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Water in the Wilderness

Exodus 15:22-25
Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur.  For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.  When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)  So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”
Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood.  He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them.

When walking through the desert, water is a great necessity.  The effects of dehydration can be severe.  In the above verse, Israel found themselves having to trust God for their most basic needs.

Sometimes in life we go through wilderness experiences.  In the natural we can plan ahead to have the necessary food and water.  But in our life-journey we occasionally run into unexpected droughts.  These are the times we must trust God to feed our souls.

Grumbling and complaining about the situation that we find ourselves in is not the way out.  The solution is to walk in faith.  We know God will not fail us – He will see us through.  Why then would we want to wallow in self pity, when in reality, that only makes matters worse?

You must seek the Lord, especially if you are going through a hard time right now.  Spend some time in His presence, and obtain spiritual refreshment.  Let Him strengthen your inner man.  Renew yourself before His throne.  In that way you will always have an abundant supply, no matter how bad the situation.

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Posted by on July 13, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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Flee to the Mountains!

Mark 13:14
“When you see ‘the abomination that causes desolation’ standing where it does not belong – let the reader understand – then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.”

Jesus was giving His disciples a prophetic word concerning what they would be facing in the years ahead.  He was explaining to them about the fall of Jerusalem and the desecration of the temple.  He told them that when they see these things occur it was time to head for the hills, as the city would not be safe any longer.

“Fee to the mountains” is still good advice today.  When sin and the “abominations” of life start to weaken you, you must find a refuge for rest and relief.  You have to find a place to be alone with God.  Your faith and strength need to be restored in His presence.

Throughout Scripture we are exhorted to enter the mountains of God.  We need to seek a mountaintop experience with the Lord.  This is quality time, not just rattling off a list of needs and wants.  It is spending a while just listening to Him.  That is probably the hardest thing for any Christian to accomplish – spending time in silence.  In some cases it may be just as hard as scaling a tall mountain.

It is in the quiet places that your spirit can be renewed and refreshed.  You can put the noise of society behind you and hear the voice of Christ calling you to a higher walk.  Spend that quality time before Him today.  In His presence is all you need for life and godliness.  If you will flee to His side, you will have all the strength you need to continue on and face your battles victoriously.

 
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Posted by on June 16, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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A Wilderness Spring

Isaiah 44:3-4
For I will pour water on the thirsty land, and streams on the dry ground; I will pour out my Spirit on your offspring, and my blessing on your descendants.  They will spring up like grass in a meadow, like poplar trees by flowing streams.

When I go hiking, I always prepare by reading what the trail guide says about the area.  Many times I find these words concerning a campsite.  “The spring may not be reliable in dry seasons.”  Practically speaking then, what good is it?  At the very time you’d need it the most – it’s gone.

Some of our friends are like that.  Just when you need them the most they’re not around.  Or, along the same lines, they promise to be somewhere to help you and then never show up.

This is not so with the Lord.  He is the friend that “sticks closer than a brother.”  He is always right there when you need Him.  As a matter of fact, the Word says that He even knows what you need before you ask Him.

He is that spring in the wilderness that is always flowing, always reliable.  Even in the driest point in your life, you can draw cool, refreshing water from that living well.  He promised “never to leave us nor forsake us” and “He is not a man that He should lie.”

Draw life-giving water from that well today.  Spend some quality time in His presence being renewed, refreshed and refilled.  Avail yourself to the resources only the Lord can provide.  You will find your walk with Him to be much more enjoyable.

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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The Great Outdoors

Job 38:8-11
“Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt?’”

God created the seas, rivers, and lakes all for us.  He made the world a beautiful place for us to enjoy.  Many times I have thought myself blessed as I sat and meditated by a peaceful lake – knowing that only about a hundred people a year even see this sight.  Who was there watching when He established that body of water for His pleasure?

We serve a very creative God.  He loves beauty and variety.  He has made each lake and stream different.  Sometimes we need to just stop and look around at the details that make each scene unique.

I don’t know how close you live to green outdoor areas.  Hopefully there are parks or other type places nearby where you can go from time to time.  In any case, don’t ever get to the point where the outdoors is just a place to play.  Never lose your fascination with the sights, smells, and sounds of the green spaces around you – it speaks volumes to us about who God is.

We must be sensitive to the beauty that is around us.  Don’t just take it for granted.  Even a small garden can be a place of rest and refreshment in your spirit.  Give God thanks today for the glory of His Creation.  Be thankful that He allows us to share in the enjoyment of what His hands have done.

 
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Posted by on April 27, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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By the River

Ezekiel 1:1
In the thirtieth year, in the fourth month on the fifth day, while I was among the exiles by the Kebar River, the heavens were opened and I saw visions of God.

I find that there is something about being by a river that refreshes you.  The noise of the rushing water has a soothing effect on the senses.  Many people use the sound of water as a background noise in their homes.  It seems to have the ability to calm everything down.

At this time in Ezekiel’s life, he was in the wilderness by the Kebar River.  He was there as an exile from his own country.  Yet, he was able to focus in on God.  It says clearly that as he was by that river, he saw visions of God.

No matter what you are going through, you need to find a place that is conducive to meeting with God.  You should learn the places and conditions that calm your soul.  These are the places that will really benefit your time in God’s presence.

The Lord can take a quiet, undistracted heart and renew vision, impart faith, and give direction.  You may never see the heavens open up like Ezekiel did, but all it will take is one word from God to turn your whole world around.

Spend some time in His presence today quietly listening to hear His voice.  Be open to the soft, gentle leading of His Spirit.  Allow yourself to be renewed and refreshed in His presence.

 
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Posted by on April 23, 2012 in Daily Thoughts

 

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