It Took a Broken Foot to Run For God

My pastor recently gave a message describing how Jesus is our Good Shepherd. Being different than a hired keeper who might run away in the face of danger, the flock belonged to the shepherd who would stay and defend them. He had a genuine loving concern for what belonged to him. Jesus is that loving protector and caretaker for His flock. Jesus, the good shepherd’s purpose, is to give life and protect from destruction.  And although this next imagery may make those of us animal lovers shudder, it helps to confirm that sometimes love is shown in ways we don’t always like.  A shepherd would often break the leg(s) of his sheep to prevent them from running off into danger.  He would then carry that sheep over his shoulders down the path each day until its injuries healed.  While being held, the sheep grew to love and rely on the shepherd like never before.

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Oddly enough, I believe Jesus did this very thing to me.

Five years.   I had been living in this small town in Western Kentucky for five years and had yet to make any meaningful relationships.  I not only avoided bonding with the people; I also lacked a REAL one on one relationship with God.  I was, what I like to call, a “baby Christian” who had a history of anger and atheism, with little to no guidance and the life choices to prove it.  I had always been very independent and didn’t really care about having friends because I didn’t trust people.

Feeling convicted about not being a part of a church family, my husband and I began visiting some in the area and knew we had been led to the one we now call home.  After just a few weeks of attending, the Lord brought several women into my life that completely changed my heart.  My relationship with them grew stronger and stronger as I began to experience what can come from real love and encouragement.

One Sunday morning, one of those women invited me to a Run for God class. I wish I could illustrate the facial expression I made. You see, my words say one thing, but my face speaks from the heart. I laughed and said, “The only time I run is if something is chasing me.” With persistence from my friend and growing pant size, I conceded.  The way I understood it was that it was basically a couch to 5K training program with a devotional.   Little did I know that God was putting something into motion that would altogether transform my life.

I showed up for class each Saturday morning, bright and early (also outside of my character).  With each devotional and time spent running with God, it finally clicked. I can run because I am doing it for God.  I can make real friends because I am doing it for GodWhat would happen if I did everything in life, FOR GOD?

Ten weeks into the class, we all registered for a 5K in our town that promoted to suicide awareness.  As my first race ever, I had zero expectations for my outcome.  I just wanted to finish.  As they were calling out awards for age groups, they called my name as the third place winner.  It took me by surprise, but it didn’t take long for my pride and competitiveness to kick into overdrive.  I was already plotting the demise of the two women who beat me for first and second place.  Just as the Lord revealed what life could be like when you do it all for Him, He let me know very quickly what can happen when you begin to do it for yourself.

The very next day, I fell down a flight of stairs and broke my foot.  I would not be able to complete the 5K for our Run for God group.  Even though I was discouraged, I continued to go to class.  While others ran, I sat.  I sat and encouraged them as they struggled13237875_10208110454498173_1769253948085201728_n through the long runs. I SAT and read the Word.  I SAT and prayed.  I SAT, growing closer to God every day.

While still in what I called “the dreaded boot,” I sat and cheered as all of my new friends ran past me to complete their race.  My heart was full.   God had set me on a different track.  A race towards Him and onto the path He had planned for me.

We quickly started a second class, and I was asked to help instruct.  Still unable to run, I knew God meant for me to focus on the “God” portion of Run for God. To show others that training to run successfully mirrors training ourselves to walk successfully with Christ.  It takes work, commitment, sacrifice, discipline, and occasionally a boot.

Learning to put God first and dedicate all I do to Him, the ability to stand before a group and teach due to the confidence I gained through the Spirit, the forever friendships that I have made, are just a glimpse into how God transformed me…. all through a broken foot.

John 10:11-18

“I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. 12 The hired hand is not the shepherd and does not own the sheep. So when he sees the wolf coming, he abandons the sheep and runs away. Then the wolf attacks the flock and scatters it. 13 The man runs away because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep.

“I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— 15 just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep. 16 I have other sheep that are not of this sheep pen. I must bring them also. They too will listen to my voice, and there shall be one flock and one shepherd. 17 The reason my Father loves me is that I lay down my life—only to take it up again. 18 No one takes it from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have authority to lay it down and authority to take it up again. This command I received from my Father.”

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A Captive Girl

Today, I want you to know this particular verse has been coming up for the past three weeks. The first time was Priscilla Shrier’s Simulcast. Priscilla gave a great word about being a functioning leper.  The second time came today as I read it again. Today I want to focus on the captive girl.

 

 

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In 2 Kings 5:2 we see a young Israelite girl that was probably taken as a prisoner during one of Naaman’s great victories. Naaman had given this girl to tend to his wife. As we see in verse 3, the young girl is concerned about Naaman’s well-being. Many scholars believe that by her speaking like that to Naaman’s wife they can assume that Naaman and his wife treated the young captive kindly. Still, in verse 3, the young girl introduces the prophet who is in Samaria. This prophet is Elisha he lived in a house in the capital city during this time. Scholars assume the girl knew about Elisha before she ever was taken captive. Even though no leper in Israel had ever been healed of leprosy during Elisha’s time. That is in Luke 4:27 only Naaman is mentioned as being cleansed.

What I really want to point out here and what is in my heart today is some of us think that we have been held in captivity as punishment. That is simply not true Romans 5 tells us that God loved us just as much when we were in pure darkness and sin as He loves us when we are redeemed by Jesus. Even in our captivity we were planted and placed so that we may one day understand that our captivity/bondages were strategically arranged by the enemy of our souls. Those broken hearted places and those moments of breaking are not what God intended for us, but they are a result of evil and sin. Aimed to harm you, they were designed to even possibly in some situations kill you. (Gen. 50:20) See, what the enemy devised and schemed to bring you low, to break you, to kill you. Is now the very thing that God will use to develop your character through trials and tribulation, change the way you think by the Word of God, and finally trusting Him through it all. Not once did He say this is gonna be a piece of cake or that we would never experience pain, but what He did promise is Jesus. Jesus would usher in the grace of God by His life, His death, and His resurrection. Jesus is grace. That is the good news! That is the freedom of the brethren. Jesus is what sustains, reveals, restores, saves, free’s. By Christ alone are we restored.

Your captivity is being flipped for good just like the young captive girl in 2 Kings 5. I am sure she missed her Mother and Father. She might have even had longings to be returned back to Israel. She might have wondered why she had been planted in a gentile home as a slave to a mighty warrior’s wife. She could have refused to accept that she was a captive. She could have just done her work and remain silent, bitter, isolated from all that she loved and longed for. She didn’t she chose even in the worst of circumstances to serve her master’s wife and later would be used to introduce healing for a gentile commander of a nation that captured her and enslaved her. I see Jesus in that young captive girl. I see the love of God through this story. I see a girl who had no clue, but because she knew about God decided to share Him with someone, and because she shared Him, Naaman was indeed healed by God.

We have to share Jesus right where we are planted even when our hearts are broken. Reminds me of my favorite verse and every time I hear it tears well up in my eyes.  When Jesus was at the well with the Samaritan woman. John 4:29  ” Come, see a Man who told me all things that I ever did. Could this be the Christ?

From one captive girl to another can I ask you this one question?

 

Will you come meet a Man, not just any Man? A Man who knows everything that we have done and still loves us with an everlasting love?

Come and see with me this Man named Jesus. He is the Messiah, fully flesh and fully God. He is the expressed human image of God. If you have not met Him, will you today? I will tell you how He has changed this young captive girls life. I am proof of His grace and mercy every day. I refuse circumstances stop me from telling everyone I can “Come, and see how Jesus has indeed freed me (a young captive girl). Jesus is the only way to freedom, girls, it’s all or nothing with Jesus. If we give Him all of us, we allow Jesus access to every part of us. He will captivate us.

 

The Best Rest

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This lesson is really for all of us so men that read this, please replace woman with a man lol! But I do really want to share this with the ladies. This is something we all are battle-axing, and sometimes we end up chopping up our own hearts. I learned this in my Esther Bible study by Beth Moore, and I just think that I needed to be reminded of this so badly today! I want to share it only because I know how it has begun healing this girls heart and mind. Believe me, I sometimes wonder if I work God overtime with all the mess and the messed up girl I can be and; that I am. If we had a weight limit on baggage, I would be tipping the scales, just like all of you. We all walk different journeys and paths. Some of us are single moms, married that can be happy or unhappy both are hard work and exhausting. Some of us are mom’s of one child, some of us are a mom’s to many children both are a struggle both are exhausting, and some of us are a mom to none, and our soul is aching! Some, of us, have lots of friends some of us have only a few both are work and sometimes exhausting. Some of us have been what the world says is beautiful, and some of us are rejected because we are not considered from the world’s perspective as such, This is incredibly exhausting and hard to handle!! These are a few things that maybe we are, or maybe we are not in the view of the world and really all boils down to inadequacy! Do we ever as women struggle and drive ourselves crazy but also we turn our poor husbands and men in general bananas! We are screaming at them all the time ARE WE STILL GOOD ENOUGH! Seeking their approval on everything!! HMMMM sound familiar well it does to me and, guess where it leads to an emotional meltdown of the nuclear kind, you know the UGLY cry, The PITY TRAIN (toot, toot) all aboard the Pity train it never stops it just keeps circling at record speed hoping to derail and crash and burn! LOL, you know what I am talking about!! Okay well in my bible study she hit the nail on the head, and it was hard to hear! But anyone who loves Bible study knows that God will show us things about ourselves not to hurt us but to help us even when they are hard to see and hear! So here it comes!! I am praying that I say this to the Glory of God and to share what is currently helping and healing what the world has broken in my life. There are two verse’s I want to start off with one is going to explain I believe why we crave our man’s approval; so much we forget that our first love is Jesus! (Ouchie) For me this happened yesterday I was playing with fire and guess what I got burned and it left a mark, but Jesus was right there to put me right back on track! Thank you, Jesus! I will say this in all my messiness I can’t ever overwhelm God, but I can surely overwhelm my husband with all my emotions! So he pulled me, and I am thankful I ran into His arms for comfort but most of all to cast my anxieties on Him! Praise you, Father!

Genesis 3:16
To the woman He said:
” I will greatly multiply your sorrow and your conception; In pain, you shall bring forth children; Your desire shall be for your husband, And he shall rule over you.”

Okay so in this verse we see that this is the downfall of man and woman and this is God giving punishment for disobedience. Women read this verse God is directly telling us what our hang-ups (sin nature curse) our human desires and bondages!! Wow!!! But through the Blood of Jesus and through Salvation we can overcome this!!! Look below at the verse in Deut. 23 He will turn our curse into a blessing why because He loves us!!! Praise God!! Amen!!

In Deut. 23:5
Nevertheless, The Lord your God would not listen to Balaam, but the Lord your God turned the curse into a blessing for you, because the Lord your God loves you.

 

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So, the point I am trying to make is when we go running to our husbands/children/friends to make us secure in so many ways ( I won’t even try to name them, the list is so long) We are falling into Genesis 3:16 as a curse!! But we know how God loves us, and He through Jesus has now turned our bondage from approval of man into a blessing by giving us Jesus our Savior. Our first love, our comforter, our Redeemer, our deliverer, our stronghold; our rock, our fortress and hiding place, our encourager, our creator, our faithfulness, our joy, our happiness, our strength, our foundation, our blessing, our grace, our forgiveness, our hearts, our song’s, our provision, our provider, our dependency, our need, our want, our love, our treasure, our faith, our hope, our security, our confidence! I could be here all day listing things He is but most of all He is our everything girls!! Jesus is our all and all the first not the last He is more than a man, stop selling yourself short and realize no husband, no child, no friend, no anything can love and encourage you like Christ!! So we are not doomed to be cursed to just desire our husbands for everything, we have been blessed through the salvation of Jesus Christ and the blood He shed to set us free in bondage to walk in the freedom of letting Christ be our all and all our everything! Our First Love never stops running to Him, He can handle you! You can never overwhelm Him, He never comes Undone! I hope and pray that you find rest in that like I did last night! I love women because I am one. I don’t always understand our sex.But, I know that without you; and I this world would be lacking, and just like God created man he also created woman we complement/help each other. We are not a replacement designed to fill the void for one another in needing our creator. We should stop trying to push our insecurities on someone that was never meant to fulfill them instead we should be running to the creator to hear what He says about us! You were made purposefully and wonderfully, and no one loves you more that Jesus Christ! So today I am going to work on reining in my emotions and not dumping on my husband or friends or children but instead dumping (casting) it all at the feet of Jesus! Amen! We are all work in progress He is dealing with us all according to His will! I hope all my beautiful woman friends that read this feel and receive how valued you are in Your Father’s eyes! You are His warrior princess, He is wild for YOU! He holds each one of His son’s and daughters in His palms!! I know that I am not the only female that is struggling with this; I know our human nature which is mostly about the focus on ourselves.  I am praying for you today because, I personally know the pain/struggle of it even if our circumstances don’t match up, know that I am praying for you and love you dearly! God has us, like Psalm 62:5 states FIND REST MY SOUL, FIND REST! Psalm 46:10 Be still and know that I am God! Remembering in your stillness that God is fighting for You to win this battle over your flesh!! We can do this through Jesus!! Amen!

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You can have peace

 

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I have found the one thing that drives me is the one thing that God refines me through. He has to sift through our imperfect love for Him to remold it into the perfect love He has for us. To bring us deeper into our calling or as I like to say our destiny (pre-determined, pre-ordained) by God alone.
Nothing can or will stop God’s plan for you except disobedience and unwillingness. So, if He planted it in your heart and gave you a vision for it; then He will be faithful to complete the good work that He has started in you. Keep your chin up! He is God! Choose to love Him and Him alone with your whole heart, soul, mind; determine your thoughts upon Him and the dream that He has planted. This page is just one part of that dream and longing that God planted in me.
Lord, I steady myself and find who I am in your presence. Nothing that you decree can or will be stopped. Psalm 62 says Find rest my soul, Find rest and, put your hope and trust in God. My help comes from you Lord! Empower and enable me to stay in your perfect will and align me with your perfect Word.

Lord, steady my heart and keep my focus on you. Lord, I will acknowledge you in all my ways, and you will direct me in your perfect ways. Lord, I trust you, and I want all of you, and I want to know your character more.
Lord, I want to be more active in sharing the gospel of Jesus Christ to a hurting world. Lord, I am asking that you would increase my wisdom, knowledge, and clarity of my mind. Lord, I thank you for the harvest for the crop belongs to you. I thank you for your favor and all the increase that you have blessed me with. Lord, let my thoughts be held captive by Jesus Christ. Thank you, Lord, for your plan for my life. Thank you for the goodness that we have through Jesus Christ. Thank you, Father, for being the Alpha and Omega. I ask all these things In Jesus Christ Mighty name Amen!

Today will you focus your mind upon Him and meditate on these two promises?
“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and hope.”
Jeremiah 29:11 ESV

Understand that He has only a good plan for you, He does not intend evil or put wrong or dangerous upon you but, He gave you life, future, and hope.
Realize that the destiny that God planned specifically for us is trying to be counteracted by our enemy. So by listening to and being active in the call of God upon our lives, we will encounter trouble by letting our hearts take courage for Jesus has come, died, and is risen from the dead and is seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven!

Here is the second scripture:

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world, you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.””
John 16:33 ESV

Let’s have peace in Him today, Let’s realize no matter what is coming against us it has no authority, and through Jesus and prayer, we can overcome all things through Jesus Christ! Praying for you all today to rest in Him and know that we all have a purpose, hope, and future

The Way, The Truth, and the Light of this World

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This verse was really on my mind this morning!! So much I needed to re-read it! I knew that there was a treasure there that I needed to find! So, this is what I found! I pray, it blesses you as much as it blessed me. Gave me an entirely new perspective on one of the most quoted verses in Christianity!

John 3:16-21 HSCB

For God so loved the world in this way: He gave His One and Only Son so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 Anyone who believes in Him is not condemned, but anyone who does not believe is already condemned because he has not believed in the name of the One and Only Son of God. 19 “This, then, is the judgment: The light has come into the world, and people loved darkness rather than light because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone who practices wicked things hates the light and avoids it, so that his deeds may not be exposed. 21 But anyone who lives by the truth comes to light, so that his works may be shown to be accomplished by God.”

What a beautiful love and promise we have in believing upon the name of Jesus Christ. I would like to start off by stating that in this verse we do see the genuine love of our God! God’s motivation for people is love. God’s love is not limited to a few or one group of individuals, but His gift is for the whole world. I would like to go over verse 16. We all know so very well. I was focused on another translation that used sent instead of gave and I just was not satisfied with the word sent. We are aware it was more than sent! So, I concentrated on another version. I came upon gave so, I looked up gave in the Greek Lexical Aid also in the Strong’s Concordance, and this is what I found reference number #1325 in Strong’s edoken (he gave) which led me to dídōmi the transliteration of edoken. The Definition which I read several times because a lot of words stood out to me. Here is the Strong’s Definition dídōmi

A prolonged form of a primary verb (which is used as an alternate in most of the tenses); to give (used in a very wide application, properly or by implication, literally or figuratively; greatly modified by the connection): – adventure, bestow, bring forth, commit, deliver (up), give, grant, hinder, make, minister, number, offer, have power, put, receive, set, shew, smite (+ with the hand), strike (+ with the palm of the hand), suffer, take, utter, yield.

So in Strong’s it also gives you equivalent Hebrew words and there were a lot, but I just read yârad

Strong’s Definition of yârad

A primitive root; to descend (literally to go downwards; or conventionally to a lower region, as the shore, a boundary, the enemy, etc.; or figuratively to fall); causatively to bring down (in all the above applications): – X abundantly, bring down, carry down, cast down, (cause to) come (-ing) down, fall (down), get down, go (-ing) down (-ward), hang down, X indeed, let down, light (down), put down (off), (cause to, let) run down, sink, subdue, take down

I also want to share with you the Brown-Drivers-Brigg’s Definition
to go down, descend, decline, march down, sink down

(Qal)
to go or come down
to sink
to be prostrated
to come down (to revelation)
(Hiphil)
to bring down
to send down
to take down
to lay prostrate
to let down
(Hophal)
to be brought down
to be taken down

Amazing! When you think about what God did to save us; I heard a story on the radio yesterday it was a talk show about witnessing might have even been a podcast I turned on. The man that was speaking was giving a testimony about being a young Christian. Not knowing every scripture God still enabling him through the Holy Spirit.

So the story goes there was a store that he went to every day. The clerk and this man started talking to one another. One thing leads to another, and he decided to start witnessing to the clerk. The clerk responded:

“I mean if I knew I was going to be resurrected in three days, I would willingly die! I mean how is that doing anything for us!”

The young Christian man was perplexed and bothered by the clerk’s response. He hung his head and left the store puzzled at where he went wrong. The next day the young Christian went back to the store as usual and noticed a sign in the window saying: LIVE BAIT SOLD INSIDE!

The young Christian walked in and approached the clerk again started a conversation and asked to buy some live bait. The clerk walked over to the live bait picked up a tub of earthworms. The young Christian man opened the lid and looked at the worms and said to the clerk:

“You see these worms?” “What if these worms were diseased and dying? Would you become a worm and crawl around with them? What if your coming would save them from illness and death?”

The clerk responded:

“NOOO, Why would I ever want to be a worm! There a dime a dozen; just throw them out and replace them!”

The young Christian replied:

” Well that is what Christ did when He descended from heaven to dwell with us in complete human flesh upon earth; Jesus willingly died upon the cross and in doing so took upon all  disease, curses, condemnation (sin) and defeated it for you and I. Making a way to heaven for every person who will believe.Not only that ,but also that Jesus came so that nothing could ever come and infect us again once we believe through Jesus’ Spirit. Which is the Holy Spirit of God and the only way the Holy Spirit could come is if Jesus arose and ascended in heaven seated at the right hand side of the Father! “

The clerk gazed at the young man leaving him speechless. Think about it for a moment would you be willing to do that?

No matter who or what you are; in the eyes of God. You are the reason He was given you are priceless. That you would never have to endure the punishment of hell which is eternal separation from The Creator. God did not create Hell to send you there; He created Hell for Satan and his evil angels that followed Satan in rebellion against God. Hell was never meant for you or me!  It was set up for Satan’s rebellion. God had to protect us against the evil one. God’s plan of redemption was always through the blood of Jesus Christ; His one and only son. Jesus is the only way to be restored in fact; it is a choice we make to believe or not to believe. I pray that you believe, because even if you don’t know that Jesus is fighting for your attention and will continually pursue you! Read the verses I placed up top the entirety of John 3:16-21 it is truly a treasure in the Holy Bible! Cry out to Jesus. He will come running with arms opened wide! He loves you beyond measure! If you have read this and wanted to know  Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, it is simple all you have to do is say….

 

” Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God, fully God and fully man at the same time. I believe you took on the sin of the world and my sin to have me. I am a sinner Lord, and I need your given sacrifice Jesus Christ to forgive my sin and to turn me away from my rebellion against God; I believe on the third day you arose from the grave declaring victory! I give you my life and heart always. I ask that you would come and live within me, Lord. In Jesus mighty name Amen!”

 

If you said a prayer like that would you let me or someone know, the Bible says that the angels of God are rejoicing as a soul submits to the Holy Spirit pursuit of salvation

Luke 15:10 10In the same way, I tell you, there is joy in the presence of God’s angels over one sinner who repents.”

I pray if you did say that prayer that you would find a local church that believes in the Bible. I pray that Jesus would guide and lead you right where you need to be. I also would love to send you a Bible! It would be my honor to serve you and pray with and for you! Also if you are a believer in Christ and you feel led to share this with someone that may not know Christ, I would be grateful and thankful that you are helping spread the love and grace of Jesus Christ.

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All God’s children wander in the wilderness but, we do not have to stay in the land of Egypt; we can choose the promised land.

~Kimberly Ferren

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Beware of Egypt, and how it seems like a good place to stay! It is a place that visually looks secure and gives false hope and promise. But when you look deeper it is just a rotting carcass that is wasting away because it is the world and not God!

Everything in Hebrew has meaning some words have several meanings.  It is exciting studying and learning the culture and language! As a Christian with no Jewish bloodlines but also knowing that I have been grafted (hybrid vine) into the line by my Savior Yeshua (Jesus)( The original vine). Which as the Apostle Paul says came to save the Jew first but out of their rebellion came forth the sovereign plan of redemption for the whole world (all nations, Gentiles) which was declared through Genesis and displaying all the way through Revelation! Praise God!

So what I want to share a lesson I learned yesterday.

In Hebrew, the name for used for Egypt is Mitzrayim which means Narrow Straits/ Confined.

You know, I could not help but reflect on the book of Exodus when I hear the word Egypt. I know that God has a lot of meaning in His Word

Egypt is a physical place and a symbolic place that can describe all of us, and when we all were out of fellowship with God. Also, believing it is not only a physical place but, a description of moving and receiving a covenant with God. Just as the Israelite’s did by choosing to follow God by way of Moses out of Egypt; or to remain in a place, person, thing that is seductively leading and giving false hope and trust. Which we will stay in slavery and bondage to sin, and defeat and destruction. So let us be diligent not to remain in any sort of Egypt.

Remember when God was going to deliver the people of God out of slavery and into the promised land. Only 20% of them made it, and 80% wanted to return to Egypt and did return to Egypt. They became afraid to go into the promise land and did not trust the security of God. A fear which led to sin blinded them from the goodness of God. Let’s not forget that Moses was not even allowed in the promise land due to his disobedience by striking the rock again. Moses allowed the people to frustrate and anger him to do something against God! There is a valuable lesson for our leaders today inside the Church. I pray that we are obedient to God, so we are allowed to go forth into our promised land. That we do not permit people to frustrate us to the point, we feel like we have to prove God’s existence to them by going against our Gods instruction.

The Israelites honestly could not understand God’s deliverance/promise and they became rebellious and hard-hearted and decided that they would return to resemble a nation and a leader and a worldly comfort instead of choosing to follow God, and to obey because it is not instant and always is incredibly challenging and stressed. God is building your faith and trust. Is anything impossible for El Shaddai?

In Exodus 13:17-18 we see how the children of Israel left Egypt which God could have led them to the straight to the Philistines but, chose not too because He knew they would return right back around if they met war immediately! God knows what is best for our human limits and is merciful so that we can faithfully escape our Egypt, and God will lead us to the Promised Land only if we allow Him and trust Him no matter what. We know how this end’s written in scripture. We are aware through the whole wilderness the Israelites complain, become rebellious, ungrateful, and they try to take control over and over again. We know right before they come into the promise land there were large or giant men in that nation. God ordered for the Israelites to go into the land, but many were too afraid and simply did not believe God and turned back.

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What is your Egypt? Your Egypt is a prison that restrains you from God! It takes you to make the first bold leap of faith! Not everyone can do this. Look at the numbers as evidence, but for the Israelite’s that did follow they received the view of the plan of redemption! God gives us commands and rules to bless us not as punishment.

If we choose not to follow He does not punish us but does allow our environment and our decisions to take hold of us because our flesh is unable to make anything right so, you see the dilemma if we choose not to follow God! He simply takes His hand off, so that we have to endure our consequences of our knowledge and wisdom.

The Hebrew word for Boat is AYNA which means a ship and boat and in Hebrew root word is YNA, and that means me and I.

This ship lets say is us since it does mean I or me. Typically this is a journey personal/ transitional Good or Bad either way! We refer to this as a Turning Point, or we say that a person is finding themselves. Egypt is often referred to as a journey of self into enslavement. Do not be a victim of false promises and seductive trust from man, things or governments. Bondage/Slavery/Entrapment resembles Egypt, and the only thing that is in waiting for us in Egypt is condemnation and frustration and being enslaved.

“Don’t let your boat, float you back to Egypt. Row it towards the promise land.”

Kimberly Ferren

Trust God and God alone to be the deliverer, to save, to be truthful, to provide and comfort. He cannot fail or deceive. We have a wonderful Father! Let’s take his promptings and wake up before it is too late, and we are already sailing toward that doomed nation of slavery and lies in my opinion.

We as the church have stopped rowing, and started floating. We know we are headed towards Egypt. Sadly, only a few are rowing and, we are running this boat in circles getting nowhere except further down the river towards Egypt which is slavery.

Kimberly Ferren

I speak this to you today whatever your Egypt is or might be I ask in my Saviors name Jesus Christ that He would awake Your spirit and reveal to you His plan of salvation and deliverance! In Jesus Mighty and Saving name Amen! Even so Lord, Even so