Unseen Realm of Faith 8: Fearless Endurance

 
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HEBREWS 11:23-28

23  By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment. 24  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward. 27  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible. 28  Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

From start to finish, Moses' life was a moving picture of faith. His parents adored him, having high hopes for him, even as a baby boy. As he would grow, he would have to make his own choices about whether he would live as an Israelite, by faith. Moses proves that you don't have to settle for second best, even if it's living in the lap of luxury in Egypt. God had a plan for Israel's deliverance from bondage, and Moses would learn how to operate in the unseen realm of faith for the sake of his people.

HEBREWS 11:23

23  By faith Moses, when he was born, was hid three months of his parents, because they saw he was a proper child; and they were not afraid of the king's commandment.

Here's the explanation of the conditions which existed for the Israelites in Egypt after the death of Joseph:

EXODUS 1:7-12

7  And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them. 8  Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph. 9  And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we: 10  Come on, let us deal wisely with them; lest they multiply, and it come to pass, that, when there falleth out any war, they join also unto our enemies, and fight against us, and so get them up out of the land. 11  Therefore they did set over them taskmasters to afflict them with their burdens. And they built for Pharaoh treasure cities, Pithom and Raamses. 12  But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel.

Later on in the chapter, this is what developed:

EXODUS 1:15-22

15  And the king of Egypt spake to the Hebrew midwives, of which the name of the one was Shiphrah, and the name of the other Puah: 16  And he said, When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women, and see them upon the stools; if it be a son, then ye shall kill him: but if it be a daughter, then she shall live. 17  But the midwives feared God, and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive. 18  And the king of Egypt called for the midwives, and said unto them, Why have ye done this thing, and have saved the men children alive? 19  And the midwives said unto Pharaoh, Because the Hebrew women are not as the Egyptian women; for they are lively, and are delivered ere the midwives come in unto them. 20  Therefore God dealt well with the midwives: and the people multiplied, and waxed very mighty. 21  And it came to pass, because the midwives feared God, that he made them houses. 22  And Pharaoh charged all his people, saying, Every son that is born ye shall cast into the river, and every daughter ye shall save alive.

There was tremendous pressure to not have baby boys for Israelites in Egypt. Yet no matter the pressure, white couples should never be hesitant when it comes to having babies. From the very beginning, God has wanted us to populate the earth with those who are in His image. Having babies is an immeasurable blessing. Faith must be an integral part of having and raising them.

Our children are beautiful gifts from God. So many parents push their children to be the next pop or sports star... what about the next faithful servant of God?! Moses' parents were willing to do what was best for him. They didn't know how it would all turn out, but they were walking in the unseen realm of faith, trusting God would make a way in an impossible situation. Here's what happened in the original account:

EXODUS 2:1-4

1  And there went a man of the house of Levi, and took to wife a daughter of Levi. 2  And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months. 3  And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river's brink. 4  And his sister stood afar off, to wit what would be done to him.

After Moses was born, he "was hid three months." They didn't want to give him up, but it had to be done. All along behind the scenes, God's providence was directing them. Little did they know, but they were being inwardly directed in the unseen realm of faith. We must be willing to give our children back to God. Look what can happen if we'll just trust Him:

EXODUS 2:5-9

5  And the daughter of Pharaoh came down to wash herself at the river; and her maidens walked along by the river's side; and when she saw the ark among the flags, she sent her maid to fetch it. 6  And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews' children. 7  Then said his sister to Pharaoh's daughter, Shall I go and call to thee a nurse of the Hebrew women, that she may nurse the child for thee? 8  And Pharaoh's daughter said to her, Go. And the maid went and called the child's mother. 9  And Pharaoh's daughter said unto her, Take this child away, and nurse it for me, and I will give thee thy wages. And the woman took the child, and nursed it.

Can you believe it?! His parents intuitively did what was best and his mother ends up getting paid to nurse her own baby! Yahweh was much involved in this whole situation in the unseen realm of faith. We get so nervous, when if we'd just trust God, He can bless us in ways we cannot comprehend! Moses' parents put faith in God to watch over and protect baby Moses, and God blessed them for it.

In the unseen realm we can see what God sees in our children. We leave room for God to work in their life and show them what He wants them to be. In addition, what a blessing to learn the truth and to be able to teach it to your children. To know that you've done everything you can to set the right example and get them on the path of faith is worth it all.

We do everything we can for them but ultimately, our children belong to Yahweh and they must learn to look to Him in their own lives. Our responsibility is to guide them in His ways and leave room in their lives for God to develop them. Though steady discipline must be present in raising children, we must also know how to keep our hands off to leave room for God's Spirit to mold and guide them.

What a challenge to be Christian parents, especially in our day. Moses' parents were faithful. Though it was risky and dangerous, they did what was best for Moses because they were not afraid. Let's do everything we can to put our children in the hands of Yahweh. Israel is told many times in the Scriptures not to fear:

DEUTERONOMY 31:6

6  Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, he it is that doth go with thee; he will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.

PSALM 27:1

27 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? the LORD is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?

PSALM 56:4

4  In God I will praise his word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear what flesh can do unto me.

PSALM 118:6

6  The LORD is on my side; I will not fear: what can man do unto me?

PROVERBS 29:25

25  The fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the LORD shall be safe.

ROMANS 8:31

31  What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?

We must listen to God's Word and not allow the culture of fear to control us any longer. Fear is faith in reverse: if you fear the worst is going to happen, don't be surprised when it does. Identify your fear and realize that God is not in it. God is in you to help your carnal mind overcome your fear, no matter what circumstances you face.

Moses' parents love for their child and faith in God, superceded any fear, even of the government. Stop worrying about politics and start living by faith. Faith looks to God not government for everything, especially when it come to raising children. The principles taught in the Scriptures work just fine when it comes to teaching children.

HEBREWS 11:24-26

24  By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; 25  Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season; 26  Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt: for he had respect unto the recompence of the reward.

After Moses grew up, he became concerned about his true identity. Understand at this time, Egypt was a white, Adamic nation. They are in the Genesis 10 Adamic Nations coming from one of "the sons of Ham...Mizraim" (Genesis 10:6). It wasn't until around 700 years after the Exodus, that God "gave Egypt" up to the black, nubian hoards (Isaiah 43:3-4).

"Choosing rather to suffer affliction", Moses voluntarily undertook the plight of his people. His desire was to see God deliver them from their bondage. In the unseen realm of faith, endurance is not an option. There will be times when we must make whatever adjustments necessary to stay true to our faith. If that requires a change, giving something up or taking something on, then so be it. We must do all we can to stay on course, finding more of God's strength in the unseen realm.

Doubtless, all the creature comforts that belonged to Pharoah were still available to Moses. Yet Moses was meek and sincere when it came to following God. Moses' desire for Israel's deliverance was far greater to him than personal comfort and prestige. He was surrendered to doing his best as God's vessel in delivering His people.

Moses 'had it made' in Egypt. Yet there was something which became more important to him than that- the freeing of his people. In II Timothy 2:10 the Apostle Paul said, "Therefore I endure all things for the elect's sake." The deliverance our people need today is from fear because of the lies burned into their minds. They must see what we have been shown. We must go to them!

Moses wasn't worried about what he could get now, but the future of Israel in the unseen dimension. We all have a choice to make: get as much as we can in the material realm, or fearlessly endure in the unseen realm of faith and have it all. Patience or endurence plays a key roll when awaiting the arrival of God's destiny.

HEBREWS 11:27

27  By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king: for he endured, as seeing him who is invisible.

Some would say Moses wasn't a very patriotic Egyptian. But he chose true patriotism over false patriotism. True patriotism is based on ancestry and paternal lineage. Our loyalty is to our own blood, our own people, not sentimentalism. Our loyalty now is to the true Israel of the Scriptures, not to so called 'foreign policy' which is a mere buzz word for what's best for the jews. Our white skin is therefore our uniform that we are in the faith.

Moses carried on the legacy of his parents. For it says, "he endured, as seeing him who is invisible." God is invisible to us, while He sees into the depths of our hearts. What does he find inside of you, fear or faith?

In the unseen realm of faith, there can be no fear. We stand for that which must be stood for and we trust in the Unseen Hand of our Creator. We forsake what we must to draw closer to Him. It is imperative that we remain close to Him by assuming our position as Israelite sons and daughters. This confirms that we have forsaken this old world and are looking toward future deliverance.

The God of Heaven was more real to Moses than the Pharoah of Egypt. Loyalty to the invisible is the key to fearless endurance as a Christian. To hang on to your dreams you must crucify your carnal mind. If you depend upon your flesh and your physical eyes to determine your priorities, your service to Him will not last, nor will your faith.

HEBREWS 11:28

28  Through faith he kept the passover, and the sprinkling of blood, lest he that destroyed the firstborn should touch them.

The passover was a prophetic shadow picture of the death of Christ. The Israelites obeyed God because they had faith and revelation the Egyptians did not possess. Moses' example of fearless endurance carried him and his people out of bondage into freedom.

REFLECTION

White babies mean everything to those who know the truth. As our children grow, we give our children back to God, and teach them to live by faith. Walk before them as one who looks for God to do the impossible, like Moses and his parents. For we will progress in the unseen realm once we recognize and seek to overcome our fears. As we await God's deliverance in our day, may our lives be marked by fearless endurance.