Walk by Faith, Sermon 02/10/2019

“THE STEPS TO THE ABUNDANT LIFE”

“Walk by Faith” (2)

Ex. 14:10-15; Heb. 11:1-6

The Scripture says, “You can never please God without faith, without depending on him. Anyone who wants to come to God must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely look for Him” (Heb. 11:6).

Two words describe our faith: confidence and certainty.

These two qualities need a secure beginning and ending point. The beginning point of faith is believing in “God’s character-He is who He says. The end point is believing in God’s promises- He will do what He says. We believe that God will fulfill His promises even though we don’t see those promises materializing now, this is true faith.

According to the Old Testament, Moses experienced the presence of God in a burning bush and through that dramatic encounter felt called to go to Egypt to bring the people of Israel out of slavery and into freedom in the Promised Land. Moses was not overjoyed with the prospect of facing the Egyptian Pharaoh and telling him to let those people go. Moses knew it was a dreadful task. To face the Pharaoh was fearsome enough.

But God said, “Go, Moses, and tell Pharaoh to set my people free! Go, Moses, and I will go with you”! So Moses went forward, not sure how this was going to turn out but trusting God to be with him. Then after a series of confrontations and conferences finally the Pharaoh gave in. He gave the Israelites their freedom. Quickly, Moses led them out of Egypt, out of slavery. The people of Israel were filled with joy. This was a historic moment. This was their Exodus, their deliverance, their salvation. But as they made camp at the Red Sea, they looked back. On the horizon they saw a huge cloud of dust. They heard the unmistakable rumble of chariots.

They knew what they meant! Pharaoh had changed his mind. His army was coming after them. The people of Israel realized their great problem. They were trapped, cornered, caught between the Pharaoh’s army and the deep Red Sea. And the people of Israel cried out to the Lord and they said to Moses, “Is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness? What have you done to us, in bringing us out of Egypt?”

And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will work for you today; for the Egyptians who you see today, you shall never see again. The Lord will fight for you and you have only to be still.”

Sometimes when we are in the valleys of life, we feel so down that we can see no way out. But if we will walk by faith, walk with God one step at a time, one day at a time, God will bring us out of the valley to the mountaintop.

Though caught between the Pharaoh and the deep Red Sea, Moses did not give up, he did not quit, he did not throw in the towel. No, he trusted God and he went forward. Moses didn’t have all the answers, but he did stay in communication with God. And he did go forward and he did do his best, and he did trust God to bring it out right.

The Scripture says, “…Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand where you are and watch, and you will see the wonderful way the Lord will rescue you today. The Egyptians you are looking at, you will never see them again.” (Ex. 14:13)

The people were hostile and despairing, but Moses encouraged them to watch the wonderful way God would rescue them. Moses had a positive attitude. When it looked as if they were trapped, Moses called upon God to intervene. We may not be chased by an army, but we may still feel trapped. While our first reaction could be despair, we should adopt Moses’ attitude to “watch and see what God will do.”

The Book of Exodus 14:21-22 says, “Meanwhile, Moses stretched his rod over the sea, and the Lord opened up a path through the sea, with walls of water on each side; and a strong east wind blew all that night, drying the sea bottom. So the people of Israel walked through the sea on dry ground!”

There was no apparent way of escape, but the Lord opened up a dry path through the sea.

Dear friends! Sometimes we find ourselves caught in a problem and see no way out. Please, don’t panic; God can open up a way!

Apostle Paul says, “You can never please God without faith, without depending on Him. Anyone who wants to come to God must believe that there is a God and that He rewards those who sincerely look for Him” (Heb. 11:6).

We must believe not only that God exists but also that He cares and is involved in the human situation. But sometimes we wonder whether God has the power to handle our problems and difficulties. Sometimes we feel we have a lot of faith in God and other times we feel that we have less faith in God. We are struggling to deal with our feelings instead of believing in God’s promises. It’s very dangerous when our faith depends on our feelings alone. Our emotion is always changing according to the situations. If our faith is built on a feeling, we never grow spiritually. FAITH MUST STAND ON GOD’S TRUTH AND HIS PROMISES.

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