Moses was engaged in a spiritual battle he couldn’t see. Satan, the prince of darkness, knew God’s plan to bless Israel so they could bless the world. Pharaoh was his agent to defy and frustrate God’s purpose. By enslaving the Israelites, his ultimate goal was to destroy the Messiah, the Lion of the Tribe of Judah, the Savior of the world.
Ephesians 6:12 says, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” The Greek word for “struggle” is pale. In the first century pale described a wrestling match with opponents striving to pin the other to the ground. Notice the struggle is against the rulers, the authorities, the powers, and the spiritual forces. More than simple random acts of evil, there is hierarchy, organization, administration, coordination, and strategy in the kingdom of darkness to frustrate, distract, and destroy the people of God.
There is a pull in all of us to be the successful, Christian celebrity, with the world on a string, and not a care in the world, our social media stocked with glamor shots, and packed with followers. Paul says this is our struggle. If you have no room in your theology for struggle that’s a problem. Unrealistic expectations make the heart-sick. This wasn’t going to be a one and done for Moses. Ten times he had to stand before Pharaoh and say the same thing, “Let God’s people go.”
We find the key for breaking through this barrier in Ephesians 6:13-14a – “Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then…” Remember, you’re going to battle, not to a pajama party for a tickle fight. We’re equipped with divine armor each day through time in God’s Word, prayer, worship, confession of sin, and sharing our hurts and wounds to cleanse our hearts from bitterness. When we do that God gives us his helmet, shield, breastplate, shoes, and a sword.
Three times in Ephesians 6:13-14a it tells us to stand our ground. How would a pimp respond to someone trying to rescue his assets, his slaves? Don’t be shocked as if something strange is happening. With the armor of God, stand in the power of his might. Don’t let the devil roll in and take your marriage, family, ministry, church, and dream. The enemy is scared to death of God’s plan for your children, and your children’s children. Through your seed the world will be blessed. He wants to steal your divine destiny. So, get your armor on, and having done all to stand, stand your ground.
For us, that means keep showing up. Half the battle is just showing up day after day. Show up in the kitchen each morning to hug your kids and bless them before school. Show up after work with an encouraging word for your spouse. Show up in that contentious relationship at work, knowing God has an answer. It’s not time to run and hide. Come on out of the prayer closet and take a stand, and watch the enemy flee.