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From: "REVIVAL List" <prophetic@...>
Date: Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:45:19 +1300
-extracts by Mark Altrogge

God leads every believer into the desert at one time or another...

Moses spent 40 years in the desert before God raised him up to
lead Israel out of Egypt.  As soon as God delivered Israel from
bondage in Egypt, he took them into the desert.  David did a lot
of desert time hiding out from Saul before God made him king.
And the Spirit drove Jesus into the desert after his baptism for 40 days.

Lots of circumstances can be "deserts." ... When we´re in the
desert, it can feel like God´s not doing anything.  Or he´s set us
aside.  But God is always at work.  He uses desert experiences
in many ways, as we see in Dt. 8:2-6:

Deserts humble us
And you shall remember the whole way that the LORD your
God has led you these forty years in the wilderness, that he
might humble you (v 2)

Deserts reveal what is in our hearts
Testing you to know what was in your heart, whether you would
keep his commandments or not.  (v 2)

Deserts teach us to live by God´s Word
And he humbled you and let you hunger and fed you with manna,
which you did not know, nor did your fathers know, that he might
make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man
lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.  (v 3)

Deserts teach us that God can provide for us in any circumstance.
Your clothing did not wear out on you, and your foot did not swell
these forty years.  (v 4)

Deserts teach us to fear and obey God
Know then in your heart that, as a man disciplines his son, the
LORD your God disciplines you.  So you shall keep the
commandments of the LORD your God by walking in his ways
and by fearing him.  (v 5-6)

When Moses, Israel, David, and Jesus were in the desert, God
was preparing them for something greater.  If you´re in the desert
right now, know that God is at work in your life.  Don´t despair.
Trust God.  He´s doing great things in you.