Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on.(Exo 14:15 NIV)
It has been a while since the last Journal of November 2006. The year rolled over and we are way into the first quarter of 2007; so much has happened since then. I left volatile Darfur last year and ended up in Upper Nile late November just in time to be evacuated out of the place due to war. Thank God everyone in our camp was able to clear out safely despite the heavy firing that was going on all over town then. I am now back in Upper Nile State, thank God it’s relatively quiet.
On the home front, the Lord has been faithful, our son joined form one and our eldest child is in her fourth form. How time flies! On the work front it has been one challenge after another but in the end we have seen good results in our vaccination campaigns regardless of the slow progress. With every successful coverage, we are certain that few children in the areas covered will ever have to suffer the ravages of diseases like Measles again. Slowly but surely the war on this killer disease is being worn village by village.
In all things we have reason to praise and thank God. However, after the long spell of not sending the journals, I have had time to soul search and think on issues a bit. It has been a time of quiet contemplation. This word has been in my heart since late last year and I feel this is the time to share it with you: Time to move on… It became even clearer as the year ended and the new one begun. I will share more later as the year rolls on… meanwhile be blessed as you read this journal.
WHEN THINGS STOP FUNCTIONING…Beloved, in life we at times come to a dead end, a cul-de-sac, an insurmountable wall or mountain where there seems to be no way out. Moving forward is a big no and backwards is an even bigger NO. In such a situation the question that comes to mind is; which way to go?
In the book of Exodus we see Moses and all Israel leaving Pharaohs court and march out to freedom in a triumphant procession with all they had; until they arrived at their dead end by the Red Sea. Before this it had been smooth sailing all along until then. Ahead was the raging sea, besides them mountains and behind them the advancing chariots of Egypt hell bent to return Israel to bondage and slavery. To them there was no way of escape and in great distress they turned to their leader Moses who after calming them turned to God. Clearly, everyone including Moses was at their wits end. That is until God’s sharp rebuke to the leadership… Move on!
IT IS TIME TO MOVE ON WITH GOD!Many times we find ourselves at the place where Moses and Israel were; a place of inactivity and visionless ness; a place the leadership is as clueless on what should happen as the villager whose entire vision does not go beyond the village. Moses, Aaron and the whole of Israel had seen what Jehovah had done to Pharaoh and Egypt yet at the first sign of trouble everyone was up in arms! God stepped in and restored order with His Words;
…tell the Israelites to move on!
Brother, are you stuck in one area or the other of your life? It is your time and season to move on.
My sister in Christ, have you been hurt to the extent you have decided to let go of what makes you who you are? Well it is time for you to let God speak these words into your spirit today… Its time for you to move on!
Are you stuck in a spiritual time warp? It is your season to be free of legality and men’s doctrines that go to great distances to gain one convert and then make him/her to stagnate. It is your moment of liberation too! Hallelujah!
I have been reading about Gods great generals of the past. Men and women whom we owe what we have in Christendom today; I was amazed at how all of them had to break off or walk away from the legalities of their times and in spite of heavy persecution, criticism and even martyrdom. They proceeded to revolutionize what we have today. They reformed the Christian way of life as we see it now.
WE POSSES THE STUFF THAT MAKE MIRACLES.Moses had a staff in his hand; it is the rod that God used to break the yoke of Pharaoh over Israel. When he stretched it over the Read Sea, the water parted and they walked to freedom. When they looked back from the other side they could see only dead enemies washing ashore!
Brethren, we may not posses the staff of Moses right now in our situations but we do have inherent in us the stuff that make miracles to happen!
“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NIV)
for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (1 John 5:4 NIV)
Beloved when we are in Christ we have conquered and overcome the world and all it has. Yes, problems and tribulations will be there but then we have Jesus on our side! Imagine the one without him in times of trouble; what do they turn to? Some commit murder, suicide or get lost in drunkenness! Others go to the powers of darkness…
Our faith is the victory over the unseen. Our faith is the stuff that makes miracles. Of course often it is hard to walk in faith when Satan and his hordes of demon spirits are breathing down your neck; but this is your dynamic weapon that ensures that you will cross over to the safe side. If Moses did not have the faith in the miracle power of the rod of God, probably the whole of Israel would have ended right back in bondage!
THE ENEMY WITHIN.I have over time come to recognize that perhaps our greatest enemy in Christianity today is the one that we allow to grow from within! Let me explain, you become a Christian believer, join a church that is dynamic and you progress in your walk and work with the Lord until one day you find that not all of you are headed in the same direction! Some are stuck, regressed or bewildered with no sense of direction. While some in positions of authority flaunt that authority to the hurt of the flock!
Remember the church in Sardis in the book of Revelation chapter 3? The Lord had to sharply rebuke them to wake up! They risked loosing the little life that they had. Even then God could see the few lively ones in Sardis. Their only way out of the imminent spiritual death was to move on with their God. Most often problems affecting church can be traced right up to the doorstep of the leadership. When the vision bearers loose the vision, the church stagnates. Likewise when the members loose sight of their leader, they focus elsewhere:
When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, “Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don’t know what has happened to him.” (Exodus 32:1 NIV)
Beware of the enemy within! It pursues all within the church and can even capture the very best. As I read the stories of God’s generals (http://www.godsgenerals.com/), I came across the riveting story of William Marion Branham who moved and shook his part of the world for God in the last century only for doctrinal error and pride to do him in towards the latter part of his ministry. Thousands all over the world are still trapped in that error even today!
When Israel left the other side of the Red Sea in song and dance, they thought their troubles were over! I have heard a lot of gospel preached based on this miraculous crossing on how we will never see our pursuers again. Well, I have news for you! As long as we are still firmly in this earth, troubles shall never be far off from us. We are either afflicted by the ones we allow to catch up with us or those that arrive on us unexpectedly from elsewhere.
After making the god-calf at the foot of the Sinai, Israel got stuck good and proper in idolatry until Moses came down from Horeb and broke their revelry. He later built the Tabernacle and set things in order. They spend some time around that slope… until God again told them it is time to break camp and move on!
Just imagine how easily Israel slid from godliness to godlessness in the absence of proper leadership. Yet this was just a few years after deliverance from slavery in Egypt! How soon do we forget what God has done for us and wallow in sin and idolatry? Many have lost their first love for God and are now swayed in emptiness. It took God to again come to the rescue of Israel. In Deuteronomy we see how God came to their aid:
The LORD our God said to us at Horeb, “You have stayed long enough at this mountain. (Deu 1:6 NIV)