Thursday, August 20, 2009

Lord Lead Me To The Promised Land

{Isaiah 43:19} Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. As a Christian are you walking through the wilderness? Are you having some pretty rough times? Are you asking: "Why is this happening to me?" There is a accepted belief, among many Christians, that an great quantity of wealth and other blessings follow those whose hearts are truly after God and that those who seem to constantly time after time struggle to that end, cannot possibly be in God's perfect will. I believe this is another lie straight from the devil his self! I want to suggest to you a understanding about this very thing. I think Christians who believe this might have it all backwards, so let us turn it around in the right direction. Almost all the great men of faith I've read about in the Bible had to spend some time in the wilderness. We all have read about Abraham, Moses, John the Baptist, just to name a few, but there are many more. Why are we any different? They became as desperate and anxious, just as we do today. What did God do? He caused them to calm down and to be quiet. The Lord wanted them to be undistracted enough, from the daily worldly problems to hear His still, small voice. He had to make them hungry and thirsty enough to cry out for a miracle. I read an article the other day from a Christian Blog about the wilderness and as I studied from God's Word I find that the word for wilderness, in Hebrew, is "meed-bahr". And it comes from the word "leh-da-behr", which means to speak. When these men of faith went through the wilderness It's hot by day, there was only rugged, thorny, sandy ground for miles and miles and there seemed to be no end for them. By night, the wind was unbearably cold and they stumble over things they could barely see. Snakes and scorpions live here. It seems like a lonely place. But it was actually a place of blessing! It was for their growth, and ultimately for their prosperity and success that God took them by that route! Like it or not it is the same today. The wilderness {in other words the rough times in our life} is where The Lord, to all intents and purposes, can speak to us most successfully. It is the place He can most easily get our attention. It is the place we will cry out to God and truly listen for His voice. Please know that God is with you today! He is walking along with us through this wilderness and the bad times that we are seeing. His desire and wish is to comfort and reassure us! If we would only cry out to Him and listen to His voice! The promised land is just ahead! And there's so much work to be done!! The devil will use anything he can to stop us from entering into that rest. Remember the story in the Gospels about Jesus feed the multitudes twice with just a few small fish and the many baskets that were left over. He will do the same for you today. We must remember that the people had their eyes fixed on Jesus and not their circumstances. Even though I'm personally going through some tough times {the wilderness} my eye is fixed on Jesus. Let yours be also.

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