"So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water." - Exodus 15:22
For many of us, we have experienced a wilderness while fulfilling God's purpose for our life. We feel lonely, barren, and unfruitful. We have been so dry and thirsty that we find ourselves crying out to God in desperation. Our life is in disorder, and at times we are confused and irritated.
God has a purpose for our wilderness -- He does NOT plan for us to stay there!
God brought the Israelites out of Egypt for the purpose of not only proving their hearts, but also to give them an opening to be delivered from a slavery mentality.
"Slave" in a spiritual sense is bondage where one is experiencing a form of imprisonment and captivity. It is also a person who has no will of his own and is wholly under the control of another. Also one who surrenders himself to any power whatever; as as a slave to a passion, lust or ambition.
"Casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." - 2 Corinthians 10:5
The Israelites, while they were in the wilderness, had many occasions to activate their faith for their breakthroughs, but instead they remained in their slavery mentality of the past -- they remained in a place of total surrender to old thoughts and behavior patterns -- because they could not totally trust God, they remained in their wilderness......and a generation died there.
GOD IS EXPECTING : "THE PROCEEDING WORD"
"....man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God!" - (Matthew 4:4)
Proceeding words are God-given declarations (based on the Word of God) which begin to flow from our inner-most being. Like a mighty river, there should be an outflow of God's Word that gushes forth whenever we are in a wilderness, and the enemy is tempting us. We allow ourselves to be developed in a wilderness (Luke 4:4-12), so that we are are empowered with these proceeding words (Luke 4:22).
Rather than feeling sorry for ourselves because we experience dry places, we realize that God has a much greater plan. He is empowering us for the miraculous and "greater things!"
BREAKING FREE OF A SLAVERY MENTALITY
A slave mentality says that you will not find YOUR PLACE IN MINISTRY, but a proceeding word says that God has firmly planted you into your DESTINY, and you will not be plucked up!
We experience our deliverance as we examine every ungodly belief and replace it with God's Word. We cycle out of our captivity as we begin to respond to every wilderness test with a proceeding word spoke in faith.
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