This post is one of the entries from Jody’s upcoming book, “Come Follow Me,” a year-long devotional based on her popular video podcast of the same name, to be released in the fall of 2016 by Two Worlds Press.
“Thy way O God is holy; What God is great like our God? Thou art the God who workest wonders; Thou hast made known Thy strength among the peoples. Thou hast by Thy power redeemed Thy people, the sons of Jacob and Joseph.”
~ Psalm 77:13-15
The wilderness was a time of testing and trial for Israel. Born into slavery in Egypt, they were unaccustomed to the ways of the Lord. The Father needed to reorient His people to Himself.
The stories of Israel’s forty year sojourn have numerous lessons for us today. “For I don’t want you to be unaware, brethren, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea; and all ate the same spiritual food; and all drank the same spiritual drink, for they were drinking from a spiritual rock which followed them; and the rock was Christ. Nevertheless, with most of them God was not well-pleased; for they were laid low in the wilderness. Now these things happened as examples for us; that we should not crave evil things, as they also craved…” (I Corinthians 10:1-6)
Hidden within the story of deliverance from Egypt, and the journey to the Promised Land, is our own redemption story. There is a saying that goes: The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, and the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed. When we read them, it is similar to the way we put a large puzzle together…continually looking for places that match. The wilderness story is when God begins to retrain His people to ‘be led.’
Question: How has the Lord taught you to trust Him in the midst of a trial?
I am sending you out like sheep among wolves. Therefore be as wise as serpents and as innocent as doves.
Friends, I am encouraging you to be fully aware of the season in which we now find ourselves. This week has served, in multiple forms of media, as the staging area for the release of the film, Fifty Shades of Grey. I want you to be cognizant of the strategic moves being made by the evil one in this scenario. In a very short amount of time these books became all time best sellers, skyrocketing to the top of the mainstream market, and normalizing BDSM* erotica. It is significant to observe how pornography is now being so readily embraced by women as well as men. The words used to describe this story line include: bondage, slavery, sadomasochism, guilty pleasure…
“Holy” is how God clearly designed and described sexual intimacy. It is an obvious move from the antichrist to invade and violate millions of homes worldwide with a marred depiction of love and a bold entrapment: spiritual and emotional bondage, as well as physical.
Over a very short amount of time we have watched the strategic moves made by Satan to infiltrate the sanctity of marriage, using political power and the legal systems of the world to re-form a holy covenant into a human rights issue. Once unbiblical ideologies become the law of the land, the church will be in a position where she must choose whom she will serve.
If all of this were a chess game the evil one, the very spirit of antichrist, is setting up his traps for the end of the age: checkmate.
Church: be vigilant regarding the schemes of the evil one. Be ever watchful. God’s love for His people is precious; do not be deceived into accepting a counterfeit. Be aware and in prayer for all the saints. In Him…stand.
I am continuing the adventure in creative worship. I have completed the first sketchbook of watercolor drawings of the names of God. I’ll post some samples as I go. You can follow my journey at http://instagram.com/jodymayhew.
Yesterday we watched in horror as ‘first responders’ were called to a local high school during another school shooting incident. Fire, police, ambulance and life flight made it to the scene of Reynolds High School with an engaged emergency response. Meanwhile, parents gathered in clusters along the side streets and parking lots, waiting for word and the opportunity to reconnect with their children. Media interviewed and reported a wide variety of their reactions.