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Summary: A look at the long journey we take as Christians once we find Jesus as our Savior...the great battles and the great victories we experience.

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“Near the Waters”

Exodus 15:22-27

EX 15:22 Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea and they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water. 23 When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) 24 So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?" 25 Then Moses cried out to the LORD, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. He threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the LORD made a decree and a law for them, and there he tested them. 26 He said, "If you listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his eyes, if you pay attention to his commands and keep all his decrees, I will not bring on you any of the diseases I brought on the Egyptians, for I am the LORD, who heals you." 27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy palm trees, and they camped there near the water.

INTRODUCTION

• This morning, I want to compare the journey of God’s people in our passage to the journey of God’s people today.

• Let me give you a few stops along the way in our spiritual journey:

I. The place of DELIVERANCE {vs 22}

" Then Moses led Israel from the Red Sea …”

• Interestingly enough, this journey begins when God’s people were led out of bondage

• Similarly, our spiritual journey must begin the same way…deliverance from any bondage and the hand of the enemy.

Think of a husband and wife in a car, the wife tells her husband to turn right at the next junction and by mistake, he turns left. When he realizes what he has done, he says to his wife “I’m sorry love, I went the wrong way.” But if that is all he does, it isn’t enough. His saying sorry isn’t getting them any closer to where they want to be; it isn’t even stopping them getting further away. To get where they want to be, he needs to stop the car, turn it around and go back on to the correct road that his wife told him to take in the first place.

II. The place of DRYNESS {vs 22}

“…they went into the Desert of Shur. For three days they traveled in the desert without finding water.”

• There are times in our walks with the Lord where things don’t seem very refreshing or very exciting.

STATS by Barna

The following terms were used in the survey by those being surveyed who confessed to be born again Christians, in describing themselves:

(a) Stressed Out: 31%

(b) Too Busy: 49%

(c) Needing New Friends: 50%

(d) In Debt: 40%

(e) Dealing with Addiction: 11%

(f) Self-Sufficient: 90%

(g) Searching for purpose: 48%

(h) Skeptical: 55%

• Take note that this took place just a few days after receiving the Red Sea experience

• We must not think it strange that, as soon as God delivers us or answers our prayers, the enemy will try to make our spiritual journey quite dry.

III. The place of DISAPPOINTMENT {vs 23, 24}

“…When they came to Marah, they could not drink its water because it was bitter. (That is why the place is called Marah.) So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, "What are we to drink?" ”


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