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Faith, Lifestyle

Where is your security?

We recently received some income and felt like we finally had a financial buffer. Then today we were hit with a huge car repair bill that wiped out all bar a couple of hundred pounds of it. I felt like I had been punched in the stomach and I’m guessing this is how the Israelites felt in the wilderness.

In Exodus 16 we read that they had left slavery in Egypt and were finally tasting freedom when they found themselves without food in the wilderness. The Israelites grumbled and felt sorry for themselves – in Egypt at least they had all the meat and bread that they wanted!

Moses went to God and His response was to rain down manna each morning and meat by night. But there was one caveat – they weren’t to store any of the provision.

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you. The people are to go out each day and gather enough for that day. This way I will test them to see whether or not they will follow my instructions.” Exodus 16:4

Regardless of the instructions, the Israelites were fearful and kept some behind, but the next morning the manna and meat were rotten. Regardless of God’s promises to meet their daily needs, they tried to take control.

Why would God do this? He was testing the Israelites trust in Him, that He alone would prove His love by providing for His people.

Every. Single. Day.

Each time we feel a little bit financially okay as a family something seems to go wrong. Just when I think we have a handle on things, our savings are depleted again. I confess that I went to God in floods of tears about our unexpected bill. He simply said; “the money I provided you with was to cover the repairs that you needed. I will give you what you need when you need it.

The One who breathed life into my bones brought the funds that we needed.

Talk about a reality check. The One who breathed life into my bones brought the funds that we needed. God knew we needed a safe car to transport our most precious cargo. He knew the repairs were more than we could finance so He covered it. God also knows what I need next week, and the week after that. And He gives me daily bread.

God reminded me today that if He can raise £1500 for car repairs then He can provide for my family and I. All too often I place my security in my savings, but God reminder me today that I need to place my security in my Saviour. I hope that if this message finds you in a tight spot too that you will be encouraged. God’s got this and He’s got you.

R x

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Faith

Truths from Toy Story

Sometimes we feel like God missed the memo.

I had this revelation today when watching the epic rescue scenes between Buzz and Woody as they try to get back to the moving van at the end of Toy Story.

We so often have a perfect plan laid out and are running headlong toward our goals when we get side swiped by life and fall flat on our face.

The interruption in our plans has the potential to create a huge detour or be a minor detail. In Toy Story, Woody’s immediate response of jealousy to the arrival of Buzz created division, distrust and disunity, and the devil will happily throw interruptions our way to stir updisappointment, discontentment and bring about the same detour. The enemy wants to distract us, divide us and disunite us.

In the movie Woody realises his error, shows remorse and becomes instrumental in Buzz’s rescue, but in the crucial moments when he races toward the moving van on RC, the little car’s batteries run out and all appears to be lost.

This has so many parallels in our lives. We hatch plan after plan to overcome obstacles and adversity and are making good time then all of a sudden we lose power, grow weary and find our get up and go has given up and gone.

Fortunately, like any good Disney movie, the story doesn’t end there and the hero steps in to save the day. Here comes Woody with his match to ignite the rocket and send the dynamic duo back on their way again.

The Holy Spirit is just like that match, ready to reignite our faith and relaunch us into Gods plans for us. He is always present and He will strike up a fire in our hearts so that we can fly forward once again in to all that God has for us.

Then comes the twist. Just when we take the leap of faith to smash our goal it seems we are flying straight past our intended target.  Our plans fail, our smiles falter, our faces fall, and in our blind panic we turn to God saying we are going to miss the truck!

And that’s when He replies we are not aiming for the truck.

God has a better plan, one that will see us through the next fifty years not just the next five minutes. He knows where we need to be, when we need to be there and how we will get there.

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All He needs from us is that we keep moving, keep pressing on, keep running the race. We need to trust Him with every aspect of our lives, consult Him on every crossroad and hold onto Him constantly.

That way we will never ‘fall with style’, we will fly on wings of eagles.

R

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