Impossibility

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In Exodus 14 the Israelites were stuck between the sea before them and their former slave masters coming to recapture them. It was an impossible situation.

“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 new found 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 be afraid (don’t let fear dictate your decisions).

2. Stand still and watch the LORD rescue you (stop trying to fix the situation yourself. Let God work).

The LORD Himself will fight for you. 

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

Trust Him and watch what He is about to do.

Forgive Them

 

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Forgiveness is not a feeling. It is a choice to let God have it, hold it, and be responsible for itwhatever it is.

“Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.”
‭‭Colossians‬ ‭3:13‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Forgiveness is taking the power away from them and giving it back to God.

You don’t have to trust them to forgive them.

Forgiveness is not about restoring trust in them, it is about trusting God with your heart.

They don’t have to be sorry in order for you to forgive them. They don’t even have to know that you have released them to God.

What you do have to do is make the choice today and every day after, then continue to make the choice until the feeling lines up with the decision.

And it will.

One day you will be able to remember what happened without reliving the pain.

“When we forgive an offense, we set a prisoner free, only to discover that we were that prisoner”.

– Freedom Groups, Week 7

Quiet Words

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“The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.”

‭‭Ecclesiastes ‬ ‭9:17 NIV‬

If you are looking for good advice, ask the quiet person you respect.

Ask the one who knows you and knows Jesus.

Ask the one who doesn’t offer their opinion at every opportunity but rather waits for permission to speak into your life.

Ask the questions you need answers to. If they are wise, they are safe. Seek them out.

If they are loud, manipulative, believe they are always right and get mad when you don’t do what they say…avoid them.

Don’t let fear stop you from getting the guidance you need.

You are worth it.

What do you need wisdom for today?

Who has God put in your path to help 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?

This Time of Year

As we head into Thanksgiving Week and then Christmas right after, I want to remind you that the holidays can be wonderful and terrible at the same time.
 
As much as they create opportunities for new memories, they also bring reminders of old ones. Moments of joy and thanksgiving are often mixed with sadness and loss.
 
Jesus allowed himself to feel emotions, all of them. To mourn. To love. To be thankful. He knew that there was a time for all of them and that they often overlap.
Jesus knew that there is:
“a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,”
‭‭Ecclesiastes‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭NIV‬‬
This year, give yourself permission to feel all the emotions this time brings. Walk with Jesus through them, acknowledge them, embrace them. Grieve if you need to.  When you take time to mourn, you make room in your heart.  Ungrieved losses of the past must be processed so that you can fully experience the moments of joy in the present.  
Being a Christian doesn’t mean that you are always happy or only feel “good” emotions, it means that you walk with Jesus through all the emotions this time in your life brings.
Walking with Jesus during this time means you are more fully present in it than you have ever been before.
May you fully embrace and be fully embraced by Jesus as you experience this holiday season with Him by your side.
 
Happy Monday!

Answers 

He guides the humble in what is right and teaches them his way. (‭Psalm‬ ‭25‬:‭9‬ NIV)

If you need clarity and direction from God today, begin by cutting your pride off at the knees. Pride will make you blind to see where God wants to lead you.

Remind yourself who is the Lord of your life (and that it isn’t you).

How you live your life is more important to God than where you go. 

He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?

Micah‬ ‭6‬:‭8‬ NKJV

Need direction? Need answers?

1. Do what is right.

2. Let mercy be your standard in all interactions.

3. Walk humbly with Jesus.

There you go, my friend… it really is that simple.

Have a great weekend. 

Knowing 

  

You want to know everything.

You want to know what happened, what is happening, what will happen.

You want to know why, how and for how long?

You want to know because you think that knowing will give you peace.

But it won’t.

We have created colleges and courses, Google and Wikipedia to answer questions and to question answers and none of it give us peace.

Peace doesn’t come from knowing all the answers, it comes from knowing the all powerful God.

“And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
‭‭Philippians‬ ‭4:7‬ ‭NIV‬‬

In Christ you are known fully and fully equipped to know God.

You won’t always get the answers you want to have when you want to have them but in Christ you will always have access to God.

No God, No Peace.
Know God, Know Peace.