Summary: A sermon on how we as Christians we are to move closer to God each day of our life
Every Day Should Be Moving Day
Rev. 4:1 1After this I looked, and there in heaven was an open door. The first voice that I had heard speaking to me like a trumpet said, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after this.”
One day the McDaniel Family was preparing to move. Everyone in the family was excited about the move. Dad was going to a better job making more money and working for a larger corporation. The eldest son was leaving for college and mom was getting a bigger house to decorate. Yes everyone was happy except for little Katie. This would have been her first year in Jr. High. At least here at their old house she would have here friends to help her make the transition from elementary school to Jr. High. But at her new home she would have no one. Excuse after excuse she presented but all to no avail she had no choice but to go with her parents. On the first day of school she made many new friends, she joined the band and there were some talk of nominating her to the student council. Wow may be this move wasn’t bad after all in Fact just maybe it was the best thing that could have happened.
Today I believe that many Christians hear the call of the Holy Spirit to move to a higher place with God, to mature more spiritually. And many ignore the call. Some hear the call very clearly and respond and others hear a faint echo since they have moved so far away from God. God is always calling us to move closer and closer to Him. Just like anyone of us would want our children to live near us our Heavenly Father wants His children to live nearer to Him also.
Look at the following verses with me: Exodus 40:37 If the cloud was not taken up, they did not set out until the day it was taken up. Numbers 9:22 Whether it was two days, a month, or longer, the Israelites camped and did not set out as long as the cloud stayed over the tabernacle. But when it was lifted, they set out.
A. Why did God alternate the length of time the Israelites stayed in one place before taking up the journey again, because He wanted to teach them and us a lesson?
a. He wanted to teach them how to get from prophecy to the promise land, from the dream to the reality or from faith to sight.
b. It was to teach them that on their journey through life they had to depend on God for their provisions, their protection, and their guidance.
c. And as we journey through life we are to be moving closer to God also.
i. We are to come to depend on Him for our needs just as the ancient Israelites had to depend on Him for theirs.
One of the lessons that was taught to the Israelites while wandering in the wilderness and we should learn from their experiences is that we are not to get to comfortable with where we are. That no matter how comfortable or convenient the place we are at today is not the place where God want us to finally end up. It is not the promised land.
A. Notice in these verses that God never sent an advanced warning that He was about to travel.
a. The Israelites had to be ready at all times to travel they always had to be in a state of readiness to change.
b. One of the greatest battles we fight is that of the familiar.
i. Even if a place becomes dry and desolate once we become familiar with that place it become home and it is very hard to leave.
ii. We are comfortable there and we don’t want to go anywhere else.
iii. But God calls us to ever be ready to move closer to Him.
iv. We need to move forward so that we can continue to mature in the Holy Spirit and to grow to be more like Jesus every day so that we can grow closer to God.
c. Moving is one of the most interesting things to be a part off. There is a process of ordered chaos that occurs.
1. Everything is chaotic- everything is out of place, the familiar is replaced with what seems to be confusion and disorder.
2. Nothing is convenient- nothing you want will be easy to get or find. It is packed on the bottom or we forget where we put it.
3. Another thing is when you begin to move you realize all the things that you have accumulated over the years some of which you no longer use.