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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Go Forward

"And the Lord said to Moses, Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward." (Exodus 14:15)

Go Forward ...

Stand, Fight and Die

Powerful words.

Surrender - give up
Escape - move away from the situation
Stand, Fight and Die.

If you stand
and fight
its realistic to consider death is nearby.

What would you do? What did the children of Israel do when the Lord's servant Moses was leading them out of Pharaoh's land to the Red Sea?

Go Forward ... that's what the Lord said then, that's what He says now.

Go Forward.

The enemy, in this case, Pharaoh, figured otherwise. "For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are bewildered by the land; the wilderness has closed them in."

But God knew what Pharaoh didn't know. God knew what the children of Israel didn't know. And His instructions were to Go Forward.

The same is true today. God knows what we never know. God tells us to Go Forward, even when we are confused, bewildered, trapped. When our back is to the wall and we are cringing. Believe in Him, Trust in Him, be Obedient to Him. He will see us through. He will provide. He is sovereign. He knows all. He sees all.

God delivered the children of Israel from Pharaoh and his army. He said He would. He doesn't go back on His promises. He continually guides us, He gives us insight, He provides wisdom, He leads us to and away. He saves us from the enemy. He delivers us.

Pharaoh thought he would win. But remember, God knew what Pharaoh didn't know. And all the bad and evilness Pharaoh had planned for the Israelites became a blessing to them and death to him. His plan was not God's plan.

It is God's plan that counts first and foremost and in the end. God's plan, God's purpose, God's law, God's blessing. .

"God leads us on an unfamiliar route," said Roger Stacy, Director of Missions with the Gibson, Tenn., Baptist Convention. Stacy presented the message from Exodus 13:17 - 14:31 following the annual meeting of the Northeast Iowa Southern Baptist Association Sunday in Cedar Rapids.

His purpose is to show His glory, to gain honor.

"...I will gain honor over Pharaoh ... that the Egyptians may know that I am the Lord." (Exodus 14:4b, 17)

"The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace."

Go Forward ... and go with God.

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