If we believe that God can bring good from any
circumstance, then we have to also believe that He can bring good even from ____ places.
God lets you do without, so you can come to know Him as your provider. God lets you be lonely, so that you can come to know Him as your friend. God lets you be
know His strength. —Eddie Davidson Sometimes, in lonely places, in a wilderness experience, when we’re separated from the things we’re used to, we finally find the clarity – or need – to turn our focus on ____ and what He provides. Jesus: ‘Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.’ —Matthew 6:33 (NLT) Jesus: … ‘Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.’ —John 6:32-33 (ESV) Jesus: … ‘I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.’ —John 6:35 (ESV) … [our ancestors in the wilderness long ago] drank the same spiritual water. For they drank from the spiritual rock that traveled with them, and that rock was Christ. —1 Corinthians 10:4 (NLT) Sometimes God knows that it’s only when our backs are up against the wall and we’ve run out of our strength and resources that we will finally turn to ____. II. WE MAY DISCOVER THE WILDERNESS IS A PLACE OF ____. Though we may not see it, God may see a wilderness as a place to ____ us or ____ us something.
God took the Israelites away from distractions and brought them to ____. And [Jesus] appointed twelve (whom he also named apostles) so that they might be with him and he might send them out to preach —Mark 3:14 (ESV) The disciples had to be ____ him before they could serve others on behalf of him.
—Deuteronomy 1:31 (NLT)
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