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So, today I'm going to share with you what stood out to me each week during our Summer Book Club-Style Bible Study on The Red Sea Rules. Then, in the comments below, I want you to tell me of the 10 Red Sea Rules, which one has made the biggest impact on your life?
Here's what stood out to me and helped me the most each week:
Rule 1: Realize that God means for you to be where you are.
In week 1 this quote really hit me square between the eyes: “So, take a deep breath and recall this deeper secret of the Christian life: when you are in a difficult place, realize that the Lord either placed you there or allowed you to be there, for reasons perhaps known for now only to Himself. The same God who led you in will lead you out.” ―Robert Morgan, The Red Sea Rules
I am here today by His design and/or allowance and I can be assured that the same God who led me in will lead me out!
Rule 2: Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.
Week 2 reminded me that my difficult situation can turn into something beautiful for His glory. "How, then, did God take an impossible situation, flip it around, and use it for His honor? The story of parted waters shows us that God gains glory when His enemies are defeated, when His children are delivered, when His name is exalted, when His exploits are remembered and when His praises are sounded." —Robert Morgan, The Red Sea Rules
I recently wrote a book called The Heart That Heals: Healing Our Brokenness Through the Promises of God, and that's exactly how this book happened—through a difficult situation that has turned into something beautiful for His glory. Praise the Lord!
Rule 3: Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.
Over the years, I've seen how in my own life I allow circumstances to overwhelm me. I get so wrapped up in all the difficulties that I forget to look to God and place my problems in His very capable hands. Those difficult things are going to come. They are going to happen. There's no getting around that fact. But what we have to remember is that when they do, they are not to be the focus of our attention. God is! "But my eyes are toward You, O God, my Lord; in You I seek refuge; leave me not defenseless!" Psalm 141:8
Rule 5: Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.
I want you to know that I do not like this rule! I don’t like anything about it. Stay calm. That does not come natural to me. I find it much easier to panic! Stay calm and confident. Confident? But worry comes rushing in without me even giving it any thought. And give God time to work. That’s the hardest part of this rule. I do not like this rule, but I also know that I need to learn this rule and I need to put this rule into practice in my life.
“In our distresses in life when trapped by the Red Sea, we must trust God with the impossible and leave room for Him to work, for the Lord has promised to fight for us.” — Robert Morgan, The Red Sea Rules
Rule 6: When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.
“God never gives guidance for two steps at a time. I must take one step, and then I get light for the next. This keeps the heart in abiding dependence upon God.” —C. H. Mackintosh
In week 6 we look at two counterfeits to faith—presumption and paralysis. I found this so interesting. Both can look like faith, but they're not real faith. They are counterfeits. You presume that God will do something for you that He has never promised to do. Presumption often takes the form of telling God what you want Him to do, and then telling Him you're counting on Him and expecting Him to fulfill your desires. And then there's paralysis. Out of the blue something bad hits us, and we freeze. We don’t know what to do. The problem is just too huge. We’re totally overwhelmed by it, and we don’t have a clue what to do about it. So we don’t do anything. Why should we? The problem is too big! Nothing is going to help. We might as well just wave the white flag and surrender! That is paralysis.
Rule 7: Envision God’s enveloping presence.
If I had written The Red Sea Rules, I think I would have phrased this rule a little differently. To me the word envision connotes the idea of imagining that something is true. If we are believers in Christ, we don’t have to pretend that God is with us in difficulties. He really is present! So, I think that I would have put it some other way. Cultivate God’s presence. Or, practice God’s presence. Or, I think that maybe I would have put it this way: Learn to rest in God’s embrace. I like this rule.
Rule 8: Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.
“God will deliver His children from every evil work, from every peril and problem, from tribulation, even from death itself. But there are no cookie cutters in heaven. God doesn’t have standardized, same-size-fits-all solutions to our various problems. He treats every situation as singular and special, and He designs a unique, tailor-made deliverance to every trial and trouble.” —Robert Morgan, The Red Sea Rules
God does deliver us in unique ways and in week 8 we look at some of these ways. Sometimes He delivers miraculously. Other times He delivers providentially, and still there are times when He delivers mysteriously.
Rule 10: Don’t forget to praise Him.
I love this rule! However, like the 10 lepers in Luke 17 sometimes we too forget to praise Him. Throughout this study of The Red Sea Rules, I have found it to be such an encouragement to me personally. The study has come at a time in my life when I was feeling overwhelmed and honestly, a little discouraged. I really needed these types of reminders. I give thanks to God for that! This little book, The Red Sea Rules, doesn’t say anything that’s never been said before. That is one of the reasons I like the book. It is such a good summary of tried-and-true biblical principles. It’s nice to be able to be reminded of them and to pass those principles on to others.
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