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June 1, 2013

Which Land

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Exodus 3:8. I have come down to deliver them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up from that land to a land that is both good and spacious, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the region of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites.

Before we meet God through His Son, Jesus, we dwell in Egypt. This is a land of slavery to sin. When we meet God we begin our journey in the wilderness of sanctification. We are headed for Canaan, the promised land. It is a land rich in the blessings of God. The Hebrews struggled in the wilderness. They wanted God’s blessings but did not want to be obedient to His commands. Because of their continual disobedience they wandered in the wilderness for 40 years. When they did approach the promised land they doubted it was really for them. (Read the story for yourself in Exodus). We are like those Hebrews. We wander around in our wilderness in and out of obedience to God. Many don’t know of a promised land. Some don’t think it’s for them. This promised land is where we walk daily with our God. When we learn to open ourselves up to the power of God’s Holy Spirit within us we receive His power to walk on through the wilderness and take possession of the promised land. Our question is which land are we in, Egypt, the wildness or the land of promise?

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December 13, 2012

Herod

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Matthew 2:15  He stayed there until Herod died. In this way what was spoken by the Lord through the prophet was fulfilled: “ I called my Son out of Egypt.” 

Here is yet another old prophecy fulfilled, “I called my Son out of Egypt.”  Several things had to occur for this to happen.  The wise men had to be warned by God to go home a different way to avoid Herod.  Joseph had to be warned to flee.  Not only did Joseph have to be warned, he had to obey right away.  Once again Joseph listened to his dream and responded.  He got up, packed the gifts from the wise men and took Mary and the baby Jesus in the dark of the night and went to Egypt.  He stayed there until  God told Him all was safe.  We don’t understand why God allowed all those babies to be killed.  From our perspective it seems really cruel.  From our perspective we can’t see what those babies would face had they continued on this earth.  Our vision is very one-sided.  Our question is do we choose to trust God in and through all things even when we don’t understand?  It wasn’t the first time in history babies were slain.  Moses was born during a time as that.  God protected Moses and used him to bring the Hebrews out of slavery in Egypt.  Now God is using Egypt to protect His Son.  Man does very cruel things to man.  God does not cause man to do those things but God does protect the ones He chooses to work through.  They also have to be wanting to walk in obedience to Him.  God wants to work through each of us.  Are we willing to respond in total obedience? Are we willing to go into action as soon as we see the need?  It may not be something big like leading a multitude out of slavery.  It may be just as simple as helping just one person.  it will require a willingness to hear God, see the task and obey through action.  Let us be like the wise men and like Joseph and listen and respond.  

June 18, 2012

Follow the Cloud

Exodus 13:21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night. (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

The Hebrews were led out of the slavery in Egypt by following the pillar of cloud in the day and the pillar of fire at night. The only way to their promised land was to follow along with the movement of the cloud or the fire. They could choose to stay in the familiar Egypt or go a different way from the cloud or fire but they would not get to the Promised Land that way. We also have a cloud or flame to follow. It is in the form of God’s Holy Spirit and God’s written word, the Holy Bible. We can choose to follow, turn another direction or stay with our comfortable, old ways. So many are afraid of change or movement. They want to do things like they have always done. They are closed to any new adventure and so they miss their promised land. Churches who rely heavily on tradition and refuse to change miss their promised potential. Our question is are we willing to move with God or would we rather stay in our comfort zone? I pray each of us chooses to move with the direction of God’s written word and with His Holy Spirit and reach the full potential, the promised land, He has for each of us.

April 10, 2012

Rear View Mirror

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Isaiah 43:18 “Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past (The Holy Bible, New International Version)

Some of us live our lives looking into the rear view mirror. Often we say, “if only I had” or “if only I didn’t.” We seldom can do anything about what has already been. There are times we can make restitution for something in our past but mostly the past is finished. We cannot go back nor are we meant to go back. When we confess a sin to God God forgets it. We are not to keep re-confessing the same sin. Lot’s wife learned the hard way not to look back. The Hebrews wanted to go back shortly after Moses led them out of Egypt. The past is familiar. There is comfort in the familiar. When we keep looking in our rear view mirror we are missing where we are in the present. When we miss the present we miss out on what God has for us. Let us immerse ourselves in the here and now. God wants our attention now. He wants to use us now. If we are looking in the rear view mirror, wishing for something that was or might have been we are not fully attuned to the present. Let us enjoy the now, thank and praise God for the now and use the now to the fullest possible.

July 17, 2008

The Wilderness

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The Wilderness

 

The wilderness is rugged,

I feel so cold and lone.

My eyes look back to Egypt

where I felt at home.

But Jesus Lord, my Master

had a plan for me,

He kicked me out of Egypt,

so He could set me free.

 

How long must I wander?

Lord, do You hear my groans?

Your fire it is burning,

I don’t think I’ll last long.

Yet, my Lord, I trust You.

Strengthen my weak faith.

A vessel you will make me

when all my bars You break.

 

Lord, my God, the river,

I know it’s down this road.

Take my hands and lead me

down this rugged road.

Your crystal goblet make me.

Praise God, I’m free from Sin.

Fill me, Lord, and use me

so others may come in.

 

Prayer:  Father God, as You lead me up and down the mountains and through the wilderness of spiritual growth, help me to have an open mind, heart and spirit to the lessons You have for me.  Bring me into the oneness Jesus prayed for us to be.  I give You myself,  Mold and shape me into Your image through me to all those I meet on my path.

 

 


The Wilderness

 

Scripture reading: 1 Peter 1:7-11

 

            When they first stepped into the wilderness the Hebrew children were a short walk from the Promised Land.  Why did they have to wander for forty years?  The moment we ask Jesus Christ to save us and be Lord of our life we are a short walk from the Promised Land.  Why do we have to wander so long before we can come into a real relationship with Him?

            Living in such an intellectual time it seems we should be able to learn all we need from reading the Bible and from the testimonies of other great saints.  Surely we are smart enough not to make the same mistakes others made.

            Just as a muscle cannot grow without exercise, our spirit needs exercise to grow.   Walking through life in openness to God will bring about this growth.  We must each take our own walk in spiritual growth.  We cannot know God personally through someone else’s experience.  We must taste and see for ourselves in order for God’s love to become a reality in our life.

            This book is a collection of poems and writings intended for the encouragement of the saints who are walking through their wilderness.  Though many of the chapters relate to physical suffering, each one deals with a lesson that each traveler needs to learn sometime during life’s journey to the Promised Land.

            I pray that you will reflect on this journey in prayer and commit to God your willingness to walk through the wilderness with Him.  The Hebrew children did enter the Promised Land and you will also.

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