The spirit of Egypt

“The spirit of Egypt will fail in its midst; I will destroy their counsel, And they will consult the idols, and the charmers, The mediums and sorcerers. And the Egyptians I will give into the hand of a cruel master, And a fierce king will rule over them,” Says the Lord, the Lord of hosts.
— Isaiah 19:3-4 NKJV

Places are characterized by the people who live there. People bring into a place distinct beliefs, customs, and ways of life according to their various backgrounds. Whether they know God or not, they transmit the very spirit that they possess (or are possessed by). This is visible across our globe. Each geographic region has its own distinct features and many offer landscapes and vistas of stunning outward beauty that take our breath away. However, beyond the natural plane lies a deeper spiritual plane that is invisible unless one is walking in discernment. On this plane a deceiving spirit is always at work, tempting people to be lawless and disobedient, to become lovers of themselves, and reinforcing their erroneous beliefs about God. Its objective is to mislead people and drive a wedge between them and the true God.

As the sons of God arise in any environment, the invisible, misleading spirit that is not of the Lord starts to manifest. Deception is never ugly; if it were, we would easily recognize and reject it. Rather, deception appears disguised in an appealing and attractive splendor that must be discerned. When the Father begins to deal with a pervasive spirit that is not of Him in a place, He allows confusion to come upon the people who are under deception. Those who do not know become restless, uncomfortable, and answerless. They run around frantically searching for answers in the system or philosophy they are accustomed to. These false prophets, mediums, charmers, etc., try to showcase as valid a view of spirituality that lacks the power of the Holy Spirit. But the Father inflicts a blindness upon them that leads to confusion. When Aaron threw his staff on the ground and it became a snake, Pharaoh’s sorcerers did the same; their staffs became snakes as well. Aaron’ snake (staff), however, consumed the snakes of the sorcerers (Ex. 7:10-12). The message was clear: God is powerful, infinitely more powerful than the gods of Egypt.

Today, the Father continues to come in His mercy and pours out good things upon the just and the unjust. However, when people make a choice not to obey Him, He hands them over to exactly what they mirror. He allows people to be ruled by cruel masters and fierce kings. This in itself is a discipline. When wicked people rule, there is no peace. They institute their laws and regulations from a place of control, motivated by a thirst for power rather than a passion for justice. They subjugate and oppress the people they lead until those people out of desperation cry out to God. We must remain consistently aware of who the Father is in our lives. Denouncing any kind of spirit of Egypt, we must confront inaccurate words from people who lack the context of the Holy Spirit. We must come to the disposition, without doubt or hesitation, that God, our Father, is our King.

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