The Lord told Abraham to go to Canaan. Today on The Message of The Cross, Brother Swaggart asked why would the Lord send Abraham into this dangerous land of enemies? Abraham built an altar there, but then travelled to Egypt. Brother Josh asks why did Abraham go to Egypt when God didn’t tell him to go there? He likens this disobedience to the church today. Brother Swaggart says these situations come for our spiritual growth and the strengthening of our faith; and for chastisement when we are not being obedient. We must ask the Lord to give us strength to learn what He is teaching us. Everything that happens to the child of God is allowed by the Lord, and He has a purpose for everything that He does. The church has drifted, and therefore we see the current situation in America today. Brother Swaggart says the church must clean up it’s idol worship. The Lord is patient and merciful, but He won’t put up with the sin of His children forever. Brother John shares Jeremiah 29:11, where we see God’s pattern of bringing us through the valleys as He judges sin to bring the believer to the knowledge of the Cross to live victoriously.