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Between Impossible & More Impossible - II

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie
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July 28, 2020 3:00 am

Between Impossible & More Impossible - II

A New Beginning / Greg Laurie

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July 28, 2020 3:00 am

In the time of Moses, the Israelites were fleeing an unconquerable army when they reached an impassable sea.  Were they doomed?  Today on A NEW BEGINNING, Pastor Greg Laurie points out that impossible situations are God’s specialties!

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The following message from Pastor Greg Laurie is made possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God. If you would like to know how you can become a harvest partner, just go to harvest.org that's harvest.org another newcomer time in your life when it's time to move instead of right right in the know it's time to think motive without emotion is meaningless today. Pastor Greg Laurie helps us put feet where you can pray a prayer praying to God is told to do and do about the same time both need to be happening so you pray God, almost all warlords okay whatever start walking way over the years. Not only can assure the best route traffic along the way coffee store, gas station, you know exactly which way to go and how long it will take, but you still have to put the car in drive and get moving today on a new beginning.

Greg Laurie points out, the same is true in our walk with God after we pray for direction and strength. Time to get moving harder to steer a parked car turn in our Bibles to Exodus chapter 13 were the series that were calling water Firestone based on the life of Moses and the title of the message today is between impossible and more impossible to look at the nation Israel there facing the Red Sea there facing an insurmountable obstacle, and right behind that was not enough, right behind them is the Egyptian army in hot pursuit. So basically it was then between the devil and the deep blue sea.

There will between a rock and a hard place. They were between impossible and more impossible.

So what are they do as the Army is closing in on them. They did what you would do they completely freaked out. Okay look at it. Exodus chapter 14 as Pharaoh approached the people of Israel looked up in panic when they saw the Egyptians overtaking them. They said to Moses weren't there enough graves for us in Egypt now.

I love what Moses says to them.

He reassures them that God will protect them and guide them.

Look at Exodus chapter 14 verse 13 Moses told the people don't be afraid, just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you just decor your joking right were backed up against the Red Sea there in hot pursuit, and you're saying just show relax. Everything is great. All the storm. You see, now they won't even be here tomorrow just be still and wait on the Lord's not easy to do that. Is it to when I put my eyes in my circumstances I can see them in a different light.

Unbelief tends to create or magnify my difficulties. But in contrast, feet, rises up above them and helps me see them through the eyes of faith. So here's Israel there between an unconquerable Army and an impassable see their between the devil and the deep blue sea between a rock and a hard place and now were going to see the Lord at work bringing me to point number four. When you're led by the Lord make your move when you're led by the Lord make your move. Look at Exodus 1415 then the Lord said to Moses, why are you crying out to me. Tell the people to get moving. Pick up your staff and raise your hand over the sea and the by the water, so the Israelites can walk through underline that those two words walk through the middle of the sea on dry ground. Another can come a time in your life when it's time to move instead of pray might sound strange. We should always pray. Yes, we should but there can come a moment where you freight enough, now it's time to take action. Let's illustrate, let's say you have a marriage that seems to be falling apart so you pray you pray for your husband name is the old Lord change the heart of my husband.

Help them to love me more help him do appreciate me more help them to work harder Lord just change and he's such a jerk while the husband is pray Lord change this wife of mine. Help her to stop nagging me and harassing me it help her to respect me that's what you're praying into pray the first over and over again. Maybe it's time to stop praying and start doing start by reading your own mail. By that I mean read what the Bible says to you.

The Bible is very specific what it says. The husbands and wives and how we can have strong marriages. First of all it says in the husband's husbands, love your wife is Christ loves the church and gave himself for it sought husbands to love their own wives as their own body. So start by loving your wife to pray for love her because maybe one of the reason she is the way that she is because you're not doing your part is he.

We love Jesus right now because Jesus first loved us right. The Bible says you love him because he first loved you my love for God is a responsible God's love for me and in the marriage.

When a husband loves his wife as he ought to love her. She will respond in a different way because he's taken the initiative.

Meanwhile, looking at the wife and to specifically respect your husband respect her husband was the last time you told your husband how much you appreciate all that he does for you, not just all the things he hasn't done but the things that he does do every single day. Here's my point. You can pray and pray and pray to what God is told you to do and do and do at the same time both need to be happening and maybe it's something that's wrong. Do some in the church you someone is said something to you that's been very painful for you so you pray Lord help me forgive this person every time I see the my blood just starts to boil. So what you do. I ride pray Lord take this anger away take this printer and as a way that's good.

Pray for that.

Now here's the next step you need to do. Why don't you just go forgive them and set a praying Lord give me the strength to forgive them. Just go forgive the why don't feel that who cares what you feel is doing, I forgive you. You might find that the emotions will follow the act of obedience going to the right thing because when you forgive a person as we pointed out before you set a prisoner free your self or were pray Lord saved so-and-so help them come to Jesus, help them believe in you. Amen. Keep praying for them but have you engaged some of the gospel yet see there's God's heart and there's your part. There's a time to pray and there's a time to move, and they're all calling out all God help us all. Lord Lord say okay whatever start walking and Moses holds up a staff on the water parts and their walking now through it and here's another thing I find very interesting. God could have airlifted them over the Red Sea could just pick them up and drop them over on the other side they be looking at the Egyptians kneeing you know the Lord says I want you to walk through it some other way.

That was a long walk.

Imagine for a moment. It's hard to really with these massive walls of water on each side, you could probably see the sea creatures swimming around and there is the great whites going to give concerning me get out here.

The theme song playing in the background. Of course, didn't didn't didn't didn't Heather walking through it is not a quick walk. This takes a long time. They walk in they walk and they walk it is another summation of the Christian life. You know it's it's a walk. God doesn't save us and just take it straight to heaven he saves us, he forgives us and then we begin our walk with him and that's what we do for the rest of our life, putting 1 foot in front of the other. It's a walk of faith, not a walk up feeling.

Because the Bible says that just will live by faith is one person part of the Christian life is long obedience in the same direction. So every day I just walk by faith I live by faith, and one day I come to the end of my walk and I enter into eternity. So like the story of unit.

The Bible sees in a walk with God and he was not for God took him or two friends leaving him so every day and it would go on a walk with his buddy God, and they would stroll along each and every day and one day the Lord said the we let you know buddy were closer to my house and yours what'd you just come home with me and he was not anyone to gather that's all happened to you in the me walking with the Lord each and every day. And then one day the Lord says you're coming home now it's it, come on home. That's what they did. They walk through and we need to walk through as well and they went to the other side.

God had called them.

So we all are in this walk world facing our challenges and God is bigger than the problems we are facing right now and so we need to now as we walk with the Lord and see the answers he gives to our prayers to give him the glory bringing me to my next point. After overcoming the impossible. Give God the glory after you overcome the impossible and you will there will be situations that there's no way out. God makes a way with her was no way that we do have that happen. That's why it's a good thing to write down what God has done for you. Write down answers to your prayers because maybe you're feeling overwhelmed right now and if you would just reflect back a month ago or six months ago or a year ago what you are facing and then remind yourself of what the Lord did Ella give you encouragement and what you're facing right now. Mr. Greg Lord will have the second half of his message in just a moment ministers write or call us to share their stories, pain and loss but also of hope I and our program about every day and very helpful for me. I been going to Martin were murdered oldest dart all of the precleared look extremely devastating to me and I up up up up by Greg Lord Berkley helped me tremendously, not focus on the Lord help other people put garbage that I'm getting ready for this ministry. I will continue to work well find out hearts, at store.harvest.org when we hear it's not only a blessing.

It also confirms that the program is touching lives here in this community. Leave a message for Pastor Craig: 1-866-871-1144 again that's 866-871-1144 were crushing the Red Sea with the Israelites today as Pastor Greg leads our study of the life of Moses in a message called between impossible and more impossible.

So they came to the other side and they saying a special song to God. By the way, this is the first song recorded in the Bible is Exodus 15 verse one then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord all sing to the Lord for he is Priam gloriously and he is hurled both horse and rider into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song he's given me victory this is my God and I will praise them. My father's God and I will exalt him. So what happened they walk through the Red Sea, they got to the other side, and the Lord brought the walls of water down on the pursuing Egyptian army might signal that seems very cruel on the part of God doesn't. Don't forget Pharaoh did surround the baby.

Jewish boys just for being Jewish. He was ready to kill the Israelites clean from Jim including their children. I say Pharaoh simply read what he so. But here's the take away truth of this particular point of the story and that is remember to bring as much passion in your things that you offer to God after he answers your prayer as you put into the need before he answered your prayer to make sense. There were like on our knees were pleading with God all God come through all Lord help me oh Lord Jesus and the Lord does it doesn't we say amen God see next crisis way what now you offer him the praise in the Thanksgiving that is with the people of Israel did.

They brought their praise to God, you know, we all ever Red Sea that we face in life and by that I mean something that stands in the way of the blessings of God because what was on the other side was the promise land and will get to that later. That's where they were head over there to get over. First he had to get to that destination and maybe there's something in Europe got to know here and even at our church we ever Red Sea in front of us, so to speak. And that's because we feel that the Lord wants us to go and make a difference in our world. You know I'm called as you know to be both a pastor and evangelist. Yes, I am schizophrenic and this is always been sort of this, a balancing act in my life because when I first became a Christian.

I did feel a call to evangelism and impact as a young Christian I I went down and saw Billy Graham preaching in San Diego and I thought wow that's what I would like to do when I grow up a little.

Did I ever dreamed that I would actually be doing something similar to it, but so I was out preaching the gospel and in doing evangelistic ministry and in this little Bible study opportunity opened up for me here in Riverside and it was a group of young people and and so we work studying together and praying together and building the community together and in the Growing then and people started calling me Pastor Greg and I like I like 20 years old and thinking I only Ben had been a Christian. Three years something I can't be a pastor. I'm not qualified to be a pastor. I try to get other people to take this little Bible study over but nobody wanted to do and I realized God's calling me to do it but I thought how can it be an evangelist and a pastor but I just continued to do both.

As the years went by and then in 1990 the Lord opened up a new door to do large-scale evangelistic events and we just celebrated doing that for 30 years.

As you all know and were thankful to the Lord for all that's been accomplished but were still doing well and sometimes he blessed me what you like doing more. Greg, do you like being a pastor or do you like being an evangelist and my answer might surprise some what I like doing way more is being a pastor. That's where my heart is that's for my passion is. I love that the monks I love to study the word of God.

I love the deliver the word of God. I love to see the impact of the word of God, the lives of people and then I see it now passing on from generation to generation. The people that were kids and we start to become parents and their grandparents in their handing it on to their children is just a wonderful thing to see. But I do feel a calling still to be an evangelist.

I've never shared the story publicly, but I'll share with you now. Something Billy Graham said to me once, but a way of writing a book on the life of Billy Graham right now and it's going to be sort of the third part of a trilogy that I never set out to write but I ended up writing anyway. The first one was the story of the conversion of Steve McQueen called Steve McQueen the salvation of an American icon.

The second book in the trilogy was on Johnny Cash, Johnny Cash, the redemption of an American icon.

The third will be Billy Graham, the making of an American icon and you and McQueen were both known for their coolness if you will. I think Billy Graham was the coolest cat of all and he was sort of the glue in the two stories because in the story McQueen you remember as Steve found out he had cancer but he had accepted Christ at that point he wanted Billy Graham to pray for them. Billy met him before Steve made his journey to Mexico to a clinic there for a surgery. Stephen misplaces Bible and Billy gave to him. His Bible as it turns. Steve died there in that clinic holding the Bible of Billy Graham and then in the life of Johnny Cash, Billy and Johnny were very good friends and got Johnny performed at many of the Billy's crusades and so forth so early sort of the glue that I want to tell the story Billy that maybe some people don't know getting to know him personally had some very interesting conversations with him and saw him in a way that others have not seen him in.

I have to tell you whatever he said this before, but he was the most godly man I ever met someone am sitting with Billy Graham and we had started our crusade ministry was up and running is going very well. Billy turned to me. Nieces Greg I think you should leave your church and no longer be pastor and going to full-time evangelism. I was like well I mean you would Billy Graham says some like that you you can't dismiss it. I looked at him and I sent him. Billy you are Billy Graham and the kind of smiled and I said it's like Moses just said that to me again. I I can just tell whatever it's like you said it to me as I know I need to pray about it and ended pray about it for quite a while.

Then I went back to billions of Billy.

I really appreciate your encouragement but I feel called by God to still be a pastor and do evangelism and that's what I been doing since that day and I love to do both and so let me just wrap this message up with these thoughts. What looked like a hopeless situation turned out to be a time of glorious deliverance, Pharaoh's plan backfired. He thought I have, I can just wipe these people out. That'll be the end of it and actually helped to bring about the plan of God.

This same thing happened at the cross. You know the devil never wanted Jesus to come. Remember when those wise men from the East came to Pharaoh saying that they followed the star they had come to worship the one who was the king of the Jews when Herod heard that he flipped out anyone and murdered all those Jewish baby boy, thinking he would stop Messiah from arriving. Obviously that didn't work out within the devil changes strategy and enter the heart of Judas Iscariot and Judas betrayed Jesus Christ for 30 pieces of silver. The devil thought he want a devil thought he stopped Christ in reality the devil help to fulfill prophecy because God normally told us that his son would be born in a manger in Bethlehem. God not only told is that his son would die on a cross for the sin of the world and rise from the dead, but he told us it was all going to happen before it happened and that was the plan and purpose of God from the beginning the devils plans will always backfire and God will always have the last word because God is bigger than your saloon enclosed with this. Do you have a relationship with God right now is Jesus Christ, who was born in that manger died on the cross and rose again living inside of you. God wants to come and live in our hearts to forgive us of all of our sins that if you've never asked him to come into your life and forgive you of your sins. If you need Jesus to come into your life right now I want to close with the invitation for you to believe in him. Let's pray father, thank you for sending Jesus Lord Jesus, thank you for coming and I pray now for any person, here, wherever they are watching, listening, if they don't know you yet. Let this be the moment they come to you and believe in Jesus name Greg Laurie invitation to get your heart right with the Lord, and if you'd like to do that today. Pastor Greg will help you in just a moment before today's addition of a new beginning.

Concludes but if you missed any portion of today study a message called between impossible and more impossible. You can hear the whole program again online@harvest.org, or download MP3 or even order CD again go to harvest.org or call us at 1-800-821-3300 1-800-821-3300 yesterday somebody listening is going through a very tough challenge right now you know may be the result of the pandemic.

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It was Jesus, and they invited him on their boat. You know it's interesting he might've walk right by.

Had they not invited him in and we have a choice we face hardship. We can try to face about our own we can invite Christ into our crisis, we can invite the Lord into the challenges were facing. Well I have a movie I want to send you you maybe have heard of it.

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That's 1-800-821-3300 or go online to harvest.org and then Pastor Greg another similar audience who felt God speaking to them today through your message and they want to make a change in the relationship with the Lord. Could you help them with that. Yeah, you know, Dave.

The Bible says whoever will call upon the name of the Lord will be saved so I would lead you in a prayer we you will be doing just that. Calling on the name of the Lord solicit if you want your sins forgiven.

If you want to know that when you die you will go to heaven if you want Jesus Christ to come into your life and take away your guilt and your shame. Then just stop what you're doing and pray this prayer with me right now pray this after me if you would, Lord Jesus, I know that I am a sinner. I have broken your commandments.

I have fallen short of your standards but 2000 years ago you died on the cross for me, then you rose again from the dead.

So Jesus come in the my life and be my Savior and my Lord and my God, my friend.

I choose to follow you from this moment forward.

Thank you for calling me and accepting me and for giving me in Jesus name I pray, amen man listen. If you have just prayed along with Pastor Greg and you've meant those words. Sincerely, God is heard you and forgiven you of your sin and we want to send you some materials to help you as you begin your new life as a follower of Christ, it's a collection of resources called the new believers growth packet will send it without charge. If you made a first time commitment to the Lord today.

Just ask for it when you write a new beginning. Box 4000, Riverside, CA 92514 or call 1-800-821-3300. That's 1-800-821-3300 four. Go to harvest.org and click on know God Pastor Greg continues her studies in the life of Moses as we follow the children of Israel into the wilderness with the Egyptians in hot pursuit. Join us next time on a new beginning with Pastor Greg Laurie and possible by harvest partners, helping people everywhere know God sign up for pastor greats free daily email, devotions@harvest.org


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