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Circling The Mountain

  • Then we turned, and took our journey into the wilderness by the way to the Red Sea, as Yahweh spoke to me; and we encircled Mount Seir many days. Yahweh spoke to me, saying, 'You have encircled this mountain long enough. Turn northward. Deuteronomy 2:1-3 WEB.

    The Israelites wandered forty years in the wilderness while God worked out some differences with them. Twice while they were circling a mountain, they reached a point when it was time for them to move on.

    God told them in Deuteronomy 1:6, "You have lived long enough at this mountain. Turn and take your journey." At that point, they should have entered the promised land, but when the spies sent out from their camp came back with a bad report, they decided to stone Moses and Aaron and return to Egypt.

    The Lord interrupted their plan and told them to head toward the Red Sea (Deuteronomy 1:40). When they heard that, they decided they did want to enter the promised land after all but were soundly defeated at the first battle. After this, they left and circled Mount Seir for "many days." When the whole rebellious generation had died off, the Lord told them in Deuteronomy 2:1, "You have encircled this mountain long enough. Turn northward." It's time to move on.

    Many times we will huddle around a mountain in our life, circling it. We cannot move on because of __________. It begins to affect everything we do and influence our decisions. It holds us back. We cry out for God to help, but we won't let go of it. Our prayers fail because you can only drive an anchored boat in a circle. We have to cut loose the anchor.

    We often meet people trapped in a bad situation because they cannot let go of something. They are like a fish holding on to the hook with their lips and will not let it go. Eventually, there comes a time when they get tired of circling that same mountain again and again while just growing older, and they make the change. It is just such a struggle to let it go.

    If you want to see something different in your life, do something different. If you have been trying to make a peach cobbler for years, but it always comes out as apple, then it is time to try a new recipe. Someone wise once said, Insanity is doing the same thing repeatedly and expecting to get a different result. It may be time to stop circling the same mountain.

    Give God something to work with today. Leave the mountain behind you and do what you have been putting off. It is time to turn and take your journey.

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me a clear vision of changing my life for the better. Help me overcome the obstacles holding me back. Set me free from this endless loop. Help me break the bondage and breakthrough, in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

    Note: Ladies, today is Thankful Thursday at the "Ladies in Distress" group (our RHM women's group)! You are welcome to join in our weekly sharing of thankfulness for the Lord's presence and any blessings you may have experienced, big or small! "Ladies in Distress" is a private group, so if you have any problems joining, just post anywhere and we will help you :). Here is the link: Ladies in Distress


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Debi Burton
Debi Burton Yes Lord Jehovah, Please remove all the negativity and obstacles that is in my life and your will will be done in my life. Thank you Jehovah! Amen.....❤️
Nov 12
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Celeste Strenn
Celeste Strenn

Amen

Nov 12
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Nov 12
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen

Nov 12
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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Nov 12
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Linda Clark
Linda Clark

Amen 

Nov 12
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walker

AMEN.  I can totally relate to this devotional. Having moved from California to Virginia last year. Total life change. For the better. I could not have done this without God as my guide. His plan. In His time. Amen

Nov 12
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Gail Sellu
Gail Sellu

Prayer: Heavenly Father, please give me a clear vision of changing my life for the better. Help me overcome the obstacles holding me back. Set me free from this endless loop. Help me break the bondage and breakthrough, in the name of Jesus Christ, I pray. Amen!

Amen. Thank you Lord for setting me free from this endless loop. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen. 

Nov 12
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Sharon Leonard
Sharon Leonard

Thank You, 

I Thank God for my home.

It has been a task to get this

Pla've in order...I know God will supply

my needs...When I was in the hospital

With a stroke., I was robbed big time.

They tool all my equipment and tools

To get this place in order, even things to

Fix the inside as well... Exspecting to get it replaced

By the Lord..He knows what I need and the people

To help me..Praise God His Mercy is Great !

Nov 12
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywineedited: Nov 12

Thank you Jesus.Help us remove all obstacles in our lives and get healing power from You. Amen 

Nov 12
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Sylvia Todd
Sylvia Todd

May the Lord help us let go of what is not from Him, and move on when His seasons pass, and guide us clearly when we have circled the mountain too many times!

Nov 12
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Your will be done in my life, Amen!

Nov 12
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen Good Morning Everyone 

Nov 12
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Scott Riegelmann
Scott Riegelmann

I love you Jesus my trust and faith is in you show me your will for my life and I will go.

Nov 12
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father sometimes I feel discouraged for being trying to do something on my own, give me a clear vision of what to do and follow Your command. Your will is what counts for a better life, that Your Holy Spirit touch me to hear a clear word. Lead me Lord, in Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. 

Thank you Pastor for this reminder, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Nov 12
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Nov 12
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Thank you Jesus,  Amen

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Cindy Holcomb
Cindy Holcomb

Help me to change Lord , Amen.

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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beer

Yes please, amen Lord 

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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

I am esperiencing that right now....going round n round

Nov 13
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Pranoti  Kumar
Pranoti Kumar

Thank you Pastor

Nov 13
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Nov 13