GOING FORWARD - May 2019
Read Exodus 14:1-22
Pastor Tommy delivered a wonderful message recently "Life: Grinding, Grounding and Growing". As I listened, it really got me thinking. Often as we live our life, certain seasons seem full of adversities and challenges that tend to wear us out. The battle seems too much to bear and giving up an option. I started to see a similarity with the people of Israel, God's chosen people. We read in Exodus that the Israelites spent many years as slaves in Egypt. When they were finally delivered and attempted to move forward in life, they ended up at what looked like an impossible situation – the Red Sea. Did you ever have a Red Sea encounter where you seemed boxed in on every side with no way to advance? At our “Red Sea” experiences in life, we often feel exhausted and we want to give up and loose all hope. The important thing to know is that God is in control even when we can't "see a way out".
Picture the story. Free and on their way to the land God promised them, the Israelites encounter the Red Sea right in their path. Their path cut off, Israel was facing the impossible challenge of crossing the sea. Behind them, they could see the dust of the chariots closing in on them as Pharaoh and their oppressors were in pursuit. Today you could be in a place in your life where the hour you are facing is your darkest hour. It may seem that there are no solutions to your situation. It is at this moment we need stop and remember that God is always in control. The place that you are in life today can become a proving ground where you will experience God’s promise that “no weapon formed against you shall prosper!”
Moses told the people in Exodus 14:13 “Do not be afraid. Stand still and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see TODAY, you shall see again no more forever.”
Say "TODAY". Now realize that God brought you this far and He did not bring you this far to leave you. He is about to accomplish TODAY what He promised you, but you must have a future perspective in life, not one from the past. You need to focus on where you are going and not where you came from. Remember, TODAY is the day of salvation, or let me say it this way, TODAY you will be delivered from what appears to be an impossible situation if you will only trust God. The miracle in Exodus 14 split the Red Sea and offered Israel the opportunity to “get through” that situation in life and leaves truths for life today.
What Does Going Forward Mean To You Today?
Getting a handle on your situation… (Jeremiah 29:1-14)
Jeremiah said, “God has a hope and a future for your life.” Your steps have been ordered by the Lord and nothing is impossible in your life if you have a perspective on where you are going and stop focusing on where you came from. You can endure and succeed if your focus in going forward in life. As children, if dad or mom told us they were taking us to the beach, we would complete all the chores of the day without any complaining because our focus was on where we were going, not what we were facing.
Going forward means that you have the ability to get up when you experience a knock-down in life.
I wish I could say that when you become a Christian your troubles in life are over, but that is not true. Often when disappointment strikes us, we lose our ability to go forward. If we understand that if we are pursing God’s purpose in life, He will take us “through” the problem just as He took Israel through the Red Sea and defeated their enemy. God never intended for the trials and challenges to stop us. He designed us as more that conquerors and with Him will continue GOING FORWARD!
Please remember you have myself, Pastor Tommy, other elders and the prayer team that will stand at your side and pray with and for you. One of God's greatest gifts is the five fold ministry of pastors, teachers, evangelists, prophets and apostles (see Ephesians 4:11-13). If you are standing in the midst of a trial or situation please come forward at the conclusion of service Sunday and share so they can pray with you in person. They are S.C.C. leaders who know how to pray and encourage others that TODAY is the day, TODAY is the day we will speak to that mountain and it will be moved. I pray that these truths mentions will give you a boldness to face any challenges. I would love to hear from you. You always can reply to me by email. Until I see you next Sunday, I am praying for God’s continual favor and blessing as you follow Him.
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