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Mon, October 15, 2018

Determined Faith

Exodus 15:25 (NIV) – Then Moses cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet…

The Children of Israel faced their first crisis after crossing the Red Sea; and it revealed how superficial their faith actually was, how quickly they moved from praise to complaint. The trek from Egypt to the Promised Land was meant to develop a deeply rooted conviction, enable discovery of the abundant wealth of God’s divine resources, and prepare them to be fit for living in and retaining the Promised Land. Our life journey is filled with similar schools. We face desperate, even seemingly hopeless situations, but they are opportunities for us to engage our faith more deeply and press into God. How quickly do you move from praise to complaint? How determined are you to follow Jesus all the way home?

Tue, October 16, 2018

Humility

Exodus 15:27 (NIV) – Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

God leads us through the school of prosperity—places of abundance, where He tests our humility and teaches us gratitude. Whether material (Deut. 8:6-14; II Chron. 32:22-31) or spiritual (II Cor. 12:1-10; I Cor. 4:7), or occupational (Dan. 4:24-33; John 6:14-15), the school of prosperity provides an important opportunity for us to walk humbly with God. The temptation is to become wise in our own eyes, become proud, and forget the Lord like the Children of Israel ultimately did after settling into the Promised Land. Are you in a place of prosperity in your life right now? You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion and it will result in thanksgiving to God (II Cor. 9:10).

Wed, October 17, 2018

School of Need

Exodus 16:4 (NIV) – Then the Lord said to Moses, “I will rain down bread from heaven for you...

The same God who leads us into spaces of prosperity is the God who leads us into places of need so that we can be schooled in understanding need and learning how to be content “in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Phil. 4:12). This school of need takes place in the realm of the material (Matt. 6:25-34; I Kings 17:2-15), the spiritual (Ps. 42:1-2; Isa. 44:3), and the occupational (Luke 6:22-23; John 6:66, 16:32). God provided his people with a superfood that sustained them for 40 years. It contained all the minerals and vitamins to live healthy and disease free! Let us learn our lessons of contentment in the School of Need.

Thu, October 18, 2018

Sabbath

Exodus 16:23 (NIV) – …this is what the Lord commanded: “Tomorrow is to be a day of rest, a holy Sabbath to the Lord…”

The Children of Israel had experienced the 24/7 demands of slavery in Egypt but in God’s Kingdom there exists a different order of things that include Sabbath rest. It is our Godly privilege to enjoy a day of rest in which we worship and contemplate on God’s Word. We rest from our works (Heb. 3:7-4:11). We rest in devotion (Luke 10:38-42, II Sam. 7:18). We rest from unrest (Psa. 37:1-7; Mark 4:35-41). “Obedience to God is not only expressed by consecrated activity, but also by ceasing from the efforts of self; and devotion is not only expressed by serving, but also by sitting in active contemplation and quiet worship” (Beutler). Do not miss your Sabbath rest (Heb. 4:9). It is God’s provision for your health, both physical and spiritual.

Fri, October 19, 2018

The Battle

Exodus 17:13 (NIV) – So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

There is another “school.” It is the school of conflict. We have an enemy that tries to impede our progress in God. We have to learn how to fight (Psa. 144:1), how to overcome by cooperating with God in His limitless resources. Conflict will come through temptation (Matt. 4:1-11), opposition (Jer. 11:19-21; 28:1-11) and suffering (Job 1:6 through 2:10; 42:1-6). We are not left alone to fight. We have the Holy Spirit who teaches us how to pray, intercede, use the mighty name of Jesus, engage with other believers in coordinated efforts of prayer as well as practical help. He trains us and gives us skill for battle (NLT – Psa. 144:1). When the Holy Spirit calls you into intercessory prayer, respond. Do not delay. Stay engaged and follow His lead until the battle is won.

Sat, October 20, 2018

Pressure

Exodus 18:23 (NIV) – If you do this and God so commands, you will be able to stand the strain...

There is a school of pressure. Moses’ father-in-law helped him find solutions when Moses’ God-assigned work multiplied beyond the normal limits of his natural resources. There are pressures in public responsibilities (Numbers 11:14-17) and with public demands (Mark 6:3; John 4:30-34) and in public opinion (I Sam. 13:8-14; John 16:15). Beware of turning to the wisdom and methods of the world. God has solutions for Kingdom work. Turn to Him.