Familiar

Here we go again… 

That same familiar feeling of despair, fear, anxiety or self-pity – oh woe is me!

In spite of our best intention to be more hopeful or positive, that old familiar nasty feeling just creeps back into our lives. It is so familiar that we don’t recognize it until we have already welcomed it back.

The good news? at least you recognize it. Since you are aware of it happening, you can stop it. Just grab that thought and cast it aside. It is nothing but a bunch of lies from the enemy. (2 Corinthians 10:5)

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We do not have to go back to our personal Egypt. Jesus freed us from the bondage of hopelessness, we do not have to go back into slavery.

Remember Joshua and Caleb? They were 2 of 12 spies that Moses tasked with checking out the Promised Land – the land that God said He had given to the Israelites.

Ten of the spies reported that the people in the land that God had given them were bigger and stronger than they were. Joshua and Caleb said ?Let?s go at once and take possession. We are able to overcome it? (Numbers 13)

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After hearing the report of the spies, the Israelites cried and wept all night complaining against Moses and Aaron. The children of Israel said, “if only we had died in the land of Egypt! Why has the Lord brought us here? Let us go back to Egypt” (Numbers 14:2-4)

Now, it is easy to sit here and read that and wonder WHAT IN THE WORLD WERE THEY THINKING???

But how many times do we go back to the familiar even when it is bad for us? How many times do we embrace the comfort of an addiction? Or the familiar nature of unforgiveness? Or the ease of getting angry?

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The Lord told Moses that He had GIVEN the land to the Israelites yet they turned back. Jesus overcame the world and gave us all authority over the enemy yet we turn back (Luke 10:19).

Jesus said, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”(Luke 9:62). Proverbs 26:11 says “As a dog returns to his own vomit, So a fool repeats his folly.”

Ok, I know you get the idea. 

Why do we go back to Egypt?

For the same reason as the Israelites, we don’t believe or trust God to do what He says He will do. We are not familiar or comfortable with what we do not know.

Today, let’s choose to let go of the familiar and walk into the unknown. Let?s choose to trust God when He says He has given us the Promise Land.

Let go of your familiar past and step into God?s presence.

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