Those who wait, God will reward your Faith – Pastor Mark Ballosingh

“Those who Wait, God will reward your Faith”

Exodus 14 – Moses leads the children of Israel out of Egypt.

 1And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,  2Speak unto the children of Israel, that they turn and encamp before Pihahiroth, between Migdol and the sea, over against Baalzephon: before it shall ye encamp by the sea.

 3For Pharaoh will say of the children of Israel, They are entangled in the land, the wilderness hath shut them in.  4And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honoured upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.

 5And it was told the king of Egypt that the people fled: and the heart of Pharaoh and of his servants was turned against the people, and they said, Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us? 6And he made ready his chariot, and took his people with him:

 7And he took six hundred chosen chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt, and captains over every one of them.  8And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.

 9But the Egyptians pursued after them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, and his horsemen, and his army, and overtook them encamping by the sea, beside Pihahiroth, before Baalzephon.  10And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD.

 11And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt?  12Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

 13And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever.  14The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.

 15And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:  16But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.

 17And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.  18And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

 19And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:  20And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

 21And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.  22And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

 23And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians,

 25And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians.  26And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.

 27And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.  28And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.

 29But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.

 30Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.

 31And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.

Exodus 14 :13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still,

1 Samuel 9:27 – And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

2 Chronicles 20:17 – Ye shall not need to fight in this battle: set yourselves, stand ye still, and see the salvation of the LORD with you, O Judah and Jerusalem: fear not, nor be dismayed; to morrow go out against them: for the LORD will be with you.

 

Have you ever been in a position where you don’t know what to do, but you want and need to know what to do? When you are faced with this the best thing to do is Stand Still…

Do you sometimes think if you don’t make a move now your situation wouldn’t change and you think in the flesh you need to make a sudden move? Consult God first….

God always answers us in 3 ways:- Yes, No, Wait.

Stand still and maintain your position I will come through for you. It takes Great Faith to wait on God. Faith in God can move a mighty mountain.

Waiting is the posture of an upright man. A man who stands still is a man who waits on direction. An upright man does not bow to the devil. He looks up to God “I will lift mine eyes unto the hills from whence cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord”

Moses had led the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt. They were not trained for battle they were servants. They were at a place of constraint – the Red Sea before them and Pharaoh’s pursuing army behind them. Desperation set in (refer to notes “He’ll wear you down to wipe you out”, this is one of the 3 ways the devil will try to wear you down) and the children of Israel started to complain to Moses saying – 11And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? 12Is not this the word that we did tell thee in Egypt, saying, Let us alone, that we may serve the Egyptians? For it had been better for us to serve the Egyptians, than that we should die in the wilderness.

Some people in church today come out of Egypt but Egypt hasn’t come out of them. When we do not hear from God and do not exercise and demonstrate Great Faith it is easier to go backward than forward. When despair sets in it is easy to want to give up and we can’t see God in the situation. 13And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still

When you Stand still you do so with the expectation that there will be instructions to go forward. 15 And the LORD said unto Moses Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:

Think about when you are at the Traffic light and the light is on red. You wait there but not forever, you wait as the light is about to change to move forward. Something is about to change, God is about to take you forward.

Do not focus on the pursuing army & the Red Sea, (“But they that wait upon the LORD he 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. Isaiah 40:31)

Teach us Lord to wait. Do not have a Cowardice posture – to relinquish your position.

PREDICAMENT OF ISRAEL

 1)    The enemy pursued them

2)    The Red Sea seemed impassable and impossible – the oppressive and depressive Spirit of the enemy covers you

3)    There was no escape route

4)    They became sore afraid

5)    They started to complain

6)    They stared to look back (We would have been better off in Egypt).

The devil will always cause you to look back (refer to Lots’ wife) If we always look back we will never go forward.

 In every predicament, God will send a promise for you.

 God is on the move, he is working on your behalf.  Wait on him, he is present, he moves in phases and stages and not when and how we want. Push fear out of your life. God is causing a separation between you and the enemy. He keeps his children in the light and the enemy in darkness.

 19And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them:  20And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night.

There was a prediction before the promise 13And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day:

 PROMISES:-

1)    The Egyptians you see today, you will see no more. Are you fighting to get a situation, a past mistake out of your life? God is saying, Today I will remove it and you will see it no more.

 2)    I, the Lord, will fight for you. The battle is not yours it’s the Lords. You may be at a place where you are coming out of Egypt and the army of Pharaoh is close behind and the Red Sea is in front, be Still and hear Gods’ voice whisper to you “I will fight for you”

 If you wait on the Lord, he will renew your Faith. God will make a way where there seems to be no way. The doctors, the bank, your bosses, your family wouldn’t be able to do it….The Lord will do what man cannot do, he will make the impossible, possible, “I will divide the Red Sea and you will go through on dry ground” Wait on the Lord, I say, wait.

“Stand still and see my salvation” I will bring you through, I will take my word and demonstrate it in your life. Let go and let God. God will deliver you and out of it give the Honour and Glory due to him.18And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen.

“Faith cometh by hearing and hearing the Word of God” – speak the word & God will demonstrate it- 1 Samuel 9:27 – And as they were going down to the end of the city, Samuel said to Saul, Bid the servant pass on before us, (and he passed on), but stand thou still a while, that I may shew thee the word of God.

Hear the command of God and salvation will come to you. When God comes through for you he will always bring a witness and a testimony of his works. “Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the sea shore.” The enemy will always fall by the wayside once we Wait and allow God to work it out.

God confirms his work with evidence.  31And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.

Where God will deliver a nation, God will also deliver an individual. “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” Daniel stood still in Faith. God silenced the hunger of the roaring lions, he demonstrated his power.

“When the oceans rise and thunders roar, I will soar with you above the storm,

Father you are King above the floods

I will be still, know you are God.

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