Exodus 6:9, “Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.”
The Lord has comforted and reassured Moses of His plan to bring the Israelties out of bondage and Egypt. Moses tells the people what God has said BUT they would not listen to Moses which actually means they would not listen to God.
We shake our heads about the Israelites but we know more about not listening to God than we would like to admit. Our not listening has brought us the agony of discouragement and depression as well.
God sends the Word the Israelites need BUT they did not listen. Pharaoh, his cruelty and slavery is stripping the Israelites of all hope and they have become discouraged. The discouragement has led to depression. They are suffering from all fronts; physically, mentally, spiritually and it is taking its toil.
Unfortunately, the medicine they need they have refused to accept. I would imagine that they are so caught up in what Pharaoh has said and is doing that they are rehearsing Pharoah’s words instead of God’s promises. Been there, done that!
It is a cycle that we all have been in, the battle of the mind. Our minds being steadfast on the issues of life rather than the One who holds us and life in His hand. It is in these times that we must take our stand against the enemy and not allow him to take our minds into his hands which intends to only lie, steal, kill and destroy us. “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 (Ephesians 6:13).”
We have to fight to listen, hear, and obey the Word of the Lord. First, we have to claim by faith 2 Timothy 1:7, “for God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.“ Fear and faith cannot co-exist so we must be intentional about remaining in faith. Every step of faith we let go of, the enemy replaces with fear. God has already given us the power, love, and self-control we need to walk in victory over our minds, controlling them rather than the enemy’s thoughts controlling us. We must take our stand in Christ and claim that our minds are renewed by the Holy Spirit and Word of God.
Claim Isaiah 26:3, “You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you” by moving our minds from the issue to God himself, His character, attributes, and great and wonderful promises. Be faithful to 2 Corinthians 10:5, “We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.“
Cast down the lie of the enemy by replacing it with the Word of God! Sometimes the battle can become fierce and in those times we must speak the Word out loud. Not only does this flat out shut down the enemy because we cannot think and speak at the same time but it helps to get the Word down in our hearts, renew our minds, and grow our faith.
Lastly, look for God and see Him everywhere. Instead of worrying on that ride to work, behold the sun as it comes up, the beauty of the mountains, the stars in sky and begin to talk to God about the beauty of His creation, sing to Him, with a heart of worship. Memorize Scripture as you cook dinner. When words seem short, just keeping calling “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus.” Turn your eyes upon Jesus, He is our sufficiency and exceeding great reward…and the things of earth will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.