Day Five: More Than Enough

‭‭Exodus‬ ‭15:27‬ (‭NIV‬‬)
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

“[Elim] is exactly why I love the ending to the narrative… because it demonstrates that when you align yourself under God in order to live in light of His healing power, He can give you more than enough. But notice that the Israelites didn’t get to Elim by skipping Marah. They got to Elim by going through the test at Marah.” (Tony Evans, The Power of God’s Names)

The Lord’s heart is to bring us from the desert places of bitter hurt and despair to the abundant places of healing and life. Elim is a place where we don’t lack or thirst in any way because we get to enjoy God and his provision. It’s a place where we tangibly sense and live in his blessing. We feel the wind in our hair, we feel the breath of God on our necks.

All of us want to go to Elim. But the only path to Elim is through Marah – or to say it plainly, the only way for us to experience genuine abundance is to know God as our healer. Each one of us, no exceptions, needs to experience in a personal way God miraculously turning our bitter into sweet, our sickness into wholeness. Today, let’s respond to the Lord’s invitation to meet him at Marah. His heart is to heal us and bring us to new places of blessing and abundance.

Prayer: “Lord, thank you that you never leave us where we are. You heal us and bring us into your abundant promises. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Let’s worship to “Thank You Jesus” by Hillsong (click here).

– LL

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Day Four: Come to Marah Daily

Exodus 15:23, 25a (NIV)
When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.)
Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became fit to drink. There the LORD issued a ruling and instruction for them and put them to the test.

A misconception about healing is that Marah is a place we only go to once. Perhaps we tell ourselves today, “I’ve been to Marah before.” And indeed, many of us have experienced God’s healing in a personal and miraculous way. But maybe that was a year ago or five years ago. What about today? Let’s see that God’s healing can be a process or perhaps there are new areas of our lives God wants to heal.

And that’s the great thing about Marah, it’s not meant to be a one time visit. Marah is a place Jesus invites us to each day, in order for us to experience his fresh and deeper healing again and again and again. In what ways then is the Lord inviting you into deeper healing today?

Prayer: “Lord, I answer your invitation once again to meet with you. You are the healer of my life and I need your fresh and deeper healing today. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Let’s worship to “Touch of Heaven” by Hillsong (click here).

– LL

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Day Three: A New Song

Let’s read aloud together the following scriptures and prayer:

Psalm 40:1-3 (NIV)
I waited patiently for the LORD;
he turned to me and heard my cry.
He lifted me out of the slimy pit,
out of the mud and mire;
he set my feet on a rock
and gave me a firm place to stand.
He put a new song in my mouth,
a hymn of praise to our God.
Many will see and fear the LORD
and put their trust in him.

John 4:13-14, 25-26 (NLT)
Jesus replied, “Anyone who drinks this water will soon become thirsty again. 14 But those who drink the water I give will never be thirsty again. It becomes a fresh, bubbling spring within them, giving them eternal life.”
The woman said, “I know the Messiah is coming—the one who is called Christ. When he comes, he will explain everything to us.” Then Jesus told her, “I AM the Messiah!”

Prayer: “Lord, we thank you for your salvation. You are our rescuer and our healer. You put a new song in our mouths. Overflow in our lives today so that many will see and fear you and put their trust in you. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Let’s worship to “Fullness” by Elevation Worship (click here).

– LL

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Day Two: Keep Going!

Exodus 15:26 (NIV)
He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.

Let’s take a close look at how the Lord introduces himself in Exodus as our healer. Notice how “commands and keep all his decrees” are bookended by LORD/I AM. It begins l with “I AM the LORD your God” and it ends with “I AM the LORD who heals you. This emphasis on “I AM” teaches us that obeying God’s commands and experiencing his healing are ultimately wrapped up in knowing who he is. Our healing is about knowing God and relationship with God. It’s about knowing Jesus and relationship with Jesus.

Consider all the activities we will do today. If it leads to knowing Jesus more, if it leads to closer relationship with him, if it leads us closer to his body (the church), if it leads us to more opportunities to grow in worship and prayer to him, then keep going! We will find God’s healing there!

Prayer: “Lord, we want to know you more! May we pursue you today in all of our daily activities. Draw us close to you so we can live in greater obedience and experience deeper healing. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Let’s worship to “Close” by Hillsong (click here).

– LL

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Day One: I AM the LORD Who Heals You

Exodus 15:26 (NIV)
He said, “If you listen carefully to the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.”

Just prior to Exodus 15 is God’s miraculous rescue of his people from Egypt. God’s people have seen firsthand his saving power, but in many respects they are still at this moment a generation who don’t know who the Lord is. So it is significant that of all the ways the Lord could have introduced himself to his people, he saw it fit that he would introduce himself first as “I AM the LORD who heals you.” Through his name, God reveals to us the full meaning and extent of his salvation. Rescue from Egypt was just the beginning, “I AM the LORD who heals you” will now be the one who rescues us again and again, more and more, from the scars, hurts, and traumas left over from our former captivity.

Let’s consider the power, love, and cost Jesus exerted to rescue his people on the cross. With the same power and love, the Lord eagerly invites us today to be rescued and healed in new and deeper ways emotionally, mentally, and physically. Let’s come to Jesus our healer.

Prayer: “Lord, you are my healer. I bring my life to you today for your fresh and deeper healing. In Jesus’ name I pray,

Let’s worship to “This is Our God” by Hillsong (click here).

-LL

 

 

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