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GOING FORWARD “Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward’. ” (Exodus 14: 15).
We Are Plateau People �We work to a level of comfort. �Israel was complaining in Egypt, but didn’t want to leave. �Is it really worth all this energy to gain a little freedom? �Physically or spiritually, church or marriage; we get to a position of relative comfort and cease improving.
Welcome to Leadership �Red Sea and Israelites in one direction, Pharaoh’s army in the other. �Whether at home, . Work, school or church, leadership faces the same challenges. �Obstacles in one direction, critics in the other. �God is still above, saying “Move forward. ”
Forward Means God Is Glorified �Exodus 14: 1 -4, Egypt had Israel exactly where God wanted them, Trapped. �Finally – no way Israel can escape. �V. 19 -20 �Israel belonged to God! �So does the church! �Nothing is too difficult for us (God included) to attempt.
Such Rich Blessings �So much expected �Eph. 3: 20 -21 �Such talent here – singing, praying, teaching, impressing. �Nothing is beyond our ability. �How much can God be glorified this year thru us?
Forward – Faith Is Multiplied �Exodus 14: 11 -12 – content with a plateau of slavery. �Imagine walking thru the corridor formed from water – what’s holding it up? �God is, and always has been, the Deliverer. �Heb. 13: 5 -6
Why Is It So Difficult to Believe? �God always keeps his promises. �Joseph’s bones – Heb. 11: 22 �Ex. 14: 31 �Our job is to work, God will take care of the worrying. �Faith should grow stronger year by year.
Forward – Victory is Realized �Numbers 14: 1 -9 �“Let’s choose a leader to take us back to Egypt. ” �Behind is slavery, defeat and shame. �Forward is freedom and victory �And Work. �Back is usually easier. Strait and narrow way has always been there. So has the broad way.
Keep Your Eyes on the Prize �The “Promised” Land �Heb. 11: 16 �Phil. 3: 13 -14 �I Cor. 9: 24 -27 � 2 Tim. 4: 6 -10