Thursday, June 9, 2016


(Completely Frustrated)
Problems, problems, and more problems, we all have them; although, it may seem that some are BIGGER than others, as humans, we all have our own share of them. So, what do we do when faced with these problems and situations that sometime arise in our lives? Do we face them head on, do we set them aside until tomorrow, or do we simply just  away cower in fear? For some, it is the first answer, for others it is the second, for others it is the third, and for so many others, it could be something completely different. Now, if there are multiple responses for the simple situations that arrive, what are we to do when faced with those larger than life problems, you know, those situations that, for many seem to be completely unbearable? Do we pass them on to the next individual, or do we just give up all together? To answer these questions we must first take a look at the Israelites, who at the time, were in captivity, slaves to the Pharaohs of Egypt, and their mighty armies. 

(Moses Splits the Red Sea)
For more than four hundred years, the children of Israel were in the lands of the Egyptians; while initially they were there as guest of Joseph, a child of the Israelites, yet a man and servant of Egypt, but as time passed they would become both slaves and prisoners. As time passed, the children of Israel would begin to cry out for God, and as they did they would soon find out that their God would not only listen, but He would answer, sending Moses, another child of both Israel and Egypt, to set His people free. Although it was definitely not the desire of the Pharaoh to allow the people of Israel, his prisoners and slaves, to simply escape out of his hands, the mighty hand of God moved in favor of the Israelites, first in the form of plagues, and then in the form of total destruction, washing away the chariots and soldiers of Egypt in the calamity of the Red Sea, following the final escape of the Israelites.

(The Chains That Bind)
Now, back to those pesky problems of ours, it seems that we, in our haste to lead our daily fast paced lives, have forgotten the Lord our God who has more than enough Power to bring us out of our own personal Egypt. Now, it is important to understand that we each have an Egypt, that place, that problem, or that circumstance that has held us captive at one time or another, and as we know, everyone's Egypt is different. For some, the Egypt they’re facing may be alcoholism, while for others it may be divorce, unemployment, or a plethora of other captivators; however, for myself, my captivator was a life of gangs and violence. You see, it appeared, to me anyway, that I was trapped in a lifestyle that generally had only two ways, death or incarceration. After several conversations, and what honestly felt like consistent badgering from my parents and friends, I decided to investigate this “God thing” for myself, and so I prayed to the Lord; speaking, "God if you are real, and if you truly care for us on an individual level, them reveal yourself to me, and act on my behalf, relieve me from this uncomfortable and terrible situation," and guess what, the Lord our God would do just that.

Luke 18:40-43
...Jesus stood, and commanded him to be brought unto him: and when he was come near, He asked him, Saying, What wilt thou that I shall do unto thee? And he said, Lord, that I may receive my sight. And Jesus said unto him, Receive thy sight: thy faith hath saved thee. And immediately he received his sight, and followed Him, glorifying God: and all the people, when they saw it , gave praise unto God...

(Jesus Saves)
You see, in the moment that I prayed that prayer, when I asked Jesus to relieve me of the pain I was feeling, God removed the scales from my eyes, and allowed me to see Him for who He truly was. God answered the prayers of His son; yes, I am the son of God, and you are His child as well, and when I could finally see the truth, thats when I began to realize that I had been living a total and complete lie. You see, the job of the enemy is to steal, your joy, to kill your dreams, and to destroy your life, and that is why the enemy consistently launches these problems, situations, and other distractions into our lives, in order to keep us from living the life that the Lord had intended for us to live. As I stated before, I began to Glorify God and Praise Him, thanking Him for giving me liberty, for setting me free, and for removing the chains that had held me captive for far too long. 

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