Not Your Burial, It’s Your Baptism 2

“God has a different view of your troubles”

Bible Reading: Exo 14:15-23

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The Red Sea was on the way of Israel and God was aware of that. He knew that the Red Sea cannot stop them, but that rather a way shall be made through it. The constant factor in their journey is that the nation must be settled into her Canaan; this was the will of God for them.

The Red Sea was on their way to serve as a tool for and a part of the series of changes that they must experience as they journey toward Canaan.

Each experience of victory should embolden and prepare you for things ahead. None of the challenges you face is in vain. God intends to use them for your good.

When the people saw the sea, they concluded that they were doomed. Two things were materially obvious around them:

1. There was no way to the right or to the left.

2. There was no going backward or forward

If they stand still, Egypt will either overrun them or take them back; if they go forward, the Red Sea will become their cemetery that will feature no headstone for any of them.

The situation they found themselves in would not be enough to end their lives nor their story. Instead of thinking what confronted them will mark their end, God instructed them to go forward for He had a different view of the read sea and its significance for the people.Whatever it is that you are faced with cannot determine your end; it will only serve as your baptism.

Shalom!

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Not Your Burial, It Is Your Baptism

Moreover, brethren, I do not want you to be unaware that all our fathers were under the cloud, all passed through the sea, 1 Cor 10:1

Bible Reading: Exo 14:15-23

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The Red Sea experience if the children of Israel is significant to the contemporary Christian. Everyone will of necessity be faced with challenges that will possibly be overwhelming. Such challenges cannot mark the end of life; they are rather passages into the future.

God’s plan is that His people will go through every challenge and come out changed. It is therefore pertinent for you to be militant while faced with life’s challenges and obstacles. They are part of the battles to be won.

You must know that while pursuing the future, these obstacles will come and they will suggest hopelessness. Your responsibility is to treat them as obstacles that ‘must be crossed over’. 

Let the word of God instil faith in your heart and know that there is a joy that is waiting ahead, beyond every afflictions and challenges.

Shalom!

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Defeat Your Past By facing The Future 7

Go Forward!

And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. Exo 14:15-16

Bible Reading: Ex 14:1-31

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It is your responsibility to go forward and refuse the past.

If you are standing in grace and the past comes for you, your vision or your dream, all you need to do is to go forward.

When you hear again those negative voices in your head, trying to disturb or distract you, make it your business to go forward.

When you see those mocking eyes and hear the taunting voices saying “what are they doing” Neh 4:3-5, go forward.

Go forward with your rod (your significant endowment, skill or ability already dedicated to God) aimed ahead and a way will open up where there is no one. As you go forward, the past will get swallowed in your pathway to the future.

Stay mindful of the future and as you do just that, God will separate between you and the past; your direction will become the defeat for the past; you will find your way forward; what opens up for you will swallow every harassment from the past.

Your real battles are always ahead and not behind. You will only be able to face the future in readiness to punish every disobedience standing in your way, when you have been completely obedient at conquering every trace of the past bugging you. You can do that by practically leaving them where they belong – behind.

Shalom!

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Defeat Your Past By facing The Future 6

You therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus. 2 Tim 2:1

Therefore, having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom also we have access by faith into this grace in which we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. Rom 5:1-2

Bible Reading: Ex 14:1-31

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stand strongWhen the children of Israel saw the Egyptians marching after them, fear enveloped them. The cried not in terms of prayer; they actually complained against God.For them dying in Egypt oe serving the Egyptians would have been better. They forgot right there  what God has done for them.

Fear forgets God’s grace, but by standing strong in the grace that can be avoided.

To stand means to maintain an upright position; to rest without disturbance; to be collected and to remain motionless; remain upright and entire; remain valid and unaltered. When someone learns to be mindful of God’s grace, he will be able to stand strong.

When you stand in grace:

  • You will remember that you were justified, and justification gives you a good or legitimate reason to be;
  • You will remember that you are at peace with God;
  • You will see His glory coming;
  • You will remember “if God be for me, who can be against me” – Rom 8:31;
  • You will remember that there is none that shall condemn (disapprove, pass a sentence against) God’s elect, Rom 8:33, 34;
  • You will see God at work, fighting for you, and you’ll be at peace.

Instead of forgetting What God’s grace has done, stand in the grace and the liberty with which Christ has set you free. Rom 5:1-2; Gal 5:1.

The future is yours.

Shalom!

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Defeat Your Past By facing The Future 5

And Moses said to the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the Lord, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever. Exo 14:13

Bible Reading: Ex 14:1-31

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Grace is the free and unmerited favour of God. Every time God bestows it, it is for His reason and not yours. God’s grace grants victories in life affairs because of God’s good plan.

It is difficult for most people to look away from the travails of the past. It is however necessary for everyone to know that if the departure from the past was on a note grace-given victory, the past should not be part of the concern again.

Human tradition disagrees with the bit about the past not being your concern again, especially since the victory was won by God’s grace. Human tradition celebrates weakness and vulnerability while the grace of God on the other hand makes one confident (in the Lord) and graceful.

Gracefulness comes when you have experienced and can remember what the grace of God has done for you.
Gracefulness is bold: calm like David before Goliath; at rest like Christ while blessing the five loaves and five fishes; and confident like Him while by the grave of Lazarus. Gracefulness is enthusiastic. The world will not like that and it doesn’t have to like it for being enthusiastic is being filled with all of God.

In spite of the circumstance, gracefulness thinks about the goodness of Jesus and all that He has done; all that is within shout hallelujah, praising God for all He done.

Gracefulness remembers. An average person forgets grace so soon. Thank God for David when faced with Goliath, her embedded the grace-given victories from the past – 1Sam 17: 32-3; gracefulness is why the slave girl would ask Naaman to go to the prophet in Samaria; it is why Joseph will say to the butler, remember me. It is why paul will say all these have been to me for the furtherance of the gospel; it is why Peter will say silver and gold I have not, but such as I have ….

Don’t Forget God’s Grace. Ex 14:10-12; When you forget grace you lament; you regret; you blame others for your unpleasant experiences. When you forget grace, you prefer the past and forget the future.

Shalom!

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Defeat Your Past By facing The Future 4

And the Lord hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness. Exo 14:8

Bible Reading: Ex 14:1-31
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The past will rage, but there is a way to handle the past – Ex 14:8.

When you face the future and there is no direct challenge in the offing, you represent the ideal status of someone for that future. The children of Israel did not know there was any pursuit behind them or from the past. Look at their status: “… Israel went out with boldness”.

When the pursuit become obvious, they were scared and consequently plunged into a state unfit for the future.

When the past comes up after you what do you do?

God wants to teach someone here some strategy for spiritual warfare.

The best way to deal with the past that comes up after you is the way you face the future when you do not know what is after you.

Go out with boldness; be willing to take risks; be confident and courageous.

Don’t ever allow yourself to be plunged into a state that is unfil for the future awaiting you.

Be bold; be strong, for the Lord your God is with you.

Shalom!

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Defeat Your Past By facing The Future 3

Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth! Psa 46:10

Bible Reading: Ex 14:1-31

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The Lord just instructed the people to camp at Pi Hahiroth. a camp is a place of temporary accommodation typically used by traveling people. When you are in transit, you will dwell in camps. Each camp represents the completion of a stretch in your journey, while every breaking of the camp indicates another phase or move of God in your life’s journey.

Could God be asking you to camp now?

Camping sure has its advantages: it is for rest; for contemplative worship and for guidance. Before God would ask the Israelites to camp, He knew what was likely. Pharaoh had released the people but he was still thinking about them, Ex 14:5.

It is difficult for the predator to let go, for your bondage is a gratification to his oppressive enterprise. Everyone in bondage renders services to the predator. The past that you have escaped will still attempt to come up after you, especially when there is still a connection to it within your mind.

How do we know that there was still a connection between Israel and Egypt? Just listen to what they said when the past came up on their heels (Ex 14:10-12): They were afraid; they would have preferred to die in Egypt; they would have preferred to be left alone in Egypt; they would have preferred to serve the Egyptians.

The past will rage, but there is a way to handle it. Look within you today. Do a sincere check. You may need to take time out for a practical purging routine to rid yourself of the preoccupation with the past through prayer; meditation on the word/promise and a contemplation about the destination ahead.

Shalom!

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Defeat Your Past By facing The Future 2

And remember that you were a slave in the land of Egypt, and the Lord your God broought you out from there by a mighty hand and by an outstreched arm …. Deut 5:15

Bible Reading: Ex 14:1-31
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If you truly recognize the Lord and maintain a walk with him, you will admit that every past you exit, like Israel coming out of Egypt, is the work of His grace. Ex 12:40-41, 50-51.

You will so admit, especially when that past has exercised a strong hold on you; you will, when your struggles and efforts met with a brickwall that plunges you into a state of despondency, low spirit, or dejection as a result of loss of hope; you will, because when it seemed all hope was gone, heaven felt your pulse and responded to your cry; worked out some clear intervention to effect your release or exit.

You will admit it was grace because it wasn’t ordinary. What happened can only be the expression of the almightiness of God. The storm ceased, the wind subsided, everything was calm and the only dynamics was your exit.

The predator that said you will neither get out of the rut nor move forward had gone quiet. This was the doing of the Lord, marvelous in your sight.

You can defeat the past practically when you celebrate the grace of God which delivered you from it, if not, you will dwell on the troubles than on the victory, making yourself susceptible to the troubles from the past.

Never, ever, forget His benefits.

You need the memories of the working of His grace from the past to to face the future successful.

Shalom!

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