Friday, June 13, 2008

Open Heart Surgery

Today I go into Chapter 3 of Hebrews, verses 15 - 16.

"Today, if you hear his voice, do not harden your hearts as you did in the rebellion. Who were they who heard and rebelled? Were they not all those Moses led out of Egypt"?

How can we apply this verse to us in this modern day? What's Moses and Egypt got to do with us?

Moses was a great leader and deliverer of the Israelites, who stood up against Pharoah and set God's people free. They were led by him out of Egypt, where they'd been in bondage, and were tested in the wilderness for 40 years. They saw many miracles of God, yet they got out there in the desert and started complaining and then sinning against him, wanting to go back to Egypt.

Moses was used as the voice of God to the people, giving them the Law - the 10 Commandments, but they rose up against him, making their own god - a golden calf, and rebelling against the Word of God.

Today, we have Jesus as the One and only deliverer, able to free us completely from sin and bondage. Egypt for us is our lives when we are in sin and not in a relationship with him as Lord. He comes to us as a Mighty deliverer sent by God Almighty, to free us from the sin and bondages of this life that lead to spiritual death. If we accept his call, and not harden our hearts when he speaks, he will prove what he said in John 8:32, "Then you will know the Truth, and the Truth shall set you free".

As Christians, we sometimes have "wilderness" experiences. God will allow things to come into our life to test our faith and trust in Him. We need to keep our eyes focused on Him, and his Word and follow closely wherever he may lead us. If we take our eyes off him, the temptation to go back to "Egypt", our former way of life, will come back to us, and Satan will make it appear appealing, just like he did to the Israelites when they were on their way to the Promised Land and got tired and impatient with God.

Open your heart to hear the voice of Jesus today - let him free you from the hurt that someone caused that has in turn, made your heart hardened; let him free you from the sin that has you saying, "God can't forgive me for that - it's too big"; from the chains of addiction that are slowly destroying your life.

In Matthew 19:26, Jesus says, "With man this is impossible, but with God, all things are possible".

Let God show you today what He's able to do with your life - ask him to come into your life and wash you clean from your sin, and to walk with you as your Father, your Friend, and your Deliverer.

We're just here on earth temporarily, waiting to get to our Promised Land - Heaven!

Happy Friday - have a good day, and a great weekend!


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