Tuesday, January 19, 2010

God Will Make a Way

Ex 14:3 For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
Exo 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.
Exo 14:14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
Exo 14:15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

God does make a way when there is no other way. When the wilderness has us hemmed in on every side, the sea is in front of us and the enemy behind and ready to attack. On either side of us there are only impossibilities.

Hope is gone, the money is too. The bills are due, the enemy is breathing down your neck. There is no way to turn. There is really no where to look but up.

Here are the Lord's instructions from His man to His people;
*Fear ye not
*Stand still
*See the salvation of the Lord
*The Lord will fight for you
*Go forward

A few questions;
Has the Lord every failed you yet?
Hasn't He brought you this far?
Do you think the wilderness is your final destination?
Or is it the Promised Land?
Do you think the road to Canaan is smooth?

Here is the deal, God had to do some mighty big things to, through and for Israel before they could ever reach the Promised land.

1. He had to bring them out with a high hand.
vs 8 - and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.

This is the miracle of salvation, the Passover and the miracles which led up to it. This meant freedom from 3 things;
-Bondage - we were slaves to sin.
-Pharaoh is Satan.
-Death, in Egypt, they were dying a slow death.

2. He had to bring them to a place of complete dependence on Him - here at the Red Sea.
-God had to make the way
-He had to win the battle
-He kept the enemy at bay by a cloud and pillar of fire
-He opened up the Red Sea
-He destroyed the enemy (which was too much for us, but no match for Him)

3. He miraculously provided for them for 40 years. He fed them in the wilderness.
"Can God furnish a table in the wilderness?" Ps 78:19
He gave them the manna, the water from the rock and the quail. Their shoes never wore out. He was for them a cloud by to shield them from the harsh desert sun. He became for them a pillar of fire by night to give them light and warmth.

4. He took them through a process. The journey might have only taken a few weeks, but it took 40 years. Why? He had taken them out of Egypt, but the Egypt hadn't been taken out of them yet.

5. He had to instill His law into them at Sinai. As we journey through this wilderness, we need to know all the dos and don'ts, the thou shalts and the thou shalt nots.

6. They had to learn that the journey was almost as important as the destination.

Note: The Promised Land for the believer is not necessarily heaven. God wants us to enter into the land flowing with milk and honey down here!

Well, child of God, you are up against an impossible situation, look up, rather than at the impossibilities, stand still and see His salvation AGAIN, then go forward when He opens up the way.

And now, the conclusion of what He accomplished in them at the Red Sea,
Exo 14:31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.

They witnessed God's great work, they feared Him, they believed Him and they gained a great respect for His Servant Moses.

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