The greatest place to establish your cornerstone of faith is on the acceptance of your human frailties and surmounting impossibilities. Through this humility your first lesson of faith is realized and lived. Without faith it is impossible to please him; for he that cometh to God must believe that he is… (Hebrews 11:6) In other words, without faith there is no relationship with God. You cannot gain access to God from a physical perspective because God is a Spirit and those who worship Him must worship Him in spirit and in truth. (John 3:24)

This conceptuality causes your faith to grow, and rise up to a place where you no longer allow the attacks of the enemy to convince you of failure by your circumstances or throw you into a state of double-mindedness concerning God’s presence in your life.

When you rightly see the things of God through the eyes of faith, you forget those things around you that were so profoundly unimportant. At the time your spiritual sight was too mottled to see this truth. Now that all the unnecessary environmental factors have been overcome, the only remaining entity is your Midian—the power of God and His purpose.

Discernment is a key element on this level…

Here you must adopt a mindset of flexibility, because in order to stay in this place one must learn obedience to walk with God. Discipline is imperative. On this path you need discernment in God’s leading, and the readiness to make adjustments insuring you are where you need to be. When we are absent from the place God has assigned to us—we open a door allowing the enemy to steal from us. Discernment is a key element on this level and can only be derived from obedience, prayer and faith.

The emphasis here; God promised to be with Moses, and that same promise applies to us today— “…and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.” (Matt. 26:20)  We have all been in this desert place called the ‘Dunes of Forsakedness’; where we feel an overwhelming hopelessness and necessity for God to reveal the intensity of His power. This place is where the most painstaking decision must be made, and human intellect is absolutely useless. Do you fully trust God or continue to sink in the quicksand of humanism? Because you resolved to fix your mind and will in opposition to your faith in God. Since you think, in your present circumstances, you are totally out of options?

Hagar and Ishmael are sent to the desert

They had no other options

Consider Hagar’s predicament, after being sent away for fear of her son, Ishmael, being joint heirs with Isaac. This Egyptian bondwoman and her son were expelled, from a tent of life, with nothing more than bread and a bottle of water, into the desert. They had no other options. After wondering in the desert of Beersheba all their supplies were spent.  Hagar then placed Ishmael under a bush, because she did not wish to see him suffer and die. This mother lifted up her voice and wept. As the shadow of death crept upon him—God heard Ishmael’s “silent cry”, because he was too weak to lift up his voice, and provided water sparing his life. In this deliverance the boy grew, dwelt in the desert and became an archer. (Gen. 21:14- 21)  

God knows exactly where we are and even when it looks like it is down to the last possible moment—you must remember He is, El Roi, ‘The God Who Sees Me’ so even in your silent suffering he can hear your desperate cries for help.  He hears your wordless cries. (Genesis 4:10)

Like Ishmael, Moses gained power and strength in the desert. In his preparation to return to Egypt, God built even more upon his faith with an assurance the enemies he previously fled, were now all dead.                                                                                                             

Never judge by what we see…

Moses then returns to Egypt—not with an army of mighty men, but with his family and the rod of God. To Pharaoh he may have looked like a beggar, but he had the presence of the King.  This is why we must be mindful never to judge by what we see in the physical realm. You just might underestimate the power of God in that judgment—Pharaoh did, ten times. (Exodus 7:14 and Exodus 10:29)                                                                       

God is not a reactionary God—no, He is a God of action therefore your circumstances are defeated in his presence. Each facet of God contains the authority and power to deliver you from every situation at any given moment—For when He said Let there be there was! God does many things in different seasons, but at all times.

This explains His declaration to Moses, “Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land. I am the LORD. And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.”(Exodus 6:1-3) This sacred name JEHOVAH declares the self-contained power of God as it relates to his covenantal authority towards His chosen people Israel. As He proclaimed Israel His son — my firstborn, in protection of “My firstborn”, would perform many signs and wonders to secure their freedom. Moses’ faith had to rise up to another level in order to be a conduit for those signs and wonders. And with this wisdom he had to develop more courage.

Obedience is key to reaping

Through the timely revelatory progression of God’s word—he further substantiates Moses faith, by the declaration of Moses as a “god to Pharaoh and Aaron his prophet.” Earthly promotion may come from mortals, but true spiritual promotion comes only from God.  He will translate you; enabling you to reap the harvest He has intended for your life. Note, obedience is key to this reaping. God’s command here is: “Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land… And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they.

We must know Who God is….

From the time Moses first came to Pharaoh’s court until Israel was set free—he obeyed every command God uttered. Simply put, he trusted the LORD on every hand. Before we question God about what He does—we must know who He is and who He is can only be found in trusting and obeying Him. This trust grows through our life’s experiences and applications of the Word until it becomes true abiding faith.

Moses would need this kind of faith to lead the children of Israel back to Mt. Sinai. 

Although God exacted the dimension and avenged the needs of His people…And it came to pass the selfsame day, that the LORD did bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt by their armies. (Exodus 12:44) Pharaoh’s heart was yet again hardened. (Exodus 14:8)          

The enemy will not relinquish his hold…                  

Know when God delivers you from years of bitter bondage you will have to fight to stay out on some level. The enemy will not relinquish his hold without a battle. The finality of his hold is dependent upon your decision: now that you have found your median; will you walk this path of crossover, or will you go back because you are in unfamiliar territory?

There is a place of transition when God will position you in a situation where unscalable mountains, as granite sentinels, stand on each side and the Red Sea is in front of you with an enemy army at your back. Your only option is to continue walking forward!

God opens the Red Sea for the children of Israel

Right here you begin having an I don’t know what to do moment. How can I walk into this impossibility and win? You begin to doubt yourself, you begin to doubt people, but most importantly, you begin to doubt God. Your mind goes into overload thinking maybe He got the wrong person, maybe you missed God, or just maybe you really didn’t hear God at all! And in a panicked and depressed state you feel like you are losing it.  As you grasp the final straw of desperation….In the midst of all this confusion, His reply to you is “Wherefore criest though unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.” (Exodus 14:15-16)

Now you are in the perfect place to trust in the Lord with all your heart.  When you are on the verge of losing it is where you will find God waiting to lead you in the path of righteousness for His namesake. Your rod is the Word of God which can be spoken over your sea of trials. And with this Word a new door of opportunities opens on the other side, which in the past you would never have considered walking through. These circumstances were divinely orchestrated to make it conceivable for you to do something extraordinary!  Before you move into these impossibilities—you must wait on God to lead you and make the impossible path possible for you to travel.

When you come out on the other side you can look back and see the enemy army that was once at your back is now totally washed away!

From my book Faithwalkers: How to Survive in the Desert of Hopelessness.

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