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Thursday, July 01, 2010

Red Sea Rules – Part 5

Exodus 14:13-14 13 Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. 14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

Rule #5 - Stay calm and confidant. Give God time to work.

Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us,

God delights in doing the impossible. I was thinking about this and a thought struck me that we need to be willing to share what He’s done. His great acts need to be talked about. Why would God move in mighty ways for someone who doesn’t notice or if they notice doesn’t thank Him or give Him credit?

When you have a problem and ask God in prayer to move and you wait on Him while He works and your problem is fixed – give God the credit.

But that’s moving ahead. This section is the wait on the Lord part!

Psalm 37:7-8 says, “Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him. Do not fret, it only causes harm.”

We’ve said before how often God tells us in the Bible not to fear. 365 times. It’s important to Him. We all have strong emotions and depending on circumstances they can be all over the place! But a sign of maturity is controlling those emotions. A mature Christian walks by faith not feeling. The author of this book says that sometimes we must choose an attitude that’s contrary to the way we feel.

The Israelites had every reason to be afraid. They were cornered! There was no human escape. But they had an Ally who had sent locusts and plagues on the Egyptians, who had showed up as a pillar of fire and a cloud. And He was telling them through Moses not to be afraid. To stop and see what God would do. To trust Him and that He was going to fight for them.

No matter what’s going on in our lives. OR IN THE WORLD! We need to trust God and leave room for Him to work! Everything happening in our world today is predicted in the Bible. Wars, earthquakes, bad economy, disease, the enormous increase in knowledge and information, that people would love themselves more than Him, etc. etc. It’s all moving along just like God said it would. We are moving in a direction that He is in control of. And for Christians it will end fine. In the end. But for now, we need to trust and let Him continue His work.

Deuteronomy 1:29-31 29 Then I said to you, "Do not be terrified; do not be afraid of them. 30 The LORD your God, who is going before you, will fight for you, as he did for you in Egypt, before your very eyes, 31 and in the desert. There you saw how the LORD your God carried you, as a father carries his son, all the way you went until you reached this place."

Deuteronomy 3:22 “Do not be afraid of them; the LORD your God himself will fight for you."

Deuteronomy 31:6 “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the LORD your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you."

Romans 8:31, 37 31What, then, shall we say in response to this? If God is for us, who can be against us? And 37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us.

The battle is not ours. It’s God’s. Commit every situation, one by one into the hands of God. And trust His timing. Kneel in prayer and then stand to see what He does. We gain nothing by our restless and anxious efforts.

But that doesn’t mean we do nothing. We move with the logical next step in our lives. A step at a time, moving in what we know is God’s will and He will reveal a little more at each faithful move.

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