When God asked Moses to go to Egypt to deliver the Israelites, immediately Moses began the excuses on why he couldn’t go. But God stopped him short with this statement:
“I will be with you.”
And then He promised him victory over the Egyptians … but there would be a bit of resistance first.
And Moses still had to step out in faith … take action.
I believe this is the same promise God gives us, when we are walking in His will.
He will be with us … and He will bring forth the victory.
But … we still have to take action and step out, in faith.
Soon another Feast came around and Jesus was back in Jerusalem. Near the Sheep Gate in Jerusalem there was a pool, in Hebrew called Bethesda, with five alcoves. Hundreds of sick people—blind, crippled, paralyzed—were in these alcoves. One man had been an invalid there for thirty-eight years. When Jesus saw him stretched out by the pool and knew how long he had been there, he said, “Do you want to get well?”
The sick man said, “Sir, when the water is stirred, I don’t have anybody to put me in the pool. By the time I get there, somebody else is already in.”
Jesus said, “Get up, take your bedroll, start walking.” The man was healed on the spot. He picked up his bedroll and walked off. (John 5:1-9) The Message
This fellow had been sitting by that pool for 38 years, waiting for someone to help him in. And then Jesus walked into the picture and his life changed.
An abortion at age 25 messed me up. I thought being pregnant was a problem, so I solved it by being unpregnant. Little did I know, my issues had just begun. Shame and guilt filled my heart and my life spun out of control. For 18 years, I allowed the pain and the shame to control my life, believing I was the scum of the earth and not worthy of God’s forgiveness for my sin.
Then one day, Jesus walked into the picture and everything changed …
I wanted to get well. I was ready to receive his healing touch.
The enemy wants to steal our joy, but Jesus came to give us life, to the full, in abundance. (John 10:10)
I’m so thankful I didn’t stay bound in my junk for 38 years!
Thank you Jesus for healing my heart!
As we begin the Book of Exodus, we remember the Israelites came to Egypt to be saved from the famine, to reconcile with their brother Joseph. It was a good move. The Egyptians treated them well and life was good.
But as time went on, the sons of Jacob passed away, including Joseph, the Israelites multiplied and the new king wasn’t so happy with these foreigners overrunning his country, he was fearful that would join forces and destroy Egypt. So he turned them into slaves and worked them like dogs.
And … decided that all the boy children born to them should be killed. Totally evil.
Remember another king who was fearful for his throne and had all the little boy children killed? (Matthew Chapter Two)
The enemy uses many to kill, steal and destroy!
My thought for this chapter:
Sometimes we are moved into a place for a season. But it is not where we are to stay. The promises to Abraham, Issac and Jacob were to be fulfilled in the land of Canaan, not Egypt. Egypt was not the promised land. Life for the Israelites became very difficult because this was not God’s plan of fulfillment for them.
Maybe, for a season, you were in a place, spiritually or physically, but it’s not where God’s promises are to be fulfilled in your life and it’s becoming quite difficult.
Maybe it’s time to seek Him for directions to your promised land?
Strange day … so much good mixed with oddness and sadness. We hosted several pastors at The Tree today for lunch. It was awesome to be The Body … not ‘a church’.
Then a friend had a seizure and it was a very intense time. We called 911, to make sure he was okay and they took him to the hospital to check him out. He has a history, we had just never experienced it with him. He came throu
gh fine … but the incident was unsettling …On to an awesome night with the Ladies in our Thursday night group … we began the book of Exodus … continuing on with the story of the children of Israel. That is ALWAYS a sweet time.
Then on my way home, I saw a little lost dog on my street. I could tell it was lost and needed some help. I stopped, spent some time pondering what I would do with it when I got it home, but then it wandered off and so I drove on home. But I couldn’t get it’s little face out of my mind, so I gathered the boys and we went back out on a rescue mission.
As we approached where I’d seen the dog last, there were two cars in the street. I was so afraid they had hit the dog and I was beating myself up for leaving it, but when we pulled up, she had the dog gathered up. She asked me if it was mine, then if I wanted it I assured her that I was fine with her taking the dog as long as she was going to care for it She assured me she was.
So … there is good in life … there is bad in life. There is a balance. We don’t like the bad … we want the good.
I’m very thankful my friend is okay …
I’m very thankful this little dog will be okay …
God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. “Selah” (Psalm 46:1-3)
And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. (Romans 8:28)
It blows my mind that the God who created the heavens and the earth, who set the stars in the sky, who made man from the dirt of the ground, is working on my behalf.
Thank you Jesus!