“6 And all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord, because they have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel. 7 When they took hold of you by your hand, you did break, and rend all their shoulder: and when they leaned upon you, you broke, and made all their loins to be at a stand.” Ezekiel 29:6-7
Egypt had been a “staff of reed” to the House of Israel. When God’s instrument of chastisement was Babylon, Egypt promised to deliver Judah.
How akin is this to the modern church who has offered a “staff of reed” for God’s Children in the form of humanistic psychology, 40 days of purpose, 21 days of fasting, etc.? How often have our sincerest intentions (but sincerely wrong) been a staff of reed for God’s Children who He is seeking to correct in order for them to grow in HIS knowledge and grace?
In our zeal, we usurp the ministry of the Holy Spirit to do that which He is commissioned to do…lead us into all Truths according to the Word of God (John 16:13) through our faith in the atoning work of Jesus Christ. Our faith, not the amount of but the Subject of (namely, Jesus Christ and Him crucified) is the only instrument God can use to break the power of sin in the Believers life. This is the Law of the Spirit of Life in Christ Jesus which sets us free from the law of the spirit of death (Romans 8:2).
When religion steps in and earnestly attempts to help the Believer be free from the law of sin and death by vain philosophies and humanistic psychology; they are pointing them toward Egypt and not God. Even the most Scriptural ordinances and doctrines (fasting, communion, baptism, etc.) can be turned into a law when we do these things to for victory over sin. They become nothing more than a regime of good works in a vain attempt to buy our deliverance. Sadly, many fail to realize that forgiveness is not deliverance. We keep seeking and keep knocking at the Cross of Jesus Christ for our deliverance and FORSAKE Egypt’s statutes.
“13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works.” 2 Corinthians 11:13-15
It is easy to recognize evil; it’s the perceived “good” that must be discerned. This is the same “good” the world considers right but it comes under the banner of Christianity. Sadly, many cannot discern this “good” as the evil that it is because they do not understand the Atonement. They word of faith doctrine has taught thousands there was some sort of fight in hell and that is where Jesus gained victory over death, hell and the grave. With Kenneth Copeland leading the pack, they consider the Cross of Christ as the biggest defeat in history. This is utter heresy, yet so many believe him and his minions because of all the “good things” he has done.
Returning to Egypt was a vote of no confidence in God’s promise to deliver His people from Babylonian captivity. Regrettably, most of the modern churches espouse humanistic psychology as the answer to man’s problem and cast their vote of no confidence on Jesus Christ and Him crucified (aka “The Message of the Cross”). There are many who support these staffs of reed, those who present humanistic psychology from the pulpits in place of the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and remain bound in Egypt; bound by religion, self righteousness and pride. They are perceived as “good” because of their works but their hearts are far from God (Matthew 15:8).
“11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall you call upon Me, and you shall go and pray unto Me, and I will hearken unto you. 13 And you shall seek Me, and find Me, when you shall search for Me with all your heart.” Jeremiah 29:11-13
No matter the present circumstances, the Child of God can be assured our Father’s thoughts toward us are of peace and not evil when we look unto Jesus Christ and Him crucified for our deliverance. Precept upon precept, line upon line, our faith is authored and finished through the work of the Holy Spirit in our heart and on our behalf. Our faith casts our vote of confidence. In whom will you believe?
“Who has believed our report? and to whom is the Arm of the Lord revealed?” Isaiah 53:1
I will believe the report of the Lord. Be determined to know nothing else among you Jesus Christ and Him crucified.
-Donna Clark Warren