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The Walk of Faith
8/8/2008

The Walk of Faith
    
    Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, What are we to drink? Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. Exodus 15:22-25(NIV)
    
    Three days walking through the desert with no water to drink; people would be getting a little anxious as they were being tested. God had just performed miracles in their life; they knew He was with them, so they should have had as much confidence as any person could possibly have. Finally the message makes its way throughout the millions of Israelites that water has been found and it is straight ahead.
    
    The elation of knowing that their needs would be met once again was quickly dowsed as they found the water to be bitter and undrinkable. Immediately the people began to grumble against Moses, and in reality, they were grumbling against God. Their faith was non-existent and instead of calling upon God, they complained against man.
    
    We can see a pattern developing within these people that continue to this day within the lives of many Christians. We, too, will run into times when it seems that we dont have what we need, and we, too, will have the same test laid before us. What will we do? Lets take a look at what they did and perhaps we can see how this pattern can also prove profound within our lives as well.
    
    There are 5-steps in this pattern.
    1)Abundance. The Israelites had seen one miracle after another as God led them out of bondage, and each time He came through and they had an abundance divine provision.
    
    Can you see the abundance of provision that God has given you throughout your life; things such as health, food, shelter, friends, his love, salvation, and the Holy Spirit?
    
    2)Expectation. The Israelites expected God to provide for them, and for the most part took this for granted. And so when the water was undrinkable, or when things werent going the way that they thought it should, they became dejected.
    
    Do you find that you expect your life to continue on as it is in times of plenty, and thereby take things for granted?
    
    3)Disappointment. The Israelites became disappointed and began to look down instead of look up to God. Their attitude followed in the direction of what they focused on.
    
    Does your countenance change when things arent going the way you would like them to go? Do you look up in faith when facing opposition and continue to smile, or do you just hang your head low?
    
    4)Grumble. The Israelites began to grumble and complain rather than cry out to God through prayer, and place their faith in His provision.
    
    Do you complain to others in your life, or view yourself as a victim instead of seeking God for what you need?
    
    In spite of these actions and their failure to have faith, to hold fast and be patient, to trust in Gods provision; in spite of the fact that they began to attack Gods anointed and complain and murmur, God was faithful and He provided.
    
    5)Provision. God will always provide what we need, as we seek His Kingdom and His righteousness.
    
    So do not worry, saying, What shall we eat? or What shall we drink? or What shall we wear? For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Matthew 6:31-33 (NIV)
    
    Hey Christian, take note, we can either learn from these great history lessons, or we can take the same steps of a anxious, grumbling, faithless, finger-pointing person who has no hope. I choose to look straight ahead, fixing my eyes upon Christ; to believe in Gods great promises and plentiful provisions, and to place my faith in my Heavenly Father for whatever is needed.
    
    STUDY QUESTION: What did the Israelites do when they found the water to be bitter? What did Moses do?
    
    PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you respond in troubled times as the Israelites did, or as Moses did?
    
    APPLICATION: Seek God, His kingdom and His righteousness and the rest of this will be added. In God We Trust&Right?
    
    Father, I trust You for all provision today. I am sorry for the times where I have become nervous and anxious because I stared upon the challenges and gave them more merit than Your great power to provide. I praise You for all provision and acknowledge that everything that I have is from You&In Jesus name, amen&
    
    Be Blessed, Pastor Scott
    
    

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