Surviving the Desert LIfe

Have you ever been stopped in your tracks, stunned by a situation that totally rocked your world? Maybe your spouse said, “I’m done” or maybe bankruptcy is on the horizon staring you in the face. Maybe your health is declining or you are facing a serious physical condition.

The truth is, life isn’t fair many times. We all face pain, struggles, frustration and disappointment. I know I have in my life…I know the desert very well. I know what it is like to be in that hot, dry, miserable, lonely place called the desert.

If you read the Bible it is full of people who were desert dwellers. Moses, Joshua, the children of Israel, David and Jesus (just to name a few)! Jesus was in the desert forty days being tempted by the devil. So if you find yourself in the desert slugging it out with the devil, then you are in good company.

A great deal of temptation comes when you are in the desert so be cautious. You think unthinkable thoughts when you are in the desert…”I am done; I want out of my marriage; I am just going to run and escape from all of this.” At that point, drugs, alcohol, pills, etc… become your companion in the desert.

The desert can become a maternity ward for maturity, growth and a supernatural encounter with God or a maternity ward for addictions, pornography and low life living.

Don’t run to short term solutions to solve your long term problems. You may be a desert dweller today but hang on…your time in the desert will come to an end. It did for Moses and the children of Israel in Exodus, chapter 15.

In this Incredible passage we see God revealing Himself as Jehovah Rapha, the God who heals. After a tough time in the desert God provided an oasis and healing.

This Sunday night, I will be preaching about this very topic at Macedonia Baptist Church, the first church I ever pastored in Dalton, Ga. I am praying that it will be a sweet time of healing.

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