Scriptures: Exodus 2:11-15
The wilderness is a spiritually dry and desolate place: a place where we see no fruit of our ministry. Its a time of doubt and wonder. The only one left to talk to is God Himself.
So whats the purpose of this time? It helps us appreciate what we already have in life. It allows for us to discern why we have a relationship with the Lord. It strips us of the wisdom and ways of the world and teaches us that ways of God's spirit, which are different than our own.
Moses is a perfect example. Moses wanted to help his brethren, the Jews. He killed an Egyptian, which was the world's way of dealing with injustice. He fled to the wildnerness and ran from Pharoah. Moses spent forty years in the wilderness before God called him to be a deliverer. Forty years shepherding sheep. Forty years striping Moses of all His Egyptian concepts. The wilderness was where he learned to hear God's voice and to use the rod of God. The wilderness is where he learned to lead God's people out of Egypt. In the wilderness Godspo
The wilderness test is a time when we learn valuable spiritual truths. A special class in the school of God's spirit. We move away from worldly concepts and embrace the leading of the spirit.
Ask yourself: Am I in a spiritually dry and desolate place? Does nothing seem to produce fruit? Then God is the one you need to talk to!
Scriptures: 2 Chronicles 20:1-4, 2 Chronicles 20:20-22
Does the power of praise work in the kings of battles we face today? The answer is yes! Praise works for the big and small battles.
Ask yourself: am I feeling surrounded? Then there are steps you can take to overcome!
1) Make a decision to praise: Jehoshaphat was full of fear, but he called a prayer meeting. A prophet showed up and he spoke: "thus says the Lord to you: do not be afraid nor dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours, but God's." So Jehoshaphat appointed praise singers: "who should praise the beauty of holiness." When your surrounded make a decision to praise God.
2) Direct your praise to God: We must decide which way we are looking: are you looking around at your issues or looking up towards God where your help comes from? Jehoshaphat had the army look at the praise singers not the enemy: "now when they began to sing and to praise, the Lord set ambushes." Send praise up and God will take care of what is surrounding you.
3) Determine the duration of your praise: Many praise when the battle is over, but Israel praised before, through and after the battle! God dwells in our praise and we experience the power of His presence. God's presence changes things and we find delieverance in praise.
If you are feeling surrounded its time to take action. Take your Bible and read the following passages: Psalm 46:1-11 and Psalm 47:1-9. Turn these verses into prayer and claim the Word of Truth in your life and watch God