Water in the Desert

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“He cracked open rocks in the wilderness and provided them with all the water they needed, as plentiful as the depths of the ocean.” Psalm 78:15 The Voice

The more I read about the Israelites in the desert, the more I marvel at God.  They lived day to day by miracles.  And yet, they still became numb to them after a while.  Every drink of water and every bite of manna was a miracle.  This scripture describes not just a trickle, but water “as plentiful as the depths of the ocean.”

It makes me pause and reflect.  What part of my life might Jesus want to deliver me from or cleanse in order to start over? How would I respond to that place of utter dependence on Him?  Those hard places of utter dependence require complete trust. Complete gratitude. Complete surrender.  It requires a trust in the deep, passionate love that our Father has for us.  Trust that He wants only the best for us.  Every single piece of our journey has a purpose.  We are being prepared for the greatest purpose of all…His kingdom purpose.  All in His ways, His thoughts and His timing.

Otherwise our hearts may become hard.  Our minds begin to reason that we know better.  We think we know better than God what is best for ourselves. We begin to question and doubt. We lose our expectation that He will deliver.

Father, I pray for wisdom, discernment and understanding.  I pray for a humble and pliable heart that is willing to surrender and be sensitive to Your Word.  Thank you for Your great love for me Father.  The greatest love story ever told. Fill my heart with a hope and expectation that I will see You move daily in my life.

Psalm 78:13-20, Isaiah 55:8-9


Expect Something Good and Beautiful

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“8 We are confident that God is able to orchestrate everything to work toward something good and beautiful when we love Him and accept His invitation to live according to His plan.” Romans 8:28 The Voice

I love my pastor and his wife, Pastor Fred and Helen. They stretch me. They don’t sugar-coat it. They tell it like it is. In the midst of it I am also confident that they love me and want the best for me. In our last service Pastor Fred shared that God has given us the authority to move obstacles out of our way by speaking to them.  I’ve gathered lots of wisdom from his messages, but this one really hit me between the eyes.  It was simple.  I speak them out of my life.  The catch is that I must have no doubt and believe that what I speak will happen.  God’s word says that He can help me with that too! All I have to do is ask. So this morning, I was tired of the mountains of obstacles.  It was time for them to go.  So I spoke to them.  Loudly.  So, here is how it went:

Good morning Father! Thank You for Your tender care. I trust You Father to line everything up perfectly for me and my family. I trust You.  To the mountain of doubt, I say “Flee from me!” To the mountain of unbelief, “Crumble at the sound of my voice in the Name of Jesus my Blessed King and Redeemer!” To the mountain of fear, “Be gone never to return!” My Father has great plans for me! It is for me to be prosperous! Mountain of poverty, “Go now far away from me in Jesus Name because my Father has given me an abundant life!” Praise God, my God – the One True God! Jesus is King of Kings and Lord of Lords! Lord God my Creator and Creator of all the earth – Creator of All – You are My God; my God who loves me and wants only the best for me! Father God, I ask for these things in ample portions: faith, steadfast belief in You, confidence, boldness, prosperity, abundance in all things, wisdom, a generous heart, love, compassion, kindness, grace and mercy.  Help me be more like You every day, Father. I pray that the image of You in me will come forth shining brighter than the stars! In Jesus Name I ask these things, Amen.

I hope this encourages you to speak to any mountains in your life.  You do not have to tolerate them, make the best of it, or make room for them.  You can give them a proper eviction notice!  Tell them they have to go.  Whether it’s discouragement, depression, finances, relationship issues – sit in prayer and let God help you identify your mountains.  I think we all have some.  We just don’t have to live with them anymore.

Mark 11:22-24, Matthew 14:26, Romans 8:28-30, Philippians 1:9-11, 1 Chronicles 4:9-10