Put Your Life in Order with God’s Word 5

He made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the children of Israel. Ps 103:7

Bible Reading: Ex 15:22-27; Phil 4:6

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When the people mounted pressure by complaining, Moses cried to the Lord. 

To cry means to call out in distress or in need of help. This certainly is a better option that complaining. You have the invite to call upon the Lord. Ps 50:15; Jer 33:3; When you cry unto the Lord, He hears, Ps 3:4; 22:5; 30:2; 99:6; 91:15. The word cry is used for the expression of prayer, Ps 88:13; 107:6,13,19; Phil 4:6.
It is good to cry to the Lord because He is our refuge and our portion in the land of the living. When you think there is nothing, remember that you have the Lord.

When Moses called out, the Lord answered. The Lord responded, not with a performance, but with a direction, an instruction, a revelation of a way out of the distress. The wisdom of God looks very stupid to an average person, whereas the effect it produces is unimaginable. 1Cor 1:18; 2Ki 2:21; 4:41

Moses saw the tree, and cast it into the waters and they were made sweet.
Learn to pray in terms of what to do than for what God should do because the solution is always there before the problem is discovered. 

This should encourage your heart to seek the ways of God than His acts.

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Put Your Life in Order with God’s Word 4

When you are confronted by the pressures of life, let your eyes be in Jesus and the things of this world will grow light and dim in the light of His glory and grace. You do not have to be anxious when confronted by life’s situation.

Bible Reading: Ex 15:22-27; Phil 4:6

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You don’t have to be anxious, neither do you have to complain. The failure of the children of Israel when confronted by the need of water was expressed in their anxiety and complaints against Moses.

They were anxious, whereas it was unnecessary. Anxiety only takes place when attention is more on things than on God. To be anxious means to be troubled with cares; to look out for things or to seek to promote one’s interests. Devotion must be to God and not to self or to to things, Matt 6:25-34; and devotion to God cannot only be when things are okay.

If you do not learn to put your trust in God through prayer, supplication and thanksgiving, anxiety will come and it will lead to complaints.

The children of Israel complained against Moses; whereas as their leader he was not their God. In Hebrew language, to complain means to stop overnight or to stay permanently. Their complaint indicates that they were no longer progressing with God. The negative sense of these meanings is seen when you relate them with the idea of being obstinate. Their complaint was a reaction and an affront against God. Someone has rightly said, “The wise responds, the otherwise reacts”.
Their complaint was a simple “What shall we drink?”. Nothing ordinarily was wrong with the statement except for the fact that it was a complaint. Would it not have been better as a prayer unto God?

When you are confronted by the pressures of life, let your eyes be in Jesus and the things of this world will grow light and dim in the light of His glory and grace. You do not have to be anxious when confronted by life’s situation.

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Put Your Life in Order with God’s Word 3

God’s grace works with God’s word to help put your life in order so as not to fail when life’s tests come.

Bible Reading: Ex 15:22-27

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The children of Israel were at this point tested with lack of water and lack of good water

They lacked water. “And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water.” They were subjected to dehydration, tension, anxiety and nervousness. They were quiet but tensed. May be tomorrow morning, some thought at the close of the first day. Imagine how tensed, anxious and nervous they must have become by the third day

The also lacked good water. Imagine the disappointment on the third day. “Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter.” Imagine the excitement at the sight of water, but then it was bad water. The water was bad because it was of a low quality and standard; bad because it was bitter and bad because it was not fit for consumption.

What happens to you when you look for what you need and cannot find it?

How does it feel and what would you do when you think you’ve got the needed solution and it turns out it isn’t one?

The Israelites in their situation complained.

They failed in their situation simply because they refused to abide with the word that God has spoken to them. God’s grace works with God’s word to help put your life in order so as not to fail when life’s tests come.

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Put Your Life in Order With God’s Word 2

God will not tempt you with evil or make solicitations for you to do evil. He will test you to prove you before you will move to the next level in the rungs of life’s ladder

Bible Reading: Ex 15:22-27; 1 Cor 10:1-3

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God do test His people.

The word test means to prove. Trials put faith to proof. The integrity of faith is unknown until proven.

The test could be an outright arrangement of the Lord just like when He tested Abraham, Gen 22:2. The test could also be a divine utilisation of existing situation to test his people. Jam 1:3; 1Pe 1:6-7

Realise that though you have them coming from the same situation, test is distinguished from temptation.

Test is for proving you so as to move you forward while temptation is for pulling you down so as to mess your journey; test is from God while temptation is from the devil, Jam 1:13

God will not tempt you with evil or make solicitations for you to do evil. He will test you to prove you before you will move to the next level in the rungs of life’s ladder. His plan is for you to pass.

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Put Your Life in Order With God’s Word

… “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” Ex 15:26

Bible Reading: Ex 15:22-27; 1 Cor 10:1-3

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Going the wilderness way is like going from trouble to trouble, whereas that is where there is need for one grace after the other, Jn 1:17. Imagine just coming through both the victory over the Red Sea and the burial of the Egyptians in it; Israel can only be confident and excited. While they were contemplating on the victory just won and enjoying some respite; praising and worshipping God for the miracles, another challenge popped up.

God will optimise situations to test or prove you in your journey. In the tests, God is not expecting you to react frivolously. A way out of frivolous reactions is to know that every word from God is to put your life in order. In as much as you adhere to His word you will enjoy his blessings instead of failing His tests.

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Not Your Burial, It’s Your Baptism 7

No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Cor 10:13

Bible Reading: Exo 14:15-23
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There in nothing coming your way that will be too much for you. The word of God says that. You may think it is too much for you but the word calls it common. It may not be exactly the same as your challenge, but the affliction of the same intensity and purpose is happening to your brethren all over the world.

The challenge that may be beyond you are the ones that will never be in your path; the Lord will lead you around them; they will not be in your direct path to the future. Every other ones that you face are those which you must conquer or bear as you stand strong in the grace of God which is within you.

No weight-lifting athlete ever receives the applause or the medal until he has been able to lift up and stand strong under the weight. To accomplish this you must be decisive about conquering or finishing your race, Heb 12:1-2. You can do that by flinging off you every superfluous and extra weight or luggage that you don’t need for the journey and every sin that easily distracts or that troubles persistently. These are speed killers and race destroyers. God will not deal with these for you; you will, however not by might nor by power but as you stand strong in His grace.

The example of Christ is there for everyone that we must look away from these light afflictions and allow them to work within us a far more eternal weight of glory.

A man only gets crowned after he must have conquered.

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Not Your Burial, It’s Your Baptism 6

But I have a baptism to be baptized with, and how distressed I am till it is accomplished! Luke 12:50.

Bible Reading: Exo 14:15-23

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Whatever the baptism is that you have to go through, it brings pressures and turmoil until it is over.

This is the picture painted by the Lord in Luk 12:50. He felt the weight of it but He could bear it. It was crushing on Him but He could look beyond it to the finishing point. The fact is that the distressing baptism is not only a passage, but also a process that shall come to pass.

In spite of the overwhelming pressures that tribulation bring, we can testify line Paul that: “We are hard-pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed— always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.” 2 Cor 4:8-10.

How do you feel today in your own situations? It definitely will feel, whatever it is, the way it was with Christ who suffered for us.

“For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps:” 1 Pet 2:21.

The distressing baptism you might be going through shall be accomplished, finished or completed. It will not swallow you; you will go through it and come out victorious.

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Not Your Burial, It’s Your Baptism 5

… So Jesus said to them, “You will indeed drink the cup that I drink, and with the baptism I am baptized with you will be baptized; Mark 10:39

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Bible Reading: Exo 14:15-23

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That baptism is applicable to sufferings and life challenges was demonstrated by the Lord in Mar 10:38-39. The sons of Zebedee had approached him to request for special privileges or positions to be reserved for them in His coming glory or Kingdom.

He opined that they did not know what they asked for, the reason being that for every glory there are prices to be paid or responsibilities to be fulfilled. These disciples did not know that, hence their request.

Jesus asked them if they were able to drink the cup which he drink and be baptised with the baptism that He was baptised with. The cup and the baptism were used in the context to refer to the passion or sufferings that Jesus would go through.

The brothers responded that they were able. They were willing to go through anything to accomplish the desire of being at his sides in the kingdom.

Jesus told them that they will indeed be baptised with the baptism; they will indeed be submerged and immersed into calamities and affliction that will be overwhelming.

To be part of the coming kingdom, you will go through many tribulations. We can only reign with Him after we have successfully gone through sufferings for His sake.

It may be avoidable either by turning back or by using alternative options, if there is.

Everyone that will live a life that agrees with God will be baptised through trying times, 2 Tim 3:12.

The trying times are only passages into the joy ahead.

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Not Your Burial, It’s Your Baptism 4

“You will go through it and come out, no matter how overwhelming it might be”

Bible Reading: Exo 14:15-23

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The word baptism literally means to be immersed or submerged as under water. It is also figuratively used to describe the process of being immersed and submerged into calamities and affliction which overwhelms.

It is used in the Bible for the water baptism that new converts experience after they must have turned to the Lord in faith and away from their past lives. It is being immersed for a change or a new status. Being dipped into the water during baptism is more than a swim, it is an experience you come out of to signify a new status.

In 1 cor 10:1-2, the word is used to described the children of Israel in respect of the Red Sea, the cloud and Moses.

They were baptised in the wilderness into Moses through the Red Sea because he was the leader of the people then, just as christ is our leader spiritually in the New Testament, Acts 19:3.

They were also baptised into the cloud because it was an experience they were immersed or submerged into as part of the process of training for the needed change on the way to Canaan. The cloud was the evidence of the glory (shekinah) in the wilderness. It wasn’t the usual cloud, yet it was a visible phenomenon that served for a spiritual covering and guidance for the people.

The experience at the Red Sea particularly was a tribulation, a trying one for the people. They thought it will be their cemetery, but God saw it as their baptism.

Whatever you are going through today will not constitute your burial; it will serve as your baptism.

You will go through it and come out, no matter how overwhelming it might be; even if it is the valley of shadow of death, you need to fear no evil; it will serve to encourage your trust in God, who is with you, as you journey through your wilderness.

Shalom!

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Not Your Burial, It’s Your Baptism 3

Every time you think about now, please think about it in respect of the future. You write you history with every word spoken and every action taken.

Bible Reading: Exo 14:15-23

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When the children of Israel saw the Red Sea, they thought that it will be their cemetery. They regretted ever coming out of Egypt. They feared that they will have no headstone.

Headstone was important to them. Headstone is a memorabilia that the coming generation will see to know that certain persons were here. An average person wants to be remembered, but not many think of what will be on their tombstone.

Whether there is an epitaph on it or not, the tombstone will always reenact your epitaph. It will be obvious if not to all, definitely to some of what you did with your life. Don’t think that nothing bad will be said of you because you have departed, if not all, definitely some will discuss the good or the evil you did with your life whether you like it or not.

What will your headstone read? Everyone must think about this.

Every time you think about now, please think about it in respect of the future. You write your history with every word spoken and every action taken.

What will you be remembered for and what will your report be on that day when you appear before the Lord.

Shalom!

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