When God sets you free, walk and keep on walking…. you need to STAY free!

I am working hard to keep up with this creative space to write and share. My desire is to post to my blog daily..that’s a tall order for me because I work full time as a teacher and I am momma to five little ones.

Yet, in the wee hours of the morning, when my home is quiet, I rise each day to Jesus. Spending time with Him and writing invigorates and energizes me for the full day ahead of me. I post each morning to a Facebook group that I created last summer called….Good Morning Gorgeous. But now I am trying to add those posts each morning here too.. sometimes I fall behind on getting my posts in both places. So I am sharing Tuesday’s post here now. It’s a few days behind, but the message is important. When God frees us, we have to continually choose to STAY free.

Good Morning Gorgeous,

It’s a brand new day! A fresh start. A new opportunity to walk in the ways of God, trusting Him to provide for you, and to deliver you to the places He has promised you. As we keep reading in Exodus, we can learn so much from the Israelites. They have just been delivered from severe oppression and slavery. They had lived their whole life under the oppressive rule of the Egyptians. Their current generation had been born into slavery. It was all they knew. God had so much more for them than that. He had so much more purpose and destiny for them, but they had to walk out their freedom walk. The Lord provided the way out, yet they had to move their feet in obedience. They had to take those first scary steps and then choose to keep walking and walking until they were truly free.

They marched out of Egypt, walked through the parted Red Sea triumphantly, and came out praising God for all He had done. They had just witnessed a miracle of epic proportions! The Sea split in half just for them! They are walking in the ways of God and they know it. They are strong and bold and they come out of the Red Sea free, full of joy, and praising their Lord!

Then, hunger strikes. They are hungry and suddenly their yoke of slavery returns in their mind. They may be physically free, but mentally they are running right back to their old way of thinking. They have been oppressed their whole life by the Egyptians, and now as soon as things get hard on their freedom walk, they are looking longingly backward at the very thing they were just delivered from!

They are grumbling to Aaron and Moses that they ate back in Egypt. They even bring up the pots of meat that they could eat! They are forgetting the pain, the slavery, the evil ruler, the decree that ordered their baby boys to be thrown into the Nile.

They are just imagining the stew pots full of meat! That is the danger of looking backwards after you have been freed. Your perspective is often inaccurate..

Don’t look lovingly backwards at the very chains that the Lord has already broken off of you!

Despite their grumbling, the Lord showed up and sent quail in the evening and Manna in the morning. God provided for their every meal while they were wandering in the wilderness. He provided for them and He will provide for you too.

Keep your eyes on Him and ahead to where He is leading. Don’t look backwards, you are not going that way!

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for Your provision and Your Word! You are our provider who leads us out of the things that harm us and into freedom. Help us to keep our eyes ahead as You lead us forward. In Jesus’s name, Amen.

Blessings!

Vanessa Lynn

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