June 30
           COMING OUT OF THE                                 WILDERNESS 
 
We have traveled many miles spiritually during this month, learning many things about the purposes of the deserts of life.  
 
You will eventually come out of the wilderness--no matter if it was self-imposed, caused by chastisement, or for purposes preparation. Regarding Israel, the Word declares:  "He brought them out, after that he had shewed wonders and signs in the land of Egypt, and in the Red sea, and in the wilderness forty years " (Acts 7:36).   
 
God brought Israel out of slavery in Egypt and out of the wilderness of wandering after His divine purposes were accomplished in their lives. When the new generation of Israelites came to the border of their promised land the second time, they were ready to possess it. Their wilderness experiences had prepared them to seize their God-given inheritance. 
 
You will not emerge from your wilderness weak and despondent.  The Bible says that after His wilderness experience "...Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit into Galilee: and there went out a fame of him through all the region round about"  (Luke 4:14).  The wilderness experience launched Jesus into a Spirit-empowered ministry.  He went immediately into the synagogues to teach and to boldly declared His purpose: 
 
The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him. And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.  (Luke 4:18-21) 
 
You, too,  will emerge from your wilderness with a new sense of purpose.  You will make your spiritual come-back in the power of the Holy Spirit.   
 
You will walk out of the desert as did the maiden in the Song of Solomon--representative of the Bride of Christ.  She came out of the wilderness leaning upon her beloved  (Song of Solomon   8:5).  The word "leaning" denotes total dependence.   
 
As the bride emerged from the wilderness, her friends and family questioned, "Who is this?"   The wilderness experience had so changed her, that even friends and family did not recognize her.  The same will be true in your life.  You will never again be the same.   
 
How do you make it through a desert?  One step at a time. And when you come through the desert experience you will know for certain that..."The Lord your God has blessed you in all the work of your hands. He has watched over your journey through this vast desert...Lord your God has been with you, and you have not lacked anything"  (Deuteronomy 2:7). 
 

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