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1/8/12 – “Walking through Red Seas” – Remembering the Things God Teaches when Challenged

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January 8, 2012

 

Walking through Red Seas

(Remembering the Things God Teaches when Challenged)

Central Location

January 8, 2012

 

Walking through Red Seas

(Remembering the Things God Teaches when Challenged)

 

 

FOUNDATIONAL TEXTS

  1. Psalm 100:1-3
    1. We are human in the natural realm; in God’s world (the supernatural realm) we are sheep.
  2. Psalm 23:1-5
    1. The place of “no wants” is the abundant life.  (Scripture reference – St. John 10:10, KJV & The Amplified Bible)
    2. If you do not allow the Shepherd to lead you, you may not arrive at this place of no wants.
    3. You do not want to be your own shepherd.  Your way is natural; His way is supernatural.
    4. After the Lord’s becomes our Shepherd, He leads us to prosperity, He calms chaos in our life, He restores our soul and He leads us to rightness- life as it was designed to be lived.

 

INTRODUCTION

  1. Characteristics of sheep (paralleled to the life of believers)
    1. Sheep have no memory (remembrance of the supernatural ability of God or recall of spiritual things)
      1. Because of his supernatural success with a lion and a bear, David understood and remembered that he had a blood covenant with God when taking on Goliath.
      2. You have a blood covenant with God and God will not let you fall.
      3. You have supernatural power available to you, yet you will never see manifestation as long as you limit God to the natural.
      4. To walk supernaturally by faith is not something you will remember, you must be trained by consistently hearing the Word.
      5. Faith comes by hearing (because as sheep, we forget).  (Scripture reference – Romans 10:17)
    2. Sheep are the only herd animals that cannot be fenced, feed, watered or occasionally monitored and be alright.
    3. Sheep are always doing dumb things.
      1. Robbing God of the tithe, offering and first fruit is just plain dumb.
    4. It is said that sheep do not learn from their own mistakes but rather constantly repeat the same thing.
    5. Other animals can respond to pain and punishment and experience correction unlike sheep.

 

  1.          I.            Remembering the supernatural ability of God when challenged (sheep have no recall of spiritual things)
    1. The sheep nature of the children of Israel provoked God.
      1. Deuteronomy 1:2
        1. It took the children of Israel 40 years to make a journey that should have taken 11 days.
        2. For 40 years they walked in a circle.
        3. Their sheep nature would not allow them to recognize they had been walking in a circle (walking naturally).
        4. Psalm 78:40-55
          1. God has multiple ways to deliver you.
          2. When the children of Israel approached the Red Sea after leaving Egypt, they forgot how God supernaturally delivered them from bondage.
          3. Exodus 13:18
            1. Harness – to protect by way of a weapon.
            2. God protected the children of Israel from their enemies.   In other words, God led them out supernaturally.
            3. God will harness or place a supernatural hedge of protection around all that you possess if you do not limit Him.
    2. The sheep nature of Jerusalem moved Jesus to compassion.
      1. St. Matthew 9:32-38
        1. There are no problems God cannot solve.   (verse 35)
        2. In the kingdom of God, all natural needs are met.  (verse 35)
        3. Even after the miraculous, Jerusalem continued to act as sheep which moved Jesus to compassion.  (verse 36)
        4. You can have something different but its takes a true laborer (a pastor) to shepherd you from being natural to supernatural.   (verse 37)

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