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Up in Elim and Down in Marah (Exodus 15:22-27)Jeff Patton, October 19, 2016
Part of the Miscellaneous series, preached at a Wednesday service
When you are first born again you'll quickly find that your life is free but soon thereafter you find that the world is upon you. When we have an unforgiving spirit our focus is no longer on Him but on ourselves. One can't grow in Christ if your drinking bitter water. Gods grace is just as good for you as it is for your enemy. Do you want living water to drink? Just ask for it. Whatever you're facing in your life God is your saving grace. It doesn't matter about the drought that the world might be in spiritually, our God has an unending supply of living water. We need to stop murmuring and remember that God can supply us with life. Stop crying to each other and your pains and troubles, cry out unto the Lord. Humans need water in order live and just as the human, Christians live the Living Water to survive. If you're bitter with someone and think they don't deserve it, all you're doing is creating a gap between you and God. Love on each other as Christ loves us. Romans 7:18-21 - do you think that once you get saved everything is gonna be alright in you're life? No, it's our job as older Christians to uplift the newborn Christians because just as soon as your saved the devil will present them with bitter water. So why don't you enjoy your Christian life anymore? Because it's you and your walk with Christ being week and drinking the bitter waters. Call out to Christ to give you His Living Water.
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22So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water. 23And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah. 24And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink? 25And he cried unto the LORD; and the LORD shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them, 26And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the LORD thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the LORD that healeth thee. 27And they came to Elim, where were twelve wells of water, and threescore and ten palm trees: and they encamped there by the waters. (KJV)