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One thing that I have come to understand clearly in my walk with God, is that sometimes it is easy to trust Him and sometimes it is easy to forget to trust him.

God, in his infinite wisdom, knows that. That is why he wants us to remember to remember how good He is.

Look at what He told Moses to do.

Moses said to the people, “Remember this day in which you went out from Egypt, from the house of slavery; for by a powerful hand the Lord brought you out from this place. And nothing leavened shall be eaten. On this day in the month of Abib, you are about to go forth. It shall be when the Lord brings you to the land of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Hivite and the Jebusite, which He swore to your fathers to give you, a land flowing with milk and honey, that you shall observe this rite in this month.

Exodus 13:3-10

I love what one scholar says of that passage.

Whatever they may become in the better times ahead, the people of Israel are never to forget what they were. Their plight in Egypt is described graphically as בית עבדים, literally, “house of slaves… Their rescue from that plight, they must recall, was made possible only by the strength of Yahweh’s power, attested by the whole range of the proof-of-Presence sequence of the ten mighty acts.

John I. Durham, Exodus, vol. 3, Word Biblical Commentary (Dallas: Word, Incorporated, 1987), 178.

And in another Passage it says

“Observe the month of Abib and celebrate the Passover to the Lord your God, for in the month of Abib the Lord your God brought you out of Egypt by night.

Deuteronomy 16/:1

The month of Abib was the first month of the year in the ancient Hebrew calendar. So, basically January.

God wanted them to remember where they came from (slavery) and who delivered them (God) because he knew that they would face challenges. And without their remembrance of how strong and powerful He is, they would easily give into despair.

We are in a new year. One that will be filled with both new joys and also new challenges. If we are to be able to face those challenges head on, then we must take time to remind ourselves of what Gods has done for us.

Consider writing a list of everything God has brought you through (or a partial list of the top things) and then looking at that list daily and thanking him for all that he has done.

This will build our faith armour and when faced with a decision, or an adversity, it will be easier to not despair and to walk through the open door that God has placed before you..

When you see no way out

This is a real chariot wheel found in the read sea. There are many more.

This is a real chariot wheel found in the read sea. There are many more.

Don’t be afraid! Be brave, and you will see the Lord save you today….
The Lord will fight for you, and you won’t have to do a thing.
                                             Exodus 14:13-14

“Just follow my lead.” That is the essence of what God told me morning after morning. Before I could even open my eyes I was reminded of how much I could trust him, and to follow His lead.
At first I was confused. I ask Him, “Why do you have to keep reminding me to follow you, haven’t I been doing so for the last almost sixteen years?” I asked Him.
I should have known.
I should have known then it would get a little rough.
Like the Israelites marching toward the red Sea I followed Him, unaware of the seeming unstoppable wall that would soon appear to keep me from the very place the God had called me to.
Not only were the Israelites faced with not being able to move forward and not being able to move back they also were also faced with the fact that if they stayed where they were they would appear to meet their doom, for the Egyptians were closing in behind them, and there was way out….but through!!!
God parted something that’s water volume is with a water volume of about 233000 cu. km.. Could you even imagine how hard that would be for humans to accomplish? The power it would take? And yet at the right and appointed time God did it. God parted the problem, God parted the wall that was standing in their way. And then closed it on their enemeys who threatened to destroy their dreams.
God is all knowing, all seeing, and all powerful!!!
There is nothing that He cannot do!!!
God wants us to trust Him.
God wants us to trust that though He has lead us to a place of what seems to have no escape, that He will get us to where we need to be.
If your back is against the wall and you see no way out, keep holding on to God get excited because you are about to see a miracle happen.
When you have no fight left in you, you are spent, God will fight for you.
Don’t give up, don’t lose hope. The Lord is on your side.
Yesterday a door appeared to shut firmly on England, but I will not lose hope, I will not lose faith, God lead me to this place and He alone will see me through!

Are we hurting God?

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The Israelites had seen God do miraculous things. He brought them out of bondage, opened up a sea to walk across, sustained then in the wilderness, and time and time again had shown them how faithful he was.

So you would think that when the time came for Him to lead them into the promised land, the land of their dreams, the land of more-than-enough, where struggling was no longer required, that they would boldly go forth boldly knowing that God was on their side.

Yet once again they did not trust God.

They sent out 12 scouts to see who they would have to fight to take over the land, and only 2 came back with a positive report.  So the people grumbled and complained (yet again) and…..

“GOD said to Moses, “How long will these people treat me like dirt? How long refuse to trust me? And with all these signs I’ve done among them! I’ve had enough” (Numbers 14:11–12, The Message).

This absolutely breaks my heart. Time and time and time again, God showed his care and compassion for the Israelite’s. And time and again they questioned and let Him down.

God wanted to do great things through them! He wanted to give them the easy life as they fellowshipped with him.

But they didn’t trust him. They yet again took their eyes off God.

As a result they not only kept themselves from reaching their promised time (see Numbers 14:29-30) but they, I believe, did something far more horrible…

They hurt God.

God loved them so very much, and was eager to do great things in and for them, but they didn’t love Him enough to keep their eyes on Him.

It pains me to realize all of the times when I have focused on myself instead of God.

It pains me to know that I have hurt to one who loves me so.

God so passionately wants to do things in and through us. He wants us to be so fixed on His face that we do not worry about what is going on around us.

He wants to lead us, because He loves us.

If we do not allow him to lead us, we are hurting Him.

May we, as Christians, make it our determined purpose to keep our eyes on God. To Trust Him!

Like a child being lead by a loving parent, may we allow God to daily lead us to our own promised land.

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