What To Do During Dry Times

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    July 14, 1999

“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. {23} When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah).”     Exodus 15:22-23 NIV)

1.     Remember That Mountain-Top Experiences Often

      Have _____________ on Both Sides of Them


·         We are a lot like _________-_________ --- we find what’s inside when we are placed in hot water.

·         According to verse 25, God sometimes ___________ us.

·         So, what is your “Marah” today?

2.  Serving With People Often Leads to Dry Times 

     Because of Humans Tendency Toward


      “So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?””  

      Exodus 15:24 (NIV)

·         Our attitude toward God and toward each other is often expressed like this:  “What have you done for me ______________?”

·         We forget about past ________________.

·         God knows this about us. That is why so often He would command His people to _______________.  He told at least one generation to erect “landmarks” to past events. Following generations were warned not to remove the landmarks.

·         Do you want to start pulling out of your “dry time”?  Begin to _______________ God’s faithfulness to you in the past!

3. Give Your Dry Time to __________.

 “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.”    Exodus 15:25 (NIV)

·         What is the biggest “Marah” in your life, today?

·         Have you actually prayed about it and asked God for help?

·         Notice that God “____________” Moses a piece of wood that was already on the ground. He did not create the answer, it was already there.  Moses simply hadn’t seen what God wanted to give him.

4. Know That the “Dry Time” Will Be Followed By a Time

     of __________________.

      “Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm    

       trees, and they camped there near the water.”   Exodus 15:27 (NIV)

·         Do you know how far it is from Marah to Elim?

·         How do you get from the place of dryness to the oasis? First,

            admit to yourself and the Lord where you are. Then, expect

            Him to give you hope for a better future!

H.________ a time of personal evaluation

O.________ the Word

P.________ for insight

E.________ the Lord again.

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