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Summary: When we try to live life in our own power, it only leads to a wilderness of complaining, moaning and groaning. However, as we allow God to have control supernatural results happen. People see us from a distance and say man they are really getting it don

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Intro: Many years ago A.J. Gordon went to the World’s Fair. From a distance he saw a man pumping water with one of those old hand pumps. The water was pouring out and he said as he looked, "That man is really pumping water." But when he got closer, he discovered that it was a wooden man connected to a pump powered by electricity. The man was not pumping the water, the water was pumping him.

When we try to live life in our own power, it only leads to a wilderness of complaining, moaning and groaning. However, as we allow God to have control supernatural results happen. People see us from a distance and say man they are really getting it done.

The closer they get the more they realize God is making the results happen in and through us!!

God will sometimes lead us into the wildernesses of life to see how we will respond. Will we respond as the clay and be molded by the potter into a beautiful vessel, or will we respond as unheated metal when stretched we break.

Exodus 15.22-27

I. Wilderness travel is not always easy

a. Petition of God’s People

i. God’s people had cried out to God

ii. Exodus 2.23-24 They cried out and God heard them.

b. Provision of God: A Liberator

i. He sent Moses to Lead them out of Egypt

ii. Prince to Prophet and Pastor

c. Place of bitterness

One of the First places they come to Marah (bitter place)

i. Exodus 1.14 the egyptians made their lives bitter w/ labor

ii. When in Marah they did not cry out to God.

d. People’s response to bitter circumstances

i. 22.24 They grumbled griped and complained.

1. What happened to our Egyptian StarBucks

2. Where is Taco bell, Burger King, McDees

ii. They had no reason to complain.

1. Illustration Milos Sarcev

Don’t complain and talk about all your problems--80 percent of people don’t care; the other 20 percent will think you deserve them.

Mark Twain.

But God will listen!

2. Life circumstances are sometimes hard to stomach like the bitter water of Marah

a. But when you trust in the Lord and call on Him circumstances will not crush you.

b. Phil 4.5-7 Don’t let Wilderness worry rule you life.

Turn to God in the wilderness and allow him to make the bitter waters sweet.

II. Wilderness water is not always sweet

a. God’s promises do not always lead to sweets.

God did not promise that lifes travels would always be sweet

b. God’s promise to be with us.

i. Pillar of Cloud and smoke (Ex 13.21) (Day and night)

ii. The sweetness of Life depends on your source

c. God’s Provision after Moses Petition.

i. When Moses cried out to God, God provided a way to make the waters sweet.

ii. One of His names is Jehovah Jireh

1. God our provider.

2. In wilderness of life God will make our stagnat waters sweet. (But we must call on Him) Ex 15.25 Moses did

iii. God made the bitter waters sweet with a tree.

iv. Tree is a shadow of Calvary

v. Elim: Twelve wells of water, seventy palm trees suggests rest and refreshment.

1. God is here revealed to the Israelites as Jehovah Rawfaw. The God who heals.

2. Those in right relationship with Yahweh can be healed of their infirmities and iniquities.


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