Yesterday I was blessed to have coffee and conversation with a sister from church. We talked about our pasts, our husbands, our children, our hangups and our fears.

We talked about a lot but at the center of our interaction was the importance of knowing God’s word and how we wanted Him to be the center of our today and our tomorrows (Lord’s will).

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I realize more and more why “…his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night” (Psalm 1:2).

We are in a constant state of wrestling between what we see and what we believe.

Our reality and the truth.

The physical and the spiritual.

I left the coffee house thankful for the time with my sister and also for the time I shared with each of you through last week’s posts. Who knew I would need to dig deep and share these words with you but also with others who are struggling to hold on to their faith.

Then today Pastor Tiffany shared a wonderful sermon on Exodus 3:1-12. She had many points and great wisdom to share but this stopped me in my tracks.

“Get out of your Egypt mentality! 
Know that you deserve something better.”

I truly hate to pick this one statement out and not be able to share the entire sermon with you. What I plan to share for the next few sentences are more about what I took away than what she said. Because she said this as I work to minister to women who are scrambling to move from being stuck to having TRUE freedom.

Thus, when I heard her words I knew “That’s it!!!”

She shared how God freed the children of Israel from the pharaoh and Egypt, however, during their years in the wilderness they were still in bondage. A mental bondage. They still had an Egypt mentality.

Let’s try to bring this a little closer to home.

Have you ever tried something new?

For me right now I’m training for a marathon. This is one of the hardest things I’ve ever done. And honestly, I’m not doing very well. My “Egypt mentality” is reeking havoc on my ability to progress. My “Egypt mentality” is saying…

Girl what are you doing? This is NOT for you. Don’t you feel your knees screaming for relief. Is this even necessary? Things are fine the way they are. This is too hard. You don’t have time for this. And so on…

It is a daily battle that many days I give in to.

I believe the “Egypt mentality” wants us to embrace what we know instead of stretching toward the new things God has for us. I believe the “Egypt mentality” craves certainty and predictability. I believe the “Egypt mentality” glorifies what was and forgets the hardships and challenges we endured.

It wants to play small.

However, what the “Egypt mentality” fails to realize is our greatest asset is what helped us then and what keeps us now.

That is God.

You see, we can look back fondly, most times, over our greatest challenges and we see the victory. But that was God. And the same God you clung to then is the same God that will help you now.

And I hate to say it, well kind of…;) But we are not called to live safe and predictable. We are called to live a life of greatness in Him.

This is why studying God’s word is necessary and so important. How will we ever know how great we are in Him if we don’t? 

Outside of His word all we would have is what we see. And for many of us that would be a life of bondage when freedom…real freedom…is within our reach.

We must press on and not be fearful of what lies ahead.

God bless my friends.

Consider this: Are you embracing an “Egypt mentality” in your life? Where? And why?

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31 Days of the Word with Dana Pittman | 2015

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