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The Desert Experience

Recently, I have talked with several friends who are living through a desert experience. They are in the midst of intense struggle; physical, emotional, and or spiritual.

All of us will live in the desert during some part of our journey with Christ. He also endured the desert for 40 days. Read Matthew 4:1-11.

What I know to be true about the desert experience is this: God is at work on my heart. I found God would grow my character to serve Him in a way I could not have imagined prior. In the desert, I wrestle with strongholds in my life. I clearly see God is with me in the experience only after I leave the wilderness.

To encourage those of us in the desert right now I want to share an excerpt from Breaking Free by Beth Moore. IT IS WORTH THE READ!

One of the most common occurrences in the lives of those sent to prison is the subsequent serving of divorce papers by the spouse. Few prisoners have people on the outside standing by them throughout lengthy incarcerations. Most people would just as soon forget prisoners existed. They are the unpeople of our society. The same trend appears in less tangible terms among Christians. The best of our churches tend to welcome those captive (to alcohol, drugs, homosexuality, promiscuity, and so forth) at first; but if they don’t “fix” pretty quickly, they will probably soon be despised. We like success stories – powerful testimonies. A captive in our midst wears out her welcome if she doesn’t get with it and change.

In gracious contrast God stands by us until we are free. He never forsakes us. God is the only One who is not repelled by the depth and length of our needs. Although God never excuses our sin and rebellion, He is fully aware of what drives our actions. When I was growing up, I had no idea why I was making some poor decisions, but God knew. Even thought my rebellion was still sin, God’s heart was full of compassion. Through loving chastisement, He continued to strive with me and waited patiently for me to leave my prison.

No matter how long we struggle, God is not giving up on us. Even if we’ve drained all the human resources around us dry, He is our inexhaustible well of living water. He may allow the life of a captive to grow more and more difficult, so she will be more desperate to do what freedom in Christ requires-but He will never divorce her. He woos and He waits. The measures God takes to woo us to liberty may be excruciating at times, but they are often more powerful evidences of His unfailing love than all the obvious blessings we could expound. Few truly know the unfailing love of God like the captive set free. “Let them give thanks to the LORD for his unfailing love…and tell of his works with songs of joy” (Ps. 107:21-22) Beloved, if He has become God alone to you, you have a powerful story to tell. Start talking!

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