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October 17, 2017, 7:30 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: PRACTICES FOR WILDERNESS WANDERINGS, PART 2


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant."

 


 

 

 

 

Has any god ever tried to take for himself one nation out of another nation, by testings, by signs and wonders, by war, by a mighty hand and an outstretched arm, or by great and awesome deeds, like all the things the Lord your God did for you in Egypt before your very eyes? --Deuteronomy 4:34 NIV

 

Thought for Today

When you find yourself in the wilderness of life, you first need to realize that you are not alone. God goes with you. Second, remember your history with God. It is stunning how quickly the people of Israel forget what God did in Egypt. Just six months after their harrowing escape they stand on the precipice of the Promised Land and forget how mighty their God was in Egypt. They refuse to go in because they do not think the land can be conquered. The only thing more stunning than this is all the times we have doubted God after the incredible things He has done for us! He covered our sins at the Cross. He opened eternal life as He rolled away the stone from His tomb. On top of this, He has blessed us more times than we can count. He has answered prayers for the health of our loved ones. He has provided jobs, resources, and friends when we needed them. Over and over, God has demonstrated His love and His power. How quickly we forget when the next challenge looms on the horizon. When you find yourself in that position, pause and remember all the times God came through when you had given up hope. Reflect on the times He opened a door for you when they all appeared closed. The more you remember, the bigger God becomes and the smaller your problems seem. Remembering gives us hope in the wilderness.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, help me remember all Your blessings when I am in the wilderness, that I may be strengthened for the journey. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"He best keeps from anger who remembers that God is always looking upon him."  --B. C. Forbes  

 

Quote of the Day

"Always give without remembering and always receive without forgetting." --Brian Tracy

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October 16, 2017, 12:00 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: PRACTICES FOR WILDERNESS WANDERINGS


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant." 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

So they set out from the mountain of the Lord and traveled for three days. The ark of the covenant of the Lord went before them during those three days to find them a place to rest. The cloud of the Lord was over them by day when they set out from the camp. --Numbers 10:33-34 NIV

 

Thought for Today

There are moments in life when each of us experiences a time of wilderness wandering. These are times when we thought we knew where we were going in life, but things take a turn, our plans are derailed, and we seem to have stopped making progress in our lives. These are frustrating and frightening times. This week we will consider what we can do in the times of wilderness wandering. How we can get back on track to God’s Promised Land for us. As I read through Chapter 6 in The Story, the first thing that jumps out at me is the fact that God, as angry as He is at His people, does not abandon them to the wilderness. God goes with them. His presence is seen in the cloud that hovers over the Tabernacle or the Ark of the Covenant. When you find yourself in one of your wilderness wanderings it is easy to feel like God has abandoned you. We feel lost and lonely. However, God has promised NEVER to leave you nor forsake you (Hebrews 13:5). Even in the wilderness of life God goes with you. In fact, God guides His people through the wilderness. They move when His cloud moves and stop when He stops. God will do the same for you. Look to Him in the wilderness. He will guide you back to the land of His blessing.

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, You know the times when I have struggled and felt alone. Help me to look to You when those times come, that I can be confident of Your presence even in my wilderness. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

"Give me the Love that leads the way

The Faith that nothing can dismay

The Hope no disappointments tire

The Passion that'll burn like fire

Let me not sink to be a clod

Make me Thy fuel, Flame of God” --Amy Carmichael

 

Quote of the Day

"Nature is the art of God." --Dante Alighieri

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October 12, 2017, 7:39 AM

DAILY INSPIRATION: MOSES, THE LAW AND THE TABERNACLE, PART 4


Thank you for taking a few important moments to be inspired and grow in your walk with Christ. May these moments take you one step closer to hearing Jesus say to you, "Well done, Good and Faithful Servant." 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

"These are the commands, decrees and laws the Lord your God directed me to teach you to observe in the land that you are crossing the Jordan to possess.... Hear, Israel, and be careful to obey so that it may go well with you and that you may increase greatly in a land flowing with milk and honey, just as the Lord, the God of your ancestors, promised you." --Deuteronomy 6:1-3 NIV

 

Thought for Today

The third thing God said needed to happen for Him to be able to dwell among His people was that they needed guidelines on how to treat each other. This might seem strange, until you remember that they had been slaves for 423 years! There were no expectations about how to treat God. The rules for how to treat each other were dictated by the Egyptians and designed to get maximum productivity out of them, not peace. So God gives them the Law. In doing so, He paints a picture of what life looked like in the Garden of Eden. It is also a picture of what life will be like when He creates the new heaven and new earth. He tells them that this is the blessed life. Make sure you hear me correctly. I did not say the life that receives blessing. God does not send extra blessings on people who are obedient to the Law. Rather, the life that follows these prescriptions is blessed already. Those who live by these tenants will have peace and the favor of others. Good things will come because that is the result of doing things the right way. The 10 Commandments and the Law are a picture of the way life is supposed to be lived. Jesus died for all the missteps we will make as we strive to live like God’s kingdom people. What can you do today that will help you better come in line with the life God declares is blessed?

 

Prayer

Heavenly Father, thank You for giving me a picture of what life is supposed to be like and an understanding of the blessed life. Help me to more intentionally live into your vision for how I should live. Amen.  

 

Devotional Quote

"These commandments were meant and should be taken as interpretations of a new reality, not as orders directed against the old reality. They are descriptions and not laws." --Paul Tillich,

 

Quote of the Day

"I have wondered at times what the Ten Commandments would have looked like if Moses had run them through the US Congress." --Ronald Reagan

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