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AUGUST SERMONS

AUGUST 2, 2009

 THE PRICE OF OUR REDEMPTION

 SCRIPTURE READING:  ISAIAH 53: 1- 12

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Isaiah 53:5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 INTRO: The message of our redemption should never grow old.

    There is no such thing as a free lunch. 

    Someone must pay either those who receive or those who give.

 ILL: If Bill Gates gave everyone here a new Cadillac…

    Everything comes with a price including our redemption.

    The 53 chapter of Isaiah is the Gospel in a nutshell.

 I. REDEMPTION IS NEEDED.

 NOTE: This chapter begins with the rejection of the message of redemption.

    There are countless numbers of people who have and are rejecting the message of Redemption.

    They refuse to believe its message.  Vs. 1-3

 ·         They refuse to believe that they are sinners in need of redemption.

·         They fail to be concerned that they are sinners.

·         They reject the message that Jesus is the only Savior.

·         They fail to see any value in Jesus or any need to seek Him.

 ILL: The death of Michael Jackson made national news and was covered for many days.

    The same day ten service men were killed in action and nothing was mentioned of their sacrifice.

    1st. Lt. Brian N. Bradshaw, age 24 of Steilacoom, WA

 II. THE PRICE WAS VERY HIGH.

 NOTE: Because of the greatness and evilness of sin, the price to redeem sinful man was very high.

    A. THERE IS NO ONE WHO HAS NOT SINNED.

 Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”

 Romans 5:12 Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned.

 NOTE: Because of the magnitude of our sins and the inability to redeem ourselves, God chose to pay the price Himself.

 Isaiah 53:6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

    B. THE PRICE OF OUR REDEMPTION. Vs. 4, 5, 7-9

NOTE: The value you place on something is revealed by the cost you are willing to pay to acquire it.

    God put great value on the redemption of fallen man by pay the highest price possible.

 Romans 6:23 For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.

 ·         He borne our grief’s, and carried our sorrows

 NOTE: The religious leaders said He was suffering for his own sins and was experiencing the judgment of God.

 ·         Yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

NOTE: Jesus was experiencing the Judgment of God for sin, but it was not for His sins that He was experiencing the judgment of God.

 2 Corinthians 5:21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.

 ·         But he was wounded for our transgressions,

·         He was bruised for our iniquities:

·         The chastisement of our peace was upon him

·         With his stripes we are healed.

 

III. IT PLEASED GOD TO PAY THE PRICE.  Vs. 10-12

 NOTE: How could the death of God’s only Son please Him? 

  • Because of God’s love for fallen man.

 John 3:16-17 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

 Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.  

  • Because through Christ’s death; fallen man could be restored to fellowship with God.

Isaiah 55:7 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.  

Matthew 26:26-28 And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is my body.  And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

 1 John 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.

1 John 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

  • Because Jesus was willing to pay the cost.

 John 10:18 No man taketh it from me, but I lay it down of myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This commandment have I received of my Father.

 John 15:13 Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends.

 CONCLUSION: Because of Jesus’ willingness to pay the price for our redemption, God the Father has highly exulted Him.

 Isaiah 53:12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

 Philip. 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: but made Himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: and being found in fashion as a man, He humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.  Wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

  

AUGUST 9, 2009

STANDING ON SOLID GROUND

SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 62:1-12

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Psalm 62:7

     In God is my salvation and my glory: the rock of my strength, and my refuge, is in God.

 INTRO: All around us we are seeing the walls of the stabilization of our nation come crumbling down.

    Things we thought we would never see are now common placed and accepted by our society.

    We are seeing our government slowly taking away our religious freedoms.

    We are no longer free to call sin, sin.

    It has become a hate crime.

    The foundation that our nation was built upon is slowly crumbling under us.

 Psalm 11:3 If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?

    With all these things happening around us, what are we as Christian to do?

    This has happened time and time again and God always sends His Spirit to deliver His people.

    We have a choice; we can either be like the ten spies that came back from the Land of Canaan and cry how terrible it was, or we can be like Joshua and Caleb and say, “God is our strength and our solid rock.”

 I. GOD IS THE SOURCE OF OUR SALVATION.

NOTE: The present state of affairs we find ourselves crying out for a savior to come and rescue us.

    Our salvation will not come through political endeavors.

   We cannot look to the people and things of this world for our salvation; it will not come from them.

 Psalm 52:1-5 Why boastest thou thyself in mischief, O mighty man? the goodness of God endureth continually. Thy tongue deviseth mischiefs; like a sharp rasor, working deceitfully.  Thou lovest evil more than good; and lying rather than to speak righteousness. Selah.  Thou lovest all devouring words, O thou deceitful tongue.  God shall likewise destroy thee for ever, he shall take thee away, and pluck thee out of thy dwelling place, and root thee out of the land of the living. Selah.  Lo, this is the man that made not God his strength; but trusted in the abundance of his riches, and strengthened himself in his wickedness.

 Isaiah 31:1 Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; and stay on horses, and trust in chariots, because they are many; and in horsemen, because they are very strong; but they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, neither seek the Lord!

 Jeremiah 17:5 Thus saith the Lord; Cursed be the man that trusteth in man, and maketh flesh his arm, and whose heart departeth from the Lord.

    Out salvation comes from the Lord.

 Job 5:19 (NLT) He will rescue you again and again so that no evil can touch you.

 Psalm 91:3 (NLT) For he will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the fatal plague.

 Isaiah 46:4 (NLT) I will be your God throughout your lifetime—until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you.

 Jeremiah 1:8 (NLT) And don't be afraid of the people, for I will be with you and take care of you. I, the Lord, have spoken!"

 2 Peter 2:9 (NLT) So you see, the Lord knows how to rescue godly people from their trials, even while punishing the wicked right up until the day of judgment.

 II. GOD IS THE SOURCE OF OUR STRENGTH.

 NOTE: The question we must answer is: “Where does our strength lie?”

   To whom do we look for strength when we become weary, when we become discourage and face a task that is greater than our strength?

 Psalm 118:8 It is better to trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man.

    In our battles of life, God is the source of our strength to defeat the enemy.

 Isaiah 28:6 And for a spirit of judgment to him that sitteth in judgment, and for strength to them that turn the battle to the gate.

 Psalm 46:1 God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.

    When we become tired and weary, God has promised to be our strength.

 Isaiah 40:31 But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.

 Isaiah 41:10 Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

    When we are faced with trials and temptations that threaten to overwhelm us God has promised to be our strength.

 Isaiah 43:1-2 But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.  When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.

    There is no task to great or no trial to hard that God will not give us the victory if we will only put our trust in Him.

 Psalm 28:8 The Lord is their strength, and he is the saving strength of his anointed.

Psalm 73:26 My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.

 2 Samuel 22:33 God is my strength and power: and he maketh my way perfect.

III. GOD IS OUR REFUGE.

 NOTE: In this life we will face storms that will threaten to overwhelm us, where do we turn to find refuge? 

  • The desert heat of temptation.
  • The storms of trials
  • The cold snows of loneliness
  • The bitter winds of regret
  • The quicksand’s of discouragement

 Psalm 62:8 (NLT) O my people, trust in him at all times.  Pour out your heart to him, for God is our refuge.

    How often do we look to the world for a place of refuge instead of looking to God?

 Luke 13:34 (NLT) "O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, the city that kills the prophets and stones God's messengers! How often I have wanted to gather your children together as a hen protects her chicks beneath her wings, but you wouldn't let me.

    Let us look to God for our refuge.

 Psalm 17:8 (NLT) Guard me as the apple of your eye. Hide me in the shadow of your wings.

 Psalm 36:7 (NLT) How precious is your unfailing love, O God! All humanity finds shelter in the shadow of your wings.

 Psalm 91:1 (NLT) Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty.

 Isaiah 32:2 (NLT) He will shelter Israel from the storm and the wind. He will refresh her as a river in the desert and as the cool shadow of a large rock in a hot and weary land.

 CONCLUSION: In this world and any other world, God is the only foundation, the only solid ground we can stand upon.

  

AUGUST 16, 2009

 “WHAT ARE YOU HUNGERING AND THIRSTING FOR?

 SCRIPTURE READING: PSALM 84:1-12

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Matthew 5:6

      Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.

 INTRO: The second and third most powerful drive in the human body is; thirst and hunger.

    Hunger was the first temptation that Jesus faced.

 Matthew 4:2 (NLT) For forty days and forty nights he ate nothing and became very hungry.

    The truth is that we all battle with hunger and thirst at one time or another, the question is, “What is it that we hunger and thirst for?”

    Do we long to eat at the finest restaurant or do we eat out of the dipsy dumpster in the alley behind the greasy spoon?

    Hungering and thirsting for the wrong thing can bring disastrous results.

 ILL: While mom was in the hospital my school lunches.

    If we are not careful our hunger and thirst will control us, and they can cause us to do things we would not normally do.

    We can look around us and see lives that have been ruined by uncontrolled hunger or thirst.

 I. THERE IS A HUNGER AND THIRST THAT IS PLEASING TO GOD.

 Matthew 5:6 (GW) Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for God's approval.  They will be satisfied.

    Are we driven by a hunger and thirst to please God?

    David likened his thirst and hunger for God as being in a dry place without any water.

 Psalm 63:1 O God, thou art my God; early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is;

    A.  A HUNGER AND THIRST TO BE IN THE PRESENCE OF GOD.

    God has given us a hunger and thirsty for Him that cannot be satisfied in this world.

    There are four things David said in this verse that is an example to us. 

  1. He recognized God as his God.

   Who is our God, who is the one we worship? 

  1. He will seek God early (the very first).

   Where do we go to find satisfaction in life or answers to our problems? 

  1.  His soul (spiritual part) thirsted for God.

   Is our spirit thirsty for the things of God?

  1. His flesh longed to be in God’s presence.

   Have you ever been so hungry or had a desire for something so badly that it actually hurt?

    The Psalmist in Psalm 84 had a hunger to be in the House of God.

 Psalm 84:2 My soul longeth, yea, even fainteth for the courts of the Lord: my heart and my flesh crieth out for the living God.

Psalm 84:4 Blessed are they that dwell in thy house: they will be still praising thee. Selah.

 Psalm 84:10 For a day in thy courts is better than a thousand. I had rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God, than to dwell in the tents of wickedness.

 Psalm 122:1 I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord.

 NOTE: If Jesus went to the house of God to worship every week with others, shouldn’t we also?

Luke 4:16 (GW) Then Jesus came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. As usual he went into the synagogue on the day of worship. He stood up to read the lesson.

    There are blessings for those who dwell in the House of the Lord.

 Psalm 92:13-14 Those that be planted in the house of the Lord shall flourish in the courts of our God.  They shall still bring forth fruit in old age; they shall be fat and flourishing;

    B. A HUNGER AND THIRST TO SEE THE POWER OF GOD.

 Psalm 63:2 To see thy power and thy glory, so as I have seen thee in the sanctuary.

 NOTE: What are some of the ways we can see God’s power and glory in the sanctuary?

 1. To see souls saved.

2. To see healings take place.

3. To see deliverances from habits and bondage.

4. To see people grow in their spiritual walk.

5. To see people being blessed.

6. To see miracles take place.

 

   C. A HUNGER AND THIRST TO RELY ON GOD’S STRENGTH AND TO WALK IN THE PATHS THAT LEADS TO HIM.

 Psalm 84:5 (GW) Blessed are those who find strength in you.            Their hearts are on the road {that leads to you}. 

 NOTE: Do we hunger and thirst to rely on God’s strength or do we seek to walk in our own power?

    Our strength must be in God:

 ·         The strength to believe

·         The strength to trust

·         The strength to obey

·         The strength to suffer

 NOTE: Do we hunger and thirst to walk in paths that lead us closer to God?

 Psalm 16:11 Thou wilt shew me the path of life: in thy presence is fulness of joy; at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.

Psalm 23:3 He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake.

    We need to encourage others to walk in the paths that lead to God.

Isaiah 2:3 And many people shall go and say, Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

 CONCLUSION: Only God can satisfy the hunger and thirst of our soul.

 John 4:13-14 Jesus answered and said unto her, Whosoever drinketh of this water shall thirst again: but whosoever drinketh of the water that I shall give him shall never thirst; but the water that I shall give him shall be in him a well of water springing up into everlasting life.

 Psalm 107:9 For he satisfieth the longing soul, and filleth the hungry soul with goodness.

 Isaiah 44:3 For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring:

 Isaiah 55:1 Ho, every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters, and he that hath no money; come ye, buy, and eat; yea, come, buy wine and milk without money and without price.

 Isaiah 58:11 And the Lord shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.

 

AUGUST 23, 2009

WHAT’S IN YOUR HEART?”

SCRIPTURE READING: Luke 6:39-45

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Luke 6:45

    A good man out of the good treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is good; and an evil man out of the evil treasure of his heart bringeth forth that which is evil: for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

INTRO: “You can fool some of the people all of the time, all of the people some of the time, but you can’t fool all the people all of the time.”  Abraham Lincoln

    The most dangerous person we try to fool is ourselves.

    The Word of God warns us that there will be those who seek to come in as wolves in sheep clothing.

 Matthew 7:15 (GW) "Beware of false prophets. They come to you disguised as sheep, but in their hearts they are vicious wolves.

 Acts 20:29 (GW) I know that fierce wolves will come to you after I leave, and they won't spare the flock.

 NOTE: There are those who come in among God’s people with the intent of destroying the flock.

    There are others who do not know they are destroying the Church by the words they speak.

    Damaging words proceed from a damaged heart.

 Luke 6:45c for of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaketh.

    Often times we do not realize that our hearts have been damaged until God reveals it to us.

    Jeremiah 17:9-10 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?  I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.

   That is why the Psalmist asked God to search his heart.

Psalm 139:23 Search me, O God, and know my heart: try me, and know my thoughts:

    There are many Christians who have damaged hearts and their damaged hearts are revealed by how they speak.

   If we hide EVIL TREASURES in our hearts it will not only affect us it will also affect those with whom we come in contact with.

    I wish to compare GOOD TREASURES in the heart that produces GOOD FRUIT with EVIL TREASURES in the heart that produces EVIL FRUIT.

 NOTE: When I think of treasure I think of something we value.

 I. TREASURE OF LOVE vs. TREASURE OF HATE

John 13:35 By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

 NOTE: How we speak too and about one another reveals which reigns in our heart.

 Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;

 II. TREASURE OF FORGIVENESS vs. TREASURE OF BITTERNESS

 NOTE: One of the most difficult thing yet at the same time most important; is practicing forgiveness.

 Ephesians 4:32 And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you.

    Bitterness will destroy the heart.

 Hebrews 12:15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;

   Bitterness will block love and lead to hate.

 III. TREASURE OF FAITH vs. TREASURE OF UNBELIEF

 Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

 NOTE: Unbelief questions God ability and is an insult to Him.

 Matthew 13:58 And he did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief.

 Hebrews 3:12 Take heed, brethren, lest there be in any of you an evil heart of unbelief, in departing from the living God.

 Hebrews 4:11 Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief.

 IV. TREASURE OF HOPE vs. TREASURE OF DOUBT

 Romans 8:24-25 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for?  But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.

 NOTE: Our hope is dependent on our faith in God’s faithfulness.

 Psalm 33:18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is upon them that fear him, upon them that hope in his mercy;

 Psalm 78:7 That they might set their hope in God, and not forget the works of God, but keep his commandments:

    Our hope trusts in God’s timing.

 Lament. 3:26 It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the Lord.

    Our hope is founded on God’s Word.

 Romans 15:4 For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope.

 Hebrews 6:18-19 That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie, we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us: which hope we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;

 NOTE: Doubt questions God’s willingness.

    Doubt will rob us of peace.

 Deut. 28:66 And thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; and thou shalt fear day and night, and shalt have none assurance of thy life:

    Doubt will hinder the working of God in our behalf.

 Mark 11:23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

 CONCLUSION: David asked God to put a guard on his mouth that he might only speak what God would have him say.

 Psalm 141:3 Set a watch, O Lord, before my mouth; keep the door of my lips.

    Let us fill our hearts with GOOD TREASURES so that we will speak words the bring life and not death.

Colossians 4:6 Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.

 Philippians 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.

 

AUGUST 30

FULFILLING THE VISION

 SCRIPTURE READING: DEUTERONOMY 1:3-8

 SCRIPTURE TEXT: Deuteronomy 1:8

     Behold, I have set the land before you: go in and possess the land which the Lord sware unto your fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give unto them and to their seed after them.

 INTRO: Many times God gives a vision but it is many days and even years before the vision is fulfilled.

    Often time’s things come between the giving of the vision and its fulfillment that cause some to doubt and even deny the vision.

    Such was the vision God gave to Abraham of the possessing the land of Canaan.

 Genesis 12:1-3 Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father's house, unto a land that I will shew thee: and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.

      Abraham never possessed the land, it was the Land of Promise, and it is still often referred to as the Promised Land.

    Many things transpired between the time God gave Abram the promise and when the Children of Israel actually possessed the land.

 I. DELAYS ARE OFTEN TOOLS IN THE HAND OF GOD.

 NOTE: Some of the very things that would cause disbelief and even denial of the promise God gave Abram was what God used to fulfill His promise. 

  • Jacob fleeing Esau and returning to Haran where God had called Abraham from.

 Genesis 12:4 So Abram departed, as the Lord had spoken unto him; and Lot went with him: and Abram was seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran.

Genesis 27:43 Now therefore, my son, obey my voice; and arise, flee thou to Laban my brother to Haran;

  • Jacob taking his family into Egypt.

 Genesis 46:5-7 And Jacob rose up from Beer-sheba: and the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father, and their little ones, and their wives, in the wagons which Pharaoh had sent to carry him. And they took their cattle, and their goods, which they had gotten in the land of Canaan, and came into Egypt, Jacob, and all his seed with him: his sons, and his sons' sons with him, his daughters, and his sons' daughters, and all his seed brought he with him into Egypt.  

  • The slavery of Egypt.

 Exodus 1:8-14 (NLT) Then a new king came to the throne of Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done.  He told his people, "These Israelites are becoming a threat to us because there are so many of them.  We must find a way to put an end to this. If we don't and if war breaks out, they will join our enemies and fight against us. Then they will escape from the country."

    So the Egyptians made the Israelites their slaves and put brutal slave drivers over them, hoping to wear them down under heavy burdens. They forced them to build the cities of Pithom and Rameses as supply centers for the king. But the more the Egyptians oppressed them, the more quickly the Israelites multiplied! The Egyptians soon became alarmed and decided to make their slavery more bitter still.  They were ruthless with the Israelites, forcing them to make bricks and mortar and to work long hours in the fields.

  • Under the leadership of Moses.
    • Slavery became more intense.
    • The Red Sea
    • The lack of food
    • The lack of water
    • The lack of faith

II. WE MUST TRUST IN GOD’S TIMING. 

Habakkuk 2:2-3 And the Lord answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it.  For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.

NOTE: One of the most difficult things to do is to wait upon God when He is silent.

 Psalm 28:1 Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my rock; be not silent to me: lest, if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down into the pit.

    It is very easy to become discouraged when we think that God does not hear our cry.

 Psalm 22:2 O my God, I cry in the daytime, but thou hearest not; and in the night season, and am not silent.

    In the times of God’s silence we must learn to trust His promises.

 Job 23:8-10 Behold, I go forward, but he is not there; and backward, but I cannot perceive him: on the left hand, where he doth work, but I cannot behold him: he hideth himself on the right hand, that I cannot see him: but he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.

    One of Moses’ greatest task was to keep the vision of the Promised Land before the people.

    It is easy to lose sight of the vision God has given when we look at the circumstances that surround us.

 Matthew 14:25-31 And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.  And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.  And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.  And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.  But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.  And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

 III. TO EXPERIENCE THE FULFILLMENT OF THE VISION GOD HAS GIVEN WE MUST HAVE FAITH, AND COURAGE.

    The most important aspect of fulfilling the vision is making sure it’s God’s vision and not our own.

    This can only come through prayer and seeking God’s face.

 NOTE: We must put our trust in God even when He is silent.

 Isaiah 8:17 And I will wait upon the Lord, that hideth his face from the house of Jacob, and I will look for him.

    Whenever God is slow to answer our prayers, what we believe about God is revealed. Do we change our plans and move in a different direction when pressure mounts? Or do we continue on the path God has directed for us?

    It is often in a small still voice that God speaks.

 1 Kings 19:11-13 And he said, Go forth, and stand upon the mount before the Lord. And, behold, the Lord passed by, and a great and strong wind rent the mountains, and brake in pieces the rocks before the Lord; but the Lord was not in the wind: and after the wind an earthquake; but the Lord was not in the earthquake: and after the earthquake a fire; but the Lord was not in the fire: and after the fire a still small voice.  And it was so, when Elijah heard it, that he wrapped his face in his mantle, and went out, and stood in the entering in of the cave. And, behold, there came a voice unto him, and said, What doest thou here, Elijah?

    We must seek to silence the voices that try to over ride the voice of God.

    It takes strength and courage to follow the will of God.

    It took strength and courage for Joshua to tell the priest to step into the flooding Jordan.

 Joshua 1:9 Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.

 CONCLUSION: We stand on the brink of the Promised Land; let us step forth in faith as we seek to obedient to the will of God.

 

 

 

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