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Sunday, April 20, 2008

PASSOVER-THE WILDERNESS

SONG OF SONGS ~

" Who is this that cometh out of the Wilderness like pillars of smoke,
perfumed with myrrh and frankincense,
with all powders of the merchant? (3:6)



As we travel through this mighty Wilderness God has prepared for us, as we set our sights toward the Promised Land, we are confident that the Pillar of Fire and Cloud by day travels before us.



As we grow thirsty and weary at times, He is our substance and life. Water, gushing forth from the rock and manna (angels food) sustains us.



Through this oft times difficult journey, if we pray that our eyes be opened to the spiritual issues at play in our experiences, we can see His hand at work. Great revelation at the mystery of iniquity and the great rewards available if we chose life in Him over the deceitful pleasures of sin for a season; just a season. Let us chose eternal life in Him instead of the vices thrown in our face continually.



He never said it would be easy. Nowhere in the Book of Books did anyone who was true to the One God have an easy time of it. But in that Book of Books our Father never once rejected anyone with a heart for Him.



I often pray daily, sometimes hourly when under trial and temptation - God, give me a new heart, a new spirit, one that searches after only You.



There is a season of testing. A season of trial. A season of refreshment in the Presence of the LORD. All learning processes in the Wilderness of our souls. Like the angel that appeared before Elijah who told him to eat and drink because the journey was too great on a human strength level, as we eat and drink during times of prayer and study we also receive supernatural strength for the journey we face.



God has said that no flesh will glory in His Presence. He is faithful to see to it that we, hopefully sooner rather than later, realize that our flesh cannot make the journey through this Wilderness on our own strength. It is the power of God working in us that sees us through to the other side successfully.



Let us not murmur or complain as many of the Children of Israel did during their time of trial. Let our example be Moses, Aaron, Joshua and Calab. Let us strive to be like them. We must look past the millions who died in the Wilderness because of their unbelief. Let us keep our eye on the Lamb of God slain on our behalf. He is our strength. He is our hope. He is our Saviour, our lamb of sacrifice for the sins of the world. There is no other. He is Faithful and True.



As we travel we have the fragrance of Christ upon us. It is a sweet smelling aroma to the Father. We need not fear nor grow weary. He knows the paths well. Untold numbers have traveled this Wilderness before us; He is aware of each one.



Let us gird up our loins, fasten our shoes that will never wear out, put on the whole armour of God so we can withstand the wiles and deception of the enemy. In the coming days we are in for the trip of our lives.



Let God arise, let His enemies be scattered!



Let us arise and fight the good fight of FAITH!



Oh that God would rend the heavens and come down!



Oh that we would rend the heavens and go up!



In these last of the last days those who know their God will do great exploits. The greatest exploit of all may be our ability to sing in the midst of the fires coming. What a witness to our friends and neighbors. Through us, they may also come to the place where they will know Him and the salvation that is only through Him.



As we remember the deliverance of the Children of Israel from Egypt thousands of years ago during this Passover season ordained of God, let us have confidence that we will also, thousands of years from now, remember our deliverance for Egypt in the Heavenly Kingdom in His Presence.


HAPPY PASSOVER. WE ARE SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF THE LAMB!


PASSOVER HYMN-
- Jesus Paid It All -
I hear the Savior say,
"thy strength indeed is small
child of weakness watch and pray
find in Me thine all in all"
CHORUS
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow.
LORD, now indeed I find Thy power,
and Thine alone
Can change the leper's spots
and melt the heart of stone.
CHORUS
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow.
For nothing good have I,
whereby Thy grace to claim,
I'll wash my garments white
in the blood of Calvary's Lamb.
CHORUS
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow.
And when before the Throne,
I stand in Him complete,
Jesus died my soul to save,
My lips shall still repeat.
CHORUS
Jesus paid it all,
All to Him I owe
Sin had left a crimson stain
He washed it white as snow.
* words and music by-
Elvina M. Hall 1820-1889
John T. Grape 1835-1915

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