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September 29, 2021 8:00 am
Want to travel to a foreign country have a passport passport and gives you the right also to Julie Evans is holding onto the past motivated price may not be easy but it comes with unimaginable make that choice to see him cannot get away never seen celebrating this is the alternative Dr. Tony Evans offers speaker senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas, Texas, president of the urban life is all about making decisions. Some are obvious and easy, others more difficult and costly. Dr. Evans says that faith quite often falls in that second category.
So today will offer some biblical motivation to help us make more difficult, but wiser choices let's join him as Moses, who had to make choices because if you're going to have to make a choice.
It's going to require just out of nowhere you're going to have to consciously say I live by faith versus 23 through 28. The section is dictated to the greatest leader in the history of Israel man Moses he wants to teach us today about the choice of faith we going to live by faith. Verse 23 says Moses when he was born three months by his parents because they saw he was a beautiful child and they were not afraid of the king's eating all babies under to mail to be killed.
One of the proliferation and growth of God's people in Egypt will be because they saw Moses was a beautiful child made a decision to their son based on God's plan and the coaches plan to the culture because child has God's will. Born into a family got brand with the basket sent down the river and saw him and noticed one way she would know he was a Hebrew, circumcised and make a long story short on Miriam so Whitney said no more.
When the nurse want to apply for the job. Jack bad Moses mother's so she got to raise her son. When you make the right choice in the first 24 to 26 which is the word by faith again. Moses, when he had grown up and refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter choosing choices, choosing rather to endure treatment with the people of God that you enjoy passing pleasures of sin, faith makes a choice to choose is God's plan.
It chooses God's priorities. Now with all this vision God was made when Moses was because it wasn't until he was 40, that he came to grips with making the biggest decision of his life but he had made the commitment of faith or non-Christian, sometimes Hebrew, sometimes Egyptian, sometimes people God, sometimes hanging out with the Egyptians of God's but when he approached age 40 he made a radical decision at age 40 he was no longer going to be an undecided at age 40, was no longer going to be shucking and jiving and shifting was going to make the biggest decision of his life at age 40, says he made a choice he refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's. He said no I'm going Hebrew all the way for some of us today, God is still waiting for us to make a fake choice. Dancing between two worlds. Living between two worlds. Being secret agent Christian spiritual CIA representatives and covert operatives.
God is still waiting for some of us to come up close and we are just responsibly yes appropriately yes not bombastic. Please, but it shouldn't be a kitten in the midst he made the choice even if it meant to endure. Verse 25 ill-treatment with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin is that there is going to be some difficulty and some suffering. In this choice now.
The faint choice to be fully identified with God and his people and no longer to be defined by the world you're in it, but you not to be defined by what that choice that will be ill-treatment. He says that once it came and said I am a Hebrew not go to my place that will be a problem because his career could be in jeopardy. His promotion could be in jeopardy.
His income could be in jeopardy if friendship could be in jeopardy because he no longer would be defined by the culture nor its standards.
He said the pleasures of sin, considering the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt, for he was looking forward to the reward that the shame that calls with spiritual because Jesus got in trouble because of his association with the father.
Jesus was crucified. He said the same principle of the Old Testament with Moses, by faith, he said to be my job how bad the reproach working on not doing my job because I refuse to steal, but because I reviewed the compromise because I reproach I will bear the reproach but the river may have the reproach is because there is room for so God is not asking you to give up something for nothing. So you made the move, and in some sense from the worldly future of the live by faith. You actually you might actually get that promotion that their job get them raised.
Get the property whatever it is well, but he made the decision was he knew about the reward not know what you think. Yeah I know in heaven we will get a reward and swing by Bob and I'm trying to make it in the nasty here now, having the same problems was printed in the no limitation with the God of our people say, people, for parents, Abraham, Isaac and Jacob got this promise to get this promised land and get this please cocaine and that he's going take a stand moment anything. Well Scott Toles. He will truly want no, he knew he was supposed be laid because acts chapter 7 when Stephen talks about it says, supposing that his brother understood he was to deliver Megan messed up he made a mistake he killed the Egyptian if he acted outside of God's will independently make mistakes along the way he supposed when you get that supposition from. It was a reward about the promises of God, and he says that this is better than this identification and culture. God's plan is for you. You don't know what God's plan is for me. But here's what I'm trying to tell you what I'm trying to tell you God reward could you looking for the cultures recognition because the culture will pick you up and spit you out. He was willing to identify knew that there would be a reward. And that is, he would experience the plan of God for his life and his eternal reward, but there is temporal plan of God fulfilling his will in your life and then considering the reproach of Christ. I am willing to be identify with him and like Esther, she said if I perish or perish.
I'm not go hide it any longer, so you must choose God's priorities. You must choose over the culture over that ungodly relationship over that hill, and when that situation. It is, you must choose and maching with comes with the choice because there was shame, that is rejection that can come with the choice the Bible doesn't want to hide that from Dr. Evans will be back with more of our message in a moment. You know the Bible tells us without faith it is impossible to please God, but with faith. There's no limit to what God can do through us and that's what Tony's brand-new book is all about kingdom heroes examines the powerful faith journeys of the men and women mentioned in Hebrews 11. These heroes were ordinary people who became some of the most familiar characters in the Bible simply by believing God and staking their lives on the fact that he was telling the truth by studying their lives. We see what it looks like to walk in the assurance of God's love and can be inspired to embrace and demonstrate that same confidence in our lives. Faith didn't go out of style. In the Old Testament, it still is powerful today as ever and God still honors those who trust him. We'd love for you to be one of the first to receive this new book from Dr. Evans so if you contact us and make a contribution to the ministry right away will send you is our thank you gift Tony's book kingdom heroes. The companion Bible study and all 13 messages from the two-volume audio series. We've been hearing from today called heroes of the faith. Just visit firstname.lastname@example.org to make your online donation and request but don't wait this special faith package is only available for a short time again that's Tony Evans.org or call our resource Center, day or night at 1-800-800-3222 and let one of our team members help you.
That's 1-800-800-3222. Dr. Evans will be back with more of today's lesson right after this was my first time meeting Jesus died on Wednesday after studying bibliology today Tony Evans training center by renowned theologian Dr. Tony Evans online courses feature controlling and exclusive video and audio teaching class and interactive scripture based curriculum you can access online or through the mobile app sign up email@example.com voice of Dr. Evans and exploring the kingdom anytime, anywhere. Tony happens to me. Finally, that leads us to verse 27 because faith means choosing God's presence.
By faith he left Egypt.
By faith he left Egypt.
The secular culture the wrath of the king as seeing him who is unseen.
Egypt is home but look at that next phrase it says and he endured to endure links to high noon tile even though it looks morning morning as he was leaving she gets a demotion. The watches as seeing him who is unseen versus when you can see at the burning bush storm of the burning bush around 40 years.
I mean I hear much of nothing now just hanging in there made this decision is paying for this decision, even the mistake in it when he was 80 years old.
He looks over and sees a bush that does not.
Bush will file the leaves are still green and not falling off and he looks when you read about this in the book of Exodus. It says he was traveling and leaving his sheep in the mountain of God, so he was still not with God, even only what you learn from God vicinity. Even though he got a demotion and even though we've now leading she's rather than leading-edge.
Now God vicinity is a bush.
That's not being consumed and is lined up someone like this when a fire is burning leaves the green I've never seen one like this. Then they said I must try and look at this thing close when he turned miles and miles is take off your shoes. This is holy ground is now from God because God didn't say y'all's personal word, take off your shoes right now between the ground and has got you to take off his shoes because your creature in front of the create so you yourself between me and you right now I want you to get the ground become a job for you to do is to tell my people go once is now personal word unfairly imposed on two things get a personal agent and agent.
Don't expect to hear from God as little don't expect you words but don't expect God call your name again at the age that lead into his personal word is true and 70 until he got God's word God from God, it was a doozy. So let me tell you when you get ready to hear from God. If you left Egypt and if you're doing you ready for this one.
If you left Egypt during tell you when you can expect to hear from God from God when something like that doesn't make sense. Abortion is not burned access whenever contradiction in your life's missing God right now this might be calling your name for the next stage of his ministry. Finally, it says in verse 28 by faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of the blood so that he will destroy the firstborn would not touch the Passover, God told Moses to tell Israel to take a lamb killer paint the blood on the door and when I see the blood, I will pass over you. The death Angel going to come enslave the firstborn child and the firstborn beast of all the Egyptians because of their refusal but you tell my people to pay the blood on the door from the land, and when I see the blood when a decade to pass along any season. I will pass them by. While I judge the coach, not a problem with that instruction is that that wasn't on precedented instruction that had never been given an instruction like that before, but have been told to apply the blood like that before so it was instruction that didn't make sense. That's why faith is proven by obedience.
Even if you don't understand the instruction if you don't understand why the instruction you understand what to do real is the one God got me doing it this way makes sense feel right thing my mama didn't tell me that no no no, you can philosophize all you want but if that blood is not on the door posts you get when somebody in your house just to say, even though it makes sense and leave the rest to me. So you Jewish family who sit in the house you slain the Lamb tell folks to keep the land quickly, not a gourmet meal you eat that lamb real quick so you sit around the table and you are the oldest you.
The oldest son, and God will kill the oldest son so you got one question that we got the blood on the door supposed dances were about that. I believe in God knows when I see the blood. Moses had to get the people to believe God even though they were given instruction they'd never heard before.
May God help our church to our leadership believe God so much that we tell you what God says regardless of how weird it sounds, because that is God's saving message when I see the blood out Passover when I see you've applied the blood of Jesus for your past.
Dr. Evans will be back with the final word, about a step of obedience you can take right away. So stay with us. First, today's lesson is part of Tony's current series called heroes of the faith. Don't forget, for a limited time where offering the full-length version of all 13 lessons in this two-volume series on CD and digital download along with Tony's brand-new book and Bible study guide kingdom heroes there yours as our way of saying thanks for your contribution to this ministry. Just visit Tony.org to get the details. And while you're there, be sure and sign up for Tony's free weekly email devotional that's Tony Evans.org or you can call our resource Center at 1-800-800-3222 and let one of our friendly team members, assist with your request. Again, that's 1-800-800-3222 Tony is back now with a final thought for today if you want to travel to a foreign country, you have to have a passport because that passport gives you the right to cross. So if you're here today and you have accepted Jesus Christ you will have a passport you don't get to make the trip. Let God help you to make the choice to trust Christ as Savior and follow him as Lord, even at the cost of the culture because if you make that choice.
You get to see him cannot be seen in a way you never seen before you could get answers to your questions about trusting Christ. When you visit Tony.org and click on the link that simply says Jesus there.
Tony will explain everything you need to know to help you start a new life in Christ. Making choices isn't so bad when you have all the information needed to weigh your options.
But when you're pinning your future to nothing more than blind trust. It's another story. The Bible calls that faith and next time Dr. Evans will talk to us about why it's always a risk worth taking. I hope you'll join us. The alternative is brought by the urban alternative celebrating years thanks to generous contributions of listeners