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.

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.

Unquestionably Free

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“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed. (John 8:36 NIV)

Don’t let anyone or anything tie you into believing you are a slave again.

That you have no choice or power to say NO to old habits, old thought patterns, old temptations, or old addictions. That you have no hope of changing, growing, transforming.

When the Son sets you free, you are free. You are free from the power of sin and it is not your master anymore.

Why then does it take so long to learn how to live in this freedom? Why the struggle?

It is because while your spirit has been released from the contract of sin and is legally free, your flesh has been well trained by it’s former slavery. The flesh has the old habits, temptations, and thought patterns grooved into it thru experience and years of practice.

It takes time, experience and perseverance to create thenew grooves of freedom.

Just as a bird is made to fly, a child of God is made to live in freedom.

However, it is up to you to claim your freedom.

It is up to you learn to walk in it.

It is up to you to learn how to fly with the wings of freedom God has already given you.

“So if the Son liberates you [makes you free men], then you are really and unquestionably free”. (John 8:36 AMP)

You should start (or restart) learning to live in freedom…unquestionably.

No Empty Hands

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And when you release them, do not send them away empty-handed. (Deuteronomy 15:13 NIV)

In the Old Testament when God laid out to the Israelites how their community would work, He put in a clause to assure that those who found themselves in desperate financial situations would have a way out. They would not have to stay slaves forever. If they had sold themselves into slavery it could only last 7 years. Then the owner must release the slave and send them away with the means to begin a new life.

It is called The Lord’s Release and he instructs them to not send out their former servants empty handed.

Jesus is the fulfillment of The Lord’s Release. We are not doomed to be slaves to sin forever but have a way out in Christ.

My friend, when you are released to begin to live a free life in Christ, you do not begin your new life with empty hands.

God will use what the enemy meant for harm to bring you good and fill your hands with blessings.

God will give you what you need, when you need it.

He may not show you the end of the new road you are on but he will give you the strength to take the first step on it.

You are not empty handed as a child of God. You are provided for, equipped and empowered to walk in freedom.

Called

It is a call we have each and every one of us received. It is the voice of the Savior clothed in the white garments of resurrection and bearing the fresh scars of the crucifixion.

You are called to live a life of freedom.

Are you free?

Are you living in the precious freedom bought by the sacrifice of Christ?

Free from sin.
Free from it’s power and control.
Free from it’s prison of shame and guilt.
Free from it’s endless demands, requirements, small print and false sense of control.

It is the noose of slavery the enemy gently lays upon your neck. Then slowly, surely, he begins to tighten it until you feel trapped, choked and bound.

It is a lie. You are not called to live in bondage.

For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. (Galatians 5:13 NLT)

Wherever shame lurks and condemnation whispers, that is the place where freedom belongs. Freedom that has already been paid for and comes with an Almighty Savior to help you apply it.

Are you called? Yes. Yes, you are.

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