Welcome to the Kerwin Baptist Church and how it begins now in verse 12.
To tell us what we need to know when he asks us to go. I'm glad we finally got here. Let's enjoy this. Lord, we love you. Pray that you would bless our message this morning.
Thank you for a good full house. Lord, I believe it's always a miracle to come into this building and see it full. Lord, I think maybe because I know me and I know my shortcomings and my failures and my inadequacies as a speaker, as a pastor, even as a father and a husband, just Lord, we feel so inadequate. We feel that we fail more than we triumph and yet Lord, we're reminded that you do not use the strength of men.
You use the weakness in men so that you can appear strong. And Lord, I pray that somehow today you would appear strong. In what we have to share. In Jesus' name we pray.
Amen. God said, I'm going to send you and Moses says, Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh? And so God seeing that Moses was changing, that Moses was thinking about this, that Moses was open to what God was saying. God gave him the first thing that you need to know when God asked you to go. Look at verse 13. Verse 12. And he said, certainly I will be with thee. Title of our message today is I will because that's how God introduced every one of the things that Moses needed to know before he stepped out by faith and did what God had asked him to do.
May I say this morning, these are exactly the things that you and I need to know before we step out and go. First thing, God gives, number one, his presence. I will be with thee. God is implying here, folks, that there are going to be times that you may question if I'm with you.
Why would God look to Moses and say, certainly I will be with thee? Without a doubt, without question, I'm going to be with you. Everything I've asked you to do, everywhere I ask you to go, whatever comes, whatever happens, I'm going to be with you. He is really with us. I'm here to tell you today, he's with you.
If you've been saved, if you've given your heart to Christ, he has promised to never leave us nor forsake us. I'm not even going to tell you about because if I did, you wouldn't go, but all you need to know right now is that I'm going to be with you. You don't need to know, you don't need to know everything that's going to go on in Egypt. You don't need to know everything that Pharaoh is going to all these years, you don't need to know all that yet.
If you knew it, it would hurt you. We were dealing in our last Ironman's meeting, and even in Sunday school last week, I've been kinda making rounds in Sunday school classes. And with our new classes that we have started, I'm a man without a country right now. So I'm taking offers. And I find out who has the best food and I go there for that Sunday morning.
I'm just picking. I told my wife, I said, I don't feel like I can go to any of these classes yet that we've started because I think they're gonna think I'm looking, I'm watching, I'm monitoring them. I said, so I've enjoyed. I've been so impressed by the classes that I've been to, how our teachers do such a good job. And it's been amazing to me. I think it's absolutely wonderful. But we were talking in one of the classes that you know what, if you and I, there's a lot of things in our Sunday school classes we're dealing in the curriculum now, our adult classes, I really encourage you, you need to come to one of our classes.
One of our couples classes, our men's class, our ladies class, we've got numerous classes now, right here in the, whatever, that you need to get involved in these. But we're talking about that God's word is a lamp unto my feet and it's a light unto my path. We were talking about the fact obviously, as our adult curriculum's going through this, that God's word is a lamp unto my feet. That's literally right where my feet are, but it's also a light unto my path.
It means it gives me light where I'm standing, but it also shows me the next steps that I need to take. But the Bible never says that God lights the entire way for you to see the entire path of where you're going. God doesn't show us all that and God doesn't have to show us all that. God just shows us where we need to take the next step. And we talked about the fact that if we knew the entire path, we wouldn't go. Now listen, I for years here as the assistant pastor would joke with people and a lot of times people would say, what do you think is gonna happen if Brother Joe ever retires or something like that or something happens to Brother Joe? And I used to say over the years, I said, well, I'll tell you one thing, I feel sorry for whoever it is.
I said to follow Joe Myers, who would be crazy enough to accept that? And I meant that, a little what I've ever known. But I will tell you this, when I prayed and was approached about this, and this would be the will of God for my life, and I prayed, all I knew is this, that God said, this is my will for your life. If God would have showed me everything that has happened to me in the last seven or eight years, I'd still be in evangelism. It's not that this isn't the greatest church in the world, but what my family would go through, what my wife would have to go through.
I mean, what I even mentally and emotionally go through during the week, almost every Monday, if you have a good Sunday, I just like, here it comes, Monday's gonna be horrible. Satan beat you up, tells you all your failures. If I knew all that at the start, but God knew that if you knew all that, you wouldn't go. So I am just gonna share with you what you need to know in order for you to go.
You and I don't need all the details, and we don't need to know all the future, and we don't need to know all the end path of things, and we don't need to know everything that's gonna happen, because if we did, we might not travel that path. All I'm telling you is this, for you to go, the one thing you need to know is that God's gonna be with you every step of the way, and that's all you need to know right now. What an amazing promise that God will always be present. When Moses would face battles in Egypt, God would be with them. When Moses would face an army at water's edge, God would be with them. Moses didn't know that was gonna happen yet, but that's why Moses needed to get ahold of the fact right now that God said, listen, Moses, I'm with you. You'll never be in this by yourself.
You'll never not have me. When the people were complaining, God would be with Moses. When the people were compromising, worshiping that golden calf, losing their minds, God would still be with Moses. It's amazing, it doesn't matter what people do or don't do, God's still with you. You need to know today, whatever your family does or doesn't do or did, God is still with you. You need to know today, no matter what you have done or how you have blown it, God still loves you. And if you're his child, he's with you.
You will always have his presence. It means before Jesus came, folks. Here we are in the book of Exodus, the Messiah hadn't come yet, Jesus hadn't come, Jesus hadn't died, Jesus hadn't been buried, Jesus hadn't risen from the grave. And so God is promising Moses here that I will be with you, but after Jesus came and after Jesus died and after Jesus was buried and after Jesus rose again and when Jesus ascended back into heaven, he said, I'm gonna give you proof, I'm gonna give you a down payment that I am going to come back and get you one day. So I am giving you the Holy Spirit to live in you.
And so now God is promising Moses, I will be with you forever. And I'm here to tell you now because Jesus came and we put our faith and trust in Jesus, he's always in us now. He's not just with us, he's in us.
He's in here. It means whatever you face, he's with you because he's in you. It means that we always have his presence.
We're never really alone. And you and I need to know that before we go. If you don't know that there's gonna be times you're gonna question the path. If you don't know that there's gonna be times you're gonna question. Like no, I'll never question the Bible. Greater men than you or me who have preached this their entire life have come to times where they began to doubt God's word. You need to know right now whatever happens, whatever comes, whatever tomorrow brings, whatever next month brings, whatever 10 years down the road brings.
And I know that there might be some things in your life, turmoil in your life, ups and downs, maybe husband or wife has let you down, family's let you down, whatever goes. I'm here to say that I can't fix all those problems and I can't give you the exact way all that's gonna turn out. And I can't tell you every step you're gonna take on the path, but what I can tell you today is that God will be with you. And we need to know that. First thing that God tells Moses, certainly I will be with thee. I want you to notice secondly, he doesn't just promise his presence. But secondly, he says Moses there's something else you need to know. And he said, I'm gonna give you my provision.
Not just my presence, but my provision. Look if you would at verse 16. God says, go and gather the elders of Israel together and say unto them, the Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac and of Jacob appeared unto me saying, I have surely visited you and seen that which is done to you in Egypt. Here's God telling Moses, this is what you need to say. Verse 17, and I have said, I will bring you up.
I'm gonna do it. I've heard your cries and I've heard your prayers and I will be with you and I will bring you up. Now notice a couple things here that he promises his provision. First he says this, I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt. He says, first I'm gonna provide you with freedom. Do you know that's where your Christian journey starts? When you and I are saved, we who were enslaved to the bondage of sin have been freed and placed into the family of God. God says, I'm gonna provide you freedom. I've heard your prayer, I've heard your cry. I know you've been in bondage, I know you've been enslaved, but I will bring you up. I'm gonna provide that for you. Notice secondly, he says, unto the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, and I think that's pretty impressive right there, thank you very much.
Every once in a while I come across one, I sneeze when I go by it just so that we don't have to. But notice first, he says, this is what I'm gonna provide. First, I'm gonna provide you with freedom. I'm gonna bring you up out of that land.
But if God doesn't just bring us out, he leads us to. Notice this last phrase, he says, unto a land flowing with milk and honey. God says, I'm gonna provide you with freedom. And second, I'm gonna provide you with food. I'm gonna take care of you. What you need, I will provide. You know what God tells us in the New Testament? And my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches.
Before you go, you and I need to know something. God's gonna provide. You see, because there's gonna be times that we're gonna take a step and we don't see the provision. There's gonna be times where we know, well, God seems to be leading me to do this, but I don't see where that's going to be provided.
And I don't see how that's going to work out. And I'm here to tell you that there are gonna be times that you're not gonna step out by faith and you're not gonna get out of your comfort zone and you're not gonna do what God has asked you or led you to do until you realize and know beyond the shadow of a doubt that he will provide. Amen.
Amen. God said, first obstacle in your way, Moses, is they're enslaved, I'm gonna free them. The next obstacle, Moses, you're gonna have is when you get out of Egypt, now you got nothing to eat, you got nothing to drink, you got nothing to live off of. And he said, I'm gonna provide you with that. I'm gonna provide. I encourage you today, trust in the provision of God. If you don't believe and know beyond the shadow of a doubt today that God will provide, you say, preacher, that's really easy for you to say, isn't it amazing that God designed all this and I'm preaching this right before the holidays.
When things are lean and things are tough and got a lot of outgo and not a lot of incoming. Anybody have kids today? Say amen.
Anybody have grandkids? Amen. I hear they're wonderful, whatever. You know why they're wonderful? Because you send them home. That's why they're wonderful. Either you send them home or you go home. But either way, that's why they're perfect.
Because you have that 10 o'clock at night till three o'clock the next day all by yourself. So. God said, Moses, I will bring you up out of that land unto the good land. I'll provide that. You see, it was important for Moses to know right off the bat that God did not expect Moses to provide any of that. You and I, for some reason, we sometimes say, all right, I think God wants me to do this. But then for some reason, you and I think that it is very contingent on our ability to do it. That now we need to get involved.
That now I need to give my input. I mean, I know what God is kind of leading me to do in my life. And so I'm gonna step out by faith and do this. But if I'm gonna do this, then I guess I need to such and such. And may I say it's good to prepare and it's good to equip yourself and it's good to do your homework and it's good to plan.
And it's good to try to cover your bases and it's good to try to be the best you can be. But dear friend, you and I have to drop it and leave it at the point that if God's called us to do it and God's asked us to do it, that he will provide. I've told brother Scott, thank God we still run our buses here at Kerwin. It's not as many buses as I wish we were running. There are times we ran less than we do. There are times we ran more than we do. But we're still running them. Some people might not see as much the importance of it.
Some people see how important it is. Whatever the case is, as long as we can get people to do it and are willing, we're gonna run those buses. But I'll tell you something I've told Scott since I've been here, it's not Scott's job to recruit every worker. It's not Scott's job to have to go up to everybody, hey, would you help?
Hey, would you help? Hey, would you drive a bus for us? Hey, would you work on one of the bus routes?
Hey, would you pray about starting? There's nothing wrong with him going up and asking and recruiting help because Lord knows over the years in the bus ministry, that's what you have to do to have anybody. But I'm here to tell you it's not his job. It is our job to sit here and say, God, if you've led me to do it, I'm gonna do it. I don't care how intimidating it might be.
I don't care how, well, I don't know what to do and I don't really know how to do that. Listen, dear friend, I'm here to tell you if God's asked you to do something and God's led you to get involved in something, I'm here to tell you, he will provide everything you need to do it. God doesn't want perfection. He just wants your participation. God said, I will bring the up.
In closing today and I'll finish the rest of them but I wanna give you another one if I can. I want you to look at verse 18 if you would. This is what God tells Moses and they shall hearken to thy voice.
And that's something. Moses said, what am I gonna tell him? God says, this is what you tell him. And then God puts this in verse 18, they shall hearken to thy voice. Moses, they're gonna listen to you.
Look at me. Are they gonna listen to Moses because Moses was so fluent? Are they gonna listen to Moses because Moses was such a commanding presence?
I mean, Charleston Heston, who's gonna say no to him, right? He did play Moses, right? It wasn't Noah, it was Moses.
Okay, I don't wanna get this whole thing wrong. So why did God say that the people were gonna listen to Moses? Because God made them listen. Let me let you in a little bit of a newsflash. Some people, believe it or not, there are some people that tell me that I preach way too nice.
Isn't that great? And there are probably some people that think the other way, I don't know. Some people say, bless you, you oughta just like, you just need to get, you know. Here's the deal. Your heart's not gonna be changed because of me. You're not gonna make any decisions because of Daniel Hartree.
If you do, those decisions won't last. But Daniel Hartree, all I can do is just give you God's word. And let God make you listen. Because I got my own problems trying to listen to God. You think I'm gonna get mad at you because you don't listen to me?
How hypocritical would that be? Because there's times in my own life, I'm a little bit stubborn not listening to God what he's asking me to do. And I gotta get right and I've gotta get submissive and I gotta humble myself and I gotta say, all right, God, what are you trying to say? All I'm doing and I get into this pulpit is saying, hey, this is what God's saying, that's up to you. But God can make that happen.
That's not even the point of this. Look at verse 18. And they shall hearken to thy voice and thou shalt come, thou and the elders of Israel unto the king of Egypt. And ye shall say unto him, now it's not just coming back to the people, now it's not just coming back to Egypt, but now God says, you're gonna have to go to the king.
Listen to this, the Lord God of the Hebrews hath met with us and now let us go, we beseech thee, three days journey into the wilderness that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God. Now, one of the most encouraging verses in the Word of God is verse 19. And this is what God said, I'm gonna send you to him, this is what you're gonna say, verse 19, and I am sure that the king of Egypt will not let you go.
No, not by a mighty hand, not even close. Thanks the Lord, what a confidence builder. Now the people are gonna listen to you and I'm gonna have you go to Egypt and you're gonna go to the king and you're gonna tell the king, listen, you let us go, the God of our Hebrews, the God of us has told us that you're gonna let us go and as soon as you do, he's not going to. So, what's the third thing that God said Moses needed? It's as if God's saying this, all right, this is what's gonna happen.
And when this happens, this is what you need to know. I'm gonna give you my presence, I'm gonna give you my provision. Notice third, he said I'm gonna give you my protection. Look at verse 20, and I will stretch out my hand and smite Egypt, notice there again, I will. I will stretch out my hand and smite Egypt. God says Moses, wherever you go, I'm gonna be there. I'm gonna bring you out and I'm gonna take you too.
I'm gonna provide for you. But as I do, you're gonna end up right in the presence of the king of Egypt and you're gonna tell him to let my people let those people go. And he said Moses, that's not gonna happen.
He's not gonna let you go. How many of you know that some of the greatest things God asks you to do are not easy? And let me tell you, when God asks you to do something, don't expect everybody to fall over backwards with excitement, now look here, get this, I want you to get this.
I don't know if you've ever thought about it. God made the waters to part so that Moses could cross over on dry ground, you know that. But he had to kill the men, he had to kill Pharaoh's army. If God could part waters, why couldn't he just part the men? If God could part the waters of the Red Sea so Moses could go on dry ground, why couldn't God just go down and just part the army, just hold back the army?
Why couldn't God do that? Have you ever thought about that? You know why, because man has a free will.
Have you ever thought about that? God is the creator and the director of the universe. He controls the water, the Bible says. But God has given you and me a free will. God has allowed us to make choices. And while God had full reign to part the waters, the hearts of Pharaoh's army were so hardened that God could part the waters, but he had to kill them. Either way, God protected. Look at me folks, there are gonna be things you're gonna come up in your life that God can part those waters.
And there might be some things in your life that aren't just gonna lay over for you. But God can do what needs to be done. God said, I will protect you. What he is saying is this, there's nothing that's gonna happen to you that I don't allow. You ever had people say, well I just don't, this happened in my life, this happened to so and so, this happened to my mom, this happened to my dad, this happened to me, and I don't understand why God would allow that.
Dear friend, let me say it this way. If you and I, and we were talking in this class that I was in this morning about, if you can explain why God does certain things, then he would not be God. Do y'all get this? I know this is kind of deep for a Sunday morning. If you could explain God, or if you could explain the things that God does, then he would be brought down to our level, because we could understand it. Last time I checked, the Bible says that his ways are above our ways. That means this, if I could explain to you why such and such happened, and if I could explain to you why this happened, if I could explain that, then that would make me equal with God. Because I could explain what he's doing. But you nor I will ever understand why God does what he does. And that's what makes him God.
All I know is this. God has promised us that he will not allow anything to happen to us that he doesn't want to happen. Thank you for listening today. We hope you received a blessing from our broadcast. The Kirtland Baptist Church is located at 4520 Old Hollow Road in Kernersville, North Carolina. You may also contact us by phone at 336-993-5192, or via the web at kirtlandbaptistchurch.com. Enjoy our services live and all our media on our website and church app.
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