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Throwback Thursday: The Wilderness

 

 

THE WILDERNESS

 

And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble and test you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not. So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna …that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.   –Deut. 8:2-3

 

Are you in the wilderness? It may not be a barren land. Your hunger may not be for food, but for health or a job. Like the Israelites, we all spend some time in the wilderness.

God allows us to be in the wilderness. He does this in order to humble and test us. He is showing us what is in our hearts.

God allowed the hunger, but He did not let them starve to death. Instead He provided heavenly food, manna. Verse 4 tells us that their clothes did not wear out, nor did their feet swell in those forty years. That is truly miraculous. He wanted them totally dependent on Him.

Some of us go through a temporary wilderness. Others live in the wilderness. They may be paralyzed, blind or live with a disease that can be controlled, but not cured. The wilderness keeps us dependent on God. Our prayer lives are richer. Life in the wilderness makes the Promised Land of Heaven that much sweeter. Until then, we will feast upon the manna that God provides.

 

Copyright 2013 Carolyn Dale Newell.

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How to Control the Horror That Haunts Us

How to Control the Horror That Haunts Us

By Carolyn Dale Newell

…casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

2 Corinthians 10:5 NKJV

Terrorists no longer need planes. They can mow people over using a truck. The police who normally keep us safe are now being targeted, ambushed and killed. It can happen anytime and anywhere. Public bathrooms are now a hiding place for sexual predators. Our world is no longer safe, and that frightens us.

Fear is a strong emotion which paralyzes us. It can keep us from moving forward for Christ and hinder us from achieving our dreams. It is one of Satan’s weapons. However, weapons may be formed against us, but they will not prosper (Is. 54:17).

How can we control our phobias? It is natural for humans to be apprehensive at times. However, fear can be fed, or it can be starved. If you set food out nightly, the local stray cat will continue to visit and possibly take up residence on your doorstep. However, if you never feed him, he will look for food elsewhere.

Our trepidations work the same way. Here are some ways I have found to gain victory over the anxieties which burden us.

Take every thought captive. Runaway thoughts can cause as much damage as a runaway train. Do not allow your thoughts to wander to the worst possible scenario or the “what ifs”. Be very careful about the thoughts you entertain.

Put your mind on God. Trust His promises. Memorize Scripture. Saturate your mind with God’s Word, sermons and gospel music.

Spend quality time in prayer. We can never pray enough. This time will result in a life ruled with peace rather than panic.

We do not want to be fear-controlled, but God-controlled. We do not feed fear, but starve it. Spiritual battles are waged in our hearts and minds, but victory is found down on our knees.

Lord Jesus, You have told us, “Do not be afraid”, but there are times when it consumes us. Help our minds stay focused on You. Deliver us from our fears and wrap us in Your perfect peace. Amen.

DIG DEEPER

“Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.” Is. 41:10 NKJV

HIKING THE TRAIL

The above verse is one of my favorites about fear. What verses comfort you? Write them down and leave them in places where you are likely to read them.

Copyright 2017 Carolyn Dale Newell.