Hello there Christ representers 🙋🏾. This afternoon I share with you a quick word from my studies.
Exodus 13:17 “And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not through the way of the land of the Philistines, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they return to Egypt: 18. But God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness of the Red sea: and the children of Israel went up harnessed out of the land of Egypt.”
The children of Israel were freed from the bondage of Pharaoh and were now under God’s control. God did not seek to carry them through the closest route, or the “easy way out” because He knew that if they should meet upon trouble they would run back to Egypt. The word has gone from generations to generations and still has not lost relevance. Many Christians get saved and can testify that those early years were rough. Today is my “Christaversary” and I can attest. But, as overused as this statement is, God. Is. In. Control.
Last night in church Prophet Passion said if we pray for boldness, God is not going to simply give it to us, He’s going to create the situation/platform where we will have to be bold. God is very practical because He knows that we need to go through the process, before our characters can be developed. We need to go through the process so that a firm foundation can be established, so that our roots can spread far and wide. If there are no roots, erosions and landslides are imminent. Many suffer from constant spiritual landslides and erosions because they’re not rooted in Christ Jesus. God is saying if I should just give you what you ask, if I simply hand it to you it won’t be appreciated. You won’t remember it was I who delivered you, and not you yourself. God knows that if He does not carry us through the process we’re going to backslide, we’re going to become once again entangled in the yoke of bondage. Scripture says God didn’t carry the children of Israel through the land of the Philistines although it was near, because He knew that if they see war they’re going to return to Egypt. God has to take us through the wilderness and the Red Sea (v18) to ensure that we will not fear when we are confronted by the enemy, to awaken the warriors in us. He has to, so that we come to know the power we have as children of God. Go through your wilderness and your Red Sea, count it all joy, God is strengthening your foundation in Him. He’s assuring Himself that no matter what wind or rain that may come, He can trust you to withstand it, that whatever battle presents itself you will know that you are a warrior; more than a conqueror.
So then you can paraphrase, (sometimes we need to put ourselves in the bible), “And it came to pass, when God delivered Tamalcia from sin, that God led her not through the land free of trials and tests, although that was near; for God said, Lest peradventure she becomes fearful when she sees war, and returns to sin. But God led Tamalcia about, through the way of rejection, and persecution and she went up *harnessed out of sin.
*Harnessed: in an orderly manner, and as if to meet a foe.
Be encouraged, Tamalcia J.