Grieving God's Heart
By Norma Miller
July 1, 2018
Psalm 78:40-42 tells us how often the Israelites provoked God in the wilderness and grieved Him in the desert! Yes, again and again they tempted God and limited the Holy One of Israel. They did not remember His power – the day He redeemed them from the enemy. Often when we are in a wilderness experience we doubt and limit God. We forget the things He has done for us and others in the past. We speak many negative things with our mouths.
My experience has been that the way through the wilderness is to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus, reminding myself of how He has come through for me and others in the past, and to continue declaring His Word and His promises. They are just as true in the wilderness as they are on the mountaintop; we just can’t see them as well.
The words of our mouth matter a lot! One of the most effective keys I have discovered is to thank God for what I want to see, as if it has already happened – even while it appears that the opposite is happening. This changed things, because thanksgiving is the language of the kingdom, and faith is at the core of it. Our God is able to do exceedingly above all we ask or think, but the greatest limiting factors are the words and negativity that come out of our mouths when we desperately want Him to come through for us! God is good and He is kind, regardless of what we think and speak; but when we keep our eyes on Him and walk forward with Him in faith and gratefulness, we will see those breakthroughs!
— Norma Miller
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