The Red Sea Rules

Hi sweet friends~ I hope that each of you is off to a super start to the summer!  We have been to MS and back, and enjoyed lots of sweet fellowship with my extended family, and our new church family in Cleveland.  We are all still praying about our house selling so our family can move.  And we still know that the Lord has something planned for our good and His glory through this time of waiting.  In the mean time, I’m trying to embrace each day and enjoy right where I am – whether in Nashville, Batesville, Cleveland, or on the road in between.

(BTW, you should see me drive!!! Ha Ha!  No. More. Fear!  I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!!!  To prove this true, I’ve logged more driving miles in the month of May than I have in the sum total of my entire life up to this point!!)

I was cleaning out a pile of papers on my desk yesterday and came across a bookmark containing Robert J. Morgan’s “The Red Sea Rules – 10 God Given Strategies for Difficult Times”.  I’ve not yet read this book, but these 10 strategies spoke volumes to me, and I wanted to share them with you.  I found a review of the book and explanation of the rules, and posted below.

I continue to think of and pray for you, especially when I see your sweet faces on my side bar.  I love to see the happy pictures of those of you who follow this blog.  Sometimes I go through every picture praying for you, and thanking God that in some unimaginable way, you are a special part of my life.  May the Lord bless you with Himself and a sweet awareness of His presence in your life.  ttyl…

The Red Sea Rules: 10 God Given Strategies for Difficult Times

By Robert J. Morgan
Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2001,
Reviewed by Shirley McDonald, Copy Editor for
May 05, 2003

Using the Israelites’ story of deliverance from Egypt via the Red Sea, Robert Morgan writes of ten strategies for getting through difficult times. Just as the Israelites were trapped between the Egyptians and the Red Sea, sometimes we find ourselves trapped between that proverbial rock and a hard place. Morgan attempts to show that if you allow Him, the same God who led you in will lead you out.

Morgan devotes a chapter to each of the following “Red Sea Rules.”

Realize that God means for you to be where you are.
God, in Exodus 14:1-2, gives Moses specific instructions of where they are to camp: “Now the Lord spoke to Moses, saying: ‘Speak to the children of Israel, that they turn and camp before Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, opposite Baal Zephon.”

When you are in a difficult situation, remember that the Lord placed or allowed you to be there.

■ Be more concerned for God’s glory than for your relief.
God told Moses “…Then I will gain honor over Pharaoh and over all his army, that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord” (Exodus 14:3-4).

God can take an impossible situation and gain honor for Himself in the midst of our adverse situations – if we let Him.

■ Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord.
It would have done no good for the Israelites to ignore the fact that the Egyptians were pursuing them. Yet God made a way of deliverance. Satan can do us no lasting harm when we are enclosed by the grace of Christ.

■ Pray!
“When Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the Lord” (Exodus 14:10).

When you face impossible odds, our prayer-answering God will impart the grace needed.

■ Stay calm and confident, and give God time to work.
Moses told the Israelites to fear not, but stand still and see the salvation of the Lord. How many times are we faced with situations where we cannot solve the problem or heal the hurt? Yet, we must leave room and give God time to work.

■ When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith.
The Lord said to Moses, ‘Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward” (Exodus 14:15).

Trust God for guidance in small steps.

■ Envision God’s enveloping presence.
God will let us feel his comforting presence, just as He let the Israelites know of His care and presence through the angel of God and the pillar of cloud (Exodus 14:19-20).

■ Trust God to deliver in His own unique way.
Who would ever have thought God would have used an old man’s raising his rod over the obstructing sea to part the waters so that the Red Sea became a gateway to the Israelites and a graveyard for the Egyptians? God does not always view things as we do, and His methods of deliverance are often mysterious to us.

■ View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future.
The Lord saved Israel that day…so the people feared the Lord and believed the Lord and His servant Moses” (Exodus 14:30-31).

Trials and troubles are the “treadmills” for the soul, developing strength and stamina.

■ Don’t forget to praise Him.

Moses and the Israelites sang a song of triumph to the Lord after their deliverance, exalting Him. We must not forget to be grateful for God’s deliverances because He truly is our strength and our song, and He has become our salvation (Exodus 15:1-2).

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  1. Thanks so much for this post! I really needed to hear the Red Sea Rules strategies tonight. We have been in the midst of some really trying times while going through the process of finding another pastorate. Thanks for the encouragement and the reminder of God's faithfulness.

  2. elaine @ peace for the journey says:

    I think "acknowledge your enemy but keep your eyes on the Lord" is particularly meaningful to me today, as I have felt the attack of the enemy from every angle in recent days. Still and yet, I feel the strong pull and anchor of Christ; he is keeping me focused on the road ahead. I think we sometimes give too much attention to the enemy when all the while, we need the reminder that our God is bigger and more than capable of bringing us the victory!

    I'm counting on it.


  3. These are great – and so practical. I have been coming each morning for a couple days to re-read them…perhaps I should simply print them off. Each one on its own is great to ponder over.

    This book reminds me of Priscilla Shriver's Bible study "One in a Million"…also using the Israelites journey to study our Christian walk. It is a great study, as well.

    I pray that your week is going well – any showings or updates on the house? Enjoy these days in Tennessee….I know they seem long but soon they will be over.

    Take care (perhpas I'll just order this book – even better than printing off your cliff notes!) 🙂

  4. So I am all teary just reading the ten rules… maybe this is a book for me?!?

    Just popped by to say thanks, I haven't been visiting much lately either and it's good to "see" your face!! xoxo, lisa

  5. Jane (Frugal Fine Living) says:

    I've never read this before, but it's awesome! I especially like the thought "Trials and troubles are the “treadmills” for the soul, developing strength and stamina." It's so true. Thanks for sharing this.

    I will continue to pray for the sale of your house.

  6. Oh Jennifer, I'm so glad you stopped by to visit me on Heart Choices today. This post was perfect for where I am right now. Only God knew and He used you in the process. Isn't He awesome? I love it.

    Life has been very challenging and this has continued for some time now. But I have to say I am taking notes of these 10 things. I so agree with them and maybe needed to be reminded.

    I love that you're not fretting over the house not selling right away but trusting God with the timing. I am praying for you my friend.

    Love you,

  7. That is an AWESOME book! It really helped me through a dead sea time a couple of years ago. Take time to read it. It doesn't take long and you will reap many benefits of courage to stay the course. I'm new to your blog but I love the name and the message!

  8. Looks like a great book. I enjoyed just reading the 10 rules.

  9. Precious Sister,

    I'm glad all is well with your family and that you enjoyed your time. I'm continuing to PRAY for you and your family and the house selling etc.

    GOD has a unique and divine plan already established. I pray for you and your family to continue to hold on in the midst until that plan is revealed and manifested.

    Thank you for sharing the 10 things…and the book. Awesome!

    I love you much!


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