08.18.2017 Morning Prayer Devotion shared by Brady Wright
Most of us have heard the story of God parting the Red Sea for Moses and the Israelites to cross, and escape the Egyptians. I believe that this is a beautiful example of a group of people being set free from slavery. However, leading up to that moment of freedom things did not always look pretty for God’s people. They wandered for forty years in the wilderness before they were able to walk into the promise land. In fact, just before the seas parted they cried out to Moses “have you taken us to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us this way to bring us out of Egypt? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians” (Exodus 14:11 NKJV). Slavery (or sin) has a way of bringing fear, blame, and justification to our thought process. Moses goes on to tell the people “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord” (Exodus 14:13 NKJV). Do not be afraid of walking through a difficult season. Know that the Spirit of the Lord is near. Freedom comes from an intimate relationship with Jesus, and people. Personal freedom brings authenticity, honesty, identity, and purpose to your life. The Israelites exit from slavery did not look exactly the way they expected; it looked better, and the same can be said for your escape. Scripture states “now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the spirit of the Lord is there is freedom” (2 Cor. 3:17 NKJV). The good news for us today is that God’s Holy Spirit lives inside of us, and for us that means freedom is here! Join me in praying for the captives to be set free and experience the personal freedom that comes along with a relationship with Jesus! God Bless you!