The backside of the desert near Mt. Horeb is the place where the Lord deals with the true nature of who we are, not the person we proclaim to be, but the person on the inside desiring to be free in Christ. On the backside of the desert we learn the plans and purposes for our lives. All of our mistaken attitudes and personal agendas die in the place where we come to the end of ourselves, and realize that whatever we do for Christ can never be about us. Listen and Be Blessed!
What is the Pharoah in our lives which is keeping us in our own personal Egypt? Is it doubt? Is it Fear? Is it insecurity? Is it Condemnation? Or is it our lack of Faith? Listen as Minister Shedrick expound on God’s word concerning the need for us to hearken diligently to His voice during our tough times.
In life we all have our fair share of tests and trials. No one can go through them for us, however, there are those who feel the need to let you know what you should and shouldn’t do while facing your life’s challenges. It’s like watching football, I am great for yelling at the QB for not throwing the ball to a particular player, though I’m not the one in the game. I can easily say what the coach, GM, owner, or other players should and shouldn’t do…I’m not the one in the game. The fans have a lot to say about how the game should and shouldn’t be played, but they’re just fans, not playing the game.
So, I encourage those of you who are facing life’s challenges, “Don’t listen to the fans while you’re playing the game.”
They’re not the ones taking the hits, you are! They’re not the ones sitting up at night praying and believing God for that breakthrough or for things to turn around, you are! They don’t have to maintain integrity in all situations (though you may want to act out), you do! They’re not willing to give up all for the sake of the Gospel, you are!
The fans don’t know the plan for your life, but God does! (Jeremiah 29:11) So remember this light affliction is but for a moment and it is working in you a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory (2 Corinthians 4:17)
DON’T LISTEN TO THE FANS WHILE YOU’RE PLAYING THE GAME!!!
Read God’s Word daily that it may change your heart, mind and life.
Joyful are people of integrity, who follow the instructions of the Lord . Joyful are those who obey his laws and search for him with all their hearts. They do not compromise with evil, and they walk only in his paths. You have charged us to keep your commandments carefully. Oh, that my actions would consistently reflect your decrees! Then I will not be ashamed when I compare my life with your commands. As I learn your righteous regulations, I will thank you by living as I should! I will obey your decrees. Please don’t give up on me!
Psalms 119:1-8 NLT
Dr. Raymond Vath said, “We must do for others what they cannot do for themselves, but we must not do for them what they will not do for themselves. The problem is finding the wisdom to know the difference.” You can be too helpful! By doing for somebody what they can do for themselves, you undermine their self-reliance and create an unhealthy dependence. So instead of rushing in and taking over:
- Show them manageable action steps
By helping them take charge of their life you’re arming them against despair and powerlessness. And by validating their efforts you’re helping them to rebuild their fragile confidence. A word of caution, however: When the crisis involves irreversible loss like divorce or death, the work of simply getting through one day at a time is action enough.
- Give them hope
In the depth of crisis there seems to be no light at the end of the tunnel – a sense that suffering will go on endlessly. Growth and improvement can’t happen without hope. Hope provides energy, and brings relief based on the conviction that things will improve. God promises, “I will bless you with a future filled with hope – a future of success, not…suffering” (Jer 29:11 CEV).
- Be sure to follow up
Crises are seldom resolved quickly. Although life may eventually take on some semblance of normalcy, there may be episodes of relapse into sadness, helplessness, or loneliness. Your words may bring comfort, but your ongoing attentiveness will help the hurting person maintain faith and progress in their journey to healing.
Taken from: The Word for You Today, March 28th devotion
Listen as Minister Crittendon expound on God’s Word concerning His desire to heal us from all of our iniquities and all of our diseases. There are many things in our past that holds us back from receiving the blessings of God for our lives. Our thought processes are a major hindrance to us walking by faith, and the Lord wants to heal us from everything which keeps us from drawing near to Him. Listen and be blessed!
Jesus said in John 16:33 “These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.”
God’s peace is a big “might.” Listen as God’s Word is given with clarity on how we might receive his peace