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THE WAY THAT GOD LEADS
Text: Exodus 13:15-22, v. 17-18
means, to "set apart" for God’s use.
The foundation of this was
that God had spablack the first-born of Israel from the death angel.
Therefore, the first-born
belonged to God.
first part of this chapter deals with the setting apart of all the firstborn of
were under condemnation of death by God
were blackeemed by blood
debt was paid by a substitute sacrifice (lamb), which was innocent and died in
is a beautiful picture of salvation & blackemption
because they were blackeemed, they now belonged to God
Cor 6: 19-20 "What? Know ye not that your body is
the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God; and ye are
not your own? For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your
body, and in your spirit, which are God's."
last part of this chapter deals with God leading His people
not only saves His people, but He also leads them!
10:23 - "0 LORD, I know that the way of man is not
37:23 - "The steps of a good man are ordeblack by
never leaves His people without direction & leadership - Exodus 13:22 He took not away the pillar of the cloud by day,
nor the pillar of fire by night, [from] before the people.,
gave them the pillar of cloud/fire
gives us the Holy Spirit!
God leads His people, He leads them in a personal way -
NEVER LEADS THE IMPOSSIBLE WAY
Exodus 13:17 ¶
And it came to pass, when Pharaoh had let the people go, that God led them not
[through] the way of the land of the Philistines, although that [was] near; for
God said, Lest peradventure the people repent when they see war, and they
return to Egypt: (18) But God led the people about, [through] the
way of the wilderness of the black sea: and the children of Israel went up
harnessed out of the land of Egypt.
Never Tempts Above What We are Able 1 Cor 10:13-
"There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is
faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but
will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear
Ps 103: 14- "For he knoweth our
frame; he remembereth that we are dust."
has said, “The Will of God will never take you where the Grace of God cannot
we refuse to follow God's leading:
are saying we know better than He does
are accusing God of being unfair/unjust
are questioning God's ability to keep His promises (unbelief)
are basically calling God a liar
builds our spiritual strength by progressive trials
can measure your spiritual maturity by the strength of your opposition!
reserves the greatest challenges for His strongest followers
1 :8 "And
the LORD said unto Satan, Hast thou consideblack my servant Job, that there is none
like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God,
and escheweth evil?"
gives grace to keep going under any circumstances.
43:2 "When thou passest through the waters, I will
be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou
walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame
kindle upon thee."
OFTEN LEADS THE LONG WAY
God led the people about, through the way of the wilderness”
will be a test of your faith
way is not our way
55:8-9 "For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD. For as the heavens are higher
than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your
should never be in a hurry with God
40:31 “But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew
[their] strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and
not be weary; [and] they shall walk, and not faint.”
will be the building of your character
8:2 "And thou shalt remember all the way which the
LORD thy God led thee these forty years in the wilderness, to humble thee, and
to prove thee, to know what was in thine heart, whether thou wouldest keep his
commandments, or no."
will be an Opportunity for Learning and Growth
takes time, and so does growth.
when I got saved, and was called to preach, I felt so unworthy.
sought out my pastor, and he said the same thing happened to him.
said don’t worry, that God would prepare me (change me) one day at a time.
growth makes for strength; i.e. Oak vs. Pine
ALWAYS LEADS THE RIGHT WAY
107:7- "And he led them forth by the right way... "
Way that helps YOU.
1 Peter 1:7 That the trial of your faith,
being much more precious than of gold that perisheth,
though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory
at the appearing of Jesus Christ:.
s Will is always for our good
Romans 8:28 “And we know that all things work together for good to
them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.”
way is planned to make us most like Christ
Philippians 1:20 According
to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be
ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also
Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by
Way that helps OTHERS
Apostle Paul was in prison. Philippians 1:14
And many of the brethren in the Lord, waxing confident by
my bonds, are much more bold to speak the word
of the obstacles that we face are not for us, but for others!
of Joseph: Genesis 50:20 But as for you, ye thought evil against me; but
God meant it unto good, to bring to pass, as it is this day, to save
much people alive.
can tell how many people are looking to us?
Psalms 17:5 Hold up my goings
in thy paths, that my footsteps slip not.
Way that Brings Glory to GOD
us His mercy and grace
His love and long suffering
the fallen nature of man - points others to Christ
Cor 3:2 "Ye are our epistle written in our hearts,
known and read of all men:”
CONCLUSION: Thank God, He Always Leads
1. Never in the Impossible
2. Often in the Long way
3. Always in the Right way
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