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    HOW GOD WORKS Through DESERT EXPERIENCES

    -extracts by Mark Altrogge


    God leads every believer into the desert at one time or another...


    Moses spent 40 years in the desert before God raised him up to

    lead Israel out of Egypt. As soon as God delivered Israel from

    bondage in Egypt, he took them into the desert. David did a lot

    of desert time hiding out from Saul before God made him king.

    And the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert after his baptism for 40 days.


    Lots of circumstances can be "deserts." ... When we´re in the

    desert, it can feel like God´s not doing anything. Or he´s set us

    aside. But God is always at work. He uses desert experiences

    in many ways, as we see in Dt. 8:2-6:


    Deserts humble us

    And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your

    God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he

    might humble you (v 2)


    Deserts reveal what is in our hearts

    Testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would

    keep his commandments or not. (v 2)


    Deserts teach us to live by God´s Word

    And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna,

    which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might

    make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man

    lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. (v 3)


    Deserts teach us that God can provide for us in any circumstance.

    Your clothing did not wear out on you, and your foot did not swell

    these forty years. (v 4)


    Deserts teach us to fear and obey God

    Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the

    LORD your God disciplines you. So you shall keep the

    commandments of the LORD your God by walking in his ways

    and by fearing him. (v 5-6)


    When Moses, Israel, David, and Jesus were in the desert, God

    was preparing them for something greater. If you´re in the desert

    right now, know that God is at work in your life. Don´t despair.

    Trust God. He´s doing great things in you.

  • #2
    Hahaa...NOW I know where I am!!
    Maybe my shoes didn't wear out nor my feet swell cuz God was carrying me over the rough spots..
    And He just wants me to keep on walkin....

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    • #3
      I don't know if I would call it the desert, but wherever I am it isn't paradise. Praise God for His help and guidance as well as Support.

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      • #4
        Reprint from:
        Life can be like:

        The seeds of some desert plants do not sprout immediately when planted.
        Such seeds germinate over a period of two to three years. Why?
        This is because the conditions of the desert can be so hostile that if all the seed sprouted when first scattered, none might survive. If the climate conditions at that particular time were unusually hot, or the wind blew the seed onto rocky ground, or there is the absence of water, then the tender seedlings would all perish. By extending the germination over many months, even years, there is a greater chance that some seedlings will survive when the desert conditions are more moderate for the tender seedlings to survive. Just as it is with spiritual growth, sometimes, the desert is just too hostile for tender new sprouts.

        When is the best time to visit the desert? It has been said that it is the season when the desert blooms, when the blooms produce all the vivid colors. This is the season of seed production.

        Life can be like a desert. To see the full potential of its beauty, one must know the right season. To know the full beauty of a person’s life, one must know the right season and only the Heavenly Father knows the right season of a person’s heart. Only the Heavenly Father knows when the desert of life is moderated enough for tender new sprouts of spiritual faith to take hold and grow. Believe and be patient or as the King James Version translates patient – be long suffering.

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        • #5
          Originally posted by RoyDavid View Post
          Hahaa...NOW I know where I am!!
          Maybe my shoes didn't wear out nor my feet swell cuz God was carrying me over the rough spots..
          And He just wants me to keep on walkin....
          We have all been there Roy.

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          • #6
            Originally posted by Steve Hollander View Post
            I don't know if I would call it the desert, but wherever I am it isn't paradise. Praise God for His help and guidance as well as Support.
            Thanks for the input Steve.

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