Time Magazine’s cover story this week: “Mandela at 90; The Secrets of Leadership,” by Richard Stengel, illustrates principles the former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, followed to fight apartheid:

He liberated a country from a system of violent prejudice and helped unite white and black, oppressor and oppressed, in a way that had never been done before.”

Of Mandela’s arrest and subsequent imprisonment for twenty-eight years, Stengel states:

“The key to Mandela is those prison years. He went in emotional and headstrong and emerged balanced and disciplined.”

Like Mandela, it took Moses forty years of wandering in the desert with the Israelites until the promised land was reached. During those years of character refinement and learning dependence and obedience to God, Moses emerged as a great leader.

I certainly can learn invaluable lessons from these two great men. Instead of becoming bitter and resentful because of my problems, I will try to examine adverse situations and ask myself: What personality defects in me are being reshaped or removed by this experience? How can I become a better Christian through this trial? What does God want me to learn from this? And last but not least, How can I better serve others as a result this?

Dear Lord, You know my defects and sins, yet you still love me. Transform my consciousness so I might view the hard times of life as opportunities to grow and change; to become more like You. Thank You for the living examples of greatness we have in our present time that teach us the character refinements we gain from adversity. Continue to help me grow into Your likeness. Amen.


~ by Andrea T on July 16, 2008.


  1. Temptation. “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape that ye may be able to bear it.” 1 Corinthians 10:13.

    The meaning of the word temptation in the English dictionary is that temptation is an enticement to do evil. Now, temptations can come to us in many ways, usually when we are at our lowest, when we are discouraged or downcast. Temptation can be evil thoughts of any kind; also they can come in the form of the symptoms of sickness to make us disbelieve that God can get us well again. We have all been there, yes, in unbelief, but we must not believe any other word other than what God has said in the Holy Scriptures.

    Do you remember how Jesus defeated satan in the wilderness, by speaking the Word of God? He said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.” Don’t forget Jesus was very weak and hungry; He was at His lowest, that is when satan comes to you saying, “it is hopeless, you are finished, it is all over.” My friend the devil is a liar. David the shepherd boy said, “God delivered me from the paw of the lion, and the paw of the bear, surely He will deliver me from this uncircumcised Philistine
    (Goliath).” Surely God will deliver you from your problem, so, shout it out,
    Jesus said, “Call upon me in the day of trouble and I will deliver you.”

    Now God has provided us a way out of all our problems, if it be temptations of wicked thoughts, or symptoms of some sickness, which the Bible says comes to all mankind, and that way is through faith in His Word, and what Christ has accomplished for us at Calvary.

    The Bible tells us that the great tempter is the devil. Do you remember how he deceived Eve in the garden? Eve said unto the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of tree’s of the garden: But of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God hath said, Ye shall not eat of it, neither shall you touch it lest you die, and the serpent said unto the woman, “ Ye shall not surely die.” Genesis ch 3: 3, 4. By listening to the serpent instead of God, it brought sin and eventually death.

    So it is with temptation to do evil, the tempter will say, “it is only a small sin, every one else does it,” but the Bible says, “Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump?” we must resist all temptations to do evil. And it is the same with the symptoms of some devastating disease that comes upon you, it must be resisted. The devil will bring evil reports to you from the mouths of men, to get you to doubt God’s Word, so that he can kill, steal and destroy your life. Again I say he is a liar, the Bible says “Many are the afflictions of the righteous, but the Lord delivers us out of them all.” Psalm 34:19 “With long life will I satisfy him. and show him my salvation.” Psalm 91:16. B15

    He shall not be afraid of evil tidings: his heart is fixed trusting in the Lord. But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely. and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
    Psalm 112:7. Proverbs 1:33.


  2. We were just talking about Moses in our bible study yesterday (Discerning the Voice of God). Priscilla Shirer was saying that God often reveals His plans to us and equips us while we are in the desert seasons of our life. He did this for Moses, revealing Himself and calling Moses to service through the burning bush. Bless you, sister in Christ.

  3. To: Evangelist Billy Bolitho, actually, your comment came at a perfect time, I came home for lunch from an enormously stressful day at work. Thank you for visiting my blog and leaving your uplifting, encouragig remark.

    To: Godsgirl, I feel like I’m in the desert today. Thank you for always leaving me thoughtful coments that minister to me.

  4. Desert days can stink. I hope your day gets brighter.

  5. I think of St. John of the Cross, who writes about the “dark night of the soul.” It is often in those times that we don’t think God is with us or feel He is with us, that He is more with us than at other times — as odd as it sounds. If we didn’t have the desert, though, how much would it mean to us when we reach the oasis where the living water is?

  6. Also I should clarify: the Living Water is always with us. It’s just up to us to recognize Him, even if we don’t feel His presence.

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