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December 23, 2020 7:00 am
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 you immobilize 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 will 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 so the people now are on their way out from slavery to freedom.
Very excited. They are looking forward they've been told that the promise land.
This purpose of God that God is going to come to things a look at Rosie as they leave on their way out. It says in verse 17 of chapter 13 that God did not believe them by way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was media.
I want you to catch verse 18 God. That 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 in 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 handle verse eight of chapter 14 for the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt and he chased after the sons of Israel, could you 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 hardened in God and said go after so they can't go this way going through will be slaughtered. That's called a dilemma that looks look at the will of the direction to go in escrow sent me a shot in. We got him down. We'll escrow 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 to die in the 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 and see the salvation of the Lord brings in 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 beckons Pharaoh will silent off the be 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 virus is nothing stated about Moses crying out to him that there's no statement about Moses private the people cried out but then God turned to Moses and says why are you crying 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. You did not exit visa visa white makeup. He's gonna fight for you at the same time on the rampant dog, since what I want to do is to turn on the 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 heat. There is not something want you to do yet, but now he tells them to move forward access 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 the black faith when it is operating overrides clear because he mobilizes faith moves even when you are fearful scared because in every direction. Its death. Now here is the secret that you have to know until God sees faith. You don't see God. Remember 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 that 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 to become 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 out there 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. The lands not dry you got to 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 muddy they could horses and mules could could pull and 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. When 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. Stay with us as we turn the page on 2020 and get ready to step into a new world is looking for answers.
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Again, that's 1-800-800-3222 right now Dr. Evans is back with more of today's message Egyptians. You got to be out of the water wall on both sides. That's all almost 2 million people want to throw you go in the afternoon. You got to be crazy but they were made crazy by God hardening the heart.
So God may be hardening the 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 bars using it.
I will Ferrell's hot and that Egyptians will come to you soon 77 versus the 17 to 19 goes into a more judging was thundering and lightning and it was all in 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 let you see we 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 to some of us all be tied up other folks testimony. Some of us are retired about other folks telling us what God can do.
God wants you to see for yourself.
Which means you need your own dilemma.
You need your 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 of God allowed you to fix it. 10 for you to fix it.
Effective maybe make it worse on purpose so you see something, since when they saw the power of the Lord they encountered God now take us back to Egypt.
God was trying to do strong to deliver them from some in the past, but you get so used to yesterday that when the day goes bad on you. You want to go back. He said I might deliver you from yesterday because I have a different role. But for me deliver you from yesterday to take you to a different tomorrow I'm going create confusion today. I want you to look at your dilemma that you're either in or 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 you can use if you're not walking by faith, but only walking by site 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 power so that he can blow your mind in a Catch-22. Some of you have heard the story because you've been here for a while, but the newer people may not have heard the story and so I wanted to include 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 in a couple of weeks. Find another place to have worship but we didn't have a place to go. We probably had hundred and 5200 folks at that particular point at the end of the 70s and that was all we we have. We had no place to go and 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 they can hold 200 people we had scoured.
We have looked we found no place and 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 the person we talked to said let me tell you now too many people against you will between a rock and a hard 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 with control back 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, a lady comes out of the meeting.
She says I am sorry it's taken so long, but two of our board members are missing. So we tried to wait for them so we could have a full Council. They have not showed up and we decided to go ahead with we went I had with the bow and buy one.
Though you have gotten approval to stay in the school by one vote. When she finished coming out the two missing Russian in two missing Russian and but the bow had already been taken.
But that's not the good part and start the good part story 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. The starry and 18, said in the 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 ball. He went down to pout and 67 look at just the right time for just the right amount of time in order to bring God's purpose was to created a dilemma, not a good that you have never forgotten it.
So now we run enjoy them. Remember what happened at the end of the 1970s in a timely run into a problem that God is the same day, but that's how you move forward when God said we don't see I was gonna work out because the God who created the right time. Did you do with the member in our lives as long as we are in the center of Israel. The biggest dilemma in human history is of sinful people like you and me can ever be reconciled to a sinless God. It's a problem we could never solve on our own, but fortunately Jesus on the forest hears 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, he will 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.
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