Encouragement

The God I Serve – A Word by Darren Canning

Darren Canning is a global missionary who operates in the gifts of the Holy Spirit for the building up of the body of Christ. He is the founder of the online broadcast FROM THE MOUNTAINTOP. Website: darrencanning.tv 
 
 
The God I Serve
A Word by Darren Canning
 
 
Exodus 3:8
 
“So I have come down to rescue them from the hand (power) of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a land [that is] good and spacious, to a land flowing with milk and honey [a land of plenty]—to the place of the Canaanite, the Hittite, the Amorite, the Perizzite, the Hivite, and the Jebusite.”
 
The Israelites in Egypt had experienced a great deliverance. They watched as the Lord sent the great plagues upon that earthly Kingdom until its power was left tattered and in rags. The mighty pharaoh who was worshipped as God was powerless to the power of God. I love the story of Moses journeying back to Egypt to set the people free.
 
When I was a child I understood that story much differently than I do today. Today I am acquainted with the power and person of Christ. I know God. I have seen His hand move in my life. I understand Him a little better than when I was young. I still have so much to learn but I walk with Him and I talk with Him now.
 
As a child I used to be afraid for the Israelites and for Moses. I remember reading about Moses’ first encounter with Pharaoh, and how he was rejected. I remember being overwhelmed for Moses when Pharaoh doubled the work for the Israelites. I could imagine Moses being beaten by His people for this. I remember fearing for Moses. I remember thinking would he survive. I felt fear for him.
 
I also remember feeling fear when the Israelites were at the Red Sea. Even though I knew the sea would open I felt the power and the weight of Pharaoh at their backs. I felt the destruction that could have happened if God had not intervened. 
 
In my early encounters with the scripture I was more focused on the people in the stories than I was with the God who was their savior. I couldn’t see Him in the details. I couldn’t picture Him above all the circumstances. Even though I read and saw what was happening He was still hidden from me in the story.
 
Maybe that sounds strange but I think that is probably normal. God in His nature is above and beyond us in every way and yet shares the spaces that we are in. He is capable of being aloft and capable of being near. It takes time to develop our sense of Him in our hearts. It takes time to see Him in all the spaces that He has created – the ones near and the ones far off.
 
The Israelites did not cultivate that sense of God. God had a destiny for them but they didn’t necessarily own it – they were driven toward it. God saw all that He would accomplish through them and began moving them toward it. Nothing would stop Him. No God of Egypt, no power of man could keep His blessing from manifesting in those people.
 
He provided for them in marvelous and miraculous ways. He fed them, he gave them water out of the rock, and he protected them from their enemies but they still complained. I found myself upset with their complaints when I was young but as I have aged I find myself praying may I not complain as they did if I find myself in such situations.
 
I love that God made water come from a stone. I love that he sent manna to feed them every day. And as they complained He was kind and sent them meat. They did not have vision for what He was doing or even understand their God but He sustained them anyway.
 
Even when they created a false idol He still had destiny for them.
 
I love this God that I serve – the same God of these people. He has provided for me in supernatural ways. Daily do I experience His provision. Daily I am taken care of by His powerful hand. My enemies he silences. My family He feeds. His mission in my life He provides for.  
 
Moses could not see the full destiny of His people. He couldn’t even begin to understand the full promise that God had for them. He just did His part and God helped Him to do it. As we step into the places He has for us His supernatural power will manifest. We have to step into it. We don’t have to do much else. His power is what will get the job done. Moses was just a conduit through which He worked.
 
As my older self looks at this story I see God everywhere in it. The people were never really in danger. They may have felt fear and anxiety but that is because they were not intimate with the God who was helping them. No king in this world can destroy the work that God is doing in your life. No person can keep His provision from you. No person can stop God from doing what He is going to do. There is no persecution or tribulation strong enough to stop you. You will feel His peace in the midst of every circumstance and know His name above every storm.
 
They were never really in danger because the almighty and lofty one was their protector. He provided for them daily and just in time. When the enemy came against them, the enemy was destroyed. You need to see this about your God. This is who He is. This is what He does. He did it for them and He will do it for you. If you could rest in this assurance your peace would be great.
 
I pray for you today. Perhaps you recognize the fear and torment in your life. Perhaps you see your faithlessness and you want to change. I declare over you today that you will begin to grow in new ways and God will invade your imagination to allow you to see His greatness. He will not let you down. He will be with you always even till the end of time.
 
Darren Canning
 
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