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
There is a life designed for us by the Lord. That life has a pattern for us to follow in order to truly see the true blessings and favor of the Lord in our lives. Deuteronomy 28 lays out a pattern for the real blessings of God to be poured into our lives. Listen as Minister Crittendon expound on the Word of God about the blessings overtaking you. Be Blessed!
When I hear the word tantrum, I think of a little kid in the supermarket having a fit because his/her parent or guardian will not allow them to have what they want. Most kids will scream, holler, fall out in the floor, or throw things in an attempt that their behavior will cause the adult to give in to their demands so he/she will be able to have what they so desire.
This reminds me of our body’s ability to tell us what it wants. For instance, you may want to stop eating a particular thing that you like, well your body is so accustomed to it that when you decide to stop, your body has a tantrum! You will experience a form of withdrawals like headache, weakness, or maybe even nausea. Your body is telling you that if you do not give me what I am accustomed to having I’m going to have a fit, and you are going to pay the price.
The same goes for our Christian walk. Ephesians 5:24 says, “And they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” Crucify means to put to death, and a part of 1 Corinthians 15:31 says, “…I die daily.” When it comes to us crucifying the things that our sinful nature desires to do, our flesh will not give up so easily. Think about it, when you decide that you want to go on a fast, every kind of smell enters your nose, and your body begins to have a fit for something that you know you probably wouldn’t drink or eat if you haven’t made a decision to crucify your flesh.
In order to be successful with this we have to make that conscience decision to mortify the deeds of our flesh (Romans 8:13). To mortify is to subdue (the body or its needs and desires) by self-denial or discipline. When a parent does not allow a child to have everything they want, they are teaching that child discipline. A disciplined child learns how to exercise restraint, can accept rejection, and knows they cannot have everything they want. An undisciplined child is quite the opposite. In a nut shell an undisciplined child will embarrass you in public. The Lord does not want His children to be an embarrassment to him or to themselves. This is why he tells us that those who endure temptation are blessed and will receive a crown of life (James 1:12).
So think about the next time you decide to present your body as a living sacrifice holy and acceptable unto God (Romans 12:1), that your flesh will have a tantrum because “the flesh lusteth against the spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would,” (Galatians 5:17) and “when you want to do good evil is always present” (Romans 7:21). Always know that these light afflictions (tantrums) are but for a moment, but when you continue to strive to be more like Christ, and not allow your flesh to rule over you, your desire to crucify those tantrums will work a greater weight of God’s glory in your life.
Until next time, Be Blessed!