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July 30, 2016

As I stated in a previous blog (Kingdom Citizenship) because we are kingdom believers, there are rights and privileges granted to us by our King, who takes care of His citizens. Jesus in His earthly ministry emphasized this fact to His disciples telling them in Matthew 6:25, “Take no thought for their life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink, nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on.” These things are considered basic necessities and are often the things for which we worry.

For most of us, it is easy to complain rather than practice faith and positive confessions. I read this statement of Charles Capps over twenty years ago, and it remains in my spirit, “Satan has deceived the body of Christ into confessing their fears rather than their faith.” When problems arise in my life, I have to continually remind myself that God is in control and not to complain and worry. Also studying the story of Israel in the books of Exodus and Numbers has been beneficial in showing me what not to do.

Let me share some of their story with you. The Israelites left Canaan and went to Egypt because of a famine in the land. When the famine was over, they remained there because they were treated royally. After 430 years, things changed, and the Egyptians viewed the Israelis as a threat; therefore, they placed them in bondage and made them their servants. God intervened on their behave, and after inflicting ten plagues on the Egyptians, He delivered them mightily out of Egypt and destroyed Pharaoh and His army in the Red Sea.

After Israel crossed the Red Sea, they entered into the wilderness (an uncultivated, uninhabited, barren region), where they quickly forgot all that God had done for them and because of their unbelief they wandered in the wilderness for forty years. During that time, they murmured about water, food, and leadership. God had chosen Israel to be the people upon whom He would bestow His love and blessings; however, they continually angered and disappointed Him with their actions. He wanted them to love and trust His Word in all situations. Instead, they complained when things were delayed, or they experienced hardship. Their murmurings and complaints resulted in consequences, and generations of them died in the wilderness, never reaching the promise land.

From my study of Israel, I have learned these two essential things. God, my King, is my Sustainer, and I may sometimes be in an uncomfortable place, but in time, I will receive what I need to maintain and overcome. So, fellow believers instead of complaining I am praising God and using my spiritual weapons. I pray you have also learned to do the same.


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