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Summary: Quit longing for the "good ole day." They are past and over. Look to where you are now and to the future

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Ain’t No going back there

Numbers 14:1-4

1So all the congregation lifted up their voices and cried, and the people wept that night. 2And all the children of Israel complained against Moses and Aaron, and the whole congregation said to them, “If only we had died in the land of Egypt! Or if only we had died in this wilderness! 3Why has the LORD brought us to this land to fall by the sword, that our wives and children should become victims? Would it not be better for us to return to Egypt?” 4So they said to one another, “Let us select a leader and return to Egypt.”

The Exodus is a classic story of how people respond to change.

A. The children of Israel were slaves in Egypt.

1. They had been beaten with whips like animals.

2. They had been abused, starved and worked beyond

endurance.

3. They were living in shacks, dressed in rags.

4. The Egyptians had taken their male babies and

drowned them in the Nile river.

5. The children of Israel prayed one prayer for

400 years.

“Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, send

us a deliverer. Set us free from Pharaoh

I. It Looks Impossible

A. "There’s no way God an get me out of this mess.

1. I know God created heavens in seven days.

2. He spared the family of Noah in the flood.

3. He held the sun still for Joshua.

4. I know he turned the sun back for Hezikiah

5. I know he raised that dead child when Elisha

prayed

6. I know he delivered Jehoshaphat & Israel from

Moabites,Ammonites and Menuites

7. I know he delivered Daniel from the Lions

8. And Peter while in Prison

9. But that was then and this is now…….

10. But he can’t help me, bless God.

Poor, pitiful me."

B. Nothing is impossible with our God.

1. "But you don’t know about my situation,

preacher."

2. God said, “all things are possible to those

who believe”

2. But Pastor, you just don’t understand… NO!

It’s you that doesn’t understand—God

said, “ALL THINGS ARE POSSIBLE IF YOU WILL

BELIEVE!!!

C. DEFEATED PHAROAH’S MIGHTY ARMY

1. Pharaoh’s army 3’ OR 30” water

2. 3,000,000 people to feed and clothe for 40

years----For water alone that was 480 trucks a

day—169,000 trucks a year—24,000 miles of

trucks a year

That is 180 trucks a day for 3 pounds of food—

9,360 trucks a year for food

3. Cloud by day-fire by night

D. You have to get out of Egypt to get to the

promised land.

1. It took God two days to get the Jews out of

Egypt, but it took 4O years to get Egypt out

of them.

2. The children of Israel could have been

content to live in the past but for the

barrier of the Red Sea.

E. Out text says they got together and decided to go

back to Egypt.

1.Do you know why they didn’t? Not because they

were spiritual, not because they were thankful

for what God did for them but because God closed

the Red Sea again.

(a) It looked impossible when the three

Hebrew chil¬dren were thrown into the

fiery furnace.

(b) When Daniel was thrown into the lion’s

den, it looked impossible. Those lions

had been starved so they would

attack Daniel with a fierceness that

would thrill the crowd

(c) It seemed impossible when the angel,

Gabriel went "to a teenager by the name

of Mary and said, "You’re going to be the

mother of the savior of the world." She

said, "How shall this be, seeing I know

not a man ?" The angel said, “The Spirit

of the Lord will move upon you.

(d) When the angel spoke to Zacarius and

told him he was to have a son and to

name him John.

II. Quit longing for the good ole days

The second challenge is to quit longing for the "good old days" and forget the past.

If the past was great, forget it. If it was bad, forget it. You can’t go home again. The past is gone forever.

You only have today. So live your life holding the hand of God, following the cloud by day and the fire by night toward the destiny God has for you.

A. Look at Israel. Three million slaves walked out of

Egypt and crossed the Red Sea.

1.72 short hours later, they came to Marah--the

place of bitter waters.

2.And they ran straight to Pastor Moses and

said, "Why did you bring us out here? We should

have stayed in Egypt." How quickly we forget the

great blessings of God.

3. Moses leads them out of bondage, with God’s

miraculous help, and three days later it’s his

fault

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