Last summer the Lord spoke to me that I was coming to my Red Sea experience, similar to the test that Moses and the people of Israel faced. What the Lord was referring to ended up being an epic trial that would become a cornerstone of my life. Each one of you who are united with us in the Spirit, at “A Place To Meet Jesus,” may also be encountering your own Red Sea.
Daunting situations, and obstacles that seem insurmountable give us a chance to be cleansed. Or, as John said in the book of Revelation to the Laodicean Church, purified by fire. The fire is the situation that you are facing, along with the countless questions that are constantly coming to your mind.
The purpose of the fire is to remove dross, or pollution, from your spirit. This dross is to be discarded and never to be used again. At the same time, if you seek the presence of Jesus constantly throughout the day, this trial will actually draw you closer and more intimate with Him ~ which is your ultimate life’s goal.
One of the mysteries of this experience is learning the ways of God. Remember, His ways are not like your ways. The inventiveness and creativity of God is beyond your human understanding. The only way you can begin to comprehend it is to observe His previous actions and miracles that you have individually experienced.
I have personally learned that you’ve got to turn your reasoning mind off! I know this will be hard for many of you who are intelligent to even consider, because you have become so dependent on your vast knowledge and education.
Look at the situation of Moses. He was educated in the finest college of the greatest ruling nation on earth. Now here he was leading an army of one million slaves to what seemed to be a dead end journey ~ for in front of them was the uncrossable Red Sea. No one could even calculate the possibility of building ships large enough to transport such a massive population. And that’s not taking in account the task of what to do with the majority of helpless slaves while the ships were being constructed.
To make matters worse, pharaoh and his entire elite army blocked any way of escape for the people of Israel. So how do you think an intelligent man like Moses dealt with the mental torment that must’ve been going on in his mind? This was the kind of question I was asking myself.
Then God revealed to me the answer. “Don’t be afraid,” He said. “Remember, yes, remember in detail what God, your God, did to Pharaoh and all of Egypt.” This is the key. Instead of filling your mind with worries, fill your mind with memories about what God has already done ~ and proved to you His steadfast faithfulness.
When I began personally filling my thoughts with only what God has already done in my life, suddenly my spirit, mind, thoughts, and intents were filled with rock-solid faith that He will continue to be my faithful guide through this troubling sea that I’m facing! Do you realize that when Moses began crossing the Red Sea he looked up at walls of frozen water that were nearly 600 feet tall (according to the depths of the Red Sea where Moses crossed)!
As a matter of fact, recent archaeologists have discovered ancient Egyptian chariot wheels at the bottom of that part of the Red Sea! So not only did Moses and all of the people have to believe the miracle as it happened before them, but they had to keep believing the miracle would continue long enough for them to be able to cross safely all the way to the other side!
Not only do I believe that the miracle of remodeling our church and the launching of the movie industry is going to begin, but I believe that miracles will continue to happen to all of us as we cross through our own personal Red Seas. Every promise that God has given you is not only going to come to pass, but it’s going to be fulfilled in its entirety and completeness. Because our God is steady and He is a guarantor of His promises!