But God led the people around by the way of the wilderness toward the Red Sea. And the people of Israel went up out of the land of Egypt equipped for battle.
After all of the miraculous things God accomplished through Moses and Aaron, Pharaoh finally allowed the Nation of Israel to set out on their journey to the promised land.
But the trip, which takes 35-days to make, took 40-years! Why? Because God had work to do on the hearts of the men and women of Israel. He had to prepare them for their arrival. He had to prepare them to receive the blessings He would pour out on them.
You can determine the length of time it takes to receive what God has for you by humbling yourself before God. Your obedience can shorten the length of time God needs to make the changes necessary to receive the blessings He’s prepared.
“All things are lawful,” but not all things are helpful. “All things are lawful,” but not all things build up.
1 Corinthians 10:23
Sometimes to get to somewhere great you have to deny yourself of something good. Most of the times you just have to deny yourself altogether. You have to discipline yourself to do the right things day in and day out, week in and week out, year in and year out.
If you want God’s best, you have to say no, not just to things that are wrong, but even to second best—whatever’s merely good instead of truly great.
Sometimes God says, “No.” The thing you were relying on fell through, but why? God is omniscient. He sees the results of answering your prayer now, knowing that it will fall apart later.
Trust that God has good intentions, that by waiting you will end up in the best place possible!
Truly, I say to you, unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
To truly gain the wisdom required to follow Jesus well, we must have a childlike drive to learn more about Him. Why childlike? Children are naturally curious and open minded. The miraculous is totally conceivable and real to them.
The word disciple comes from the Greek word mathétés. The root word means “the mental effort needed to think something through.” So by definition, a disciple is someone who never stops learning.
So, open your Bibles and dig! Ask Jesus to show you everything there is to know about Him. Pray daily and often – and believe!
Jesus said to all of his followers, “If you truly desire to be my disciple, you must disown your life completely, embrace my ‘cross’ as your own, and surrender to my ways.“
There’s a thing called “tough love”. As a Christian though, this takes on a whole new meaning. A tough guy isn’t someone who can blacken an eye or bloody a nose; it’s someone who is willing to be nailed to a cross for someone he loves.
Tough love is proactive. It’s not a need-seeking love; it’s a need-meeting love. That’s what it means to carry your cross. That’s what you’re called to.
In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans.
Have you ever been in this position? You’re so hammered by your circumstances that you feel like you’re almost in shock? When it comes to praying you’re at a total loss for words and cannot even mutter a coherent prayer?
In these moments, all you have to do is say, “Lord, I don’t even know what to say right now, but know that I am looking to you for help.”
God knows your heart, and the Holy Spirit is there as our advocate in times like these. God will hear your prayers through the Holy Spirit, He will not forsake you even in seasons where you feel speechless.