What is your wilderness experience? What if the wilderness is actually in your mind? God gave us a Spirit of Power and Love and a Sound Mind. Your desert and wilderness might just be in your mind. What would happen if you changed your thinking about your rejection, loneliness, depression, anger, worry about the future, failure, loss of a loved one, disappointment, children, spouse, boss, government, money and Word of God?
Do you believe in the word of God or do you believe the Word of God? If you believe the Word of God then you will trust what the Word of God says about who HE is and what HIS blessings are for HIS children. The word of God tells us He loves those HE disciplines. He never said you would not have problems, temptations, trials, disappointments, pain, rejection, suffering, mocking, ridicule and loss. He did say, “HE will never leave you or forsake you. HE will never allow more than you can handle.” HE uses all of these life circumstances to grow you into HIS likeness. The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom and knowledge. Your understanding of God grows through these perceived issues, problems and circumstances. The purpose of the wilderness experience is to know what is in your heart. What you think will directly impact your beliefs and behavior. Everyday you act out your thoughts and beliefs.
God disciplines us for our good that we may share in his holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it. Hebrews 12:10-11
Do you like discipline? What are your thoughts when you are being disciplined or rebuked? Put this thought in your mind about the wilderness and discipline: it is a time of renewal, change and growth.
When you are under pressure, what you think and believe will be exposed through your behavior. In the wilderness of your mind, are you thankful and grateful or are you whining, complaining and filled with anger? Can you say, Lord teach me what you want me to learn in this situation? Lord thank you for allowing this circumstance in my life to build the Kingdom of God and reconcile others to YOU. May your will be done through me here on earth as it is in heaven.
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