03 February: Dire Straits

If you have witnessed your life in dire straits; today’s chapter shows an emergency of desperate need. It’s a state of extreme distress – the dire passage (straits) through which Ancient Egypt descended at the beginning of their end…

READ EXODUS 9  Make notes, if you’d like, of what stands out for you. Feel free to use the “Leave a Comment” box below to also write some of your thoughts.


Looking through 21st Century lenses, it’s hard to see how plagues and disasters, that threaten to destroy whole nations, could possibly hold something good from a so-called Good God. An article by the International Business Times, published photos from Portugal that some have dubbed: “The Hand of God”.[a] Photos taken in January 2016 had apparently gone viral within weeks on social media! While meteorologists explain the earth’s atmosphere, climate, and weather behind the images, the bloggers in the below news story say it appears to be God’s hand holding a fireball. This is then interpreted as a sign that the End Times plagues – described in the Book of Revelations and those similar to that experienced by Pharaoh in Ancient Egypt – are again about to begin.

But whether true or not, one thing can be learnt from today’s chapter. Each plague in HIStory, parallels what we now know of the gods of Ancient Egypt. With Egypt in dire straits, this isn’t about a neurotic god wreaking havoc. Each plague is carefully thought through to highlight the futility of belief in created things, while ignoring the Creator who made it all. Read More? …CLICK on “03 February – Additional Notes”

But what about your thoughts – can you tell me what today’s “breadcrumb” is? Leave a note in the “Comments” box below to tell me what you think of today’s chapter.

Wanting to speak personally with the Maker of Heaven and Earth? The rest of this webpage uses Jesus’ own prayer to help…[b]


   1.   Praise: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your Name. Your Kingdom come! Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven …”

Let the peoples praise You, O God; May all people everywhere praise You! Let the nations be glad and sing for joy because You will judge us all with uprightness. [Psalm 67:3-4]

   2.   Ask: “…Give us today our daily bread…”

  • The World: Use the link to pray for Europe[c]
  • Your Country: Ministries to the Military
  • Yourself: Good Use of Your Treasures[d]
  • Your concerns for today
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people…” [1 Timothy 2:1]

   3.   Admit: “…Forgive us our sin as we forgive those who sin against us…”

Who is a God like You, Father? You who pardon iniquity and pass over the rebellious act of Your people? You don’t retain Your anger forever, because You delight in unchanging love. [Micah 7:18]

   4.   Protect: “…Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

Thank you Lord my God that You’re with me like a victorious warrior. You’ll take pride over me with joy. You’ll quiet me with Your love and You’ll rejoice over me with shouts of joy. [Zephaniah 3:17]

“For Yours Lord is the Kingdom, the Power and the Glory now and forever. Amen!”

When Jesus was questioned, tested, tricked, or in His hour of great need, He always spoke things that were previously written in God’s Word.[e] Following these memory verses from ten topics, will help you learn 52 verses from the bible in a year! THIS WEEK’S MEMORY VERSE: Topic = The Creator’s Will

“Whoever claims to live in Him must live as Jesus did.” [1 John 2:6]

[a] http://www.msn.com/en-gb/news/world/image-of-cloud-in-portugal-that-looks-like-hand-of-god-goes-viral/ar-BBp08Kb?ocid=spartanntp

[b] Matthew 6:5-15

[c] http://www.operationworld.org/region/europe/owtext.html

[d] Matthew 6:19-20

[e] Matthew 4:4,6,7,10; 11:10; 21:13; and 26:24,31

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