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Solitude Purifies & Prepares!
Solitude Purifies & Prepares!

Todd Moore • March 31, 2020

Reflections from Matthew 4

by Todd Moore

When God brings you to a place of solitude or isolation, prepare to be purified, strengthened, & equipped for what He's about to do through you!

Before Jesus began healing with a word, feeding multitudes with a sack lunch, & teaching people about the kingdom of God, the Holy Spirit led Him into forty days of solitude with no food & lots of temptation (Matthew 4).

There were many other godly people from scripture that were also led into periods & types of solitude or isolation before greater trials or assignments.  Consider:  Adam in the garden (Genesis 2); Joseph’s unjust imprisonment (Genesis 39-41); Moses on Mt. Sinai (Exodus 19); Elijah during a severe drought (I Kings 17); David in the wilderness shepherding sheep (I Samuel 17); & Jonah in the belly of the giant fish (Jonah 1), just to name a few.  The LORD led them into periods of isolation to reveal His power & nearness, purify their faith in Him, & equip them for the tasks ahead.

Isolation can be a tool of the enemy to weaken & disarm believers in Christ, but God often uses times of solitude to deepen our walk with Him, tune our hearts to Him, & strengthen us in ways that are needed for the coming days.

In our solitude, whether voluntary or involuntary, let us be courageous to deal with our past, be faithful stewards with the present, & prepare for what the LORD has next!  For as Christ was not alone in the wilderness, neither are we!

...and behold, angels came and were ministering to Him.

(Matthew 4:11)

And behold, I [Jesus] am with you always, to the end of the age.

(Matthew 28:20)

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Are we hopeless?  Absolutely NOT!
Are we hopeless? Absolutely NOT!

Todd Moore • March 27, 2020

Reflections on Psalm 106

by Todd Moore

As we are confronted with an invisible enemy who moves like a tidal wave (named Corona Virus) we are reminded that the things of earth will fail us when it counts, but the LORD will not.

Our wealth? In a matter of days, our vibrant economy was turned on its head.

Our medical system? The news is daily about how it may quickly become overwhelmed & undersized.

Our innovation & ability to organize? In a flash we found ourselves ill-prepared & isolated from one another.

Our military? Powerless to protect against this enemy.

So are we hopeless in this "crisis"? Absolutely NOT!

Like God's people of old, nations blessed by God have too often forgotten Him & even despised His blessings.

Here in America, we have learned to trust in our own wealth instead of our Jehovah Jireh (The Lord our Provider). We trust in our superior medical system instead of our Jehovah Rapha (The Lord who Heals). We trust in innovation & our ability to organize instead of our Jehovah Rohi (The Lord My Shepherd). We trust in our powerful military capabilities instead of our Jehovah Tsaba (The Lord Our Warrior).

Let us learn from Psalm 106. This is exactly the time to:

  1. Recount the LORD's faithfulness (v.1-2)
  2. Repent of our misplaced trust in earthly possessions, systems, & people (v.6-43)
  3. Call upon the LORD in faith (v.44-47).

Let all the people say, "Amen!" Praise the LORD! (v.48)

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