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Successfully Passaging Desert Experiences 

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Psalm 63:1
O God, You are my God;
Early will I seek You;
My soul thirsts for You;
My flesh longs for You
In a dry and thirsty land
Where there is no water.


Six things you need to know when going through a desert experience:


1. You're Going Through


Desert times are something we go through, we don’t stop there permanently.



Psalm 30:5
For His anger is but for a moment,
His favor is for life;
Weeping may endure for a night,
But joy comes in the morning.

2. Every Believer Has A Date With The Desert

Psalm 63 is a song of David in the desert. It takes a real man or woman of God to sing in desert. 
 
Between the promise of God, the Promised Land and seeing promises fulfilled, there’s usually a desert.

We can understand there is a desert between Egypt and the Promised Land, but Psalm 63 teaches there’s a desert in Judah as well. Judah was in the promised land. Once we are experiencing the Promised Land of blessing we will still experience desert times.
In the desert David cries out O God you are my God. We all need to say this when in the desert. It is easy to change from You are my God to You were my God. 


3. Easy To Misinterpret The Desert

When we find ourselves in a desert, wilderness, we easily think we may be out of God’s will. That we have done something wrong. That’s biblical pattern. Joseph, Moses, David, Jesus, Paul, all had appointments with the desert. It is a vital part of God’s work in their lives. 



Luke 4:1
Then Jesus, being filled with the Holy Spirit, returned from the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,



Isaiah 50:10
“Who among you fears the Lord?
Who obeys the voice of His Servant?
Who walks in darkness
And has no light?
Let him trust in the name of the Lord
And rely upon his God.


Isaiah 45:3
I will give you the treasures of darkness
And hidden riches of secret places,
That you may know that I, the Lord,
Who call you by your name,
Am the God of Israel.

4. Not A Place Of Punishment, but Place Of Promise

Most Christians want a nice mild relationship with God. Not hot or cold. But if we want to have impact for God, we need times in wilderness.
When my father was diagnosed with a terminal condition and given 3 weeks to live it was like entering a desert. I was desperate to see him saved. But it became a place not of punishment, but promise, as I grew closer to God in this time…and my father was saved.

5. A Desert is Difficult to Traverse

It is a vulnerable time with dangers, little protection, and we're open to attack. In desert times the enemy assaults us.

Hebrews 3:7-10
7 Therefore, as the Holy Spirit says:
“Today, if you will hear His voice,
8 Do not harden your hearts as in the rebellion,
In the day of trial in the wilderness,
9 Where your fathers tested Me, tried Me,
And saw My works forty years.
10 Therefore I was angry with that generation,
 And said, ‘They always go astray in their heart,
And they have not known My ways.’

When we are struggling and discouraged, our resistance to attack and temptations is weakened, we need to be careful. In the natural sheep are not good in wilderness, the same true for us. Get godly counsel from mature God fearing Christians. Don’t go it alone. 


6. Place Of Growth

John the Baptist lived in the desert where he grew before appearing publicly. The desert experience has a wonderful way of causing growth in our lives; it makes us strong in the spirit.

James 1:2-4
2 My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. 4 But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.

One quality that can develop in the desert is perseverance, stickability. Maybe more than any other gift we need as Christians is perseverance. 

Max Lucado when looking at the life and desert experiences of Joseph writes that God will use your mess for good. We see a perfect mess, God sees a perfect chance to train, test and teach the future Prime Minister of Egypt. We see a prison, God sees a kiln. You can come out of the desert transformed by Gods power, with greater character and filled with power to impact your generation for God.

Isaiah 35:3-4
3 Strengthen the weak hands,
And make firm the feeble knees.
4 Say to those who are fearful-hearted,
“Be strong, do not fear!
Behold, your God will come with vengeance,
With the recompense of God;
He will come and save you.”



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