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The Church in the Wilderness, part 3…..

 Today – simply verses put together for your meditation concerning the purpose of the wilderness.

The Lord’s purpose for putting the wilderness first –

Deuteronomy 8:1-2 “Every commandment which I command you today you must be careful to observe, that you may live and multiply, and go in and possess the land of which the LORD swore to your fathers. 2 “And you shall remember that the LORD your God led you all the way these forty years in the wilderness, to humble you andtest you, to know what was in your heart, whether you would keep His commandments or not.

.Afflictions are sent humble us

2 Chronicles 33:11-13 Wherefore the LORD brought upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria, which took Manasseh among the thorns, and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon. 12 And when he was in affliction (distress, trouble), he besought the LORD his God, and humbled himself greatly before the God of his fathers, 13 And prayed unto him: and he was intreated of him, and heard his supplication, and brought him again to Jerusalem into his kingdom. Then Manasseh knew that the LORD he was God.

The Lord helps a humble man

Psalm 34:6 This poor man [afflicted or humbled man] cried, and the LORD heard him, and saved [or delivers] him out of all his troubles.

Humble yourself in your affliction

1 Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves (imperative mood) therefore under the mighty hand of God (His sovereign authority over your life; His dealings with you in affliction), that he may exalt you in due time:

Afflictions teach the humble to live in dependence upon God’s word

Deuteronomy 8:3 “So He humbled you, allowed you to hunger, and fed you with manna which you did not know nor did your fathers know, that He might make you know that man shall not live by bread alone; but man lives by every wordthat proceeds from the mouth of the LORD.

Afflictions help us to put our priorities in order

Psalm 119:67 Before I was afflicted I went astray: but now have I kept thy word.

A humble response to affliction

Psalm 119:71 It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes.

  Afflictions should not move us away from obedience

1 Thessalonians 3:3-5 That no man (a disciple) should be moved (to disobey; to compromise; to loose faith) by these afflictions [tribulations, pressures, repeated pain, or grief]: for [or because] yourselves know that (you were taught this) we are appointed thereunto (It is the Lord’s plan for us in the wilderness). 4 For verily, when we were with you, we told you before that we should suffer tribulation; even as it came to pass, and ye know. 5 For this cause, when I could no longer forbear, I sent to know your faith, lest by some means the tempter have tempted you (to disobey; to deny the Lord), and our labour be in vain.

Afflictions are not separated from God’s love for his elect

Romans 8:35-39 Who shall separate us “God”s elect,? v.33) from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long (no escape); we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Nay, in all these things (afflictions in the wilderness) we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. 38 For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, 39Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is inChrist Jesus our Lord.

Our season in the wilderness is precious so don’t waste it!

1 Peter 1:6-7 Wherein ye greatly rejoice (in view of future the things to come in v.4-5- inheritance & salvation), though now for a season (in the wilderness), if need be (and it is), ye are in heaviness [inward distress or grief caused by outward circumstances] through manifold [all kinds or varied] temptations [trials]: 7 That the trial [or testing for approval] of your faith (in the wilderness), being much more precious than of gold that perisheth (its temporal), though it be tried with fire, might be found unto [or result unto] praise [recognition] and honour [position] and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ (with His Kingdom 2Tim.4:1)

The wilderness is brief in view of age-lasting glory

2 Corinthians 4:17 For our light [easy to bear] affliction (in the wilderness), which is but for a moment (soon passing), worketh for us a far more exceeding (highest possible) and eternal age-lasting (kingdom) weight of glory.

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September 8, 2010 - Posted by | How I Read in Context, Learning to read - accurately, Luke and Acts/Letters to Theophilus

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