Summary: Moses and Israel were pushed to the point of disaster before their breakthrough came. They were slaves living under people who abused them. They were called of God, but instead they seemed to be losing their place in the world. Then God sent Moses and ho
VICTORY YESTERDAY, TODAY AND FOREVER!
Exodus 14:26-31 (KJV) 26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. 28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. 29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. 31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.
Moses and Israel were pushed to the point of disaster before their breakthrough came. They were slaves living under people who abused them. They were called of God, but instead they seemed to be losing their place in the world. Then God sent Moses and hope came that the Lord would deliver them. However, things got worse before they got better. They saw the miracles of the plagues, but instead of Pharaoh humbling himself to the Lord, he rebelled. Finally when death came, out of sorrow he relented and let Israel go. Only to have his grief turn to anger and he chased them into the wilderness. Backed up against the Red Sea, Pharaoh’s mighty army was poised to annihilate them, but God stood between them as a cloud by day and fire by night. Then God opened the way through the Red Seas for the Children of Israel and let it fall on Pharaoh and his armies. Jesus said that if we fall on the Rock it will bless us but if it falls on us, then that same Rock will crush us. God made them Victors that day. In Romans 6 we are told that God has made us Victors. Things may be dark and dangerous, but God has a way that we don’t know about. The very thing that God will use to deliver us will crush our enemy who is the devil. God has Victory for us. Joshua said, "Choose you this day whom you shall serve". When we decided to make Jesus our Lord and Savior, He moves us out of the victim category into the Victor category.
Exodus 15:1-2 (KJV) 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: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. 2 The LORD is my strength and song, and he is become my salvation: he is my God, and I will prepare him and habitation; my father’s God, and I will exalt him.
We can say the same thing. Look at these powerful facts presented to us in Romans 6.
I. Our sin has been put to death in Christ on the Cross-.
A. Whatever we may have done or even wanted to do in action or attitude, it has been put to death. It is finished. It is forgiven. It is buried in the sea never to be brought up against you again. We are Victors through Christ.
Romans 6:1-2 (KJV) 1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
1. God does not forget the sinner; he forgets the sin.
2. Forgiveness should be like burning the mortgage--it’s gone and forgotten.
3. Forgiveness means God buries our sins and does not mark the grave.
4. God forgives our sins, buries them in the sea of forgetfulness, and puts up a sign: "No fishing."
II. We have New Life in the Resurrection of Christ.
A. Just as Moses and Israel we have come out on the other side of sea of death. Jesus died, but He arose from the dead. We are now in Him and we are filled with His Resurrection Life.
Romans 6:3-5 (KJV) 3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? 4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. 5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: