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Summary: The children of Israel are a classic example of the empowering faith needed to have a blessed future.

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Your Faith And Your Future

Exodus 13:14-22

THERE ARE TIMES IN OUR LIVES WHEN OUR FAITH CAN BE TRIED. TESTS, TRIALS, WORRIES, DISAPPOINTMENTS, AND FRUSTRATIONS ARE A PART OF EVERY HUMAN LIFE. WE ARE LIVING IN DIFFICULT DAYS AND IT SEEMS AS THOUGH EVEN OUR VERY FUTURE IS THREATENED. WHAT IS THE SOLUTION TO THE MANY PROBLEMS TODAY THAT STEM FROM GREED, LACK OF NATURAL AFFECTION IN FAMILIES, LOOSE MORALS, IGNORANCE, AND OTHER CORROSIVE FACTORS EATING AWAY AT THE FABRIC OF SOCIETY? SOME PEOPLE FEEL THAT THERE IS NO SOLUTION, SO THEY JUST GET ON WITH THEIR LIVES AS BEST THEY CAN AND ACCEPT IT AS “THEIR FATEFUL FUTURE”. OTHERS HOPE THAT ONE DAY A CHARISMATIC AND BRILLIANT LEADER, PERHAPS EVEN A RELIGIOUS LEADER, WILL COME ALONG AND POINT THEM IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. THE TRUTH IS, THAT WHEN YOUR FAITH IS BEING TRIED, YOU NEED MORE THAN A SPIRIT OF ACQUIESENCE. WHEN OUR FUTURE IS THREATENED WE NEED MORE THAN THE SMILE OF A CHARISMATIC LEADER TO ENCOURAGE US TO GO FORTH. WE NEED FAITH TO FACE THE FUTURE. THERE ARE EVEN TIMES WHEN SATAN WILL PUT OUR FAITH TO THE TEST. WHEN SATAN PUTS A PERSON TO THE TEST, HE DOES SO TO BRING OUT EVIL. HIS MOTIVE IS TO KILL, STEAL AND DESTROY. IT IS INTERESTING TO NOTE THAT OUR LORD WAS TEMPTED AND WAS VIC TORIOUS OVER TEMPTATIONS THAT WERE DESIGNED TO DESTROY HIM AND THE WRECK GOD’S REDEMPTIVE PLAN. SATAN USES THE SAME METHODS TODAY.

A. HE PROMISED CHRIST PLENTY IF CHRIST WOULD FOLLOW HIS SUGGESTIONS. MATT. 4:3. PEOPLE STILL DESIRE PLEASURE, MATERIAL, GOODS, POWER AND OTHER WORLDLY THINGS AND THE DEVIL HAS SUGGESTIONS BY WHICH HE PROMISES US PLENTY.

B. HE PROMISES POPULARITY AND ACCEPTANCE BY OUR CONTEMPORARIES IF WE FOLLOW HIS SUGGESTIONS. MATT 4:4-6. SATAN SUGGESTED THAT CHRIST COULD ACCOMPLISH HIS PURPOSE BY PUTTING ON AN EXTRAVAGANZA. SATAN COMES TO US WITH SUBTLE SUGGESTIONS THAT WILL LEAD US ASTRAY IF WE FOLLOW HIM.

C. HE COMES TO US WITH THE PROMISE OF PAINLESS SUCCESS IF WE WILL BUT FOLLOW HIS SUGGESTIONS...MATT. 4:8-9. SATAN WAS TRYING TO TELL CHRIST THAT IT WAS UNNECESSARY FOR HIM TO SUFFER THE ORDEAL OF THE CROSS IN ORDER TO CAUSE THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD TO BECOME THE KINGDOM OF GOD. SATAN COMES TO US WITH AL KINDS OF SUGGESTIONS FOR SHORTCUTS AND SUBSTITUTES FOR THE RIGHT WAY. YOU SHOULD KNOW BY NOW THAT SATAN IS NOT YOUR FRIEND!!!

I WONDER, IF YOU WERE REMODELING YOUR HOME AND WERE GOING TO ADD AN EXTRA BEDROOM, BUT THE ONLY TOOL YOU HAD WAS A SCREWDRIVER, WOULD YOU WORK AND STRUGGLE TO BUILD THE ROOM WITH ONLY A SCREWDRIVER? OR WOULD YOU GO OUT TO THE STORE AND PAY THE PRICE FOR THE PROPER TOOLS TO GET THE JOB DONE EFFICIENTLY AND EFFECTIVELY? MANY OF US TRY TO BUILD OUR HOUSES OF FAITH WITH ONE FAVORITE TOOL THAT WE’VE GOTTEN USED TO. WE EITHER DON’T REALIZE THAT THERE ARE MORE TOOLS AVAILABLE OR WE’RE NOT WILLING TO PAY THE PRICE TO ACQUIRE THEM. A HOUSE OF FAITH IS BUILT FIRST AND FOREMOST UPON AN OPEN MIND. EVEN THOUGH HISTORY TENDS TO REPEAT ITSELF, (ECC 8:9), MUCH OF WHAT WE HAVE SEEN EVEN IN THE PAST CENTURY APPEARS BLEAK. THE WORLD CHANGED DRASTICALLY IN 1914, WITH THE OUTBREAK OF THE 1ST WORLD WAR. SOON THEREAFTER, CAME PESTILENCE, THE SPANISH INFLUENZA. THE ECONOMIC DEPRESSION OF THE 1930’S SHOOK THE ENTIRE WORLD. THE YEAR 1939 SAW THE OUTBREAK OF THE 2ND WORLD WAR, THAT WAS WORSE THAN THE FIRST. AND IT SEEMS AS THOUGH MEN ARE CRYING “PEACE” BUT THERE IS TROUBLE ON EVERY HAND, AND IN EVERY LAND. BUT EVEN IN THE MIDST OF TRYING CIRCUMSTANCES, YOUR FAITH IS INEXTRICABLY TIED TO YOUR FUTURE.


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