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DAILY DEVOTIONAL –Saturday, February 21, 2015
This section pictures a new exodus for a people once again oppressed, as the Israelites had been as slaves in Egypt before the Exodus. They would cry to God, and again he would hear and deliver them. A new exodus would take place through a new wilderness. The past miracles, were nothing compared to what God would do for his people in the future. (NLT)
Isaiah 43:18-19 – “But forget all that—it is nothing compared to what I am going to do. For I am about to do a brand-new thing. See, I have already begun! Do you not see it? I will make a pathway through the wilderness for my people to come home. I will create rivers for them in the desert!
Cast all your anxiety on [God] because he cares for you. – 1 Peter 5:7 (NIV)
Lenore Warton (New South Wales, Australia) tells a story titled “EXCESS BAGGAGE.” Lenore’s story is inspiring.
Here is a portion of Lenore’s story:
“. . . God is showing me that just as on our van holidays, I drag along unnecessary things on my life’s journey. I guess I think I’ll need them; but in reality they are baggage from the past, habits that I don’t need, thoughts that flood my mind and weigh down my spirit.
“Becoming Christians means we are to start a new life – parting with our old life and our old ways. Gradually, as we pay attention, we can see God’s Holy Spirit revealing our destructive attitudes and habits. This process frees up space in our minds and hearts to fill up on the freedom that Christ – through his suffering – has won for us.”
THOUGHT FOR THE DAY – Instead of being weighed down by old baggage, I can be free in Christ.
Prayer: Dear heavenly Father, help us listen to your Holy Spirit to discern the old ways we need to get rid of, and give us strength to let go of them. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
Prayer Focus: PEOPLE WEIGHED DOWN BY THE PAST
To read the rest of the story in The Upper Room, click on the following link: http://devotional.upperroom.org/
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