Can my soul escape?

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Language idioms can be frustrating when we try to communicate in a different culture. Ask any parent trying to communicate with a teenager. Some of the Hebrew idioms strike me as funny. (I have a warped sense of humor sometimes, so if they are not funny to you, please accept my apologies. I do not mean to offend you.)

For example, the idea of being prey to someone’s teeth.

6 Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to their teeth! Psalm 124:6 (AMP)

Prey

How can we be prey to someone’s teeth?

Moses, in his final instructions to the children of Israel, told them God would define the boundaries of their new land and gradually drive them out of the land. Israel would also be involved in driving them out. Divorcing them. Cutting off relationship with them and refusing to be united with them.

31 I will set your borders from the Red Sea to the Sea of the Philistines, and from the wilderness to the river [Euphrates]; for I will deliver the inhabitants of the land into your hand and you shall drive them out before you. 32 You shall make no covenant with them or with their gods. 33 They shall not dwell in your land, lest they make you sin against Me; for if you serve their gods, it will surely be a snare to you. Exodus 23:31-33 (AMP)

Why? Because trying to cohabitate would be like having a noose around their necks. Eventually Israel would realize the other nations viewed them as prey.

Other nations

What is the significance of the other nations for us? The Old Testament is full of symbolism. Names of nations indicate thinking patterns for us. Thinking patterns of shame and humiliation (Canaanites), dwelling in toxic clay or driven out (Girgashites), annoying and causing to live in fear and dread (Hittites), accusations and negative speech (Amorites), undisciplined speech that is not consistently in agreement with God’s Word (Perizzite), familiar spirit and generational curses (Hivites), lack of peace (Jebusites), worthlessness (Amalekites), self-pity (Philistines), wasted seed or nothingness from father (Moabites), and Ammonites symbolizing Satan trying to be bigger than God in our minds. Quite a list of thinking patterns, isn’t it?

Can we escape?

God did not want us to be prey! Which brings me back to the verse that got me so tickled this week. The Lord has NOT given us as prey to their teeth.

6 Blessed be the Lord, Who has not given us as prey to their teeth! Psalm 124:6 (AMP)

So how do we escape? Another idiom that tickles me.

9 Only do not rebel against the Lord, neither fear the people of the land, for they are bread for us. Their defense and the shadow [of protection] is removed from over them, but the Lord is with us. Fear them not. Numbers 14:9 (AMP)

The people of the land (thinking patterns) are bread for us. We will eat them for lunch. They will be prey for us! In other words, we will more than conquer these patterns that haunt us, sometimes torment us, and often keep us from what God really intended for us.

How does God do this? God removes the shadow of protection but is with us. We don’t need to fear the authority the patterns seem to have over us. Don’t fear what satan is trying to do! You will eat that enemy for lunch! His shade is removed. Hide under the shade of the Most Powerful One.

Hanging out with God

To stay free, we have to hang out with God or staying under His protection. What does that mean? How do we hang out with an entity we can’t see? How does He protect us?

1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High Will abide in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1 (NASB)

By watching what we say. When we stay under His protection, we find that God’s Words are powerful to deliver us so we escape from the negative fear-filled words we speak. Words that tend to flow easily from those thinking patterns we have not yet conquered.

3 For it is He who delivers you from the snare of the trapper And from the deadly pestilence. Psalm 91:3 (NASB)

“Deadly pestilence” comes from a word meaning “to speak.” Some of the things we say are deadly to our souls.

Escape!

Yes, we can escape! Our escape is made possible by the victory Christ accomplished when He died on our behalf and then rose again from the dead, a feat no other god has ever accomplished.

7 Our soul has escaped as a bird out of the snare of the trapper; The snare is broken and we have escaped. Psalm 124:7 (NASB)

Our soul escapes. Our thoughts and feelings have escaped from the trap satan has been laying for us. THE SNARE IS BROKEN!

What does this mean? Notice it is our soul that escapes. Our thoughts, emotions and ability to choose have been hamstrung but they can escape.

The Hebrew characters in that word spell out victory over the patterns.

We are broken. We’re not fond of that terminology, we our souls or thinking and feeling patterns are burst in pieces, smashed by words and situations. We are trapped and broken by them. Isaiah 61 pictures this same concept.

Yet, the word also involves bringing to birth. Interesting that it can be both. God created you and me to work together with Him as one. He sees exponential growth possibility in us, even 200 times what we see in our humanness. Transformation works to break down barriers to that growth, to heal and restore.

Escaping is such a powerful word. Even within the bad that has happened to us, the situations or words that have warped our thinking patterns, is hidden good. As we stay under God’s protection, our soul thinking patterns are changed and transformed; much like a baby develops within the womb. We progress in learning to agree with God, a process that takes time and many repetitions.

A caution

We are still vulnerable, however. Satan would love to eat us for lunch.

8 Keep your mind clear, and be alert. Your opponent the devil is prowling around like a roaring lion as he looks for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8 (GW)

How can we keep our minds clear so we are eaten for lunch? Peter explains. Hang on to what God can do. It can be as simple as really focusing thoughts on the concepts of escaping and the trap being broken that I share above. Hang on to those words, even if it doesn’t look like great success is happening.

9 Be firm in the faith and resist him, knowing that other believers throughout the world are going through the same kind of suffering. 10 God, who shows you his kindness and who has called you through Christ Jesus to his eternal glory, will restore you, strengthen you, make you strong, and support you as you suffer for a little while. 11 Power belongs to him forever. Amen. 1 Peter 5:9-11 (GW)

Then Peter assures us that God HIMSELF will respond to our suffering. He will restore us, turn us back the right way, give us strength and support us. This transformation journey can be hard, and He knows it. That’s why He tenderly cares for us Himself. Remember, power belongs to Him. Enough power to break the trap and allow us to escape.

A promise

I love the promise given at the end of the Old Testament. A word of hope, even though 400 years would pass before Christ came to fulfill the words.

2 But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall. Malachi 4:2 (KJV)

Healing is not medical healing but growth and development like a calf cared for and fed the finest grain in the stall. In Hebrew, wings represent God’s reminder that we are vessels created to represent His nature and glory. God will faithfully perform His word so we achieve our destinies. The first character is elongated, indicating 10-fold power in God’s words. No matter what our past has been, God is well able to restore us, to complete what He planned for each of us.

 

Carol Boggess, author and speaker, A Healing Journey

Rivers – A Journey of Restoration From Broken to Breakthrough and God Sees Broken Hearts

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