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NO MORE FOREVER!!

I think this part of the exodus story in the Old Testament, chapter 14, is my absolute favorite.


"And, when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD." (Exodus 14:10, KJV)


This happened after Pharaoh (a type of satan; an adversary) released them, and now, he’s changed his mind, and all of Egypt (a type of death) is pursuing them. They became afraid and cried out for help from the Lord. And their response, or rather their complaint, to Moses, is in verses 11 and 12, "And they said unto Moses, Because, there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12 Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness." (Exodus 14:11-12, KJV)


We can see in these two verses that although they have been redeemed from Egypt, they still have an association with Egypt (a type of sin) in their thinking, that they haven't yet abandoned. This new life doesn't come easy to their minds. They still have a slave mentality. They continue to see their association with the Egyptians as more comfortable and better than this new life of freedom and redemption. Moses' response to them is in verses 13 and 14, "Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace." (Exodus 14:13-14, KJV)


He tells them not to be afraid, but rather to stand still, or to remain or abide. What were they to remain or abide in? They were to abide in the reality or the truth of their FULL redemption from Egypt. And he told them to see the salvation of the Lord. In other words, he's saying, "You may be seeing with your natural eyes the pursuit of the Egyptians BUT see instead (perceive and understand) the salvation of the Lord.” Salvation is yeshua in Hebrew and includes deliverance, health, help, welfare, victory, and prosperity. It means WHOLENESS! Then Moses tells them why, "Because the Egyptians you see today, you shall see them NO MORE FOREVER!" I love that!! They would see them no more forever! Why? Because the Egyptians were about to die in the Red Sea.


Remember, this was written for our admonition (for our mind placement) so that we might have a confident expectation of His goodness in our lives! A sure hope of wholeness in every area of our life, because we have been redeemed! And in our redemption, we are to fear not! And we are to remain or abide in the truth, and in the reality that mankind is no longer enslaved to sin and death. And to understand that our salvation is deliverance, healing, prosperity, wholeness in every area, nothing missing, nothing broken that we have IN HIM. And we are to understand that because of the impassable sea of blood, we are to see sickness, disease, poverty, lack of any kind, etc. (a type of Egyptians) NO MORE FOREVER! 


When was that impassable sea of blood? 2,000 years ago!! Our natural eyes may THINK we see them (sickness, disease, lack, addiction, fear, etc.) pursuing us because we haven't known these truths.


We need to grasp in verse 30 what is written about them FOR us, "So the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the seashore." (Exodus 14:30, NKJV).


Israel was no longer enslaved to Egypt. They were severed from Egypt and the Egyptians by the impassable Red Sea. The truth for us that we are to take away from that story of types and shadows is that ALL mankind is no longer enslaved to sin and death. We are separated from it by an IMPASSABLE sea of blood. And all sickness, disease, poverty, lack, etc., is DEAD on the seashore! The problem is that we, as Believers, don't believe that today. We think that we're well UNTIL the next time we get sick and need healing. We believe that we're prosperous UNTIL the next time we lack or until the next time the economy sags. We're always up and down, judging from our circumstances, from what we see.


BUT God said NO MORE FOREVER! 


All we need to do is REST in that. We don't need to fight for it or fight to keep it. Moses said in verse 14, "The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.” (Exodus 14:14, Berean Study Bible). We aren't in a battle against sin. We don't need to war against things like sickness, disease, or poverty. Neither is God fighting our battles for us today. Jesus said IT IS FINISHED!


The word FINISHED is tetelestai in Greek. It is a battle term that means lay your weapons down and go home because the battle or the war is over! It is a declaration of PEACE!


And then He sat down, and we sat down with Him (co-seated)! He is at rest. And all we need to do is also rest in His finished work and walk in our wholeness, in our FULL redemption. 


You don’t have an enemy pursuing you. I know we’ve been taught to believe that. But we don’t need to continue to bind sickness and disease. Nor do we need to bind spirits of this and spirits of that. We ONLY need a revelation that FINISHED means FINISHED. As the children of Israel were crossing over on dry land, the Pharaoh and the Egyptians continued to pursue them. But the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. Contrary to popular opinion, satan is NOT pursuing you!! Pharaoh (a type of satan) was with them and overthrown in the midst of the sea as well!


“And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen." 27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, 28 and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared, and the Egyptians fled against it, and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.”  (Exodus 14:26-28, KJV)


Remember the Red Sea is a type of the blood of Christ. Verse 27 tells us that He overthrew the Egyptians (death - sickness, disease, lack, etc.) in the midst of the Red Sea." The word overthrow is naar in Hebrew, meaning to shake off. The root of the word means to growl through the idea of the rustling of mane, which usually accompanies the lion's roar. God shook off or overthrew the Egyptians for the Israelites. For ALL mankind, the Lion of Judah roared IT IS FINISHED and shook off satan, sin, death! And everything that came with that - sickness, disease, poverty, lack, addiction, etcetera!!


And verse 28 tells us that not so much as one of them remained. In other words, NOT ONE DISEASE REMAINED!! NOT ONE SICKNESS REMAINED! NOT ONE MEASURE OF LACK REMAINED!


NOT ONE PART OF DEATH REMAINED!!


The word remained is shaar in Hebrew, meaning to be leftover, to survive. Nothing that Adam introduced into the world (sin and death) survived the cross! They were swallowed up by the sea; by the blood of Jesus. 1 Corinthians 15:54 says (the) death (i.e., sickness, disease, poverty, etc.) is swallowed up (devoured; destroyed; consumed) in victory!


Nothing of death remained or survived. ALL that came as a result of Adam's disobedience, SIN, DEATH, and all of its experiences that were passed down from generation to generation, sickness, disease, poverty, fear, etcetera, were COMPLETELY swallowed up (DESTROYED) by the blood of Jesus! It was made obsolete! NONE of it remains today! It is only in the futility of our minds that we resuscitate dead Egyptians (death) – that we give life or power to sickness, disease, or lack of any kind.


Psalm 106:10-11 (KJV) says, "And, he saved them from the hand that hated them and redeemed them from the hand of the enemy. 11 And the waters covered their enemies: there was not one of them left."


This Psalm was written hundreds of years after the Red Sea event — and these people still believed it! They believed there was not one of the Egyptians left to pursue them. They knew they were FULLY redeemed from Egypt. So, here's the thing, if we've been redeemed (and we say that we have been!), then it's a fact that the waters (the blood of Jesus) have covered (or destroyed) our enemies. ALL OF THEM, sickness and disease included, they're dead upon the seashore NOW, today! NOT ONE OF THEM IS LEFT. And then verse 12 says that then, they believed his words; they sang his praise.


Praise is to tell the story! And that's the story we are to be singing! "SICKNESS AND DISEASE IS DEAD ON THE SEASHORE - NONE OF IT IS LEFT IN MY LIFE!"




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