Hear O Israel: Reflections on the sermon

The Israelites had fire and cloud supernaturally positioned by God to show them where and when to walk.  How many times have you heard it said (or said it yourself), “If Jesus would just come and sit here with me and tell me what to do, it would be so much easier.”  Or, “If only God would show me a sign or something, then I would know what to do.” 

We are called to walk by faith The decision to not follow God, not obey His commands doesn’t happen overnight.  it starts with our needs, our carnal desires, our false sense or need for security in the things that are seen.  Our lack of faith leads us down the slippery slope of a divided heart.  Here is where we find ourselves worshiping the gods of self, money, power, safety and conditional love. 

God calls us to find our sufficiency in the sufficiency of the LORD our God, the One True God of the Israelites and the God of the Bride of Christ. 

Friends, we must be women who walk by faith and take hold of all that God has for you in the promise to prosper us, by giving us a future and hope in a right relationship with Him.  Whatever you are facing today, the LORD has already gone before you.  Whether it’s a job related quandary, a problem in a relationship, choices you must make in parenting, God has gone before you! 

What is it that keeps you wandering in the wilderness?  Ask Him to show you and take courage.

2 Corinthians 5:1-10:

“For we know that if  the tent that is our earthly home is destroyed, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens.  For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked.  For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened—not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life.  He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee.

 So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight.  Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord.  So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him.  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil.

One thought on “Hear O Israel: Reflections on the sermon

  1. What hit home most with me was “What stands between where you are and where God wants you to be is not the distance or the condition of the road, but the condition of your heart.” It’s so easy to think that we have such a long way to go until “x” happens, or that it would be great if we could be in “x” place but it’ll just be so HARD to do what needs to be done to get there. But to think that they were, what did he say? 11 days’ journey from their destination? and it took 40 years to get there–that says a lot. To me, this story goes along with what Paul said in…Corinthians? “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” On our own, we can make an 11-day trip take 40 years; with God taking over, we can do anything. I find that a very hopeful, encouraging thought: Just because something looks terribly hard doesn’t mean we can’t do it or overcome it.

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