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The Distraction of Discomfort
Jan 09 3:35 AM

The Distraction of Discomfort

Jan 09 3:35 AM
Jan 09 3:35 AM

And the children of Israel said to them, “Oh, that we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt.”

Exodus 16:3

While clinging to hope and holding strong to our faith, we are often discouraged by the challenges and setbacks that appear in our lives. Just when it seems things are looking up and your optimism is restored, something happens that shakes your faith. Trying times seem to come at the most trying of times. 

God’s chosen people understood that feeling. For centuries, God had promised that he would give them a land of their own. But they found themselves enslaved in the land of Egypt for 400 years. With extraordinary signs and miracles, God delivered the Children of Israel from Egyptian slavery. The final and most notable of those miracles occurred when God split the Red Sea so that the Israelites could escape on dry land. Things seemed to be on the upswing. But having escaped Egyptian slavery and traversed the Red Sea on dry land, the Israelites found themselves traveling through the desert for days without water. To make matters worse, when they finally found water, it was too bitter to drink. “So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, ‘What are we to drink?’” (Exodus 15:24). God performed another miracle through Moses and cleansed the water so that it was suitable to drink. Nevertheless, the people remained unsatisfied:

In the desert, the whole community grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the Lord’s hand in Egypt . . . but you have brought us into this desert to starve this entire assembly to death.  (Exodus 16:2-3 NIV).

Although God had delivered them from the awful conditions in Egypt, their discomfort in the desert challenged their faith in God’s promise.  Has that ever happened to you? Is that happening to you now? Has your present condition caused you to forget how far God has brought you and how much God has done in your life? It is all too easy to get distracted by the difficulties of life and to even cause us to question God.

Be encouraged. Do not allow difficult circumstances to make you question God. If you are doing what you know God has called and directed you to do, don’t allow life and its challenges to cause you to change your belief about what God has said.  Never allow the discomforts of the journey, to distract you from your destination.  When that happens, you’ll surely want to turn back.  Going back is simply not an option.  Egypt was never meant to be your burial  ground.  You are destined for the promised land.  Don’t turn back, no matter how many discomforts there are along the way.  Keep moving forward.

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Deanna Kelly

Amen ???? Never look Back Very True! God is with us!!

Posted on Sat, Jan 9, 2021 @ 8:36 AM CST

Cathy Austin

Thank you Lord for this word of encouragement. You're right, "going back is not an option." You're right keep moving. Great words of encouraging.

Posted on Mon, Jan 11, 2021 @ 8:26 AM CST

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Day 31
Jan 31 12:51 AM

Day 31

Jan 31 12:51 AM
Jan 31 12:51 AM

THE WEIGHT OF THE WAIT

By Marlin and Monica Harris

But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary;and they shall walk, and not faint

Isaiah 40:31

We (Monica and Marlin) wanted to share a few thoughts with you as we come to the close of this fast. What a journey it has been sitting at the feet of Jesus each day and listening to the ‘sacred whispers’ of the Holy Spirit as He speaks His peace and hope to our hearts. We have all cried, laughed and learned together as we have been on this amazing journey of self-discovery. We are becoming our best selves. We are challenging the old habits of our past, and finding new paths to walk in. 

 

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Day 30
Jan 30 12:23 AM

Day 30

Jan 30 12:23 AM
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Streams in the Desert 365 Devotions, Pages 452-453

By L.B. Cowman, Editor

“…there we saw the giants.”

Numbers 13:33

Yes, the Israeli spies saw giants, but Joshua and Caleb saw God! Those who doubt still say today, “We can’t attack…; they are stronger than we are” (v. 31). Yet those who believe say, “We should go up and take possession... for we can well able to do it” (v. 30). 

These giants represent, for us, great difficulties, and they stalk us everywhere. They are in our families, our churches, our social life, and even our own hearts. We must overcome them or they will devour us, just as the ancient Israelites, fearing those in Canaan, said, “The land we explored devours those living in it. All the people we saw there are of great size” (v. 32). We should exhibit faith as did Joshua and Caleb, who said, “Do not be afraid..., because we will devour them” (Numbers 14:9). In effect, they told the others, “We will be stronger by overcoming them than if there had been no giants to defeat.” 

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Day 29
Jan 29 12:21 AM

Day 29

Jan 29 12:21 AM
Jan 29 12:21 AM

YOUR BEAUTY IS NOT FOR SALE

By Marlin D. Harris

What do you see when you look in the mirror? What does the image that looks back at you say when you walk by a reflecting glass or even see yourself in a photograph? 

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Day 28
Jan 28 12:43 AM

Day 28

Jan 28 12:43 AM
Jan 28 12:43 AM

THE WIDOWMAKER

By Dr. Reggie Anderson

(Content taken from “The One Year Book of Healing: Daily Appointments with God”)

“No wonder my heart is glad, and my tongue shouts his praises! My body rests in hope. For you will not leave my soul among the dead or allow your Holy One to rot in the grave.”

Acts 2:26-27

 As a primary care physician practicing rural medicine in a small town outside of Nashville, Tennessee, I have witnessed a lot of healing. Some of it has been through the work of medical professionals, whom God uses to carry out his good work, and some have happened supernaturally—the result of God’s direct intervention.

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Day 27
Jan 27 12:30 AM

Day 27

Jan 27 12:30 AM
Jan 27 12:30 AM

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