It's not easy to move on from a bad experience or unhealthy relationship in life. It can become so much a part of our life that it's easier to complain and murmur than to let go and move forward.
But no matter difficult it is, to get up and move forward in life is definitely better than continue to remain where you are in a bleak environment or situation.
Life is beautiful! Don't stay put but move forward and experience the beautiful life that God has in store for you.
Staying in a relationship that leaves a bitter taste in the mouth will definitely holds us back in life. Not letting go of a bitter experience but reliving it over and over again in our mind can also play havocs to our mental and physical well-being.
We heard the proverbial phrase, 'When life gives you lemons, made lemonade.' It's a good encouragement to face difficulty with a 'I-can-do-it' attitude. But how many of us can make lemonade without sugar? We might have become so drained out and depicted that even just one more lemon would caused us to be thrown out of balance. The only position left is to lie on our back and cry; to blame, to murmur and complain.
Is that what's happening in your life? Have you been thrown lemon time and time again that it has become something you expect from life? Life has become a struggle day in and day out; bleak and hopeless.
If you are in such a situation in your journey in life, I have news for you. There's hope for you and you can move on and forward to a much better life. You cannot do it on your own. There's help at hand. Just reach out.
While reading the Book of Exodus and how the Israelites suffered as slaves in Egypt, I realised that they were a people that had lemonades thrown at them day in and day out for years. There was no rest from the backbreaking works. Their lives were bleak and hopeless and it seems like it could only get worse.
Until..God heard their cries and intervened.
But when they left Egypt after the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea, the first place God led them was into the wilderness of Shur. And after wondering three days they arrived at a place called Marah. Found no water during the three days in the wilderness and when they found water at last, the water was bitter and they could not drink it.
What a letdown! What a disappointment! Another lemon!
What else could they do? Despair! Complain!
So Moses brought Israel from the Red Sea; then they went out into the Wilderness of Shur. And they went three days in the wilderness and found no water. Now when they came to Marah, they could not drink the waters of Marah, for they were bitter. Therefore the name of it was called Marah. And the people complained against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he cast it into the waters, the waters were made sweet.
There He made a statute and an ordinance for them, and there He tested them, and said, “If you diligently heed the voice of the Lord your God and do what is right in His sight, give ear to His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you which I have brought on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees; so they camped there by the waters.
Scripture taken from the New King James Version®. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Despite their complaints and cries, God did not give up on them. He provided a way: He told Moses, their leader, to cast a tree into the water.
And voila! the bitter water turned sweet.
Don't despair, my friend. God is still in the business of turning bitter water into sweet drinkable refreshing water. As He was there for the Israelites, so is He here for you and me.
The tree that Moses casted into the water symbolised or speaks of the cross where Jesus Christ was hung as a sacrifice for our sins. He took our place on the cross; was judged in our place. All punishments were meted out on Him and His body. He who knew no sin became sin for us.
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.
In whatever state you are now, wherever you are, just called on the LORD Jesus Christ. He can turn your life around; makes it sweet and worth living.
God is for us all the while. He had sent His beloved son into the world to save us.
In this the love of God was manifested toward us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through Him. - 1 John 4:9
Jesus Christ, God's Son came into the world to save us.
His name means "Saviour".
And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”
Jesus is for us! He came to save us.
He said in Matthew 11:29; "Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls."
Do you want rest for your weary souls?
Come to Jesus!
He comes that we might have life and have it more abundantly.
The thief does not come except to steal, and to kill, and to destroy. I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly.
This word “abundant” in the Greek is perissos which is defined as
This is the kind of life that Jesus came to give. All we have to do is acknowledge and believe in Him and His work on the cross. Receive Him into our heart as our Lord and Saviour. Let Him lead and guide us from henceforth.
Let Him into our heart and He shall turn our bleak, hopeless and bitter days into sweet, remarkable, excellent days.
Lord Jesus, thank you for coming into the world to save me; for dying on the cross for me.
Please come into my life today. I sincerely invite you now to come and turn my life around. I want you to lead and guide me everyday.
Once you have invited Jesus into your heart, you are a Christian; a new creation.
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. - 2 Corinthians 5:17 (NKJV)
Move on and do not dwell in the past. Your past is now behind you.
Just as the Israelites move forward, arrived and camped at Elim where there "were twelve wells of water and seventy palm trees;" so should you move on from where you are (not geographically but in your heart) and see and experience this wonderful life that God has for you.
There are excellent things in store for you. Move on as the Lord leads you day by day.
As you move on, you will begin to experience Jesus in a new and special way. He will become your Shepherd, your Provider, your everything and make your life beautiful once again.
So let's move on. Higher ground awaits us as we move on and forward fearlessly under His guidance and protection.
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