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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,

Concerning music, I would not go so far as to advise someone to get rid of their entire music collection, unless God tells them to do that. However, listening mostly to Christian music stations like K-Love or TheLightFM, can make a huge difference in your mood and attitude. Years ago, I listened to a local rock station on my way to work, a 45 minute commute. I liked the music, but I arrived at work in a foul mood. I switched to a Christian station. The station was not very contemporary at the time, and I hadn't been raised on that type of music, so I did a lot of eye rolling at the songs! But, I arrived at work in a much better mood! It has been 34 years now, and that station has been a great force for inspiration and godly teaching in my life. ( And, TheLightFM is much more contemporary now.) All because I was willing to be musically uncomfortable in order to have positive Christian input.

Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. 32 For John came to you to show you the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes did. And even after you saw this, you did not repent and believe him.

I do guard what goes into my spirit. Whether it is music, movies, conversations. You become whatever you absorb. If I’m spending quality time in the word of God ...my attitude shows it. Or listening to Christian music that feeds my spirit...Jesus changes everything :)

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