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1/15/12 – “Walking through Red Seas II” – Forgetful Hearers

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January 15, 2012

 

Walking through Red Seas II

(Forgetful Hearers)

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January 15, 2012

 

Walking through Red Seas II

(Forgetful Hearers)

 

 

INTRODUCTION

  1. Red seas – anything that hinders you from walking in God’s best.
  2. It is the will of God to take you into your “promised land” this year.
  3. Miracle defined…
    1. An event in the external realm brought about by the agency or the ability of God.
    2. Operating in a realm beyond the senses.
    3. An occurrence above nature and beyond man.
    4. A display or show of power that is not limited by natural laws or the matter of the mind.
    5. God’s superior power.
  4. I Thessalonians 5:23
    1. God interacts with man through the spirit.
      1. Man is a three part being: spirit, soul and body.
        1. The body receives information through the gates of hearing, seeing, tasting, touching, and smelling.
        2. The soul is feed by the mind, will, intellect, emotions, and imagination.
        3. Your spirit is developed by faith, hope, worship, prayer, and praise.
    2. We are moving into the 4th dimension where we operate by the spirit – faith, hope, worship, prayer and praise.

 

OPENING OBSERVATIONS

  1. God delivered 3½ million people supernaturally.
  2. Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry land.
    1. Exodus 14:21-31 [Emphasis verses 21-22; 29]
      1. Anything natural came into being by words; anything natural will be changed by words.  In other words, if you are not saying anything, you are not creating anything.
      2. God supernaturally reversed the order of natural elements to deliver the children of Israel.
      3. The point that Israel entered the Red Sea was 12 miles wide;
      4. When the supernatural is operative in your life, you will come out more than a conqueror.
    2. Exodus 15:8-11
      1. God needed Israel to “look up”, signifying that God is greater than… [anything] and to behold His wondrous works.
      2. God displayed His miraculous power by walling up the sea’s water 75-100 ft high to allow Israel to cross over on dry land.
      3. Psalm 119:18

 

  1.          I.            Unguided sheep are easily hindered from obeying the truth and convinced to return back to living by the facts.
    1. Psalm 100:1-3
    2. We are human in the natural realm; in the supernatural realm, God calls us His sheep which implies we need to be guided or shepherded into living a supernatural life.
      1. St. John 17:17
        1. Believers have basically two options to live by:  1) the world and your five physical senses or; 2) the Word which is the truth of God (that which is not revealed by the senses).
        2. Hebrews 11:1, The Amplified Bible
        3. Faith must be employed to walk in the promises of God.
        4. Isaiah 55:1
          1. Believers buy those “real things” or make spiritual purchases with the truth of God.
          2. The word of God is the means of exchange for the supernatural promises of God.
          3. The more of the word of God you know and understand will determine your purchasing power in the spiritual realm.
        5. Acts 20:25-30 [Emphasis verses 29-30]
          1. The shepherd feeds the sheep the word of God.
          2. The shepherd teaches the supernatural things of God or the word of God to combat grievous wolves from pulling sheep back into the natural realm.
          3. The tendency to stray back into the natural realm is overcome by the preaching of the Truth.
        6.  St. Luke 15:3-6
          1. As sheep, we can get lost in the natural realm requiring a shepherd to guide the sheep back to the supernatural realm.
    3. Living above the natural senses requires a mind change.
      1. II Corinthians 5:17
        1. The old level of life was walking by the senses; this new [supernatural] life is walking by your spiritual senses – faith, hope, worship, prayer and praise
        2. Romans 12:1-2
          1. To walk by the supernatural and not be limited by the natural, you must have a mind change.
          2. When your mind is renewed, you will make God bigger (to elevate or magnify) above the conditions.
        3. St. Mark 11:21-23
          1. You create your supernatural life by what you say.
    4. The kingdom of God is an empowered life.
      1. I Corinthians 4:20
        1. Evidence of the kingdom of God is operating in power – the ability to get results.
        2. Power is the ability to experience results beyond the limitations of the natural.
        3. I Thessalonians 1:5
        4. Psalm 68:20, The Amplified Bible
          1. God’s power can reverse any situation in life [even death].
        5. Psalm 68:28, The Amplified Bible
        6. Psalm 62:11
        7. St. Luke 10:19
          1. The same power that God operates in, He has given the believer to use to re-order situations.
          2. You can walk above hurt operating in the power of God.
  2.         II.            The forgetful hearer nature [of sheep].
    1. Characteristics of sheep (paralleled to the believer)
      1. It is said that sheep do not learn from their own mistakes but rather constantly repeat the same thing.
      2. Sheep are said to be un-trainable.
      3. Other animals can respond to pain and punishment and experience correction unlike sheep.
      4. Sheep have no memory (remembrance of the supernatural ability of God or recall of spiritual things)
    2. Man can build computers, write songs, books, plays, and music that touch the heart, but he cannot remember his way back to the supernatural.  It has to be revealed by the Holy Ghost.
      1. You cannot operate proficiently in something that has not become a part of you.   (Scripture reference – Hebrews 10:25)
      2. To walk supernaturally by faith is not something you will remember, you must be trained by consistently hearing the Word.   Faith comes by hearing (because as sheep, we forget).  (Scripture reference – Romans 10:17)
      3. St. John 10:9
        1. A good shepherd protects or guards the entrance to the dwelling place of his sheep (keeping the wolves out).
        2. Just as this is true, Jesus is the door of the sheepfold, protecting His word.
        3. In other words, once you are operating in the supernatural realm, Jesus becomes the guardian of the Word sown into your spirit.
    3. The dynamics of the supernatural ability of God (walking through red seas) is so vast that it must become a part of you (possess you).
      1. Deuteronomy 4:9
      2. Deuteronomy 4:23
      3. Deuteronomy 4:30-31
      4. Deuteronomy 8:11-14
      5. Deuteronomy 8:19
      6. Psalm 119:176
      7. Jeremiah 50:6
        1. A good shepherd presents the Word to keep sheep from going astray.

©2012 George Matthews Ministries