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Summary: Difficult times requires confidence in God regardless what we see around us

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Moving Forward

Ex 14:1-31

The Australian coat of arms pictures two creatures--the emu, a flightless bird, and the kangaroo.

The animals were chosen because they share a characteristic that appealed to the Australian citizens. Both the emu and kangaroo can move only forward, not back. The emu’s three-toed foot causes it to fall if it tries to go backwards, and the kangaroo is prevented from moving in reverse by its large tail.

Those who truly choose to follow Jesus become like the emu and kangaroo, moving only forward, never back

1. Helpless Situation v.3

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They are entangled in the land , the wilderness has shut them in

• Reasons not to move forward with life stems from - Fear

- Inactivity

- Inexperience

- Inability

• Seems like a mistake following the leadership of God

Ps 71:11(KJV)

Saying, God hath forsaken him: persecute and take him; for there is none to deliver him.

2. Desperate Cry - v. 10

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..... Pharaoh drew nigh...... and they were sore afraid: .... and .... cried out unto the LORD

• Followed in obedience

• Yet seems worst off then before v. 11-12

•Jehoshaphat had this problem with the Moabites & Ammonites — 2 Chron 20

2 Chron 20:12 O our God, wilt thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee

3 . Perfect Confidence - v.13

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.....Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD .....

• Christ is a present help in the time of trouble

• He knows how to deliver

• v. 14 He will fight for you – hold your peace

4. Saving Faith – v.15b

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.... go forward

• There is a part that they and I have to do

• Impossibilities lets God work

• His work is always forward

• Defeat or victory lay in their hands

• Obedience gives the victory

5. Perfect Protection – v. 19-20

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... The angel of God .... he pillar of the cloud ... came between

Psalm 37:24 Though he fall, he shall not be utterly cast down: for the LORD upholdeth him with his hand.

• God’s Pillar of cloud & fire

• His presence promised for us

6. Impossible Deliverance – v.21

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Exodus 14:21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go

back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided

• Salvation is all of God’s doing

• Waves held back until all the redeemed passed over

• Jesus is the way not the way maker

7. Triumphant Song – Ex. 15:1

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Exodus 15:1 1 Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spake, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: .....

• In Ex 15:1-21 there is 3 Thine’s, 10 thou’s 11 Thy’s but no me’s

• Ps. 115:1 Not unto us, O LORD, not unto us, but unto thy name give glory, for thy mercy, and for thy truth’s sake.

1 Corinthians 15:57 But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ


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