Walking Through A Dry Place

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Have you ever driven through a dense fog?

My fine wife, Bev, and I have driven through intense fog in the mountains of West Virginia with snow all over the ground and also across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco when the fog was rolling in.

It can make you a bit nervous and uneasy.  Sometimes you can’t even see beyond the hood of your car. . .if that.

The fog seems to cover your car on every side. . .making it difficult, if not impossible, to see where you’re going.

I feel discouragement has descended upon this nation like a dense fog.

Economic issues abound.  Bad news compounds itself. 

Some believers cannot see themselves overcoming their current dilemmas.

I am not here to say problems do not exist.

I am here to declare God is greater than whatever problem you’re facing.

Isaiah 35:3 in the New King James Version says:

“Strengthen the weak hands, And make firm the feeble knees.”

This is a command to the church and to individual members of the Body of Christ.

We must strengthen those who feel too weak to try again.

We are to help inject courage into those who feel they cannot keep walking forward.

Isaiah 35:4 in the New King James Version says:

“Say to those who are fearful-hearted, “ Be strong, do not fear! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, With the recompense of God; He will come and save you.”

Some who are on this call today have experienced the pain of a layoff or the loss of retirement income.

In the natural, you cannot see a way out of this difficult situation.

Look into the realm of the spirit.  God is working for your good.

Expect Him to come and save you out of your situation.

Isaiah 35:5 in the New King James Version says:

“Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, And the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.”

This passage is a prophecy of miracles in the last day church.

It applies to us today.  God is opening our eyes to divinely created possibilities.

Michael W. Smith wrote an amazing song entitled “Open the Eyes of My Heart.”

“Open the eyes of my heart, Lord.

I want to see you.

“To see you high and lifted up

Shinin’ in the light of your glory

Pour out Your power and love

As we sing holy, holy, holy.”

Our prayer for each of you today is for the Lord to open your eyes and ears to the light of His glory and the power and love. . .He pours into our lives.

Sadly, some believers have heard so much bad news they are almost deaf to good news.  God is healing you. . .physically, emotionally and spiritually.

Isaiah 35:6 in the New Living Translation says:

“The lame will leap like a deer, and those who cannot speak will sing for joy!”

I was singing ‘Hallelujah’ as I was writing these words.

God is restoring mobility to those paralyzed by fear.

He is giving a song back to those who have been silenced by circumstances.

Isaiah 35:6 in the New King James Version concludes by saying:

“For waters shall burst forth in the wilderness, And streams in the desert.”

Join me in declaring an end to the drought. . .TODAY.

If we’re honest. . .every one of us have experienced a spiritual drought; seasons where we were traveling through the dry places.

What’s the best way to end a spiritual drought?

John 7:38 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“He who believes in Me [who cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me] as the Scripture has said, From his innermost being shall flow [continuously] springs and rivers of living water.”

The great evangelist D L Moody understood this. When asked why he placed so much emphasis upon being filled with the Holy Spirit, he wisely said, ‘Because I leak.’

Our God is well able to bring forth a river in the desert.

John 7:38 in The Living Bible says:

“For the Scriptures declare that rivers of living water shall flow from the inmost being of anyone who believes in me.”

We cannot accept dry seasons as the will of our loving God.

Isaiah 35:8 in the New Living Translation says:     

“And a great road will go through that once deserted land. It will be named the Highway of Holiness. Evil-minded people will never travel on it. It will be only for those who walk in God’s ways; fools will never walk there.”

In the French Foreign Legion’s war against the Bedouin tribes they would construct stone highways in the desert.

The highway was obviously put there to expedite travel.  It also served another function.

During blowing sand storms the Legionnaires only needed to stick to the road.

The Holy Spirit is encouraging His people:  "Stay on the road!"

He has made a way for us.  Choose to walk on it.

Isaiah 30:21 in the New Living Translation says:

“Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.”

Isaiah 35:9 in the New King James Version says:

“No lion shall be there, Nor shall any ravenous beast go up on it; It shall not be found there. But the redeemed shall walk there.”

There is a place of safety in God.

We must learn not to just go there...but to live there. . .in that place of safety.

Isaiah 35:10 in the New King James Version says:

And the ransomed of the LORD shall return, And come to Zion with singing, With everlasting joy on their heads. They shall obtain joy and gladness, And sorrow and sighing shall flee away.”

We are God's special people.  He will guide us through the dry places. . .He will deliver us from spiritual droughts.

Psalm 63:1 in the New Living Translation says:

“O God, you are my God; I earnestly search for you. My soul thirsts for you;    my whole body longs for you in this parched and weary land where there is no water.”

When you’re in a dry place. . .allow your faith to see the later day rain coming toward you.

If you want to leave the dry places. . .then search the Word. . .seek His presence and the irresistible charm of Jesus will flow through you giving you His supernatural favor.

I must be honest. . .we want you surrounded by the fog.  But not the meteorological conditions we have to deal with during shifting weather patterns.

We want you immersed in the F.O.G. . . .not only that we want you living in the F.O.G. all the time.

You may know already but the acronym for F.0.G. is Favor of God.

The favor of God is aligning our life with God's Word.  His love, blessing, grace, and favor will position us for the ability to think beyond our imagination . . . for increased influence, supernatural turnarounds, limitations remove, dreams awakened, missed opportunities redeemed, and wide open new doors of divine possibilities!

Proverbs 3:4 in the New Living Translation says:

“Then you will find favor with both God and people, and you will earn a good reputation.”

When you stand in the natural fog. . .there are times when you feel the mist touching your head, face and every part of your body. That’s what it’s like to feel the favor of God surrounding you.

Psalm 5:12 in the Amplified Bible, Classic Edition says:

“For You, Lord, will bless the [uncompromisingly] righteous [him who is upright and in right standing with You]; as with a shield You will surround him with goodwill (pleasure and favor).”

So bottom line . . .if you’re walking through a dry place. . .get in the F.O.G. (favor of God).

How do you get there?

Read your Bible. . .do what it says.

1. You must believe it

2. You must seek it.

3. You must position yourself for it

4. You must confess it

5. You must speak it

6. You must release it

7. You must give God the glory for it.

Heavenly Father, my fine wife, Bev, and I come together in the powerful, yet precious place of agreement with our partners.  We ask that you replace any dry places with the oasis of your refreshing presence.  Today, we agree for those hearing our voices to discover previously unknown opportunities, tap into previously unused potential as they’re surrounded by the F.0.G. (favor of God).  In the strong name of Jesus, Amen.”