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Summary: When the Lord commanded the People of Isreal to move forward, the sea had not yet been parted! Often we must take the first step!

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FORWARD MARCH!

EXODUS 14:1-25

What do we need to move forward for God?

DETERMINATION IN OUR HEARTS

and

DARING IN OUR FAITH!

Exodus 13:21-22

21 By day the LORD went ahead of them in a pillar of cloud to guide them on their way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so that they could travel by day or night.

22 Neither the pillar of cloud by day nor the pillar of fire by night left its place in front of the people.

(NIV)

When we have seen

the DELIVERANCE

of God,

it is easy

to move forward!

It is also easy to become afflicted with

SPIRITUAL AMNESIA!

Exodus 14:10-12

10 As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the LORD.

11 They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt?

12 Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ’Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!"

(NIV)

Exodus 14:5-9

5 When the king of Egypt was told that the people had fled, Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds about them and said, "What have we done? We have let the Israelites go and have lost their services!"

6 So he had his chariot made ready and took his army with him.

7 He took six hundred of the best chariots, along with all the other chariots of Egypt, with officers over all of them.

8 The LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, so that he pursued the Israelites, who were marching out boldly.

9 The Egyptians-- all Pharaoh’s horses and chariots, horsemen and troops-- pursued the Israelites and overtook them as they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth, opposite Baal Zephon.

(NIV)

God told the Israelites

the DIRECTION,

the DECISION

to be made by the Egyptians,

and His plan and PURPOSE!

Exodus 14:1-4

1 Then the LORD said to Moses,

2 "Tell the Israelites to turn back and encamp near Pi Hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea. They are to encamp by the sea, directly opposite Baal Zephon. (DIRECTION)

3 Pharaoh will think, ’The Israelites are wandering around the land in confusion, hemmed in by the desert.’ (DECISION)

4 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and he will pursue them. (PLAN) But I will gain glory for myself (PURPOSE) through Pharaoh and all his army, and the Egyptians will know that I am the LORD." So the Israelites did this.

(NIV)

What is the first step to moving forward?

STAND FIRM!

Exodus 14:13-14

13 Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.

14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still."

(NIV)

How to STAND FIRM:

SEE it before you SEE it!

Exodus 14:13

13 Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. (NIV)

Don’t fill up on

SPIRITUAL JUNK FOOD

Exodus 14:13b-14

The Egyptians you see today you will never see again.


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