It's All Grace

Amazing things can happen when you allow the Lord to work in your life.

Recognizing Giants

Can you recognize the giant of “selective memory”?  Even the children of Israel could remember “how it was” in Egypt, but could NOT remember the miracles God did for them “DAILY”!

How about the giant of “perception”?  Israel took 40 years to travel what could have taken them 11 days had their perspective been different.  40 years in the dessert was a result of what they perceived!

Can you recognize the giant of “murmuring” in your life?  Israel murmured and complained about everything – what God DID do as well as what God DIDN’T do!  This kept them from truly seeing the goodness of the Lord.

Can you recognize the giant of “depression, discouragement & despair” in your life?  Do you have a “woe is me” attitude or outlook on all that occurs in your life?  Do you view your glass as 1/2 empty opposed to 1/2 full?  We all get down and discouraged at times, but we must choose NOT TO STAY THERE.  Anything that hinders you from being close to the Lord, is a GIANT!

If you are NOT able to recognize your giants, you will never be able to put them to death.

 

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Face – To – Face

Exodus 33:11 is a picture of intimacy.  When something comes between two friends, it is awkward to be face-to-face.

A wife can describe a disagreement she has with her husband that results in laying down at night turning her face to the wall and her back towards her husband.  It doesn’t take a therapist to know there’s a problem in that relationship.  The intimacy has been broken.

You may have seen the same principle at work in children.  When your child does something wrong.  Where is the last place in the world he wants to look?  IN YOUR EYES.  Holding his little face in your hands, you say sternly, “Look in Mommy’s eyes!”  But he avoids looking in your face.  Why?  Because something has come between the two of you, and the fellowship has been broken.

If you have walked with God for any length of time, you know what it is to have a breach in the relationship — to find it difficult to look HIM “in the eyes”.  Get back into HIS presence, to find out what has caused the breach, and to reestablish fellowship.  Then you can once again look into HIS face without shame or fear.

Moses was a man who yearned for a deeper, more intimate fellowship with God.  In one of his intimate conversations with God, Moses pled, “If You are pleased with me, teach me your ways so I may know You.”  Exodus 33:13  Moses didn’t just want to know more ABOUT God.  He wanted to KNOW God.

Do you find yourself in any of these places?  Find your way back to intimacy with God.

 

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God Will Not Drag You

God is not trying to drag you into a “run” . . . He is teaching you to walk with HIM. He didn’t drag the Israelites kicking and screaming. He told them to “move their feet”, teaching them to “walk WITH Him”. He will do the same for you, if you will allow HIM. Exodus 14:13-15

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