Morning Encouragement for 8/20/2022

Good Morning! Well here we are in the last full week of August which signals the end of summer. I hope that each of you have taken the time with family and friends this summer.

When you came to the Lord and by obedience went through the water’s of baptism, what did it feel like? Was it just another day in your life? Or was a day for you? When nation Israel crossed the river they were the same nation but were no longer slaves running from Pharaoh. The day they marched out of Egypt was likened to breathing fresh air because they knew that at the end of the day, they would not be subjected to the whips and tyranny of Egypt ever again. While this great and most definitely “good news” the thing is, just as Israel found out, walking out of slavery is one thing but defeating the demons that brought about slavery is another. Look at what happened to Israel in the days, weeks, months following the crossing of the Sea of Reeds: doubt set in, fear of the unknown, food and water became a problem; Add to the mix, fights began to break out and some wanted to go back to Egypt thinking that the nation would welcome them back with open arms. It would seem, to me anyway, that the easiest part of the trip was getting the “green light from Pharaoh”. In the same way the easy part of salvation is going through the waters of baptism. On Sunday morning after the baptism, we are on fire for the Lord but then Monday morning comes around, still pass our old familiar haunts, and at work we are still be reminded of our failures because we are a new person in the same old frame. Remember, you never fully defeat these demons until the day you are brought home to Jesus. I encourage you to read the 114th division of Psalms and commit it to memory specifically the last verse. May you have the victory

Readings: Psalms 114, 1 Corinthians 10:1-13, John 9, Proverbs 2:1-8, and Exodus 14.

Famous Quote: “For to be free is not merely to cast off one’s chains, but to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedom of others.” – Nelson Mandela.

Father,

You desire above all things that we walk free from the bondage to sin. The Devil will continue to remind us of who we are, what we’ve done, and the lives we have hurt. Yet, it is by the Cross of Jesus that the death penalty has been annulled. When I am down and feeling on the verge of going back to Egypt may this Psalm be a standard by which I can hold onto. I know that your son defeated the enemy “death” because he was resurrected from the dead after paying the penalty. May you always encourage my readers. I pray for EMTs, Police, Medical staff, teachers, and front line workers. Please watch over my family and keep them in the same word by which you called me.

IHS MK

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