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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,

I have been a rock and roller as long as I can remember. All secular music seems to sing about the depravity of our broken world. Country music does too! I have never felt convicted about listening to rock music, but one must listen to what God is saying to them! God know our hearts and our thoughts. People don’t! God knows I like rock and roll and always have. Of course I watch what I listen to. He’ll let me know if I need to get away from it. He will for you too!

Music: Child of the 60’s-70’s : Beatles, The Who, zeppelin, etc. atheist until 48, and always enjoyed listening to oldie stations. But was not obsessed by them. Could not tell you more than two lines from any song. So it was music (instruments) that I enjoyed. Now, while I might occasionally go old school on SiriusXM, most days I listen to “the Message” on Sirius, and Contemporary Christian music channel on Cox. Transformation at salvation is interesting and the process of sanctification varies with individuals. God does not use a cookie cutter on His children.

Moses to people - “Stand firm”. Yes, we are to flee temptation, but spiritual battles we are to stand firm (don the armory of God(Ephesians)) in our faith. I have run or avoided in the past at times, but our command is to stand firm.

Matt: two sons parable is exactly what happened to me. I prayed for the truth to be revealed. God did so, and I said “no thank you”. But three weeks later in a fetal position bawling mess I begged him to take charge of my life and bent my knee to Christ. So I get, what Jesus is saying here in this parable.

Proverbs: ?: notice no sexual sins are mentioned on seven detestable things (although some of the elements can lead to sexual sins). Any thoughts?

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