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Exodus 13:17-15:18

I decided on the first of the year to make Ecclesiastes 7:13, as it read in the NLT be my focal point this year. It reads: Notice the way God does things; then fall into line. Don't fight the ways of God, for who can straighten out what he has made crooked?

Because of that resolute, this year it seems that without even actively looking those key verses or ideas, finding out how God does things, I am drawn to His examples and so it is with the following verse,

When Pharaoh let the people go, God led them not by way of the land of the Philistines, although that was nearer; for God said, Lest the people change their purpose when they see war and return to Egypt. (Exodus 13:17 AMP)

So often, I fight against doing things God’s way because it doesn’t make sense, but God’s ways are not our ways. When it seems like that which I’m trying to escape from is breathing down my neck and I think I am about to fail because of some unknown sin or missed direction, and or even think God has left me, I am just being used as a set-up for God to defeat that which has threatened me and desires to take me back into captivity.

There are so many things in this reading that I’ve never really studied that can tell me, show me just how God does things so I can fall into line and I will try to study them throughout the day and post back tonight.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

Mike,

I really enjoy secular music. Sometimes (well I suppose I should really say "often") the lyrics are offensive to us Christians, but I agree with you about enjoying it. I think we can enjoy it without allowing the evil parts to pollute us. After all, our world is frought (did I spell this correctly?) with evil, not just in music.

And sometimes I can even put my own (Christian) spin on the lyrics. For example, the other day I was listening to Michael McDonald singing "Your Love is Lifting Me Higher". I know it is supposed to be about a man's love and devotion to his woman. But I started listening to it as if it was actually about my love and devotion to Jesus/God. I especially like this verse:
Now once I was downhearted
Disappointment was my closest friend
But then you came and he soon departed
And you know he never showed his face again

That's why your love (your love keeps liftin' me)
Keeps on liftin' (your love keeps liftin' me)
Higher (liftin' me, liftin' me), higher, and higher (higher)
I said your love (your love keeps liftin' me)
Keeps on (liftin' me, liftin' me)
Liftin' me (liftin' me) higher and higher (higher)

Godspeed to All,
Jeff

I grew up singing a song that is the song of Moses. I've sung it over the years to my kids. Just the other day one of them said,"I never realized that song was about Moses." The church we went to taught tons of kids songs to us that was simply Scripture put to music. I have loved finding those songs in the Word over the years. Music is a powerful memorizing tool. I'll post the link to that song I grew up worth (but to my kids credit we find't sing the second line the way this YouTube guy did!).
http://m.youtube.com/#/watch?v=miDydTQoV9k&desktop_uri=%2Fwatch%3Fv%3DmiDydTQoV9k

I avoid secular music because of the lyrics. I do enjoy many different types of music and find the changes to Christian music options helps me pursue this route. Many times after reading the bible I find more myself asking more questions. In today's reading in Exodus 14:26-27, "God told Moses to stretch out your hand over the sea so the waters may flow back....." My question is, why did God use Moses when He could cause the water to flow back by speaking to it? I know God uses us to carry out His purpose, but why such a calling on Moses to participate in this detail when God so easily could do this without Moses? I realize this is a question one could ask for many areas but this stood out to me today?

I do a lot of Karaoke at local restaurants and clubs. The interesting thing is that when I sing a song like "I Believe" is when I get the biggest,positive reaction from the crowd. A friend of mine has been practicing "Amazing Grace" as done by Chris Tomlin. We like to inject some spiritual music into the mix. I love that Jeff posted he thinks of Jesus when he hears,"your love is lifing me higher". Music is a strong part of our worship service at Radiant Church. The music is sometimes too loud and some folks complain but for the most part its an intrical part of the worshiping service. David for all his war-like traits was also a poet. I think that God likes it that we make a joyful sound to honor Him!

Lord when looking at the Egyptians struggling with the battlefield of the mind I wonder how many of us struggle with that? I wonder how many of us re turn to our vomit our mistakes our past and then I wonder how many will learn that when they look back they can't ever get to the promised land. in that it's already been made for them we are in the promises and they are good they will sustain us we will never be the same.

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