. Egypt is symbolic of the world and Pharaoh is symbolic of Satan who sees himself as a god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:1-6). The red sea is symbolic of hell. And it is therefore no surprise that God hardened the heart of Pharaoh all the way through and eventually destroyed him and his soldiers in the red sea, which is symbolic of hell.
The world we are in is a spiritual Egypt. And the system of the world is an Egypt system formula orchestrated by the fallen angels to enslave man in sin. At the heart of this evil system is financial slavery. And the whole essence of enslaving man under a pyramid format Egypt formula system is to ensure that man focuses on his natural world survival and in so doing remain trapped in spiritual Egypt/Babylonian world of sin. Sadly, several human beings including so called men and women of God have sold their souls to the devil all because they consider doing so as the only means of escaping the financial slavery system in the world. And this of course is the ultimate intention of Satan to deceive man into believing that he is god and as a god, the only one who can enrich people provided they sell their souls to him.
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" (Mark 8:36).
The truth of the matter is, Satan has nothing to give but lies, sin and death. And those who have sold their souls to the devil are full of nothing but extreme pain and sorrow. The outward picture is nothing but deception. All they flash as riches in the natural is nothing more than vanity upon vanity. And except they become delivered and saved from Satan's hell prison by grace and mercy of God, they will forever remain dead and suffer permanent extreme pain all for a momentary so called worldly riches and fame.
"Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, And said,
Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.
In all this Job sinned not, nor charged God foolishly" (Job 1:20-22).
The fact is, no man brought anything whatsoever to the world. And none can take anything along with them when it is time to exit this visible world to the invisible realm of the spirit, which is the permanent realm. It is therefore a terrible bad deal for a person to bow in worship to the devil and actually trade his or her soul for a perishable temporary thing, which adds no value whatsoever to the spirit man. The spirit man is the main being. The natural man will die and disintegrate into dust. How is it therefore a wise decision for a person to sell his or her soul just for temporary illusional worldly fame and fortune?
"But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name" (John 1:12).
For the fact that we are spirit beings, the issue of whether a person is in the real sense poor or prosperous has to be determined by his or her spiritual status and circumstances and not by our physical situation or circumstances. Spiritually speaking, a person is either a slave to sin and death or a son of the Almighty God full of His dominion power and authority. Sonship is only possible through Christ Jesus. Therefore, outside of Christ there are no opportunity for sonship. And this is the main reason why those who are slaves in sin cannot possibly attest to sonship. We attest to sonship when we are delivered from slavery through the blood of Jesus Christ. And if through Christ we are sons of God who by the way owns all things, then it makes no sense to conclude we are poor simply because the natural circumstances, which by the way is not the entire evidence of our existence tends to suggest that we are poor and not rich.
"For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.
The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:
And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint- heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together" (Romans 8:14-17).
Poverty is an automatic outcome of slavery in sin. And prosperity is an automatic outcome of our sonship in Christ. God's deliverance and redemption mandate for us is not just to deliver us from the natural Egypt world. But to deliver us from the spiritual Egypt/Babylonian world of sin and make us joint heirs of His eternal prosperous kingdom through Christ Jesus His only begotten Son (John 3:16-17). The natural deliverance of children of Israel from Egypt is mainly a shadow of God's deliverance objective to deliver us from spiritual Egypt and Babylon through Christ Jesus. Through Christ's finished work of atonement and remission on the cross, we have perfect deliverance from the Egypt Babylonian world of Satan. And we are in Christ free from principalities chains and shackles irrespective of our natural situation and circumstances.
As evidenced by the declarations of blessings in (Deuteronomy 28:1-14), God of course have a natural world prosperity mandate for His people. But we must understand that blessings from God's can only be on His own terms and not ours. Central to God's terms and condition for blessings is obedience to His righteousness standards and rules of life. And God expects us to obey Him irrespective of whether we are looking poor or rich from a natural analysis of prosperity or poverty perspective. We must for all intent and purposes in all situations remain continually convinced that we are partakers of the eternal riches of Christ and not get discouraged by the natural world outlook of things. It is only in so doing that we will remain obedient to God and not branch off and join Satan's vanity gang all for the sake of an illusional fame and fortune.
God is a covenant giver. And as a covenant giver He chooses at Will not for the sake of showing off or proving to man that He is able but simply to manifest His eternal frame predestined plans for man in the realm of time. Sowing all the so called tithes and offering in this world in heart and mind of greed, disobedience and covetousness will not lead to the abundance wealth release that the so called properity preachers endlessly preachers for the sake of stealing from the 'have nots' to line their own already heavy vanity riches pockets. God's release of wealth is for the fulfilment of His mandate and glory and not for the feeding of our flesh lusts. Therefore, our focus in our relationship with God must be on serving God because of who He is and not because of what He can give us. It is only by focusing on God and not on the things of the world that we will remain faithful to God irrespective of our situations and not end up falling for the wicked wiles of the devil.
God as the Creator and our Father knows what is best for us to have. And a lot of the time His delay in releasing what He has promised us is to ensure we are fully made ready to handle it. Handling wealth comes with a huge responsibility. A lot of the time we crave for surplus wealth when we are not in actual fact matured enough to handle all the associated vanity spirits wealth attracts. Controlling wealth and distribution of wealth is central to Satan's pyramid slavery system agenda. Therefore to have wealth and lack humility, faith in God, trust and a constant mindset of responsibility and accountability towards God is to end up eventually destroyed by wealth.
God's desire for us is not for us to perish in death and sin. But for us to be saved by His mercy and grace and inherit the non-perishable things. God knows what we are capable of handling. And He knows how to make possible the impossible. He knows how to supply our needs. He knows what is best for us. If God be for us, then whatsoever situation we are in is working together for our good and not against us. In Christ we are full of God's riches. And it is important that we are contented in all things and not allow our physical wants and desires pull us away from our God and Creator.
"For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory;
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal"
(2 Corinthians 4:17-18).
This world is only a temporary world. It will surely pass away but the kingdom of God endures forever. Contrary to what Satan will have us believe, God is the one in charge of all realms and not Satan. The natural is subject to the supernatural God and not God to the natural world. God as the supernatural God has the power to override the normal course of nature to deliver and manifest His entire deliverance and redemption objectives for mankind. God can see us in every red sea situation we can possibly find ourselves in. As the supernatural God, He is able to path every sea, rivers, bring down every wall of Jericho and make a roadway for us in the wilderness. All He seeks from us is that we walk by faith and not by by sight. God wants us to trust and rely on Him for who He is and not because of what we believe He can give us in this temporary world of sin. God is who He is regardless of our natural world circumstances. He remains a faithful God, Father, Ruler and Sovereign King irrespective of our natural situations and circumstances. God is a perfect Self-existing Spirit Being. And our relationship with God is a spiritual relationship.
Our relationship with God as a spiritual relationship is governed by the rules of faith and not by the falsehood regime of sight. For by sight it is impossible to diligently obey and serve God in spirit and truth (Hebrews 11:6). The devil of course knowing very well that only by faith can we obey and truthfully serve God does not want us to walk by faith but by sight. The devil is fully aware of the fact that by sight we will be blinded by fear and in fear, it will be impossible for us to see that through Christ's finished work on the cross, God has indeed made a roadway for us in the wilderness and a pathway in the midst of the world sea realm to reach His eternal Promise Land.
God is not a man that He should boast or lie. He is a faithful God. And no matter how dead end looking your situation might be looking today, I want you to know that if God be on your side, you cannot be at a dead. Shut the eyes of sight and open the eyes of faith with praise and worship of the living God. In the midst of trials, God is working out a triumphant testimony for you. In the midst of your tribulations, God is perfecting your faith in Him. In the midst of seem like a dead end, God is positioning you in His predestined plan for your life. In the midst of all, God is making you to see and to understand that He Was, Is and ever shall be the supernatural God. And as long as He is on your side, you cannot suffer a dead end.
Remain in good cheer. Satan and his entourage of evil are in hell where God sentenced them to and they cannot come out. God is forever seated on His judgement throne. And if He is for you, then be rest assured that no gates of hell can ever prevail against you. Amen.
"Thus saith the Lord, your redeemer, the Holy One of Israel; For your sake I have sent to Babylon, and have brought down all their nobles, and the Chaldeans, whose cry is in the ships.
I am the Lord, your Holy One,
the creator of Israel, your King.
Thus saith the Lord, which maketh a way in the sea, and a path in the mighty waters;
Which bringeth forth the chariot and horse, the army and the power;
they shall lie down together, they shall not rise: they are extinct, they are quenched as tow.
Remember ye not the former things,
neither consider the things of old.
Behold, I will do a new thing;
now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert.
The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls:
because I give waters in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert,
to give drink to my people, my chosen.
This people have I formed for myself;
they shall shew forth my praise."
Pastor Olabisi was a mother, Senior Pastor, Evangelist, Prophet,Teacher, Psalmist, Author, Writer, Publisher and a Housing Practitioner.
She set up Encouraged by God as a means of encouraging and strengthening the faith of Christians everywhere.
Lived and died in Christ, 06 October 2016, aged 49 years old.