CH 01 JOURNEY OF THE HEART

Webster’s Dictionary defines deliverance as liberation, rescue, the act of delivering someone or something. Most, if not all, of us at some time in our life has needed deliverance from someone or something. It is harder for God to deliver us from someone who has taken us captive than the things that keep us in bondage.

The root of our problems and how God intends to deliver us is revealed in Paul’s letter to the Galatians.

 Galatians 1:3-4

            Grace to you and peace from God the Father and our Lord Jesus Christ, who gave Himself for our sins, that He might deliver us from this present evil age, according to the will of our God and Father…

 Jesus gave himself for our sins to make our deliverance possible. There is a vast difference between something being possible and possessing what is possible. Deliverance is possible. There is not anything impossible for God to do but you can’t leave off the last clause in Galatians 1:4 that says, “according to the will of our God and Father.”

Herman and Lori prayed ten years for God to deliver them. There is more to the story than their prayers. God dealt with Herman many times before a judge sentenced him to life in prison. After he went to jail, both Herman and Lori decided to get serious with God. They prayed and enlisted others to pray God would deliver Herman from prison. Herman and Lori wanted to marry, attend church, and raise a family. Everything they desired was good and reasonable.

As the years slipped by Lori compared herself to Abraham. She was persuaded if she imitated Abraham and hoped when there was no reason to hope, deliverance would come. They would becoming evangelist traveling the nation encouraging multitudes with a miraculous testimony of deliverance. Thirty years later, Lori died addicted to drugs and Herman was still in prison.

What happened? They believed God would deliver them. Why didn’t God send deliverance before Lori fell into despair and gave up?

Lori and Herman lacked an important element of faith that Abraham’s faith possessed. Abraham did not choose what he would hope for. God gave him something to set his hope upon. Abraham built his faith on God’s desire.

Multitudes have called on God for deliverance yet the deliverance they seek remains out of reach. Some end up bitter and abandon their faith. They desired something good and God remained silent. They cried to the church for help and we responded with the “Good Christian” checklist. Go to church. Pray. Read the Bible. Tithe. Forgive. If all else fails throw in some fasting. They have a check by every item on the list. They did all the right things yet deliverance did not come.

Everything on the “Good Christian” checklist is good, but you can do everything on the list and still not exceed the righteousness of the Pharisees. Religion does not set us free. The truth about God sets us free. The right things we do don’t purify our heart. The things God has given us to hope for purifies our hearts.

We need to stop asking ourselves if we have done everything right and ask ourselves on whose hope we have set our hearts. Tell me what you hope for, and I’ll tell you who you love.

 1 John 3:2

            Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not yet been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He (Jesus) is revealed, we shall be like Him, (Not good like him, alive like him, only God is good) for we shall see Him as He is. And everyone who has this hope in Him (in Jesus) purifies himself, just as He (Jesus) is pure.

 Hope purifies our hearts. Not the things we hope for in this life but the hope God gave us.

As we study how God came to deliver his people. We will understand why God delivers. How and why God delivers will keep us on the straight and narrow road that leads to life. It is a journey of a thousand miles made without leaving the comfort of your home because it is a journey of the heart. Before we begin this journey, I need to give you a little background, and we need to learn something about Moses.

 BACKGROUND

Genesis 35:1-4

Then God said to Jacob, “Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother. Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him. Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves and change your garments. Then let us arise and go up to Bethel; and I will make an altar there to God who answered me in the day of my distress and has been with me in the way which I have gone. So they gave Jacob all the foreign gods, which were in their hands, and the earrings, which were in their ears; and Jacob hid them under the terebinth tree, which was by Shechem.

 God commanded Jacob to return to Bethel and fulfill the vow he made when he fled from his brother. Jacob responded by commanding his household to give him their foreign gods. They were going to worship the God who answered Jacob in the day of his distress. Not only did God answer Jacob, he had been with Jacob wherever we went in fulfillment of the promise he made when he slept on a rock at Bethel.

At any time, Jacob could have commanded his household to “put away the foreign gods,” and they would have obeyed him. So. . . why were there idols in Jacob’s house when it was the God of his father who delivered him out of all his distress? In fact, there is a question more curious than that. Why did Jacob hide the idols instead of destroying them?

There can be only one reason Jacob hid the idols. He planned to return for them one day. The false image of God was out of his house, but not out of his heart. God saw him hide the idols under a tree. Yet

 Genesis 35:9-10

            …God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from Padan Aram, and blessed him. And God said to him, Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name. So He [God] called his [Jacob] name Israel.

 God blessed Jacob when he fulfilled his vow at Bethel and then told him the truth. Let me summarize it this way: I know you are a deceiver. That is what Jacob means. You manipulate people into getting what you want. You deceived your earthly father to get your brothers birthright. Now you think you can deceive me by hiding idols under a tree, but I still love you. I have blessed you. I will change your name from Jacob / deceiver to Israel / one who rules as God. That is what Israel means. God changed Jacob’s name before God changed his heart. He blessed a man he knew did not love him. Even as Jacob bowed in worship, his heart was under a tree and his mind wondering when he could return to dig up his treasure.

We can change our outward actions. We can even obey God. Only God ordained suffering changes our character. We don’t know our own hearts, because we lie and believe our own lies. When the pressures of life expose our true character, all we can do is acknowledge the truth. If we will be honest about who we really our, God has the power to change our character worthy of a new name.

 Genesis 35:11-13

            Also God said to him [Jacob]; I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your seed after you I give this land. Then God went up from him in the place where he talked with him.

 God knows Jacob will return for his idols. God knows Jacob worships him because his life fell apart and he had no place else to turn. God remained faithful to his promises and continued to bless Jacob. God promised to multiply a deceiver into a mighty nation. He has been making this same promise to three generations, not because they deserved it, because they believed it!

Aside from revealing to Joseph his future in a dream, when God “went up” from speaking to Jacob it was more than 200 years before he came down again. God’s absence did not mean he had forgotten them. He never deviated from what he promised to do. The year after Jacob obeyed God’s instructions to worship him at Bethel, Joseph’s dreams about their future had the family in an uproar.

Jacob rebuked Joseph but gave some serious thought to it. Even a deceiver like Jacob knew better than to underestimate a dreamer. Dreamers say ridiculous things difficult to believe. Who was Joseph that God would exalt him above his brothers? Yet, before Joseph was born, God had given dreams to Jacob. Jacob was the third generations clinging to the promise of becoming a great nation. Surely, he wondered if Joseph would conquer the Promised Land and become the king of the promised nation.

It was reasonable to believe the fulfillment of God’s promise was at hand, but it wasn’t and that made Jacob’s thoughts vain. When God changed Jacob’s name to Israel, he called those things that do not exist as though they do[1].   There were still things hidden under a tree that needed to be destroyed!

God used Joseph to deliver his family from a famine and to teach them humility but Joseph was not “the seed” the promises were made to. He was the seed that would lead them to a place from which they would need deliverance.

For many years, Jacob’s family prospered in Egypt. Joseph’s wisdom and insight into the future had given his brothers favor in high places. Yet one day,

 Genesis 50:24-25

            ….Joseph said to his brethren, I die; and God will surely visit you, and bring you out of this land unto the land which he sware to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob. And Joseph took an oath of the children of Israel, saying, God will surely visit you, and you shall carry my bones from here..

 Even though things had never been better, Joseph spoke of a day God would visit them and they would return to inherit the land God promised their fathers. They humored Joseph, and took an oath promising to bring his bones with them. As they swore the oath, they no doubt wondered why they would want to leave.

Even though the children of Jacob had not heard from God for a very long time, he never stopped working to fulfill his promises. So what was God doing for 200 years? Turn to Psalms and we will find out.

 Psalm 105:24

            He increased His people greatly, and made them stronger than their enemies.

 Jacob family had multiplied to 70 when they moved to Egypt. They left Egypt a great multitude, six hundred thousand men of war. Including children, women and men to old for war the number would be over a million. God not only made them a great multitude as he promised Abraham. He made them “stronger than their enemies.” One day, a new king arose over Egypt that knew not Joseph and God did something peculiar.

 Psalm 105:25

            He (God) turned their (the Egyptians) heart to hate His people, to deal craftily with His servants.

 What kind of God makes people hate you and deal craftily with you? A God who has already made you stronger than your enemies! I know what you are thinking. If I am stronger than my enemy, why am I oppressed? 1 Corinthians gives us one reason.

 1 Cororinthians 10:13-14

13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. 14 Wherefore, my dearly beloved, flee from idolatry.

 God does not put more on us than we can bear yet many people find themselves in unbearable circumstances.

Why can’t I find deliverance? Why do I keep failing in temptation? You are asking the wrong question. What have you hidden Jacob? Deceiver! You can fool man but you can’t fool God. Why didn’t you flee from idolatry? Why did you hide a false image of God instead of destroying it? The hidden things have blinded your eyes. Your enemy oppresses you because he fears you.  

Listen to the oppressor talk.

 Exodus 1:8-11

            Now there arose a new king over Egypt, who did not know Joseph. And he said to his people, “Look the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we; [before they figure out they are stronger than we are] come, let us deal shrewdly with them, lest they multiply, and it happen, in the event of war, that they also join our enemies and fight against us, and so go up out of the land. Therefore, they set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens.

 Men and women of this world afflict you with their burdens. Tyrants don’t want you to leave. You carry their burdens and that feeds their need to feel superior.

God permits you to be afflicted because you don’t want to dig up and destroy the hidden things. The false image of God you refuse to let go of because you love the flesh, the wife, the mentor, the grandma, the grandpa, the father, the mother, the brother, the sister, the Pastor, the evangelist, the teacher that taught you a lie about God, more than you love the Spirit of God. You refuse to release the false image of God you would rather cling to then admit you were a fool to worship and that is one reason you cannot find deliverance. Don’t despair! Everything God does is good.  Look at verse 12,

 Exodus 1:12

            But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew.

 You grow in affliction because affliction reveals the truth. God allows evil taskmasters make your life miserable, but he will not let them destroy you. When the king of Egypt decreed death for male babies,  the midwives refused to obey. God blessed the midwives but took no action against Egypt.

What was God’s problem? Doesn’t he have eyes to see? His people are miserable, oppressed. Their lives are bitter. All God did was bless the midwives for refusing to practice abortion. Bless the midwives for letting children enter a world God knows will be bitter. What kind of God would do such a thing? A God who will keep his word to his own hurt. Your misery grieves him. Delivering you is not a problem for God. WINNING YOUR HEART IS!

The longer you with hold your heart from him, the closer death comes to the innocent. When the king of this world perceived his plan was not working. He commanded his servants to kill the children. When the death of the innocent was commanded so was their deliverance. A child marked for death was preserved from the waters and received into the house of the oppressors.

God is so smooth! The people that oppressed and murdered his people will feed, clothe, and educate their deliverer. They taught Moses all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and he grew up to be mighty in words and deeds. When the time for Israel’s deliverance arrived, it entered Moses heart to visit his own people and the unexpected happened.

Before religious zealots murdered Stephen, he told us what really happened the day the deliver visited his people.

 Acts 7:24-27

            And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he [Moses] defended and avenged him who was oppressed, and struck down the Egyptian. For he supposed that his brethren would have understood that God would deliver them by his hand but they did not understand. And the next day he appeared to two of them as they were fighting, and tried to reconcile them, saying, Men and brethren why do you wrong one another? But he who did his neighbor wrong pushed him away, saying who made you a ruler and a judge over us?

 God can ease the pain in our lives but we will not receive deliverance until we understand God has made Jesus our ruler and judge. Jesus has the right to demand we stop wronging one another. When we push Jesus away and refuse to obey him it darkens our understanding.

 Proverbs 10:13 KJV

In the lips of him that hath understanding wisdom is found: but a rod is for the back of him that is void of understanding.

 The children of Israel were already stronger than Egypt. Pharaoh knew it and so did Moses.  So how could the weaker oppress the stronger? Very simply, the stronger had no understanding. They were too busy fighting with their brothers to recognize the man God has chosen to deliver them. Consumed with the cares of life, they rejected the deliverer God sent.

Moses never felt the rod of Egypt on his back. The people who rejected him did. The people who said to the man God choose, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us?” never knew him as a prince and a judge. Moses lived in the desert a free man. The generation that rejected him died in slavery. It was forty years before God sent deliverance again. This was the first but would not be the last time Moses must wait for his brothers.

But I thought Moses made a mistake. I thought Moses missed God’s time. I thought Moses hid in Midian because he was afraid Pharaoh would kill him for killing an Egyptian. I think not! The man with understanding did not make a mistake. The people who do not understand make the mistakes. Today is the day of salvation. Today if you hear your deliverer’s voice harden not your heart. Moses did not miss God’s timing his brothers did. Moses did not die a slave. His brothers did. Moses was not afraid when he left Egypt. Moses was a man of faith and I can prove it with more than an opinion!

 Hebrews 11:27

NKJ Bible:        By faith he [Moses] forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king…

Amplified Bible:          Motivated by faith he left Egypt behind him, being unawed and undismayed by the wrath of the king….

Living Bible: And it was because he trusted God that he left the land of Egypt and wasn’t afraid of the king’s anger.

Moses knew his people were greater than Egypt. He was not afraid of an earthly king. The only king Moses feared was the heavenly king.

Well if Moses was not afraid of Pharaoh, why does Exodus Chapter 2 say Moses feared? Let’s turn there but keep your finger in Hebrews because we are coming back.       

Exodus 2:14

            Then he said, “Who made you a prince and a judge over us? Do you intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian?” So Moses feared and said, Surely this thing is known!”

 What thing was known? That he killed an Egyptian? Why should he fear that? He was the son of Pharaoh. Human dictators do not count life precious. The Pharaoh’s were too self-absorbed with their own importance to care about anyone but themselves.

Moshe Pearlman writes in The Footsteps of Moses[2] “Life at any royal court in any land and in any age is usually far removed from the life of the populace. In the court of Pharaoh, at that time, it was even more so, ….. Members of the court lived on a tight little royal island, cut off from the public, aware of their existence but hardly aware of them as human beings. The lives of the slaves touched them not at all, though the product of slavery did.”

I doubt Pharaoh cared that Moses killed a slave handler. A man mighty in words and deeds could easily talk his way back into Pharaoh’s good graces. The reason Moses killed an Egyptian made Pharaoh angry. Moses was a man mighty in words and deeds acting like a prince and a judge of a people more and mightier than Pharaoh’s people. Pharaoh was worried about his job not a dead Egyptian. If Moses rallied the Hebrews around him, he could dethrone Pharaoh and take over.

 What about that dead Egyptian? Was it ok that Moses killed an Egyptian? No, but what Moses did foreshadowed the cost God would pay to deliver them. Moses killed one Egyptian. Ultimately, God killed every firstborn in Egypt, both Jew and Gentile, who refused to stay in the house with the blood of a lamb on the door. Moses erred when he killed an Egyptian because he could not pay that kind of debt but our God can. Have you never found the fear of God, my friend!

Moses feared because it was known that he was a prince and judge over the Hebrews and his own people pushed him away. The Hebrew word translated fear is yare[3]. Vine’s Expository Dictionary of Biblical Words says “yare” means standing in awe of a person in an exalted position. This is not simple fear, but reverence, whereby an individual recognizes the power and position of the individual revered and renders him proper respect.

Humanity is in an exalted position. We can make a claim no other life on earth can. We are like God, created in his image by God himself. When Adam and Eve sinned, we did not become unlike God. We became more like God. God himself said, “Behold the man has become like one of us to know good and evil.” Yet none of us are like God. The paradox justifies God. The more we have become like him the more unlike him we act. There is only ONE God and no one like him. You could possess all of God’s things and you would still never be like HIM!

When we make a choice, God recognizes the power and position he has permitted us to have and renders us proper respect. By God’s own testimony, we know good and evil like he does. Why do we choose evil unless we are evil? When Moses brothers rejected him, Moses feared. He recognized their power and position and rendered them proper respect. If they didn’t want him, he would not force himself upon them.

No one knew Moses killed an Egyptian. Except Moses and the Hebrew he delivered from a beating. How did Pharaoh find out Moses was acting like a prince and a judge unless an ungrateful Hebrew told him. Moses was no longer welcome in Pharaoh’s house. His brothers are content to be Pharaoh’s slaves. What could the deliverer do but leave? Israel missed the day of her visitation and now they will die the slaves they love to be!

 MOSES

 Moses left Egypt because he is a man of faith but he was not the first in his family to possess faith that pleases God.

 Hebrews 11:23

            By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.  

 Moses parents, Amram and Jochebed had faith before their youngest son was born. Neither was Moses the first in his family “not afraid” of the king of Egypt.

Jewish history, as written by Josephus, says Pharaoh’s sacred scribe, gifted in foretelling future events, informed Pharaoh that a child would be born who would bring the Egyptian dominion low and raise the Israelites. If the child grew to manhood, he would excel all men in virtue and obtain a glory remembered through all ages. Pharaoh responded with a decree for all male Hebrew babies to be thrown in the river to die. Pharaoh also commanded the family of any parent who tried to save their male children would be destroyed.

When Moses was born, Amram and Jochebed saw he was a beautiful, proper, not ordinary, goodly, fine, fair, comely, handsome, rare beauty or unusual child depending on the Bible version you read. I read more than one. The Greek word is asteion[4] (as-ti-os). The word is connected with astu, “a city”, and used primarliy “of that which befitted the town” (corresponding English words are polite, polished, connected with polis (metropolis) Urbane from Latin, urbs, (suburbs). When Moses was born Amram and Jochebed saw the same thing Abraham saw afar off.  “A city”!

 Hebrews 11:13-16

            These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off were assured of them, embraced them and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. For those who say such things declare plainly that they seek a homeland. And truly if they had called to mind that country from which they had come out, they would have had opportunity to return. But now they desire a better, that is a heavenly country. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for He has prepared a city for them.

 What is so important about a city that Abraham would leave familiar things and live a foreigner all his life waiting for it? Why is a city so important that Amram and Jochebed would risk the lives of their whole family to keep one baby alive? I’ll tell you what is so important about a city. The power to do the impossible is in the city.

When a people of one mind and language began to build a city in the plains of Shinar,

 Genesis 11:6 NAS

            The Lord said, Behold, they are one people, and they all have the same language. And this is what they began to do, and now nothing, which they purpose to do, will be impossible for them.

 KJV….and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do.

 Why did God interfere? Why didn’t he let them do the impossible? Very simple, humanity is too selfish to be trusted with that kind of power. Shortly before Babel, God destroyed the entire human race except Noah and his family because every imagination of the heart of man was only wicked continually. God knows we use power to destroy. If God had not interfered, they would have built a city that produced all kinds of impossible evil.

History proves it. Did we use Einstein’s discoveries to give life or death? We built a bomb powerful enough to destroy an entire city. Then we did it not once but twice. But you might argue. It was a major factor in ending a world war! That is true. But is that the best we can do. End killing by killing more innocent people than anyone else can. How many babies and young children were robbed of life that did not even know a war was being fought. Humanity created peace by sacrificing the innocent and SO DOES GOD! He created peace by sacrificing his own innocent son. He did not ask us to bear the burden of satisfying the laws righteous demands. He bore it. He bore the pain of peace for anyone who loves him. Anything man can do God can do better.

Babel had not invited God to be their king. God had already promised he would never destroy all of humanity again. He solved the problem without harming anyone by divided us with language, making unity very difficult to attain.

The Bible, from beginning to end, is about a city and its king. Who should be the king of the city where all things are possible? Should it be the creator or the created? Should it be the ones who think evil or the one who thinks no evil? The ability to do the impossible is good in the hand of someone good, the hand of someone who would rather die than let harm come upon us. When will we rightly divided between God and man?

Amram and Jochebed recognized Moses was a part of the eternal plan to bring all of humanity to the city God is building, where only impossible good will be possible. They did not fear an earthly king. They feared their heavenly king, and hid Moses for three months. When he was too big to hide, they committed him to God.

God touched the heart of Pharaoh’s daughter to pay Jochebed to wean her own son. God always pays his way. Moses was three or four years old before she brought him to Pharaoh’s daughter and walked away filled with bittersweet emotions. Sweet that her son would live a life of privilege. Bitter that her son would give his love to a stranger. She did not have to worry. Her love for God’s dreams did not fail her. 

 Paul wrote to Timothy,

 2 Timothy 1:5-7

            When I call to remembrance the genuine faith that is in you, which dwelt first in your grandmother Lois and your mother Eunice, and I am persuaded is in you also.

 Jochebed’s agony of giving up her son to another was richly rewarded. Moses grew up possessing the genuine faith of his mother. Egypt never worked its way into his heart. Look at verse 24,

 Hebrews 11:24-26

            By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.

 God’s agony of giving up his son to another will not be in vain either. When humanity becomes of age, we will refuse to be called anyone’s son but his! Until then we must suffer affliction with the people of God, which brings up an interesting question. How did Moses suffer affliction with the people of God? All Jacob’s children were suffering in slavery. Moses packed his bags and forsook them. How did Moses suffer affliction with the people of God? He was in Midian. They were in Egypt.

I suppose that depends on who the people of God are. Are the people of God slaves who love tyrants? Jesus said, a slave does not live in the house forever. A son does. The children of Jacob who rejected their deliverer died in slavery. Moses refused to make God ashamed by loving slavery.  

Moses believed the promises God made to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The promise that one-day God would make them into a great nation that would bless all nations. They were strong enough to become that nation, but the hidden things and their love of fighting with their brothers made them to dense to understand their deliverer had come. Moses was a man of faith, willing to suffer the affliction of freedom with his brothers, possessing too much dignity to suffer the affliction of slavery. And that is not all Moses did!

When I wrote this lesson, I thought it was finished several times but I could not get anywhere with lesson 2. While I struggled to move on to the next lesson, the church had a dinner. I sat at the table with a friend who was conversing in Arabic with a man. I sat down and she introduced me to her friend from Egypt.

We talked about the pyramids and various other things then he said something very interesting. Moses built the city of Raamses. Moses built a city. When Moses forsook Egypt by faith, he forsook more than his place in Pharaoh’s family. He forsook more than brothers who would rather be slaves than sons. He forsook a city his own hands had built. To wait for the city God’s hands are building. Even though his brothers did not want to be free, Moses still believed God would keep his promise. He left Egypt for the same reason Abraham left Haran. Moses forsook his family and fathers house to look for a city whose builder and maker is God.

There are more brothers than those who sit next to you ona church pew. There are more brothers than those content to be slaves. Moses believed in the resurrection. Jesus said,

 Luke 20:37-38

            Now that the dead are raised even Moses shewed at the bush, when he called the Lord the God of Abraham, and the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. For he is not a God of the dead, but of the living; for all live unto him.

 If the brothers of Moses short time and space on this earth did not want what God wanted, Moses was willing to wait for the brothers who had died in faith before him. Persuaded one day God would raise them from the dead and keep his promise. Moses was even willing to die in faith like his brothers died in faith before him. He left his faithless brothers in slavery and went on with his life. He became a shepherd, married, and called his son, “Gershom for he said, I have been a stranger in a foreign land.” Moses walked in the steps of Father Abraham. The affliction of God’s people, the affliction of freedom is being a man without a country. Abraham declared it! Moses declared it! Do you declare it? Are you a stranger in a foreign land or are you content to be a slave.

The brothers who rejected Moses knew about God. Jacob taught his children that God delivered me out of all my distress. Joseph told them God would come for you. Take my bones with you when he does. Joseph believed in the resurrection too! He did not want his bones coming back together in a foreign land. Yet we have no record that they called upon the God of their fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob until the king they loved died.

 Exodus 2:23

            Now it happened in the process of time that the king of Egypt died, then the children of Israel groaned because of the bondage and they cried out; and their cry came up to God…..

 You are already stronger than your enemy is. God has already prepared your deliverer. So why can’t you find deliverance? Could it be? You have hidden a false image of God that you should have destroyed? Could it be? You would rather fight with your brother than obey your prince. Could it be? You love the king that loads his burdens on your back and hate the king who will bear your burden. 

Don’t despair! Even with all these flaws, God will hear your cry. He loved you first. He wants to bless you. He does not act because you love him. He acts because he loves you. Through the death and resurrection of Jesus, a covenant is in the process of being established that opens God’s ears to any man anywhere who cries for him. If you want to be delivered, come to God just as you are and the journey of your heart will begin.


[1] Romans 4:17

[2] Page 24

[3] #3372 Strongs

[4] 791 Strongs

About Teena Myers

Teena is the Vice Chairman of the Southern Christian Writers Guild, author of three books and a freelance writer.
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