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Israel: The Risk of Faith, Part 2

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October 1, 2021 8:00 am

Israel: The Risk of Faith, Part 2

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October 1, 2021 8:00 am

Your path through life can take you to some pretty dark placesso dark that you can’t even see where you’re going. Dr. Tony Evans says that’s when faith may feel like the biggest gamble you’ve ever taken. Join him as he talks about why it’s always a sure thing to pin your future to the belief that God is telling the truth.

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God put you in a position makes the evidence as we make that discovery. When we pin our future God is telling the truth is risky because you having to make choices over things you do not think celebrating faithfulness. This is the alternative with Dr. Tony Evans, author, speaker, senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas Texas and president of the urban alternative our path through life can take us through some pretty dark places so dark that we can't even see where were going. Dr. Evans says that is when God can teach us that what feels like the biggest gamble we've ever taken is actually a short thing. Let's join him as he explains what going all want to talk about the risk of faith for faith is risky because you having to make choices over things you do not see that's why people shy away from it is risky business, but without impossible to please God. We see that so what God will do to not you actually win when is your only option because he wants to teach you and me and us to live by faith.

God told the children of Israel that he was going to slide verse 23 of Exodus 12, the firstborn in Israel. But it would put the blood of the Lamb. When the angel came, he would pass over the first 23 wooden destroyer to come into your homes to smite you. That's what instruction they had never this kind of advice people so they could say make sense. I would love to do with delivering me from Egypt by Michael do that.

That would've been a bad decision as the Egyptians found out just because it had never been done before. Just because you hadn't heard it that way before. Just because you've never seen it like this before. Once God is it it's in your best interest to take the risk that a strategy possible coming from the living God is one you want to pay attention to on and tells them in Exodus he says you to realize this for your children. Verse 26.

When your children say what does this mean to you usual say it is the sacrifice to the Lord who gave over the houses of the sons of Israel in Egypt when he smelled the Egyptians would spare our homes and the people bow and worship you on this Passover bring to your kids and you want to keep this Passover unknowingly. Why am I telling this and why is the author of Hebrews telling us this about Frank because the Bible says. First Corinthians 5. Seven.

Jesus is our Passover lamb for Israel. The blood of Jesus does for us today. He now goes on to the second of these three bits. He says in verse 29 by faith they passed through the Red Sea, as though they were passing through dry land in the Egyptians when they attempted it drowned without question. This is the biggest event in Israel's history vacillates the Passover occurs. Now they're scared to get rid of them Jews and will help him go get molecules also and all ago that went from slave. The freedom to live in large they plundered the Egyptians took on a golf for silver money. The banks don't want to get rid of him so bad I can change the situation. According to chapter 13 verse 17 now and let the people go. God did not leave them by the way of the land of the Philistines, even though it was near four God said the people might change their minds when they see war and return to Egypt.

Hence, God let the people around. By the way of the wilderness to the Reds so that this miracle now watches the miracle is will happen at the Red Sea, but the Red Sea is not the direct route to the promised land management plan is here and got down to bring her back up to the promise of God overtaking the way out of the way. God I need you take me for maybe you want something you deceive FDR to see you know the L to him why you going all over the place. Since he did not take them on the short route washes they wound up at the Red Sea. It says because God let them. So God led the long way around. So if you are following God and you don't seem to know the shortcut job. You gotta take this long why we don't go this route why we got it not happening quickly.

It says he didn't all-purpose and even though the children of Israel did not understand it had a reason for not taking the short route God is taking too long for what you're looking to inform trusting him for believing him. He's taking all purpose all-purpose 11 that way okay story.

Chapter 14 verse five when the king of Egypt was told that the people of Pharaoh and his servants had a change of mind to other people and they said, what is this, we have done that we had let Israel go from serving as we let all that extra help go, what we think takes 600 chariots verse seven to go after them. Okay.

Washes want to stay with me folks.

Verse eight says the Lord of Pharaoh king of Egypt and he chased the sons of Israel as the sons of Israel were going out boldly when the people seen on the coming afternoon. They do what Christians do today. Verse 11 then 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 bring Egypt is not the word we spoke to you in Egypt say leave us alone and we may serve the Egyptians, for if we have been better served Egyptians that Diane will they did when we do want God when it don't look like God is working in like we expected want to double back.

We told you before you left, Richard MacGowan know you didn't you will cry now you will cry. Don't get me about it we leave you yellow money now.

You see, you lose your 401(k) you see yourself in trouble so we should be here. We should be slaves, that in says they were scared they were scared.

This and God was behind 11.

The long way, and he helped Pharaoh one after Moses said to the people, not fear this past golf day pass the mouse, the pulpit and says does not fear standby and see the salvation of what else is a preacher going to say congregation is scared about inflation instead about crime instead about this is that and see what you will accomplish today for the Egyptians and UNC. The dates you will never see him again when it was just a little look at the first phrase in 16th and the first phrase in 17 watch this he said for you the staff. As for me I will harden Egyptians heart to go after you. Okay you knew what I told you to do you leave me to do what I'm supposed to do.

Don't lie about me But you do you will see what I can do a lot of sentencing move yet because seeing us move yet you you know what I told you.

And as for me But my part will only move you will by faith.

So Moses you pick up and you hold it out. You do what I put in your hand and do many of us are waiting on God.

When God is waiting on us and then you have a double miracle, because verse 21 says, then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the Lord swept the sea back by a strong swim all night and turn the sea and the dry land so that the waters were divided in the sons of Israel went through the midst of the sea as on the dry land next to me scissors win came Charlton Heston.

You remember the win came and split the water miracle number one you got two walls of water that's will take faith to walk between those two bald works because you have empirical evidence they will come down what you want and print take faith walk but doesn't have to miracle, but I know what a complete miracle. Because what happens miracle miracle for the splitting of the miracle with dry ground. You see, the ground should have been dry if is at the bottom of the sea. It should be wet grounds, but that wind was so so not only will the seat so that that was not expected.

Well, there you could God command so we can welcome this double miracle.

Dr. Evans will be back with some real-life examples of risks that paid off when he continues this message from his current series heroes of the faith. This two volume 13 lesson collection explores what it's like to really live out the conviction that God can be trusted as we make the discovery that real faith is more than a matter of just what we believe. Find out how ordinary people like you and me can live extraordinary lives by doing exactly what some of the most famous characters in the Bible did act as though God is telling the truth for a limited time, we'd like to say thank you by sending the heroes of the faith collection on CD or digital download along with Tony's just-released book and Bible study that go hand-in-hand with this series kingdom heroes. You can be one of the first to receive this new book, so don't miss out. Visit us to make the arrangements for getting this powerful package of resources into your hands again that's Tony or call us day or night at 1-800-800-3222 and let one of our resource team members help you.

Dr. Evans will be back with more of today's lesson right after this coming to theaters this November were at the church of where it is that the birth of Jesus Christ traveling with Dr. Tony Evans as he retraces the life and human journey greatest being who ever walked this are we here in Capernaum place where Jesus did most of his miracles is in this place that he demonstrated he truly is some of God traveled the streets fields and synagogues were Jesus will visit the location.

Some of the most powerful recorded in the Bible place is highly likely that much of what we read about in Galilee have the right journey with Jesus theaters November 15, 16th and 17th with Dr. Tony. Tony showtimes you never gambled on God and seeing what he can do with only he could do it.

Maybe that's why God may not be real in your life because you've never been a little stuff, maybe the stuff you could do even if there was God she'd never been wanting in a crisis with the box to win between a rock and a hard place.

We put you out on the cliff.

We put you on a ledge when you were in a pinch. We have 200 members in around 19 79.200 members were meeting in a school elementary school as well.

Cliff was located and they had a preliminary vote that we would have to leave the school when you have place to go we have to leave in a month so we will between a rock and a hard place.

The Bible says that when the people saw the Egyptian in chapter 14 verse 10 they cried out, crying out in the Bible means a desperate appeal. God is crying out throughout the Bible, you will see when people get desperate situations they were duping to Christians because they desperately needed. We said God you got to do something. This is your church. You gotta do something and we don't have an answer. No answer.

Then a lady comes out happily been sent me a couple of hours to story the lady says to about board members on this we been waiting so that we can get our final vote we can't wait any longer. So we went ahead with the vote and the vote is 54 for you to stay.

Now let me tell you the rest of the story.

The two were not there were two who were against us to ride together because it crashed because they want to gather stuff was not able to move on to another person because the law that AAA get there in time.

The people of God on verse 1780 will be so that you get when you just got applause from his people so that he can be glorified so that no real quick with the last story which is verse 30 up. He was 11 got Joshua I want you to Jericho. And here's the plan.

Walk around the wall 61 today and on the seventh day walk around will sometimes blow the trumpet horns like any good rapper would say, and screen screen. Joshua chapter 6 verse one says that Jerry call was totally like a word. Everything was locked up. These walls will be like a movie been heard to chariots could go side-by-side on this one well you just this is a major city in the city was locked up in other words, nobody, nobody, not because Israel was on the way in a civil we'll just all so they can get from Josh was out there looking to try to figure out how we don't do this, the angel of the Lord shows up.

He bows before the Lord takes off his shoes to submit humility to God standing before him, tell you some training. I would tell you something that no military has ever thought of before.

And that is what this will make you look like a fool.

When you do it. I want to walk around wall once a day to go around the three day number four, five, 627 thing seven times and you scream and take it from now. If you are looking at a military man to get your instruction then you would have never taken a risk God doesn't make sense when God put you in a position that doesn't make sense. He want you to see what you experienced the fact that hello is God's green walls came tumbling down like seeing God. You can't not around, you can turn around with. I wanted that land from master plan, you know, many years ago, so I took a whole bunch of congregations. You may have been here. We did that we want and we marched around and cleaned and we pray in a solo land. Somebody needs me more about God when some sawmills with work against me what happened that day cannot leave me like I'm crazy. So you know a couple years later, the folks who bought it before they came back to us and we'll because God is weird reverently, God is weird. My ways are not your ways my thought are not about Dr. Evans will be back with another great example of what faith can do in just a moment. Stay with us for so if you'd like to get a full-length copy of today's message to review on your own or to share with a friend or family member you can find even better. Today's message is one small part of the comprehensive two volume 13 lesson collection from Tony study heroes of the faith and the entire series is available to you on CD or digital download as our gift when you make a contribution in support of the urban alternatives ministry right now for a limited time were even including Tony's just-released book and companion Bible study kingdom heroes along with each copy of the heroes of the base series that goes out all you need to do is requested when you make your donation.

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Many people believe what they've done in their past has canceled out what God can do in their future.

But on Monday Dr. Evans will point out what a dangerous lie that is right now he's back with a final story to wrap up today's program. 12 years ago, a group of men asked me to come down and speak to them about community impact and a vision for our city to impact our city so they invited me to speak to just challenge the leadership so I drove been able to get 100 of the leave is just for me to challenge him about a picnic as we were driving, I've never been there before. We passed a building.

It's a rather old looking building and we just passed, what want to do some maybe ask him to build or send us an old abandoned hospital have been used for years.

I said to him that your community center for your community that is I've never seen him before. I've never seen building before I do is just impressive site which we talk about. I left left the next day. Funny thing about two years later they say can you come back to 12 you go 10 years ago. They call management, come back so what's up we couldn't shake off your statement that some when you send we couldn't shake that thing and it kept coming up in different ways.

It kept coming up in different ways. So we went to the city and ask them what it would take for us to get this old hospital and they said will send the people about some of his back pregnancy ministries housing ministry ministry phone ministries counseling ministry becoming shake and turn things around, you know what you find. The alternative celebrating things

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