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GRACEVINE DEVOTIONAL
Monday 07, August 2017
Isaiah 31:1,3 KJV
Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord ! [3] Now the Egyptians are men, and not God; and their horses flesh, and not spirit. When the Lord shall stretch out his hand, both he that helpeth shall fall, and he that is holpen shall fall down, and they all shall fail together.

The horse is a proud symbol of strength, speed and agility. In Bible days, a nation’s greatness and prowess was measured by the size of its army. In ranking, the mounted cavalry of such armies was a major distinguishing factor. Egypt was one of such nations. So most people ran down to Egypt for help in times of trouble. In exchange for Egypt’s assistance, the people or nation would pledge allegiance to Egypt. Spiritually, Egypt represents the World’s system in opposition to the living God.

Most people, even uncommitted believers, are in allegiance to and dependent on the World’s system for supply, sustenance and protection. This decision is based on WHAT they can see in the natural.

The world’s system displays alluring but ephemeral opulence, glitter and might that seduce the heart of the unlearned. This causes the overthrow of faith or confidence in the living God who is eternal in nature. Many join cults and societies for the purpose of wealth, success and protection. Even in the Church world of today, it is open season for enchanters, occultists and new age practitioners. People don’t care about the source of power ANYMORE, all they need is “result”.

In the Bible passage above, God warns of the temporal nature of such alliances and benefits.

He warns of imminent judgment on the practitioners of such wickedness. God announces that when He the Lord shall arise, both those who are helped and the ones helping them shall fall together and none will rise again. Their “success” and benefits are very temporal.

Beloved, this is a call to renew and strengthen your faith in the eternal nature of God and His Blessings. Not all that glitters is gold. Brass looks like dull gold but it is actually the symbol of divine judgment.

Do not judge by the eyes of your senses. Judge by the witness of your sanctified spirit. Tares and wheat look alike but their difference is determined by harvest. One is burnt by fire, while the other is stored for joyful consumption. 

Pure Faith in God is depicted as Gold tried by fire. It is the endorsement of royalty. Brass is a metal that is ” wanna be” gold.  It is actually part of the pollution of Gold that must be burnt off in the gold purification process. Settle for the real thing Brother!.

The horses and riders of Egypt are flesh and men, they consequently don’t last forever. In contrast, the name and power of the Lord are Spirit and are Eternal in nature. May wisdom guide your heart as you read this piece.

Psalm 20:7-8 KJV
Some trust in chariots, and some in horses: but we will remember THE NAME of the Lord our God. [8] THEY are brought DOWN and fallen: but WE are RISEN, and STAND upright.

The shift is here beloved.

Shalom,
Ken Okotcha.

 

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