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Friday, February 21, 2014 at 11:23am
  Victory in the Wilderness Pt. 2

Exodus 40:37-38
37But if the cloud was not taken up, then they did not journey till the day that it was taken up. 38For the cloud of the Lord was above the tabernacle by day, and fire was over it by night, in the sight of all the house of Israel, throughout all their journeys.

Derek Dunn Blog: Victory in the Wilderness Pt.2

VICTORY IN THE WILDERNESS Pt. 2

As we progress in the purpose of God for our lives, for our Churches, for our Nations, the journey brings us through the wilderness on the way to our promised land. The wilderness can be a difficult place. As the Children of Israel journeyed towards their destiny in the promised land, they too went through wilderness; the time of testing and trials. It is important for us to know how to get through this season and not get stuck there for 40 years like they did. We need to know how to respond correctly during this season.

While in the wilderness, the children of Israel had some real trouble in the area of worship. Even while Moses was in the mountain receiving the law of the God, the people were busy making a golden calf to worship (Deut. 9:7-21). Often, God has to keep us in the wilderness until the idols are removed from our lives. Let’s continue our journey through the 5 Keys to Transitioning Successfully in the wilderness.

Not only were the Children of Israel tested in worship, Jesus was also tested in the area of worship when He was led into the wilderness. Satan tempted him to turn his heart away from God and to worship him. Jesus replied in response, “…Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only’” (Matt. 4:10). This leads us to the second key to transitioning successfully through the wilderness. As we face difficulties in the wilderness, we need to:


2. Stay in an Atmosphere of Worship

The test as we face difficulties is always to get us to doubt the character of God. If travel down this road, it distracts us from purpose and causes us to turn our heart to other things. These things become “idols” in our lives. God is a jealous and wants to be first place in our lives. When we face difficulties and pressures we should run to God and not run away from God to other things.

As I have counseled people through difficulties over the past 20 years of ministry, it is amazing how people sometimes get off track. Rather than doing the spiritual disciplines that will bring them breakthrough, they turn to other things to try to escape from the pressure. People may turned to comfort eating, entertainment, travel, relationships etc to try to satisfy their soul. As we journey through the wilderness, God doesn’t want us to turn to other things. He wants us to run to him and into his presence.

David was a man who the Bible says was a man after the heart of God (1 Sam. 13:14; Acts 13:22). This doesn’t mean that he was a perfect man. He was far from it! I believe it means exactly what it says, he was a man AFTER God. He knew had to run to God and to get into his presence. David was a worshiper and you and I need to be worshipers too. As we face pressures and difficulties, we can run to the God in whom our help does come from (Ps 121:1-8)!

We see this in action in 1 Sam 30:3-6. David returned to Ziglag and found his home destroyed. David had lost his wives and children as well, the others were ready to stone him, but the Bible says that he “ found strength in the LORD his God.” I believe this means that David worshiped the Lord and found strength in his presence.

God uses difficult times in the ministry to stretch us and mold us to help develop His character in our lives. This is never an easy or painless process, but one in which we can grow if we focus on what God is doing rather than trying to escape the pain. David knew how to get into the presence of God and he ran to him. As we journey through the wilderness we need to stay in the presence of God; we need to stay in an atmosphere of worship. Just like the God did for the Children of Israel, he will place a cloud by day over our lives to protect us from drying out (dehydration) and he will place a pillar of fire over us to comfort us from the elements (cold). Worship is life sustaining as we go through difficult times. In his presence there is fullness of joy (Ps 16:11)!

 

Eph 5:18-20 (NKJV)
18And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; 19Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; 20 Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ…


Are you currently going through a wilderness experience? Are you facing trials and difficult circumstances in your life? Begin to worship God today and allow his presence to bring strength to you. Stay close to his presence and draw life from him. He will guide and direct you and will see you through!

With love,

 

Derek

I hope you are encouraged and blessed! Feel free to comment below and stay tuned for Pt. 3 of Keys to Transitioning Successfully….

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