Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Moving Forward

Exodus 14:13-16

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. The Lord will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace.” And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

Joshua 6:5

It shall come to pass, when they make a long blast with the ram’s horn, and when you hear the sound of the trumpet, that all the people shall shout with a great shout; then the wall of the city will fall down flat. And the people shall go up every man straight before him.”

Isaiah 43:19

Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

Tell the Children of Israel to Go Forward!

Go up every man straight before him.

I will do a new thing!  Road in the wilderness

Rivers in the desert.

New year

New pastor

This message is to prepare us for our forward move as a church and for you as a person

  1. Moses brought to the brink

This story is so much like life

You are brought out of such bondage only to be trapped by a natural barrier and a charging army from your past.

This is where most go back to Egypt

Luke 8:4-8, 11-15

And when a great multitude had gathered, and they had come to Him from every city, He spoke by a parable: “A sower went out to sow his seed. And as he sowed, some fell by the wayside; and it was trampled down, and the birds of the air devoured it. Some fell on rock; and as soon as it sprang up, it withered away because it lacked moisture. And some fell among thorns, and the thorns sprang up with it and choked it. But others fell on good ground, sprang up, and yielded a crop a hundredfold.” When He had said these things He cried, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear!”

“Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God. Those by the wayside are the ones who hear; then the devil comes and takes away the word out of their hearts, lest they should believe and be saved. But the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear, receive the word with joy; and these have no root, who believe for a while and in time of temptation fall away. Now the ones that fell among thorns are those who, when they have heard, go out and are choked with cares, riches, and pleasures of life, and bring no fruit to maturity. But the ones that fell on the good ground are those who, having heard the word with a noble and good heart, keep it and bear fruit with patience.

The question is this do you have the right soil to go forward?

Shallow soil will never go forward

Why? They allow the devil to take the word out of their hearts

All they see is Pharaoh’s army charging from their past.

He cant take it out of your heart if you believe in your heart and don’t just hear it with your ears.

Rocky soil wont go forward

They hear they receive but they don’t allow it to take root and grow and temptation takes them right back to Egypt with Pharaoh.

Thorny soil gives up because of the cares, riches, and pleasures life

The red sea is to wet and the leeks and onions in slavery sound better then then to trust the Lord for deliverance.

Only one soil goes forward the good soil: hear it and keep it and wait for His salvation with patience.  Then the water opens up and you go forward

Forward is a step of faith that trusts Gods word and not our feelings

  1. Joshua leads them into the land

After a series of miracles and obvious incidents of God’s leadings He brings them to the brink of their first conquest the capture and victory over the great city Jericho

They had to cross water as well they now had marched around a city 7 times

When we were battling the Mayor of Houston we knew the battle would be won but it can feel insurmountable when you have marched around the city and you think this is it only to find that you have to go around again and again.  We would pray Wednesday after Wednesday for victory we would feel it in the camp only to face set back after set back yet in the end the walls came tumbling down and victory came.

What is your Jericho this year?

It may take 7 times around before the trumpet sounds but when it sounds move forward

As a church we will face some Jericho’s this year and as we are faithful to God we will see walls come tumbling down and victory come to the Church on the Lake.

What does that mean that means we have to step out in faith and when the walls come down we must move forward and seize the land.

  1. A new thing

Isaiah 43:19

Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.

In Bible times roads didn’t go through wildernesses

And rivers didn’t run in the deserts

We lose sight of this because of modern technology

Central California is the bread basket of America because a river runs through the desert.

We can drive from coast to coast because roads have been made in the wilderness.  Lewis and Clark didn’t have those roads.

So lets make this a little more practical to your current situation

I am going to do a new thing and that addiction that you can’t break I am going to set you free.

I am going to do a new thing and your broken marriage I am going to restore

I am going to do a new thing and that entrepreneurial spirit inside of you I am going to use to start new businesses in this area.

I am going to do a new thing inside of you and build a great children’s ministry in Cotl

I am going to do a new thing and save your family, your neighbors, your co workers, your friends.

I am going to do a new things and save you!

So whether you are at a perilous moment where your past has collied with your future at a red sea

Or you are ready to walk into a major victory

Or it is time for God to do a new thing

It is time to move FORWARD!!

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