Written by: Daniel Kolenda
Article source: JOY! Magazine
If you’re going through hell, keep going!” So said Winston Churchill during one of the worst crises in world history. And these words of wisdom still apply to anyone passing through a trial today.
Adversity does not have to become our destination. It can be a pathway to something greater.
Maybe you are passing through a difficult season in your life. Perhaps you feel spiritually dry and alone. You might feel as though your prayers are not being heard and you wonder if God even knows where you are. You are not alone.
Millions of believers have passed through these troubled waters and experienced the same emotions.
King David sang about the “deep sunless valley of the shadow of death.” John of the Cross wrote of the “dark night of the soul.” Even Jesus went through times of suffering when He had to offer “prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death” – Hebrews 5:7. People often refer to such seasons as, The Wilderness. The wilderness is a hard place. But it’s as crucial for our lives as it is painful.
While a desert season feels terribly wrong, and loneliness and despair may seem to reign, God is with you and He desires to use the wilderness for your eternal good.
To reap its benefits, however, you must understand its nature and purpose. That’s the reason for this book. It will look to the Bible as a spiritual “Survival Guide” for the desert – the supreme source of wisdom both for enduring the wilderness, as well as navigating safely through it to God’s promised destination.
But first things first. If you have not been born again into the family of God, then the wisdom that follows cannot apply to you. Before a person receives the mercy of God through faith in Jesus Christ, he or she is lost in a perpetual wilderness that stretches beyond this world and into the next. And there’s no way out – except one: repent and believe the Gospel.
Entering God’s Kingdom by making Jesus your Lord and Saviour makes you a child of the most loving, powerful, and wonderful Father.
He knows how to guide and take care of you as you traverse life’s journey, even when it leads you into a wilderness. His wisdom for the wilderness is what I want to explore in this book. To do that I will adopt six tips from survival experts given for those stranded in the wilderness. As you will see, the secrets for surviving a physical wilderness bear striking parallel to those for surviving a spiritual one.
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The wilderness is a hard place. But it’s as crucial for our lives as it is painful. God is with you and He desires to use the wilderness for your eternal good. To reap its benefits, however, you must understand its nature and purpose.
Daniel Kolenda is a missionary evangelist who has led millions of people to Christ face to face through evangelistic campaigns. He is the CEO of Christ for All Nations and hosts several internationally syndicated tv shows such as; TBN- on DSTV 343 at 8:30 & FBN on DSTV 341 at 11:30. Contact 0861 232 672 or visit cfan.org.za
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