TODAY’S PROPHETIC THOUGHT
I am a good Father who loves to dote on His children. Providing all you need is My divine pleasure. How it hurts when you turn away from My hand to do things your own way. My ways are not your ways. They are much higher. Seek My ways.
PUNISHMENT VS. PROVISION
Nobody escapes the wilderness. Not only that, we all go through our own wilderness experiences. Because it is harsh, we think it’s where God sends you when you’re in trouble. It’s not.
When Jesus was baptized by John, He came up out of the water and God pronounced how happy He was with His son. He said, “This is my Son in whom I am well pleased.” Then, the Bible says “immediately, the Spirit led Him into the wilderness.”
The wilderness is a harsh environment that can destroy the unprepared. That’s not you. Because you find the majesty of God in that place, the wilderness is your game changer.
It is so important when you and I have our wilderness experiences – when we’re in the scary places life sends us – that we’re the kind of people who find God’s presence in those ugly environments and come out changed.
Every trip I’ve taken, I’ve asked God to let me come out of there changed and He changes my life every time. I know the Lord meets me in new places. I know He’s waiting for me in ugly, dangerous places. He will get me through it.
When you come out of slavery to sin, death and satan, and learn to live with God, that’s the wilderness. It’s hard because, in the wilderness, you don’t depend on yourself. That would be easy. You learn to depend on God for your provision, identity, your purpose and promise. That’s hard.
Going through a wilderness in your relationships, finances, ministry, parenting or job? Know that God wants dominion over that part of your life. Remember, the wilderness is not about punishment, it’s about provision. His, not yours!
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. – Philippians 4:6
TODAY IS A GOOD DAY TO TRUST GOD WITH THE DIFFICULT PARTS OF YOUR LIFE. LET HIM PROVIDE ANSWERS AND DELIVER YOU. IT’S WHAT HE DOES.
From my sermon series MILK AND HONEY