Exodus 5:7 “You shall no longer give the people straw to make bricks, as in the past; let them go and gather straw for themselves.
Recently I’ve been praying and doing some fasting. More than usual. In the past-as soon as a few weeks ago-I became very discouraged. Some things I was praying about were appearing to worsen. One thing seemed to be improving while several others were deteriorating.
God gave a phrase about three years ago that He reminded me of.
Bricks without straw.
The enemy will attack you in the area of your favor. When you’ve hit a spiritual nerve concerning people, there is often resistance.
Have you ever felt really convicted about something and lashed out? Or you felt so much guilt that you actually hardened? Shame is a difficult emotion to overcome. It takes a true revelation of God’s grace and love. I’ve been there.
In the past, when I was immature, I would quickly dismiss correction or avoid confrontation. I didn’t have the ability to properly process the truth shining its light and exposing a lie.
Especially if its one I believed for a long time or cherished.
Let’s be honest, sometimes truth is painful. It forces us to look at things we’d rather not. The lie feels comfortable. It gives the false appearance that it’s keeping us safe. But it’s not.
Nothing from the enemy ever has your best at heart. Nothing.
We can’t be free without the truth. If you belong to God, He will relentlessly pursue you with His love. But that involves truth. And as you are getting free and growing, Satan will fight back.
And he uses people.
Proverbs 25:21-22 (quoted in Romans 12:20) If your enemy is hungry, give him bread to eat, and if he is thirsty, give him water to drink, for you will heap burning coals on his head, and the Lord will reward you.
When we walk in love, truth, and faithfulness it will hit nerves.
Love is, I believe, the most powerful form of spiritual warfare.
Some will repent and be drawn to truth and others will run from it. Those coals don’t feel good. Either our flesh dies or it will scream for comfort until we yield. In the case of Pharaoh, who instructed the Israelites to make the same number of bricks without straw, he was resisting righteousness. As God’s deliverance of His people was pressing near, the spiritual realm was disrupted.
So what are we supposed to do when the enemy resists and takes away our straw?
I know how hard this is, believe me I do.
Keep pressing in.
Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.
We will reap in due season if we do not give up.
Ultimately we must obey God. Sometimes the enemy will strike back, but that’s life. The worst thing we can do is try and bargain with him (compromise) and hope we are left alone. There’s no lasting peace apart from Jesus (Yeshua) and His salvation.
And the enemy will never stop being who he is. But neither will God, I AM. Rest in that.
Today, I want to encourage you to stay faithful. Keep going. Sometimes when we pray for others they may appear to worsen or harden. Conviction can do that. Trust the Holy Spirit’s work for your life and those around you.
Remember, the enemy resists us where we have favor. And often resistance can indicate where we are called. We are more than conquerors (see Romans 8:37.)
Your deliverer is working. He sees. He knows. And He loves you. Never forget that. Your story isn’t over yet.
Exodus 6:1 But the Lord said to Moses, “Now you shall see what I will do to Pharaoh; for with a strong hand he will send them out, and with a strong hand he will drive them out of his land.”
See what God will do when you stay faithful.
Exodus 5:15-23 ESV Then the foremen of the people of Israel came and cried to Pharaoh, “Why do you treat your servants like this? No straw is given to your servants, yet they say to us, ‘Make bricks!’ And behold, your servants are beaten; but the fault is in your own people.” But he said, “You are idle, you are idle; that is why you say, ‘Let us go and sacrifice to the Lord.’ Go now and work. No straw will be given you, but you must still deliver the same number of bricks.”
The foremen of the people of Israel saw that they were in trouble when they said, “You shall by no means reduce your number of bricks, your daily task each day.” They met Moses and Aaron, who were waiting for them, as they came out from Pharaoh; and they said to them, “The Lord look on you and judge, because you have made us stink in the sight of Pharaoh and his servants, and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.”
Then Moses turned to the Lord and said, “O Lord, why have you done evil to this people? Why did you ever send me? For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in your name, he has done evil to this people, and you have not delivered your people at all.”