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Streams in the Desert – July 16

Streams in the Desert – July 16

Because you have done this and have not withheld your son, your only son, I will . . . make your descendants as numerous as the stars in the sky . . . because you have obeyed me. (Genesis 22: 16– 18) From the time of Abraham, people have been learning that when they...

Streams in the Desert – July 15

Streams in the Desert – July 15

This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. (1 John 5: 4) It is easy to love Him when the blue is in the sky, When the summer winds are blowing, and we smell the roses nigh; There is little effort needed to obey His precious will When it leads...

Streams in the Desert – July 14

Streams in the Desert – July 14

Bind the festival sacrifice with cords to the horns of the altar. (Psalm 118: 27 NASB) Is the altar of sacrifice calling you? Why not ask God to bind you to it, so you will never be tempted to turn away from a life of consecration, or dedication, to Him? There are...

Streams in the Desert – July 13

Streams in the Desert – July 13

God . . . calls things that are not as though they were. (Romans 4: 17) What does this verse mean? It is the very reason why “Abraham in hope believed” (v. 18). That Abraham would become the father of a child at his advanced age seemed absurd and an utter...

Streams in the Desert – July 12

Streams in the Desert – July 12

He knows the way that I take; when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold. (Job 23: 10) Faith grows during storms. These are just four little words, but what significance they have to someone who has endured life-threatening storms! Faith is that God-given...

Streams in the Desert – July 11

Streams in the Desert – July 11

Some time later the brook dried up because there had been no rain in the land. (1 Kings 17: 7) Week after week, with an unwavering and steadfast spirit, Elijah watched the brook dwindle and finally dry up. Often tempted to stumble in unbelief, he nevertheless refused...

Streams in the Desert – July 10

Streams in the Desert – July 10

I called him but he did not answer. (Song of Songs 5: 6) Once the Lord has given us great faith, He has been known to test it with long delays. He has allowed His servants’ voices to echo in their ears, as if their prayers were rebounding from a contemptuous sky....

Streams in the Desert – July 9

Streams in the Desert – July 9

I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. (Isaiah 48: 10 KJV) Doesn’t God’s Word come to us like a soft rain shower, dispelling the fury of the flames? Isn’t it like fireproof armor, against which the heat is powerless? Then let afflictions come, for God has...

Streams in the Desert – July 8

Streams in the Desert – July 8

They will soar on wings like eagles. (Isaiah 40: 31) There is a fable about the way birds first got their wings. The story goes that initially they were made without them. Then God made the wings, set them down before the wingless birds, and said to them, “Take up...

Streams in the Desert – July 7

Streams in the Desert – July 7

He made me into a polished arrow. (Isaiah 49: 2) Pebble Beach, on the California coast, has become quite famous for the beautiful pebbles found there. The raging white surf continually roars, thundering and pounding against the rocks on the shore. These stones are...