Thursday, November 21, 2013

Your journey in the wilderness

Do you ever wonder why you don’t grow in certain areas of your life?  Ever thought about why God doesn’t bless you or takes you to the next level?  When we find ourselves struggling in an area of our lives, we should ask God to expose that very thing that hinders our growth.  There might be something going on that is preventing you from achieving your life's goals. 

Well, this goes perfect with the experience the Israelites had in the wilderness.  In the book of Numbers 14:11 the Lord said to Moses, “I have done great things for these people, and they still reject me by refusing to believe in my power.  Furthermore, in 14:22-23 the Lord told Moses, I swear that not one of these Israelites will enter the land I promised to give their ancestors.  These people have seen my power in Egypt and in the desert, but they will never see Canaan.  They have disobeyed and tested me too many times.  Numbers 14:33 says, Your children will wander around in this desert 40 years.” A journey that should have taken them 11 days took them 40 years because of their disobedience and disbelieve (Deuteronomy 1:1-5).
Did you know that throughout your entire life God has been trying to get your attention?  Have you been responding or ignoring Him?  May be the reason you have been wandering in the wilderness is because you have not listened to what God is trying to tell you.  You have been too busy doing it your way.  Proverbs 21:2 says, “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, but the Lord ponders the heart.  Aren’t you tired of doing the something and getting nowhere?  Stop and think for a moment and see if you are doing things according to God’s word.  Are you praying about things before you step out in faith?  Are you constantly reading His word for knowledge and wisdom?  When we do things without God’s approval is like wondering in the wilderness, God gives you the desires of your heart He will not force Himself upon you.  Exodus 10:20 says, “But the Lord hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let the Israelites go.”  Again, here it is clearly stated, that the Lord will give you the desires of your heart this is not implying that God forced His will on Pharaoh, but that Pharaoh already had made his decision not to obey the Lord; therefore, the Lord increased his desires.  Romans 9:18 says, “Therefore God has mercy on whomever He wants to have mercy, and He hardens whomever he wants to harden.”  What can we say about this, He is the Creator!  He sets the rules!

So back to yesterday’s message, what are you doing to change your circumstances?  How is the wilderness treating you?  How long are you planning to stay there?  Well, start your 28 day recovery plan with Lord.

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