Preaching, Teaching, and Notes

Continuing The Path to Reality
Psalms 46:1-3 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof. Selah.”

In our path to reality, we all must deal with our fear. I mentioned yesterday that we are often afraid to make Christ our King because of what He might ask of us. Yet if you hunger for a closer walk with the Lord, then we must understand that it is His love that calls us on with Him.
You will notice in the verses above, it is “Therefore will we not fear,”. When our wills will with God’s Will, power to do, is introduced–that is grace (the unmerited favor of power) for our lives, in the circumstances we are in NOW.

God never promises us that we will have no troubles in this world. On the contrary, sometimes the way He leads, seems to put us in the middle of extreme trouble: yet we may know that He is there with us. (And that should make all the difference)

Exodus 14:1-3, 5, 10-15, 21-23, 26-27, 30
“And the LORD
spake unto Moses, saying. Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pi-hahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baal-zephon : before it shall ye encamp by the sea. For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, they are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.
And it was told the king of Egypt that the people flee: and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?
And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up there eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: And the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. And they said unto Moses, because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? Wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, then that we should die in the wilderness.

And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not , stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more forever. The Lord shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? Speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea on dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued and went in after to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.

And the LORD said unto Moses, stretch out thy hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 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.

Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the seashore.”

This is an example, that I believe, we experience as Christians.
Our Adversary (the Devil), like Pharaoh’s hosts would seek to frighten us and overtake our progress in serving the Lord–today.(After all he wants you to serve him)
Yet the Lord has said, “Fear not, I am with you.”

When we feel pushed, surrounded, outnumbered, what should we do?

Hear what the Lord said to Moses: “Wherefore criest unto Me? Speak unto the children of Israel THAT THEY GO FORWARD”
That they hold a prayer meeting?
There are times for them, yet not when you already know what to do.
That we close our eyes to the situation, and put the whole thing out of our minds, hoping it will work itself out?
No….that we go forward with Him.

To not fear is to quiet yourself in the presence of God. (Notice it says in Psalms 46:1, a very PRESENT help). It is to will to be quiet, and to will to hear Him.
Then do what He says, looking not for results, but to Him for the next step.
We quite ourselves, the voice of complaints, or reason, and be still.
It is the next step you need to do.
One step with Jesus.
Psalm 46:10-11 “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Selah.”
Look at the promise here! You can know that He is God in these circumstances you are afraid of–God for you. The Lord of hosts always sees the battle around us, and in us; and says I am with you.

Still your heart and mind and hear Him today.
For the Lord said, ” Speak that they go forward.”

What fear is holding you to the same spot in your experience?

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