Sermon:
Jan-99
Revised Dec-01

FROM DESPERATION TO DESTINATION
EXODUS 14:10-15

Have you ever found yourself in a desperate situation…? Perhaps you’ve found yourself surrounded by people that didn’t mean you any good… Perhaps you’ve found yourself overwhelmed with financial stress and strain… Perhaps you’ve found yourself going through some type of personal problem within your family life that has caused you to find yourself trapped in the difficulty and dilemma of desperation…? Have you gotten to a point in life where it seems as if the enemy has kept you from the destiny that God has ordained for you…? Have you gotten to the point where you’re just about ready to give up…? Does it seems like your gumption is gone… Your hope has been halted… Your faith has faltered… And your victory has vanished…? Our text here shows us that this is indeed the situation with Israel... For they are indeed caught up in a desperate situation... They’re caught... Between a rock and a hard place...!

Likewise I have discovered in this life that just as it was with the Israelites in times past, that many of us have been enslaved and engulfed by the enemy…! Some have been overcome and overwhelmed by the devil and his henchmen… Our "Modern Day Pharaoh" has literally withdrawn us from our destiny and has taken us out of position to move and operate according to the plan that God has destined for our lives…! Pharaoh has convinced us to identify ourselves as property and not people… Pharaoh has given us false definitions of who we are… Where we have come from and what contributions we have made to civilization…. He’s got us in such a state, that we literally have become frozen in our tracks with fear (v10-11)…!

And so here we are today… Stuck on the banks of the Red Sea…Stuck on the edge of our very existence… With desperation surrounding us… And destiny lying before us, and… Pharaoh and his army closing in from behind…! We stand here stuck… Crying for help… We desperately want to reach the destiny that God has prepared for us but we’re stuck…! Frozen with fear and disabled by doubt… We’re bound…

Financially bound…
Emotionally bound…
Spiritually bound…

And because of our bondage, we’re stuck standing at the Red Sea of decision…. (Problem) You’re just standing there doing nothing… You’re can’t turn around because if you do, Pharaoh (your past…) will overtake you… You’re scared to go forward because before you lies the Red Sea (your destiny…) and reaching for your destiny requires you take a risk…

But if you’re going to move from the banks of the sea to the Land of Promise… If you’re going to move from a desperation to destiny, it’s going to take some effort on your part…! There are going to be some prerequisites that must be met… If you’re going to reach your destiny… If you plan to move from desperation to destiny, you’ve got to…


I. LET GO OF THE PAST (v 12)

The problem was they became accustomed to slavery... And comfortable in it…! They thought