Why Are You In A Desert?

When you find yourself in a dry and barren place you ask yourself, How did I get here?

There are a couple of answers to that question.  Let's do the first one today.

One Sunday I was speaking, and I used a term from Zig Ziglar to describe what the Israelites problem was.  I said that they suffered from an acute case of stinkin' thinkin'.  One lady in the audience heard that and lost it.  Then says out loud for everyone to hear, "That's what my problem is!"

The actual quote Zig used was "We all need a daily check up from the neck up to avoid stinkin' 'thinkin' which ultimately leads to hardening of the attitudes."

2 Cor 10:5 We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God and take every thought captive to obey Christ,

When Moses arrived in Egypt to free the Hebrews they had been slaves for 430 years.  All they knew was slavery.  After they had been released, all they did was complain.  Why?  All they could do was think like slaves.  Slaves who lived in fear 24/7.

After watching God deliver them through the ten plagues.   Part the Red Sea and destroy the Egyptian army.  After receiving manna every morning from heaven and getting water from a rock.  After seeing God give them His law at Mount Sinai, build a tabernacle which He chose to occupy.  After being led by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night - they didn't get it.  God was going to take care of them - there was nothing to fear.

But they couldn't let go of their stinkin' 'thinkin', and therefore God couldn't lead them into their new land.  They spent 40 years in the desert because of their fear.

If you are too afraid to go where God wants you to go, then the place where you are at will become a desert.  God leads you to places where He has provided for you.

PRAY:  Dear Jesus,  don't let me live in my stinkin' thinkin'.  I need to trust you with my life today.  AMEN