ABC: Invade me and Involve me

By Chris Baxter

Check out my previous posts for other ABC scripture-based phrases. Last week’s was Helper, please Help! This week it’s Invade me and Involve me.

Invade me and Involve me? Synopsis of  Exodus 5-14.

During ancient times, the Israelite nation was in great distress because they were living as slaves in Egypt. The Pharaoh mistreated the Israelites by demanding hard physical labor with little rest and nourishment. Thankfully, God heard the desperate cry of His people; He then selected Moses to deliver them from bondage. When Moses and his brother Aaron approached Pharaoh about the Israelites’ freedom, he refused to listen. In fact, he responded to them by saying, “Who is the Lord that I should obey His voice to let Israel go? I do not know the Lord, and besides, I will not let Israel go.” Pharaoh did not allow God to invade him and involve him; in the end, his stubborn denial and hardened heart became his downfall.

Invade me and Involve me! Synopsis of 4:10-12, Exodus 14

However, Moses, although tentative at first, obediently followed the Lord’s commands. He faced Pharaoh and told him to let God’s people go. When Pharaoh refused, God worked through Moses by sending plague after plague on the Egyptian land and people. Finally, Pharaoh relented and released the slaves, only to chase after them a short time later. The fearful Israelites came to the edge of the vast Red Sea with nowhere to turn. God once again invaded and involved Moses by telling him to lift up his staff and stretch out his hand; and through God’s power, the Sea divided into two walls of water, and all God’s people walked through on dry ground towards freedom.

When I look at these two contrasting biblical characters, here are some questions I ask myself:

Do I realize that the Holy Spirit is alive in me?

Do I realize that my flesh can quench the Spirit?

At this moment, is there something the Lord wants me to be involved in concerning his kingdom work?

Am I willing?

I am so thankful for the life-changing truth of the gospel. Because of the Christ’s death and resurrection, the Holy Spirit can now invade and involve anyone who believes on His name. Pharaoh did not believe, Moses did. Pharaoh was stubborn, Moses was submissive… and their stories unfolded.

You too, have something of Him to give this world–something that only you can give. Believe you are His unique workmanship. Allow Him to invade you and involve you.

On the day I called, You answered me; You made me bold with strength in my soul. Ps 138:3

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Daily Prayer

Peace Giver

Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:13

Dear Lord,

Help us to not view praying as a waste of our precious time. On the contrary, may we humbly realize that prayer multiplies our time because when we lift our requests to you, you do things more powerfully and efficiently than we could ever do on our own. The extra blessing is that we gain peace in our hearts and minds. So today Lord, with thanksgiving, we will take time to pray...Amen.