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Summary: A message that looks at faulty faith, and encourages to grow in faith, and trust in God.

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Faulty Memory/Lack of Faith

We must know that “God is a Big God” July 25, 1999

Exodus 16:1-4

Is it just me or are these Israelites, these people that God has rescued from slavery,

saved from a charging army by parting the Red Sea, and has protected and provided for at

every turn, YET, THESE PEOPLE THEY SEEM TO HAVE NO FAITH.

I don’t know, maybe they all suffer from some Jewish Faulty Memory Curse? God

is forever making them stop, build an alter, give it a name, and do you know Why? So

they will remember what He did for them.

These Israelites, in our passage, at the end of Chapter 15 they are grumbling

because they are getting thirsty, so Moses calls upon God, as if he didn’t know what was

going on, and God in His Goodness, provides water for them.

Those people, how could they doubt God after all that He has done for them? It’s

not like they don’t have a history with Him, ???????

Boy, AREN’T YOU GLAD WERE NOT LIKE THOSE ISRAELITES?

HOW MANY TIMES DOES GOD HAVE TO PROVE HIMSELF TO ‘SOME’

PEOPLE BEFORE THEY REALLY TRUST HIM?

Church, aren’t you glad that we don’t allow the lack of WATER or FOOD to ever

make us grumble at God, or your leader? Those Israelites, so immature.

Now to be fair, Food and Water is abundant in Clarksville, AR. these Israelites

were in the middle of the desert, so those things were major concerns for them.

Surely there’s nothing so BIG that we would find ourselves grumbling to God

about, or to your friendly Pastor/leader is there?

Because I know, and you will remember that One of the first things you ever

learned at your first VBS or SS class as a child was that God is AllPowerful, He’s Bigger

than any problem, in fact I have a little song my kids play almost every night as they go to

sleep, let me just play a few lines for you, and you will hear about God is bigger than

Anything we might face, even the Boogyman.

(PLAY TAPE)

God’s Word is full of Promises that tell us About a God who loves to give in

abundance, our part is to have Faith, and Trust in His Word.

He gives Abundant Life: “the thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have

come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” John 10:10

He gives Abundant Grace: “And God is able to make all Grace abound to you, so

that in all things at all times, having all you need, you will abound in every good work.” 2

Cor. 9:8

He gives Abundant Power: “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.” Ephesians

3:20

He will give Abundant Supplies: “And my God will meet all your needs according

to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” Phillipians 4:19

I believe God’s Word with everything I have, Don’t You?

I believe you do.

Is your God big enough to take a church of Forty people, not just any Forty people, but

Forty people who are Passionate about Christ, not forty people who don’t think about

church until it’s time to set the alarm on Sat. night, I’m talking about Forty disciples of

Jesus Christ, is your God big enough to turn those Forty into Eighty disciples in one year?


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