From Bitterness to Blessing (1 of 2) by Kerry Shook

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From Bitterness to Blessing (1 of 2)
Series: Seekonomics
Kerry Shook
Matthew 6:33

''But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.'' - Matt. 6:33 (NIV)

''Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, 'What are we to drink?'

Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there He tested them. He said, 'If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in His eyes, if you pay attention to His commands and keep all His decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you.'

Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.'' Exodus 15:22-27 (NIV)

1. THE CAUSE OF BITTERNESS

''Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur …'' vs. 22 (NIV)

Desert of frustration
Desert of fear

''… For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.'' vs. 22b (NIV)

Desert of fatigue

''When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter.''vs. 23 (NIV)

2. THE CRISIS OF BELIEF

''So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, 'What are we to drink?''' vs. 24 (NIV)

''… and there He tested them.''vs. 25b (NIV)

Stop complaining and cry out to God.

''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.'' vs. 25a (NKJV)

Stop struggling and surrender to God.

''He said, 'If you listen carefully to the voice ...


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