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OCTOBER SERMONS

 

OCTOBER 5, 2014

 

“WHEN GOD’S PLAN BRINGS HARDSHIP”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: EXODUS 6:1-8

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Exodus 5:23

 

   For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.

 

INTRO: Have you ever felt the more you seek to please God the more difficulties you face?

 

   Consider the situation of Moses

 

   Moses was called of God to deliver the Children of Israel from Egypt and led them into the Promise Land.

  

    Yet time after time he experienced hardships and resistance; first from Pharaoh then from the very people he was called to deliver.

 

I. THE EVIL PLAN OF PHARAOH Exodus 1:8-22

 

Exodus 1:8 (NLT) Eventually, a new king came to power in Egypt who knew nothing about Joseph or what he had done.

 

·         Enslave the Israelites

·         Have the mid-wives kill the male babies

·         Every male child was to be thrown into the river

 

NOTE: God had foretold Abram of Israel’s enslavement and deliverance.  

 

Genesis 15:13-14 (BBE) And he said to Abram, Truly, your seed will be living in a land which is not theirs, as servants to a people who will be cruel to them for four hundred years; but I will be the judge of that nation whose servants they are, and they will come out from among them with great wealth.

 

II. THE BIRTH AND EARLY FORTY YEARS OF THE LIFE OF MOSES Exodus 2:1-25

 

·         Moses is born and hid for three months

·         His mother made a basket and places him in the river

·         Pharaoh’s daughter finds him

·         Miriam his sister finds a nurse maid for him

·         He is raised in Pharaoh’s court

·         He identifies himself with Israel

 

Hebrews 11:24-25 By faith Moses, when he was come to years, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter; choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;

 

·         He kills an Egyptian

·         He his human effort are rejected

·         He helps the daughters of Jethro water their flock

 

III. MOSES’ SECOND FORTY YEARS: Exodus 3:1-4:31

 

·         He kept the flocks of Jethro

·         Married the Priest’s Daughter

 

   A. AT THE BURNING BUSH CALLED INTO LEADERSHIP

 

·         Made four excuses:

 

1.       He didn’t feel he was qualified to lead

2.       He feared the rejection of the people

3.       He felt he lacked the ability to speak

4.       Wanted God to send someone else

 

·         God’s promise to Moses

 

1.       He would go with Moses

2.       He would give Moses divine authority

3.       He would empower Moses

4.       He would send Aaron to be his spokesman (Aaron became a thorn in Moses’ side

 

·         God gave Moses a sign He was sending him

 

1.       He revealed to Moses His Name

2.       Moses’ Rod was turned into a snake

3.       His hand turned leprous

4.        

IV. MOSES’S THIRD FORTY YEARS: Exodus 5:1-Deuteronomy 34:12

 

   A. DELIVERING THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL FROM EGYPT

 

NOTE: Whenever we seek to do the will of God, Satan and the world will come against us.

 

·         Moses announces his task to the Children of Israel

·         Moses comes before Pharaoh

·         Pharaoh refuses to let the people go

·         Pharaoh increases the task of the people

 

Exodus 5:23  For since I came to Pharaoh to speak in thy name, he hath done evil to this people; neither hast thou delivered thy people at all.

 

·         God sends ten plagues

 

1.       Water turned to blood: Exodus 7:14-25

2.       Frogs: Exodus 8:1-15

3.       Lice: Exodus 8:16-19

4.       Flies: Exodus 8:20-32

5.       Deadly plague upon the animals: Exodus 9:1-7

6.       Boils: Exodus 9:8-12

7.       Hail: Exodus 9:13-25

8.       Locusts: Exodus 10:1-20

9.       Darkness: Exodus 10:21-29

 

Ø  God’s instructions to the people to spoil the Egyptian Exodus 11:1-3

Ø  God’s promise that Pharaoh will let them go Exodus 11:4-4-10

Ø  The Passover established Exodus 12:1-28

 

ü  Male lamb one year old for household Exodus 12:1-4

ü  Without blemish Exodus 12:5

ü  The lamb blood was to be applied to the two side posts and upper door post Exodus 12:7

ü  The entire lamb is to be eaten Exodus 12:8-10

ü  They are to eat it in hast Exodus 12:11

 

NOTE: They must be ready to flee Egypt in a hurry

 

   We must be ready to leave the life of this world once we become a Believer

 

ü  When God sees the blood He will passover and not take the first born Exodus 12:12-13,

ü  They were not to eat leaven bread Exodus 12:15-20

ü  They were not to leave the house Exodus 12:22-23

ü  They were to observe the Passover every year Exodus 12:28

 

10.   The death of the first born: Exodus 12:29-30

 

·         Pharaoh let the Children of Israel leave Egypt Exodus 12:31-34

·         The Children of Israel spoiled the Egyptians as God had promised Exodus 12:35-36

·         God led the Children of Israel out of Egypt by a cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night

Exodus 13:21-22

 

CONCLUSION: Lessons we can learn from this story:

 

   1. When God gives us a task to fulfill He will enable us

   2. God will always keep His promises

   3. God’s timing is different from our timing

   4. God will allow hardship in our lives to strengthen us

   5. In the end, God will give us the victory that will bring honor and glory to Him

 

John 9:2-3 (NIV) His disciples asked him, "Rabbi, who sinned, this man or his parents, that he was born blind?" "Neither this man nor his parents sinned," said Jesus, "but this happened so that the work of God might be displayed in his life.

 

   Are we willing to experience hardships in order that God’s power & glory might be demonstrated in our life?

 

OCTOBER 12, 2014

 

“HOW SOON WE FORGET”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Exodus 14:10-14

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Exodus 14:13-14 (GW)

 

   Moses answered the people, “Don't be afraid! Stand still, and see what the LORD will do to save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again. The LORD is fighting for you! So be still!”

 

INTRO: Have you ever been blessed by God is a very special way, only to later doubt His presence or ability to help?

 

   Most of us have struggled with this at one time or another.

 

   Israel is a prim-example of this problem.

 

I. ISRAEL IS DELIVERED FROM EGYPT

 

NOTE: After 430 years God brought Israel out of Egypt Exodus 12:41

 

   A. THE MIRACLES ISRAEL EXPERIENCED & WITNESSED

 

·         They witnessed the Ten Plagues Exodus 7-12

·         God enabled them to spoil the Egyptians Exodus 12:35-36

·         God lead them with a pillar of cloud in the day and a pillar of fire at night Exodus 13:21-22

 

   B. PHARAOH SEEKS TO BRING ISRAEL BACK Exodus 14:5-9

 

NOTE: Whenever we give our hearts and life to God, Satan seeks to bring us back into the captivity of sin

 

·         It caused Israel to be filled with fear Exodus 14:10

·         They cried out against God’s leadership

 

Exodus 14:11-12 (NLT) and they said to Moses, “Why did you bring us out here to die in the wilderness? Weren’t there enough graves for us in Egypt? What have you done to us? Why did you make us leave Egypt? Didn’t we tell you this would happen while we were still in Egypt? We said, ‘Leave us alone! Let us be slaves to the Egyptians. It’s better to be a slave in Egypt than a corpse in the wilderness!’”

 

NOTE: They were not complaining against Moses, they were complaining against God

 

1 Samuel 8:7 (GW) The LORD told Samuel, “Listen to everything the people are saying to you. They haven't rejected you; they've rejected me.

 

   Their feat was natural, their crying out to God for help was natural, but their complaining and murmuring was not.

 

   They had forgotten all that God had done for them

 

   C. MOSES SEEKS TO ENCOURAGE THE PEOPLE

 

Exodus 14:13-14 (GW) Moses answered the people, “Don't be afraid! Stand still, and see what the LORD will do to save you today. You will never see these Egyptians again. The LORD is fighting for you! So be still!”

 

NOTE: Moses tells the people to do three things:

 

   Moses’s advice to the Children of Israel is good advice to us when we are faced with difficult situations.

 

1.     Don’t be afraid

 

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"

 

Isaiah 43:1-2 "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 reason to fear when we know the God loves us.

 

1 John 4:18 (KJV) There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.

 

NOTE: Our hearts will know no fear, only peace and assurance of God’s care

 

   It is only when we doubt God’s love that fear is able to enter our hearts and minds

 

II Timothy 1:7 "For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind"

 

2.     Stand still

 

NOTE: One of the hardest things to do when we are faced with a difficult situation is to stand still, or to stand firm.

 

Psalm 27:14 Wait on the LORD: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the LORD.

 

   There are usually two things we do when we are faced with difficult situations:

 

Ø  Run away, give up, quit

Ø  Try and solve the situation through in our own way

 

Isaiah 40:28-31 Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the LORD, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength. Even the youths shall faint and be weary, and the young men shall utterly fall: 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.

 

3.     Watch and see what God does

 

Exodus 14:14 (NLT) The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.”

1 Samuel 17:47 (NLT) And everyone assembled here will know that the LORD rescues his people, but not with sword and spear. This is the LORD’s battle, and he will give you to us!”

 

2 Chronicles 20:15, 17 (NLT) He said, “Listen, all you people of Judah and Jerusalem! Listen, King Jehoshaphat! This is what the LORD says: Do not be afraid! Don’t be discouraged by this mighty army, for the battle is not yours, but God’s… But you will not even need to fight. Take your positions; then stand still and watch the LORD’s victory. He is with you, O people of Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid or discouraged. Go out against them tomorrow, for the LORD is with you!”

 

Ø  God moved the cloud to be between the Egyptians and the Children of Israel

 

Exodus 14:19-20 (NIV) Then the angel of God, who had been traveling in front of Israel's army, withdrew and went behind them. The pillar of cloud also moved from in front and stood behind them, coming between the armies of Egypt and Israel. Throughout the night the cloud brought darkness to the one side and light to the other side; so neither went near the other all night long.

 

NOTE: God is always willing to stand between us and Satan

 

Ø  God opened the Red Sea

 

Exodus 14:21-22 (NIV) Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the LORD drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided,  and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

 

Ø  God drowned the Egyptians

 

Exodus 14:28 (NIV) The water flowed back and covered the chariots and horsemen--the entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea. Not one of them survived.

 

CONCLUSION: When we remember what God has done for us in the past, it will give us faith and hope for the future

 

OCTOBER 19, 2014

 

A GOD OF MERCY AND PROVISION”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Exodus 16:1-8

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Exodus 16:8

 

   And Moses said, This shall be, when the LORD shall give you in the evening flesh to eat, and in the morning bread to the full; for that the LORD heareth your murmurings which ye murmur against him: and what are we? your murmurings are not against us, but against the LORD.

 

NOTE: The history of the Children of Israel throughout their forty years of wandering in the Wilderness is filled with murmuring and complaining.

 

   They thought they were murmuring against Moses & Aaron but they were murmuring against God

 

   Most of us at one time or another have murmured or complained about what we were experiencing.

 

   Although we may have thought we were murmuring against an individual we were actually murmuring against God.

 

   How do we react when there are those who murmur against us?

 

   God reacted with mercy and provision

 

I. OUR GOD IS A MERCIFUL GOD

 

Lamentations 3:22-23 It is of the LORD'S mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.

 

NOTE: God does not react to sin and failures as we do

 

   We often retaliate with anger and judgment

 

ILL: James & John reaction against the Samaritans

 

Luke 9:51-56 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem, and sent messengers before his face: and they went, and entered into a village of the Samaritans, to make ready for him. And they did not receive him, because his face was as though he would go to Jerusalem. And when his disciples James and John saw this, they said, Lord, wilt thou that we command fire to come down from heaven, and consume them, even as Elias did? But he turned, and rebuked them, and said, Ye know not what manner of spirit ye are of. For the Son of man is not come to destroy men's lives, but to save them. And they went to another village.

 

   Jesus came to bring mercy not judgment

 

   We must respond to those who sin against us as God responds when we sin against Him.

 

James 2:13 (NLT) There will be no mercy for those who have not shown mercy to others. But if you have been merciful, God will be merciful when he judges you.

 

NOTE: God would much rather respond in Mercy than in judgment

 

Micah 7:18 Who is a God like unto thee, that pardoneth iniquity, and passeth by the transgression of the remnant of his heritage? he retaineth not his anger for ever, because he delighteth in mercy.

 

   We as followers of Christ should respond in the same way

 

Micah 6:8 He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God?

 

II. OUR GOD IS A GOD OF PROVISION

 

Philippians 4:19 But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

 

 

NOTE: Even though the people were murmuring and complaining against Him, God responded with compassion

 

   A. GOD PROMISED TO SUPPLY THEIR NEEDS

 

   He provided, meat, bread and water throughout their time in the wilderness

 

   God responded with compassion and provision for Samaria.  2 Kings 6:24 – 7:20

 

   He would provide flesh in the evening and bread from heaven in the morning vs 8

 

   B. HE SOUGHT TO DO TWO THINGS

 

1.       He sought to test the people

 

NOTE: Not so He would know their hearts but that they would know their own hearts.

 

Exodus 16:4 Then said the LORD unto Moses, Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a certain rate every day, that I may prove them, whether they will walk in my law, or no.

 

o    Two things were required:

 

§  Trust

 

  Would they trust God one day at a time for their needs? Vs 19-20

 

   Would they seek to keep it overnight in fear there would be none the next day

 

Matthew 6:11 Give us this day our daily bread.

 

§  Obedience

 

   Would they obey and gather on the sixth day twice as much and not try to gather it on the seventh day? Vs 5 vs 27

 

NOTE: In spite of their failures, God still provided for their needs.

 

   When we fail God, He does not abandon us

 

2.       God sought to prove to His people the kind of God He is

 

Exodus 16:12 I have heard the murmurings of the children of Israel: speak unto them, saying, At even ye shall eat flesh, and in the morning ye shall be filled with bread; and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God.

 

NOTE: God sought to show to the Children of Israel His love for them by being a merciful provider

 

CONCLUSION: If we trust God we will be obedient, if we disobey God it is because we fail to trust Him.

 

   Can we trust God for our daily needs and will we be obedient to His Word.

 

OCTOBER 26, 2014

 

“JEHOVAH-NISSI, THE LORD OUR BANNER”

 

SCRIPTURE READING: Exodus 17:8-15

 

SCRIPTURE TEXT: Exodus 17:15-16 (NLT)

 

   Moses built an altar there and named it Yahweh-nissi (which means “the LORD is my banner”). He said, “They have raised their fist against the LORD’s throne, so now the LORD will be at war with Amalek generation after generation.”

 

INTRO: The misconception many have about the Christian life

 

·         God had delivered them from the slavery of Egypt (Salvation)

·         God had destroyed the Egyptians (Satan has no more dominion over us)

·         God provided food and drink

·         They looked forward to a life of easy as they traveled to the Land of Canaan

 

NOTE: How often we as Christians think that our Christian life will be easy now that we have accepted Jesus Christ as our Savior

 

I. THE ATTACK OF AMALEK

 

Exodus 17:8 (NLT) While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek attacked them.

 

NOTE: The Israelites had no part in the defeat of the Egyptians it was all God’s doing

 

   Our Salvation is by Grace and Grace alone

 

Ephesians 2:8-9 (NLT) God saved you by his grace when you believed. And you can’t take credit for this; it is a gift from God. Salvation is not a reward for the good things we have done, so none of us can boast about it.

 

   The attack by the Amalekites is a symbol of our continual battle with Satan and sin

 

   Notice how they attacked Israel

 

Deuteronomy 25:17-18 Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; how he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.

 

·         It was a sneak attack

·         They attacked from behind

·         They attacked the feeble, faint and weary

 

   This is the same way Satan attacks us

 

1 Peter 5:8 (KJV) Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:

 

2 Corinthians 11:14 (GW) And no wonder, even Satan disguises himself as an angel of light.

 

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 (BBE) I am conscious that after I am gone, evil wolves will come in among you, doing damage to the flock;

 

II. THE LORD OUR BANNER

 

NOTE: What does it mean, The Lord our Banner?

 

Isaiah 11:10 (GW) At that time the root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the people {to gather around}. The nations will come to him. His resting place will be glorious.

 

NOTE: God required Israel to become involved in the battle against Amalek

 

   God expects us to join in the fight against Satan and his attacks

 

Ephesians 4:27 (GW) Don't give the devil any opportunity {to work}.

 

2 Timothy 2:22 (BBE) But keep yourself from those desires of the flesh which are strong when the body is young, and go after righteousness, faith, love, peace, with those whose prayers go up to the Lord from a clean heart.

 

James 4:7 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.

 

Ephesians 6:11-12 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

 

1.       JOSHUA (JESUS) LEAD THE FIGHT

 

NOTE: The name Joshua is Hebrew for the Greek name Jesus it means, “Jehovah our Savior or Deliverer in this passage he is a type or symbol of Jesus our Commander and Chief.

 

Joshua 5:13-15 (NIV) Now when Joshua was near Jericho, he looked up and saw a man standing in front of him with a drawn sword in his hand. Joshua went up to him and asked, "Are you for us or for our enemies?" "Neither," he replied, "but as Commander of the army of the LORD I have now come." Then Joshua fell facedown to the ground in reverence, and asked him, "What message does my Lord have for his servant?" The Commander of the LORD's army replied, "Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy." And Joshua did so.

 

Deuteronomy 20:3-4 (NAB) 'Hear, O Israel! Today you are going into battle against your enemies. Be not weakhearted or afraid; be neither alarmed nor frightened by them. For it is the LORD, your God, who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies and give you victory.'

 

2.       MOSES STOOD ON A HILL OVER LOOKING THE BATTLE

 

Exodus 17:10 (GW) Joshua did as Moses told him and fought the Amalekites, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of the hill.

 

NOTE: Moses is a type or symbol of the ministry

 

·         Moses raised the rod in his hand

 

Exodus 17:11 (GW) As long as Moses held up his hands, Israel would win, but as soon as he put his hands down, the Amalekites would start to win.

 

   Two things are required of the ministry:

 

   His hands raised speaks of prayer

 

   The rod speaks of the Word of God

 

·         Moses became weary

 

Exodus 17:12a (GW) Eventually, Moses' hands felt heavy.

 

·         He sat on a rock

 

Exodus 17:12b  So Aaron and Hur took a rock, put it under him, and he sat on it.

 

2 Samuel 22:2-3 (KJV) And he said, The LORD is my rock, and my fortress, and my deliverer; the God of my rock; in him will I trust: he is my shield, and the horn of my salvation, my high tower, and my refuge, my saviour; thou savest me from violence.

 

·         Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands

 

Exodus 17:12c Aaron held up one hand, and Hur held up the other. His hands remained steady until sunset.

 

Nehemiah 4:16-18 (NIV) From that day on, half of my men did the work, while the other half were equipped with spears, shields, bows and armor. The officers posted themselves behind all the people of Judah who were building the wall. Those who carried materials did their work with one hand and held a weapon in the other,  and each of the builders wore his sword at his side as he worked. But the man who sounded the trumpet stayed with me.

 

CONCLUSION: We are in a battle against Satan and his followers; we must look to Jesus as our Commander and Chief

 

   We must work together in prayer and support as the Word of God is preached.

 

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