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I read recently about how we can so often wait to deal with issues in our lives.

In the bible there is an account Moses had with Pharaoh. Pharaoh was determined not to release the Israelites from slavery, so God sent a warning and demonstrated clearly that He was more powerful than Pharaoh. One of those demonstrations was in the form of an influx of frogs on the people of Egypt. Frogs invaded their homes, their beds, their food, simply everywhere, and the people were miserable. Moses presents himself to Pharaoh to ask him when he would like Moses to entreat and ask  God to remove the plague of frogs. Strangely enough Pharaoh replies…”tomorrow”. (From “Faith to Faith”: K&G Copeland)

“Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Entreat the LORD that He remove the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD.” Moses said to Pharaoh, “The honor is yours to tell me: when shall I entreat for you and your servants and your people, that the frogs be destroyed from you and your houses, that they may be left only in the Nile?” Then he said, “Tomorrow.” So he said, “May it be according to your word, that you may know that there is no one like the LORD our God.” (Exodus 8:8-10)

Now if you had a plague of green slimy frogs invading and infesting your home wouldn’t you reply, Now, today, right now, without any delay?” But Pharaoh didn’t. He was content to put up with those frogs for another day, when He could have been rid of them immediately.

But how often are we content to put up with something that God says He will act upon to remove out of our lives as soon as we ask? How often do we fail to make a decision, or act when it comes to dealing with things that cause us discomfort, or are not God’s best for us? Just as God had the power and willingness to rid Egypt of frogs, He also has the power, and is willing to rid our lives of those things that cause us to feel like we are living with our “own plague”.

God is a good God, full of compassion and love for all He has made. He sees our struggles, our quiet desperation, our triumphs, and our dreams. He says He will remove our transgressions – our sins from us, as far as the east is from the west, and remember them no more. He declares that He is the Lord who heals, who provides, who sustains, and who gives vision and purpose to our lives.

 “For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is His loving kindness toward those who fear Him. As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us. (Psalm 103:11-12)

“For I am the LORD who heals you.” (Exodus 15:26)

“Surely God is my help; the Lord is the one who sustains me.” (Psalm 54:4)

The question for us today, is how long will we wait before we entreat, and cry out to God to remove our plague/s?

Be encouraged that God has the answer. It’s found in His word, and when we have studied it and receive revelation of what He has to say about our situation, we can then take that promise straight to Him, and make a demand on His supply. In return He promises He will hear from heaven and answer our prayers.

Don’t be like that Egyptian Pharaoh who was content to live another day with something that God was ready to remove. Boldly come to the throne of grace and receive all that you need to live free.

“So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.” (Hebrews 4:16 NLT)

He will call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble; I will rescue him and honour him. (Psalm 91:15)

Prayer: Lord please help me to come to you and ask today for all that I need. You don’t desire me to suffer, but are willing, ready and able to answer my request. Set me free from ……….today, according to the promises in your word. In Jesus Name. Amen.