Stay on Your Side of the Cloud
Ex. 14:19 Then the angel of God, who had been going before the camp of Israel, moved and went behind them; and the pillar of cloud moved from before them and stood behind them. 20 So it came between the camp of Egypt and the camp of Israel; and there was the cloud along with the darkness, yet it gave light at night. Therefore the one did not approach the other all night.
There are only two spiritual dimensions—the dimension of light and the dimension of darkness. We, the called out people of God, belong to the dimension of light.
Eph. 5:8 “for you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord; walk as children of light...I Pt. 2:9 But you are a chosen people...so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;”
We have been told that the light and the dark will both occupy the earth's territory:
Isa. 60:1 “Arise, shine; for your light has come, And the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. 2 For behold, darkness will cover the earth And deep darkness the peoples; But the Lord will rise upon you And His glory will appear upon you.
We have likewise been told that there are two harvests—a harvest of wheat and a harvest of tares, or that is, of grapes of wrath. The one is a harvest of light, the other a harvest of darkness.
All familiar verses, of course. But the point is that this is not theory. This is practical spiritual reality of mind and heart. It is not enough to know in theory that we belong to the dimension of light. We must know what light is, what it "looks" like, what it "feels" like—in our mind, in our heart, in our soul, in our spirit. And we must stay in it, abide in it, "walk" in it—every day, all day. Spiritual light must dominate our consciousness of being.
This can only happen by dedicated practice and steadfast devotion to time in the light—that is, in time given to God in the secret place, apart from the commands and demands of earthly consciousness—the demands of earthbound relationships and obligations. It can only happen by attunement to the word of God—to the written word and to the daily spoken word (or "proceeding" word) from the mouth of God. It can only happen by faith, by living in the unseen. And it can only happen by sticking close only to those who share the same faith.
Equally, it can only happen by abandoning the haunts of spiritual darkness with all its earthbound voices, whether of threat or of attraction and allurement. We must stop listening to every outer voice, news, rumor, catcall, gossip, advertisement, commercial, etc. And we must stop hanging out with those who speak Egyptian.
As God's people on the threshold of immortality, we are light, but we are caught between Egypt and the Sea. We have never crossed into immortality before. Meanwhile, Egypt's army of darkness is bearing down on us. And it is night to boot. God, as our leader in light, has moved to station Himself as a cloud of glory between us and the world, between us and Egypt with all its threats, oppressions and torments. He intends to take us across to our Promised Land of completed eternal life without death, while destroying the kingdom of darkness in the process.
Ex. 14:17 And as for Me, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them; and I will be honored through Pharaoh and all his army, through his chariots and his horsemen. 18 Then the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord, when I am honored through Pharaoh, through his chariots, and through his horsemen.”
God has set up the last days the way it is with the world's darkness oppressing us on purpose. He intends both to deliver us through the Sea of the blood of Christ and destroy the world system all at the same time by that same Sea, getting glory through both our deliverance and the world's destruction. He is saving a separated people to Himself, and only that people.
The problem however is that, though in theory we know we are children of light, in day to day practice, we listen to the voices of Pharaoh and his army. We are light, but think dark. We hold onto and re-enter into all the darknesses of this world's thought processes. We actually become seditious and treasonous mouthpieces for Egypt in all our conversations out of attention to "the news," to the "social media" and to our “friends” and “relatives”:
Ex. 14:11 Then they said to Moses, “Is it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt? 12 Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt, saying, ‘Leave us alone so that we may serve the Egyptians’? For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the wilderness!”
Listen to this, because it is exactly how we as believers of light act and think and talk today. We have no faith. We keep rehearsing the reports of the news to one another. We keep running back to engage Egypt as if to believe somehow Egypt will maybe re-think its intent to destroy us if we just cooperate with Pharaoh—do whatever Pharaoh tells us to do, etc. etc.
Paul said, "for this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep" (I Cor. 11:30). For what cause? For not “discerning the body of Christ.” What does that mean?
Well, for one, it means not discerning who we really are as light, but instead thinking and acting and responding like Egyptians to the problems of this life affecting our spiritual, emotional and physical health. Most Christians are a weak, sickly lot dying of all kinds of diseases before their time because their minds are so compromised with the ways of death called “therapy” practiced in Egypt ("chemotherapy," “psychotherapy,” and on and on). Their minds are set on death just because of who they run to and who they choose to listen to when they are in trouble. They live on a diet of poison and then run to those who prescribe more poison to solve their issues. Their hearts and minds are constantly filled with the fearful sights and sounds of Egypt. And they refuse instruction that would tell them how to live differently. They just keep going on over to the other side of the cloud where they don’t belong.
We could go on and on. But the problem is, whether physically, or emotionally, or spiritually, it is simply not enough in this end time to believe we are children of light because we “believe in Jesus.” We must behave in the light. And that behavior is now more critical than ever if we are to survive beyond this dark night in front of the Sea. The cloud has already moved to separate us from Egypt. But we have to decide which side of the cloud we are going to live on.
We must practice living on our side of the cloud, in all thought, word and action. We must give ourselves to the light as never before. We must repent of our attunement to Egypt and start living by real faith—faith that actually costs us something to prove that God is real and will indeed save those who trust only in Him for whatever it is they need.
Enough of the “emergencies” then, already! Enough of the fear and the panic! We must say “no” to the news, to the airwaves, to the internet, to all the unbelieving people around us. We must listen to God and saturate ourselves in God as never before. We must live in our dimension of light, stay in the light, and let God lead us in the light. For He will not allow the one to come near the other. But that is only as good as our staying in our dimension where we belong.
If you are struggling right now with anything, be strongly exhorted to stop—stop the noise—shut yourself into the Lord, and recalibrate your entire being to nothing but the dimension of light you already are, sealed off from the darkness surrounding you. Whatever the “thing” is assaulting you right now, commit it to Him. Deliver all the negative voices and thoughts to death at the feet of the cross.
Let God be your fore-guard and your rear-guard. Dwell in Him, remain in Him, and nowhere else until His light enforces its command over the darkness assaulting you. You are not trapped. He is leading the way forward. Stop crying out of panic to Him and move forward in praise. Lift the rod of your voice and wave your hand over the sea just like He said to.
Simply stay on your side of the cloud.
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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