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MAKING A WAY IN THE DESERT AND STREAMS IN THE WASTELAND

IN THE DAYS OF HIS POWER SERIES

TOPIC: MAKING A WAY IN THE DESERT AND STREAMS IN THE WASTELAND

COMPILED/EDITED BY-:
Rev. Innocent Chukwudi Peace-Udochukwu President Living Fountain Ministries Int’l LIFOM

“…I am making a way in the desert and streams in the wasteland.””
Isaiah 43:19

This is a very special verse and message for me because God gave it to me during a very difficult time. So the whole focus of this study is to simply say what the Lord emphasized to me during that time – and that is that despite the difficulty of a situation and despite the options that look limited in the natural, God is a God who makes a way. even when there seems to be no way.
Blessed truth!

I’ll probably use a few words to say the same thing, but if you leave this study stronger in your faith that God can do it for you, in your situation, then I’ll be content for that is all you really need to know.

He will make a way where there seems to be no way. In the toughest of situations, this seems to be God’s specialty. And aren’t you thankful?

God has it all figured out. So we don’t have to worry.
He’s working on our behalf even when we can’t see it all. He has a plan and purpose in whatever we walk through. He can cut a clear pathway through anything.

And in seemingly hopeless situations where we can’t see any way out, God’s power has the opportunity to shine the greatest.
It’s in those times when we come to the end of ourselves, where we know we can’t depend on our own abilities, on anything we have, or anyone we know, but instead are reminded that we are totally and completely reliant on Him – it’s those times that are the most powerful of all.

He can make a way through the wilderness and cause streams to rise up, bringing refreshing even in the desert times.
He can split the sea, move mountains, or any barrier before us, and allow us to walk through on dry ground.

He can conquer any giant, and bring victory to His children.
He can close the mouths of lions, providing safety.
He can open prison doors, setting us free.

He can protect us from the flames of adversity.
He can carry us through any storm.
He’s the God of miracles. He never changes. For He’s the same yesterday, today, and forever.
And He fights for you today.
Peace!

“Thus says the LORD, Who makes a way through the sea And a path through the mighty waters…”
Isaiah 43:16

From the verse above we see that God introduces Himself as the God who makes a way!

In many prophetic passages in Isaiah, the prophet foresaw a time of great difficulty for the Israelites – a time when they would be captives to their enemies. It would be a time when they were taken from the homeland and exiled in foreign countries. Historically we know and see the fulfillment of such passages in the Babylonian exile in 586 BC. With their home and temple destroyed, and as the years in exile became many decades, the great question that burned in the hearts of the Israelites was ‘is the situation hopeless?’ ‘Is there a way out of this impossible and difficult time?’ ‘Is there a way home?’ It was to people feeling completely hopeless whose faith was reaching breaking point that God stepped in and spoke.

GOD Reintroducing HIMSELF

“I am the LORD, your Holy One, The Creator of Israel, your King.” Thus says the LORD, Who makes a way through the sea and a path through the mighty waters…” (Isaiah 43:15-16)

And as He did so, it was like He had to re-introduce Himself again to His people and remind them once again of His character. He starts in verse 15 by saying ‘I am the LORD, your Holy One, the Creator of Israel, your King.’ He begins by reminding them that He is YAHWEH – the great I AM! The self existent, active, ever present God. Maybe you have been feeling like the Israelites were? Maybe you have taken your eyes off the Lord and onto your situation? Maybe the difficulty of what you face has clouded out the thought and presence of He who is for you? Maybe you have forgotten that the one who is on your side is the eternal, all-powerful, ever present God ‘who makes a way’? Israel sure had. And I had when God reminded me of this scripture. So maybe you have as well. Unfortunately it is something that our nature finds all too easy to do.

Think of all the times in the bible that God made a way where there seemed to be no way….

He split the sea
He moved mountains
He walked on water
He tore the veil
He healed the sick
He conquered giants
He closed the mouths of lions
He opened prison doors
He calmed the raging seas

God is a God of miracles. He can make a way where there is no way. He works in ways that we cannot see or begin to understand. My prayer today is that no matter what the problem or mountain or difficulty you are facing- you are reminded….there is NOTHING too big or scary or impossible for God. NOTHING! God can make a way where there is no way.

Our God is a Way maker, Miracle worker,
Promise keeper and Light in the darkness.

You need to believe that He is working behind the scenes and trust Him to make a way for you even when you feel like giving up, even when it seems like there is no point in holding on to hope. Don’t give up, it’s not over because God is working everything together for your good (Romans 8:28).

There are some group of persons that believe in the Lord, but they do not believe they are worthy of His blessings. Some see and believe that God has made a way for others, but they themselves are not worthy of the Lord making a way for them. Why? Some may believe themselves to be “heathens” and for this reason, they are not worthy of receiving blessings from God.

“I have done this terrible thing in the past or I am not a good person so God will not make a way for me.”
This person, though they may not realize it is letting the guilt of their sin hold them back. The guilt of their sin is stopping them from believing that God can do anything for them. So, instead of believing in what God can do for them, their faith in what He can do for them disappears. So, they end up staying stuck with the mountain, the valley, and crooked places before them.
We have to remove this way of thinking

I am reminded of the man who was born blind (John 9:9:2), “who sinned, this man or his parents that he was born in this condition?”

Having such a disability was thought to be a form of punishment from the Lord.

You see, many of us share this same way of thinking as the disciples. Job’s friends thought this same way about him. When Job had lost all that he possessed, including his loved ones. Job’s friends thought he had done some wrong against God and that the Lord was punishing him.
The insinuation was that Job was no longer worthy of the Lord’s blessings.
Many of us believe that God is punishing us for some sin that we have done. We look at where we are and what we may be going through as some form of punishment. Whether you want to hear this or not, we need to let go of this way of thinking. Not everything that you go through is a punishment from the Lord. We may not understand it when we are going through some things but the Lord is always working on our behalf.
God works revealed through them that believe
I want us to pay close attention to what Jesus said to the disciples in response.
3 Jesus answered, “Neither this man nor his parents sinned, but that the works of God should be revealed in him.”
John 9:3 NKJV

For those who believe they are too much of a heathen, or too bad, or simply not worthy of saving, God is more than capable!

A lot of times people get into the habit of looking at and comparing themselves to those around them. Some people may look at a person of faith and thin to themselves, “I cannot have the faith that they have because I have done (fill in the blank).” You should never feel like you are not worthy of God because He found you worthy well before you entered into this world!
God sent His only begotten Son for you so I definitely know that you and myself are worthy of the Lord’s anointing! For those of us who have believed, but feel our path is messed up because of something we have done, we must remember that God is a forgiving God.

The gift of forgiveness was given to all of those who believed in His only begotten Son that died for both Jew and Gentiles.

‘I will go before you
and make the crooked places straight; I will break in pieces the gates of bronze. And cut the bars of iron.”
Isaiah 45:2

Do you trust what God can do with and for you? Example after example liters the scriptures of the Lord’s power and what He can do with those who are thought to be no good. Abraham was a lowly nomad. Moses was a murderer. David was the runt of Jesse’s boys. The disciples were of poor education. Paul prosecuted the church.

Time after time the Lord made a way for those who thought the way to be impossible. Israel and the Red Sea. The Hebrew boys in the fiery furnace. Daniel when he was in the lion’s den. Israel when they were in the bondage of Babylon. Mankind when we were lost and in the bondage of sin – God made a way out of no way.

I have said this before and it will continue to be my shout – God is a specialist in doing the impossible! If the path you are on needs to be straightened out, again, I tell you to turn to the Lord who says, “I will make the crooked places straight.” Let’s go a step even further, God also said, “I will break in pieces the gates of bronze and cut the bars of iron.” Any barrier that may be in your path, God says that He will break them!

SHALOM!

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