Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Crossing The Bridge: What's Your Egypt?

Our past hopes, dreams, memories  expectations--These are all things that cause us to remain where we are, or that also restrain us from going forward. Think about this: What's the one thing that mostly keeps you from moving forward?...............Ok. Now that you've got it, What about that makes you want to hold on to it? Why do you not want to let it go?.................Alright...so now, I only have one more question for you, my lovely reader. Do you know that God has armed you with all that you need to leave behind all that holds you down? Do you know that you can do All things through Christ who strengthens you? There are so many things that can keep us from obtaining the purpose that the Lord has in store for us and one biggie would definately have to be our past. Our loved ones. Our friends or people who have hurt us. Our guilt or condemnation. What we've built and have helped to restore. So many things just drag us down reminding us of what was, but so many obstacles can discourage us along the way as well. We can not, I repeat can not go back! (2 Timothy 1:7) "For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline." God, through His son Jesus Christ, has given us the power to overcome all obstacles, the love needed to combat the most wicked person or situation, and the self-discipline needed to persist and move forward toward the desires that He has placed in our hearts. Once we recognize the keys He has given us, then we can confidently walk toward that bridge and begin to cross it to reach that new dimension of Glory that the Father has in store. (Hebrews 12:1-3) "Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us  throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesusthe pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross,scorning its shameand sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart."

When God delivered the Israelites from egypt, they followed the cloud od God's glory by day and His pillar of fire by night, under the command of Moses. Walking through the desert, The Israelites began to complain.  (Numbers 14:1-5) "Then the whole community began weeping aloud, and they cried all night. Their voices rose in a great chorus of protest against Moses and Aaron. “If only we had died in Egypt, or even here in the wilderness!” they complained. “Why is the Lord taking us to this country only to have us die in battle? Our wives and our little ones will be carried off as plunder! Wouldn’t it be better for us to return to Egypt?” Then they plotted among themselves, “Let’s choose a new leader and go back to Egypt!” Then Moses and Aaron fell face down on the ground before the whole community of Israel." Sometimes we complain about everything "bad" that happens to us that we miss the big picture. God has the whole pic in his hands but He permits us to see little snipits because if we were to see the whole thing then Who knows how many would actually follow Christ in body, mind, and soul? I've been hurt but that doesn't mean I'm going to give up. What is your egypt? What do we constantly want to return to? The Israelites would have rather gone back to being slaves than die, in their natural body, persisting toward the goal, the land of milk and honey. All they saw was their memmories and beautiful moments and the food they ate, instead of seeing that God was trying to liberate them from captivity. The truth is we want the change but we don't want to go through the fire. The reality is that Jesus is in the midst of the fire with us. He promised to never leave or forsake us but we have got to stop looking back. The more we look back the more we'll dwell and then remain stuck there like stone. God does not act on our complaints...He acts on our faith. You see, the Israelites lacked faith because they wanted to return to Egypt because the land that God promised them was fortified and filled with giants. They saw the natural possibilities and obstacles, but failed to see the supernatural. It's amazing! (Numbers 14:6-9) "Two of the men who had explored the land, Joshua son of Nun and Caleb son of Jephunneh, tore their clothing. They said to all the people of Israel, “The land we traveled through and explored is a
wonderful land! And if the Lord is pleased with us, he will bring us safely into that land and give it to us. It is a rich land flowing with milk and honey.  Do not rebel against the Lord, and don’t be afraid of the people of the land. They are only helpless prey to us! They have no protection, but the Lord is with us! Don’t be afraid of them!” Even though they had a mighty God they only saw the mighty obstacle. They looked back! Because of their complaints God did not permit them to see the land he had promised them. We have to decide if we are going to complain and wine and cry when problems come, or decide if we are going to bless whoever and whatever and keep fighting the good fight. There is a light at the end of the tunnel and a great blessing at the other end of the bridge if we decide to cross it. I encourage you, out of personal experience  to not let anything or anyone stop you from doing what God wants you to do. may God bless you on your walk and surround you with people who are going to always lift you up.


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