We all know that God’s word tells us that murder is a terrible act against God and man for that matter. However, many of us do not tend to think of murder occurring in a spiritual sense. When it comes to this natural world we as Christians are in a agreement for the most that God does look at abortion in same light as murder. In these last days many Christians are beginning to become more liberal in their beliefs about abortion. Worldly mind frames are becoming more normalized as the church is becoming more obsessed with being politically correct and not offending anyone.
This articles is not about physical abortion or murder but it is about aborting of the spiritual destiny or God ordained plan for our lives.
Let’s take a look at this dynamic in the scriptures. Exodus chapter 1 deals with two midwives employed by Pharoah – Shiprah and Puah. Scripture does not give much detail about their background, none the less, it is apparent by the context they were either Hebrew, converted Hebrew ,or just respectful of the God of the Hebrews served. This two women are examples of obedience to the Lord rather than man. In the face of danger, threats of harm from a violent ruler these ladies exhibited courage and compassion to the oppressed Hebrew people.
After reading the whole chapter of Exodus 1, we can easily summarize the passages as a great lesson in braver, compassion and God’s use of willing vessels to extend mercy and eventual deliverance to the Hebrew people. But beyond these themes is an even more profound look into how God’s people can be detoured from their purpose and position in God and least into spiritual abortion – a term I’ve coined just to express an act to kill a person’s God given talents and ultimately their purpose in God.
And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation.
7 And the children of Israel were fruitful, and increased abundantly, and multiplied, and waxed exceeding mighty; and the land was filled with them.
8 Now there arose up a new king over Egypt, which knew not Joseph.
9 And he said unto his people, Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we:
From these passages, we can see the … in both the natural and physical. Satan and his devils plot to destroy God’s people by sending out spiritual aborters – these are fiery darts from the enemy [his agents of evil change] that are out to derail us from our mission in God. In observing that circumstances around Exodus chapter 1 we can see that it takes 2 things to commence a spiritual abortion assignment from the demonic world to God’s people. First the people must be ignorant about who they are in God and this coupled with not knowing whose they are – which I will explain a little bit later. Second, the enemy has to be fearful of the people of God growing in number and exercising their authority and power through God.
These two situations arise in the context of our lives. We can be sure that the enemy is a foot and ready to launch a major plan to kill the people of God in some way, shape or form (both naturally and spiritually). Identity is so important with God’s people. When I say identity I am speaking beyond racial and ethnic identification. I am talking about spiritual identification. Scripture tells us that when we believe and follow after a number of other salvation principles we become sons of God, (Galatians 3:26).
We understand being a follower of God’s word by obeying His commands is our outward expression of being a born again believer. So it is to these believers that this article is for… so as children of God we have this identity; a mark upon us that tells everyone that we believe, love and obey God. But in Exodus we see that the children of God had lost their identity. Generations had passed since Joseph was second in command. Not only did the current Pharaoh forget who these people were and the God they served but the Hebrew people forgot as well living on the outskirts of Egypt in the land of Goshen. The people surely became entangled in Egyptian culture. This is evidenced even more later in Exodus after the people were journeying in the wilderness [go back to Egypt complaining]. The culture of serving man gods, ungodly worship practices, and other sins abounded among the Hebrews. We know this is true as God really only ever turned the Hebrews over into the hands of other nations when they came against his primary command of not serving other Gods.
Losing our identity can come in many different ways but I have 4 ways that I observe today… to be continued…