Rom 6:6 “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.”
No more serving sin!
Rom 6:7 “For he that is dead is freed from sin.”
Freed from what? Freed from sin, your problems, your issues!
There is a purpose, hope, and a plan for your life. Let God make that new. The power of the Lord is real. If He can do it for me, He can do it for you.
There are things you need to change, not because of sin, but because the Lord wants to take you to a higher level. There may be doubt in your heart, but God is real. You can walk into your situation and say, ‘In the Name of Jesus, Go!’
Stand in the face of the enemy and walk past it and no longer dwell there!
Psalm 51:5 “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
When you conform to the world, you take on the problems of this world. Lack of prayer comes with problems. Lack of Bible study leads to problems. Jesus will give you power to overcome your situations.
The world says to stay where you are. It trains you to stay put.
There is a requirement as a parent to take your family to a new level in the Lord. You must rise to the occasion, become closer as a family, pray, read, and grow together. You have a responsibility in your own lives, in your walk with God, to not stay and be comfortable, but to listen to the Lord and grow.
It’s time to rise up, to walk a little deeper, and for your responsibility to change.
You’ve been trained to sit still and conform. That is not God’s will.
If you want to train circus-flees, put them in a jar with a lid and leave them for three days. They will never jump higher than the jar. In fact, even if the jar is taken away, they will not leave the boundaries of the jar.
Jesus has taken away every single barrier. It’s time to move outside of the boundaries that do not even exist any longer!
Ex 2 is the story of Moses. His mother built him a little ship.
Ex 2:3 “And when she could not longer hide him, she took for him an ark of bulrushes, and daubed it with slime and with pitch, and put the child therein; and she laid it in the flags by the river’s brink.”
Moses went from his mother’s arms to the water to the arms of Pharaoh’s daughter and back to his mother’s arms. Then, he was taken back to the courts of Pharaoh.
One day he felt unsettled. He felt the call of his identity. How easy would it have been for this prince to stay in the courts? To have the best things? The finest things?
Out of anger, he acted out and killed an Egyptian and it was time to leave Egypt. He stayed in the desert for about 40 years.
Ex 2:21-22 “And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter. And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.”
Gershom means ‘sojourner’ or ‘temporary dweller’.
Moses realized he was a temporary dweller.
Ex 3:1-3 “Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed. And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt.”
The fire is burning, but sometimes you don’t see or hear. When you get too comfortable, do you fail to recognize what the Lord wants to do with your life?
Don’t let the world define what it means to be a Christian, let God do the defining. Wake up and see the fire that is burning today! It’s time to rise up and hear His voice again. It’s time to move!
Ex 3:3-5 “And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I. And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”
Shoes were significant in that society. God is saying, ‘Take off the dirty parts. Lay aside the dirt and the filth of this world and come closer to Me.’
God is calling you this morning to leave the place you’ve been dwelling. Lay aside that sin that so easily snares you.
Your body may physically move from place to place, but God is calling you to a place of dwelling with the Lord, seeking after Him. Come away and be with Jesus!
Ex 3:6 “Moreover he said, I am the God of thy father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob. And Moses hid his face; for he was afraid to look upon God.”
They too were temporary dwellers. God was saying Moses was like them, called out to follow Him. It’s time to move!
Ex 3:8 “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.”
God called Moses specifically. You were not put on this earth to walk alone. You have a purpose to bless others, to help others, to reach out and be a part of the deliverance and saving of souls.
Jesus has come to bring you victory in a place you’ve never been before! It’s time to go to a place where you will dwell forever.
You have freedom to move from the place you are bound. It’s all through obedience to Him. You can have joy!
Jesus is calling you to a place of depth and maturity in Him.
The world says you are not successful if you don’t live up to certain standards, but God calls you to a place that will redefine you, a place that is higher, a man or woman of boldness to boldly pray for people. God calls you to a higher, deeper place spiritually.
Sin satisfies for only a season. Will you continue in captivity? Will you continue to breed products of incompletion? Those circus-flees will continue in captivity. Their children will follow their parents. Will you move beyond the barriers that don’t exist any longer? The barriers have been removed! Move beyond incompletion. Move into liberty and joy! God will give it to you!
At times, doubt can be the biggest thief of joy. You might question God’s love or even His existence. When you don’t see what you think you should see, remember God is right here.
John the Baptizer sat in jail and asked if Jesus was the one. He already knew! Allow Jesus to move and be the creator in your life. He won’t give you all the details, but that’s all right.
Trust God! Follow Him! See Him work in your life!
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Guest Speaker: Bud Drexel.
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