Impossible Situations

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It was an impossible situation.

The Israelites were stuck between the sea and their former slave masters coming to recapture them:

“But Moses told the people,

‘Don’t be afraid.

Just stand still and watch the LORD rescue you today.

The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again.

The LORD himself will fight for you.

Just stay calm.”’

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭14:13-14‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Hemmed in by the mountains on both sides, they had no way out and no way forward. Their newfound freedom seemed fleetingly short and ultimately doomed.

They knew that God had delivered them from slavery but little more. They had not been free long enough to learn how powerful He is. They didn’t know that He would fight for them, split the sea before them and rescue them from an impossible situation.

They did not know God…yet.

When you don’t want to go back but don’t know how you are going to go forward, trust God and:

1. Don’t let fear dictate your decisions.

2. Don’t run around trying to figure out what to do. Stop. Pray. Listen. Stand still and watch the LORD work.

When going forward looks like an impossibility, God is not punishing you, He is teaching you more about Himself. 

The LORD Himself will fight for you. 

Trust Him and watch what He is about to do.

Hold On

“Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already arrived at my goal, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me.”

Philippians‬ ‭3‬:‭12‬ NIV

Let go of trying to earn God’s love.

Hold on tightly to God’s grace.

Let go of your fear of failure.

Hold onto your faith in Jesus.

Let go of perfectionism.

Hold onto the vision Jesus has for your life.

Let go of habits that sabotage your growth.

Hold onto the hope of transformation.

Let go of trying to control everything.

Hold onto trusting Jesus with it all.

Jesus doesn’t give up or let up and loves you so much that he will continually press you to press on.

“I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭3:12 ‬ ‭MSG‬‬

Yesterday is gone, press on today to take hold of that which Christ Jesus has taken hold of you.

Get Ready to Move

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“The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. Break camp and advance into the hill country of the Amorites;”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭1:6-7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

A year and a half ago we moved our family across the country from California to Florida.

We have moved a few times before but not this far. Looking at the house in California and deciding what to take and what to not drag across the country felt like a full-time job all by itself.

I saw things differently.

Every item I looked at came with questions:

Do I need this?
How badly do I need this?
Do I want this?
Why do I still have this?
Do I even like this?
Do I want it enough to drag it across the country?

It wasn’t easy but it was good.

I needed to get rid of stuff.

I needed to discard the clutter, the extra, the just because, the what if’s, the someday-I-will-use -this-but-I-haven’t-for-10-years- and- it-doesn’t-even-fit-me stuff.

Break camp and advance.

It is an invitation to get rid of the dead weight and take only the important, the beneficial the essential, the absolutely without a doubt I-will-need-this-in-my-next-place stuff.

Before the children of Israel could advance into their promised land, they would have to break camp where they were.

Before you can advance in God’s vision for your life, you have to break camp where you are.

It is an invitation to reevaluate what mental and emotional baggage you are carrying and ask yourself:

Do I need this?
How badly do I need this?
Do I want this?
Why do I still have this?
Do I even like this?
Do I want it enough to drag it into the new place the Lord has for me?

Pack up the essentials.
Keep memories.
Get rid of the crap.

What do you need to get rid of in order to be free to go after God’s purpose for your life today?

Tree By Tree

  

I was talking to my friend on the phone last week and she shared something that encouraged me so much that I wanted to share it with you (with permission, of course):

“I was looking out my back window into the forest, thinking how beautiful it was.  I was also looking at how dense it was and that I could not see my way through.  It made me think of how often we can not see a way through, but God can.  We don’t even know what is on the other side.  Is there a cliff, an ocean, a valley?

That day on Feb 13th, in Streams in the Desert, the verse was Joshua 17:18.

“The forested hill country will be yours.”  

All I could think about is how?  

It said, “God instructed them (the tribes of Israel) to clear the forest.”

It also stated, “Gain wealth from the terraced slopes that are now hidden by the forests.”

I realized that God was saying to clear the forest it needed to be tree by tree, action by action.  I also loved that by doing this God will bless you with the territory you are discovering.

To gain His will it is tree by tree.

I have been waiting a lot.  So, for me, it meant to take action.  To do!  I can not stay in my camp among the forest waiting while I tend to that.  It is time to knock a few trees down, and as I do, I also realized things will become clearer.  God is going to show me the way.”  – Renee Evans

Maybe you can’t see your way through today and can only see the great forest of discouragement before you.

God is telling us to take hold of His will by taking action and cutting down one tree at a time.

Dealing with one issue at a time.

Reconciling one relationship at a time.

Being obedient to Him one day at a time.

Trusting Him to make a way where you can see no way.

It is time to take back your territory from the enemy tree by tree. To get out of the place you have been camping and begin to take hold of the land God has given you.

Rise up! God has already given you what you need to do it. 

What is the first tree that God is asking you to cut down?

With God You Can

  

For nothing is impossible with God.” (Luke 1:37 NLT)

When faced with overwhelming circumstances and underwhelming realties, you wonder: 

“How will this be possible?” 

“How am I going to do this?”

When God drops a promise in your heart and an opportunity in your lap, you must have faith to go forward. Grab on to faith like it is your job and obey whatever God asks you to do. 

Not because it is easy. 

Nothing worth having comes easy.

But if God asks you to do it, He will give you what you need.

With God nothing is impossible.

With God you can.

Turn the Page

  
It is impossible to read the next chapter of a book if you don’t turn the page.

It is hard to see the new thing God wants to do when you keep replaying the past.

When is it time to let go of the past?

When it is all that fills your vision.
When it is all the fills your fears.
When it sabotages your faith.
When it is hindering you from moving forward into who God wants you to be.

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” (‭Isaiah‬ ‭43‬:‭18-19‬ NIV)

The verse above says that God makes a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.

Letting go of the past doesn’t always mean leaving the place you are in physically but it always means leaving the place you are in spiritually, emotionally and even mentally.

How big is your God?

Big enough to make a dry dead wasteland come to life.

Big enough to create a life giving stream where there was only barren land before.

Big enough to use the wilderness you are walking through into a way to transform you (for the better, not worse).

You choose where you dwell, what story you live.

Turn the page, God has some wonderful new things for you to experience.

You Can

  

You can do the hard thing.

You can face the challenge.

You can have the hard conversation.

You can stay faithful.

You can work hard.

You can go forward.

You can forgive them.

You can forgive yourself.

You can begin again.

“You, Lord, are my lamp; the Lord turns my darkness into light.

With your help I can advance against a troop; with my God I can scale a wall”.
(‭2 Samuel‬ ‭22‬:‭29-30‬ NIV)

With God, you can.

He is the light through the darkness and your strength in the battle.

When you come to a wall and feel trapped- you can scale that wall with God.

There is no darkness that God’s light cannot penetrate, no enemy that can stop God’s purposes, no wall that He can not overcome.

With God, you can.

Go forward with God.