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From the Valley to the Promise Land

September 1, 2014

From time to time, we all have found ourselves in a valley. If we have not been in a valley, thank God. There is a lesson to be learned in the valley. In the valley, we can only depend on God to pull us out.

In the valley, there is darkness, displacement from God, praises have left our mouth and bodies, clapping have left our hands, joy have left our hearts,  prayers become difficult, our faith is wavering. In the valley, God is still watching over us and loves us. God will use the “valley” in our lives to speak to us, strengthen us, humble us, trust Him and cause us to depend on Him as the Author and Finisher of our faith.

In the valley, we have to rely on faith and take action. If you sit in the valley and feel sorry for yourselves, you probably will die in the valley. If you take the first step to walk through the valley, God will take the second step, lead you, and be a Lamp to your feet and a Light to your path. In the valley, you are not alone.

When God bring us out the valley, we will come through as pure gold. We will come out stronger than when we entered the valley. When we walk through the valley, we shall fear no evil; He is there to guide us and hold our hand. Faith without work is dead. When searching for employment, we can’t sit at home and say “I have faith”. When we get up, send out resumes, knock on doors, and make ourselves available, God will help us. If you say “I want an automobile” you have to shop online or go to the dealership. You will never own an automobile if you sit at home with your faith and not take a step to own an automobile. I hear people say “I want to finish school and obtain my degree. You either have to decide if you are going to take classes on campus or online. In our everyday lives, there is something we must do to achieve our goals. Jesus wants us to make our prayers and supplications known unto Him. Ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and it shall be open.

Then Moses spoke to Aaron, “Say to all the congregation of the children of Israel, ‘Come near before the Lord, for He has heard your complaints.’”  Now it came to pass, as Aaron spoke to the whole congregation of the children of Israel, that they looked toward the wilderness, and behold, the glory of the Lord appeared in the cloud.

 And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, I have heard the complaints of the children of Israel. Speak to them, saying, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall be filled with bread. And you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’”

 So it was that quails came up at evening and covered the camp, and in the morning the dew lay all around the camp.  And when the layer of dew lifted, there, on the surface of the wilderness, was a small round substance, as fine as frost on the ground.  So when the children of Israel saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was.

And Moses said to them, “This is the bread which the Lord has given you to eat.  This is the thing which the Lord has commanded: ‘Let every man gather it according to each one’s need, one omer for each person, according to the number of persons; let every man take for those who are in his tent.’” (Exodus 16:9-16)

And the Lord said to Joshua: “See! I have given Jericho into your hand, its king, and the mighty men of valor.  You shall march around the city, all you men of war; you shall go all around the city once. This you shall do six days. And seven priests shall bear seven trumpets of rams’ horns before the ark. But the seventh day you shall march around the city seven times and the priests shall blow the trumpets. It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, which all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat.

It happened on the same night that the Lord said to him, “Arise, go down against the camp, for I have delivered it into your hand. (Judges 7:9)

So Naaman went down and dipped seven times in the Jordan, according to the saying of the man of God; and his flesh was restored like the flesh of a little child, and he was clean. (2 Kings 5:14)

If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:14)

But it came to pass on the seventh day that they rose early, about the dawning of the day, and marched around the city seven times in the same manner. On that day only they marched around the city seven times.  And the seventh time it happened, when the priests blew the trumpets that Joshua said to the people: “Shout, for the Lord has given you the city! (Joshua 6:2-5, 15-16)

If you notice in these Scriptures, God commanded His people to “act” and not wait on Him to do everything for them. This is “faith and obedience in action”.

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One Comment
  1. Pastor Marion permalink

    You are right if you want something from God you must do something make a afford to do something not just sit around and do nothing. that’s good pastor.

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