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Encountering the Power of God, Part 2

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD
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October 30, 2020 8:00 am

Encountering the Power of God, Part 2

The Urban Alternative / Tony Evans, PhD

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October 30, 2020 8:00 am

When were up against impossible circumstances, its perfectly natural for what we feel to contradict what we believe. But in this lesson, Dr. Tony Evans says that our emotions arent as important as what we choose to do next.


Often when fear is present and does not automatically eradicate with Dr. Tony Evans says he can do something even more powerful when it is raining here immobilized movements. This is the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans mother speaker, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative when we're up against impossible circumstance is perfectly natural for what we feel to contradict what we believe Dr. Evan says our emotions aren't as important as what we choose to do next. You want to turn to Exodus chapter 13 as he explains to God's power with God's close in the context of a dilemma. Moses has come through the 10 plagues Eddie's now leading the children of Israel out of Egypt, Pharaoh has responded. Now, finally, to Moses: let my people go and sell the people now are on their way out from slavery to freedom very exciting. They are looking forward they've been told that the promised land.

The purpose of God that God is going to come to. Things are looking rosy as they leave on their way out. It says in verse 17 of chapter 13 that God did not leave them by way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was media. I want you to catch verse 18 God dilemma is going to come about when God is leading that is going to happen when they're in the will of God is going to occur when they are being obedient because it says God was leading them.

Not only was God leading them into what would be a dilemma. It says God let the long way around. So they find themselves in a bad scenario where God is only option. And this all takes place when they're in his will is when God is getting ready to let you see him in a way you've never seen it before X that you will be in a situation that you can verse eight of chapter 14 for the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt and he chased after the sons of Israel, continued leave people alone. Leave them alone.

So now they say that camping Battersea in verse nine for the candle.

That way, but Pharaoh's heart has been in God and said go after so they can go this way going through will be slaughtered. That's called a dilemma that looks look. There was no other direction to go in Chet's friend sent me a shot in. We got him down. We as Pharaoh Julia verse 10 sons of Israel looked, and behold, the Egyptians were marching after them so they feel like many Christians do they cry out to God, how while simultaneously complaining to me. Verse 11 they said to Moses, if it because there were no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness, why have you dealt with us in this way, bringing us out of Egypt. Is this not the word that we spoke to you in Egypt said leave us alone that we may serve the Egyptians, for it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than the diameter wilderness so that they are in the Red Sea and the Egyptians produces a spiritual conflict within them because on the one hand it says they cried out on the God said they complained to Moses.

Some called on God. But I'm blaming me so Moses said to the people do not stop worrying because all it's going to be okay. Stand by and see the salvation of the Lord. Three brings a spiritual perspective to bear human dilemma.

The Lord will fight for you while you keep silent. You are complaining about a situation, God put you in but you are so focused on man you don't see that you do not say that this is the divine action you only see the children. Participants not talking about lying about a situation. If the Red Sea and that gives Pharaoh's Army silent the beast silent part is missing the spiritual in the midst of a circumstantial. They were now in the position of submitting the spiritual authority you must have spiritual authority in your life. Spiritual people to whom you can appeal. When you don't have spiritual answers yourself and all you can see all the circumstances. Verse 15 then the Lord said the mole. Why are you crying out to me.

Tell Israel to go forward with that verse is nothing stated about Moses crying out to him that there's no statement about Moses private the people cried out but then God turns to Moses and says why are you crying because they sometimes get shaky. Even later sometimes have their faith challenge about the very thing that Fred said that talk about God, don't fix it. He did not exit visa visa white nightgown, he's gonna fight for you at the same time mumbling under the Rev. said what I want to do is to move. Tell them to move forward. Now here is a principal. He had just said standstill do nothing, but now he gets another message that says tell Mel to go forward. When God put you in a dilemma and there is nothing that you can do or should do you do nothing when God is giving you something to do. That means there is not something want you to do yet, but now he tells them to move forward.

It says, by faith, they crossed the Red Sea remember is in your feet not in your feeling. So I don't care how you feel if your feet are not moving when God has given you instruction to move you off faithless while feeling full of faith on the auto hand you can feel no faith at all be full of faith because you're walking in faith contradictory to your feelings of lack of faith because faith is not in your feelings. Faith is in your feet so it knows or doubting one-step feet started moving. Hebrews 1129 says they did by faith because they often operate when fear is present. Faith does not automatically eradicate fear, but faith when it is operating overrides clear because he mobilizes faith moves even when you are fearful because in every direction.

Its death. Now here is the secret you have to know until God sees faith. You don't see God whomever he was 11, six without faith it is impossible to please God, you'll see all over again. God not working until people get something so a lot of us are waiting on God.

When God is actually waiting on us as we talk in a good-faith game but I feel we haven't operated and what he has told us to do when he's not giving you anything to do. You do not think but when you get you something to do. You will just tell the people to move and so the people move Moses lift up your staff penis up the rod now call the rod of God says I will again this word in verse 17 hardened the heart of the Egyptians, make him harder, make him hate you more, make him come after you worse than before, so that they will go in after them and I will be honored to Pharaoh and his army through his chariots and his horsemen so most of the stretches out his hand with the rod verse 21 and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong wind all night and turn the sea into dry land, so the waters were divided, the sons of Israel went through verse 23 then the Egyptians took a pursuit okay now you're an Israelite. You see, to see you. Only when they start moving something happens. The first miracle was the opening up of the Red Sea, opening up into walls of water, creating a pathway that's milking about one miracle number two says they crossed on dry land one if you at the bottom basin of the waterway lands not dry you got got got got a muddy basics. That's why he let the wind blow all night until they dry out the basin so that now they can walk and not get muddied they could horses and mules could could pull not get stuck in the mud.

The wheels of the wagons that they carried wouldn't get trapped so God not only opened up a way to make the way so there were two miracles. Not one. Dr. Evans continues her message just a moment to talk about the miracles, we can expect to see in our own lives. When we start moving by faith first so check into getting a copy of Tony's brand-new book called kingdom encounters. It builds on what he's been teaching us recently giving you new insights into how to take your relationship with God from something you know to something you experience. You learn how unfired Christians get lit up in the first place and how they keep burning even during hard times for a limited time we are making this life-changing book available along with CDs and instant digital downloads of all eight full-length messages in Tony's current teaching series divine encounters. They're both yours with our thanks when you make a contribution to help us keep Toni's teaching on the station. We don't want you to miss out so contact us right away to get the details and make the arrangements by visiting Tony or call us day or night at 1-800-800-3222 and get some in person help from one of our resource team members all have our contact information for you again after part two of today's lesson and this message.

There are songs about togetherness, standing side-by-side uniting we hear a lot about unity but no one really knows what unity truly is only the power of oneness in Christ United guided payers and new devotional stronger together week) powerful prayers tonight is Dr. Tony Evans sensing how you needing spiritual staining with Patterson prayer leads to a stronger nation. Find out more about stronger together week or in Tony and Dino like Egyptians. You got to be all of you to see how the water wall on both sides that all people want to throw you go in the afternoon. You got to be crazy but they were made crazy by God hardening the so God maybe your coworker making them treat you bad, worse of your bolts making them treat you worse or that person in your life or that circumstance. See that's why you gotta be in the will of God, because when he makes it worse. He's using it. I will hot battles and the objectives will come after you. Some 77 versus the 17 to 19 goes into it more. Talking was thundering and lightning with all all, meteorological activity taking place during this event to what just as quick read here the psalmist says all kind of stuff was going on. Some 77, 16 and 19 rain storms and earthquakes in all kind of things were part of the scenario. What was God doing he would let you see you use the result of all this is in the last verse of the chapter 7 verse 31, when Israel saw the great, which the Lord had used against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses. Why does God put you in a member when your image will so you can see some says when the people saw some of us to be tied up all the folks testimony. Some of us are retired about other folk telling us what God can do. God wants you to see for yourself. Which means you need your own dilemma own set of circumstances that you can't fix legitimately, you know, if you gotta be illegitimate to fix it out of the will of God and God allowed you to fix it for you to fix it.

Effective maybe make it worse on purpose so you say something, since when they saw the power of the Lord they encountered God power that I might deliver you from yesterday because I have a different role. But for me yesterday to take you to a different tomorrow I'm going to create confusion today.

I want you to look at your dilemma that you are either in that you will face differently if you're not the will of God. Get in the will of God so that he can turn it into something he could use if you're not walking by faith, but only walking by sight begin to walk by faith and no longer live a life of complaining acknowledging the reality but not blaming man for something God has done because you now have this bigger view of God who wants to show you his problem so that you can blow your mind in a Catch-22.

I want to conclude my time with telling you one of my dilemma. Moments one of our dilemma.

Moments we were meeting at school in the early days of our ministry. We did not have a permanent home at that meeting at the school and the school board said we could no longer meet there. We would have to couple of weeks. Find another place to have worship we can find a place in two weeks and so we were in a Catch-22 authority said you have to leave but we have no place to go back and hold 200 people we had scoured. We have looked we found no place in the clock was ticking to tick-tock.

We were in a Catch-22.

We were in a dilemma.

What would we tell the people we went back to the school board and ask them for an extension of time. They said they do not think we can get it because there were too many board members with this whole thing of church and state that were against the church meeting in a school but then I said, but we will have a final official vote, but personal. We talked to said let me tell you now too many people against you, so we were caught in a trick bag. We were caught in between a rock place and there was no human solution. All we did was call on God to intervene and do something that was out of our hands. It was now the day of the vote and we knew the votes were against us. We been told that by an insider.

The meeting was supposed to happen at a certain time, but the time when all I guess was sitting out there close to two hours when it should've been finished in 30 minutes waiting for decision finally comes out of the meeting.

She says I am sorry it's taken so long, but Joe about board members are missing. So we tried to wait for them so we could have a full Council, but they have not showed up and we decided to go ahead with the way when I had with the bow and by one vote. You have gotten approval to stay in the school that one vote when shipment is coming out the two missing missing rush but the bow had already been taken. But that's not the good part and start the good part is started inwardly together when they decided to ride together. They got off of Polk and 67 and that wasn't like the accident at the light, held up traffic for almost 2 hours whether traffic could not move.

So with and that was about what's taken so the traffic got cleared away and they rushed and it was too late because God had already set up a block. Sorry, 18, said that the in the pool went from in front of the Jews and went to the back of the Jew to create a block so that they could not get them until they crossed over. So what God did wanted to play the law from in front of it went to the belt clip. He went down to 12 and 67 you look at just the right time for just the right amount of an audit to block God's purpose was to create a dilemma.

Not a good that you got some time now we run into a remember what happened at the end of the 1970s and run into a problem that God is the same day but to tell you move forward when God said we don't see I was going to work out because the God who can create the right time.

Did you do in a long will the biggest dilemma in human history is so sinful people like you and me can ever be reconciled to a sinless God is a problem we could never solve on our own, but fortunately Jesus solved it for us is Dr. Evans to tell us more. If you want to know for certain that you on your way to heaven when you die. And I invite you right now to go to Jesus Christ and let him know that you believe he died for you that you believe you rose for you and that you want to put your trust in him alone for the forgiveness of your sins and the gift of eternal life. If you really want to go to heaven to give you a free ticket there but you must go to him for it and believe him to give it to you if you do that you will be saved right now. Find out more about what it means to be a real Christian is it Tony ever start Oregon follow the link that says Jesus there.

20 will explain everything you need to know you find some free resources to get your new life started right Tony is also the place to go to take advantage of the special resource package I mentioned earlier in the program. All eight lessons in Tony's current series divine encounters. Plus his brand-new book kingdom encounters which digs even deeper into how you can have a real life experience with the Lord. Even when he feels far away. This double resource bundle is our gift to you. When you make a contribution to help us keep this listener supported program coming your way. Just visit Tony today to get the details and make the arrangements while you're there, take a moment to browse through our huge collection of resources and sign up for Tony's free weekly email devotional again that's Tony you have in stock OR or color 24 hour resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 that's 1-800-800-3222, even when all our Christian experience is telling us that God keeps his promises are confidence can get shaken when it looks like he's doing just the opposite.

On Monday Dr. Evans will tell us the story of a man in that very situation was forced to decide what he really believed I hope will be with us, the alternative with Dr. Tony have an alternate is made possible by the generous confusion of listeners like

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