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Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Remembering where God has brought you from

Submitted by: Carl F. Hunter II, M.Div  
 And God spake all these words, saying, I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage.  Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Exodus 20:1-3 KJV

Surviving your feelings

On any given day life can get the best of us. We can be anywhere on the emotional barometer because folks, situations, or circumstances don’t produce the byproduct that we desire. We might be feeling the burdens of life are just too much for us and we want something outside of ourselves to pacify us or put some cut on the self-destructive thoughts that are oppressing our spirits.

Many of us just have a problem with surviving our feelings, which at any given time have no basis, but in the moment it seems very real and insurmountable. In fact, the feelings blind us from seeing God’s presence and deafen our spiritual ears from hearing God’s voice. Most importantly, we suffer from a type of amnesia that keeps us from remembering where God has brought us from.     

Shema Affirmation
Anxieties of life

In the Jewish tradition The Shema is said in the morning and at night. The Shema is an affirmation of Judaism and a declaration of faith in one God. It is something that keeps them in touch with “Who they are,” Whose they are”, and “Where he has brought them from”. We tend to forget that at the most inopportune time.

Fear is your bondage

  • What would happen if our response in the midst of the storm was not panic, fret or despair, when the undertow of life wanted to consume?

  • What would happen if our response to the storm was to hold on to the life preserving reality of the fidelity and faithfulness of God?
Mental bondage

  • What would happen if “you” could remember, just for a moment, where GOD has brought “YOU” from?

  • Would you move past the giants that are oppressing your spirit and then you open the door for the manifestation of “HOPE” – which is fertilizer for faith.

  •  When faith overtakes your F.E.A.R. (False Expectations Appearing Real) then you are able to move from a state of panic to a state of praise.
Free from bondage

If you are in a place where life seems to be getting the best of you, I ask you to first: Take a deep breath and exhale. Second, take a moment to remember YOUR Egypt – YOUR HOUSE of BONDAGE – and where God has brought you from. Now, that you have a point of reference, “Will the God of your understanding see you through what you are currently going through?”

Pray this with me: In the name of Jesus, in my current state Lord I’m going to trust in you for my deliverance. In the midst of my current condition, I am going to hold you to your promise “that you will never leave me or forsake me”. In Jesus Name, AMEN


About the writer:
Reverend Hunter is an Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church and a graduate of New Brunswick Theological Seminary. Reverend Hunter is a frequent contributor to The Soul’s Remedy. His prior submission are entitled "Remembering Where God Brought you From"  and “There isGreatness In You”. Reverend Hunter is a father and a grandfather, and resides in New Jersey.

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