Here we go again…
That same familiar feeling of despair, fear, anxiety or self-pity – oh woe is me!
In spite of our best intention to be more hopeful or positive, that old familiar nasty feeling just creeps back into our lives. It is so familiar that we don’t recognize it until we have already welcomed it back.
The good news… at least you recognize it. Since you are aware of it happening, you can stop it. Just grab that thought and cast it aside. It is nothing but a bunch of lies from the enemy. (2 Corinthians 10:5)
We do not have to go back to our personal Egypt. Jesus freed us from the bondage of hopelessness, we do not have to go back into slavery.
Remember Joshua and Caleb? They were 2 of 12 spies that Moses tasked with checking out the Promised Land – the land that God said He had given to the Israelites.
Ten of the spies reported that the people in the land that God had given them were bigger and stronger than they were. Joshua and Caleb said “Let’s go at once and take possession. We are able to overcome it” (Numbers 13)
After hearing the report of the spies, the Israelites cried and wept all night complaining against Moses and Aaron. The children of Israel said, “if only we had died in the land of Egypt! Why has the Lord brought us here? Let us go back to Egypt” (Numbers 14:2-4)
Now, it is easy to sit here and read that and wonder WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE THEY THINKING???
But… how many times do we go back to the familiar even when it is bad for us? How many times do we embrace the comfort of an addiction? Or the familiar nature of unforgiveness? Or the ease of getting angry?
The Lord told Moses that He had GIVEN the land to the Israelites yet they turned back. Jesus overcame the world and gave us all authority over the enemy yet we turn back (Luke 10:19).
Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”(Luke 9:62). Proverbs 26:11 says “As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.”
Ok, I know you get the idea.
Why do we go back to Egypt?
For the same reason as the Israelites, we don’t believe or trust God to do what He says He will do. We are not familiar or comfortable with what we do not know.
Today, let’s choose to let go of the familiar and walk into the unknown. Let’s choose to trust God when He says He has given us the Promise Land.
Let go of your familiar past and step into God’s presence.
Please contact me if you are struggling with hopelessness, depression or despair and see no light at the end of your tunnel. There is hope for you!
Download a short sneak peek of my new ebook called Spiritual Warfare 101.
For Further Reading:
- Day 15: 40-Day Journey to Find Hope (Trials)
- Introduction: A 40-Day Journey to Find Hope
- Day 31: 40-Day Journey to Find Hope (Who told you?)
- What is Occultism?
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If you have not yet begun your personal relationship with God, understand that the One who created you loves you no matter who you are or what you’ve done.
You can tell Him in your own words or use this simple prayer:
Lord Jesus, I ask You to forgive my sins and save me from eternal separation from God. By faith, I accept Your work and death on the cross as sufficient payment for my sins. Thank You for providing the way for me to know You and to have a relationship with my Heavenly Father. Through faith in You, I have eternal life. Jesus, I want YOU as Lord of my life! Thank You also for hearing my prayers and loving me unconditionally.
In Jesus’ name, amen.
Jesus Christ provides a relationship with the Father and eternal life through His death on the cross and resurrection from the dead (Romans. 5:10).
In Romans 10:9, the Word promises, “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”