Friday – By Faith, The Red Sea

♪ (I’ve Got the Victory) ♪ ♪ I’ve got the victory
living inside of me ♪ ♪ I’ve got the Greater One
I can overcome ♪ ♪ This ain’t no time to
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’til every battle is won ♪ Good morning, class. Class: Good morning, Brother
Keith. Hi. I’m Keith Moore and this is
Faith School. We welcome you, invite you to
get your Bible and something to take notes on, and come on here
and join us in this faith environment. In Faith School our spirit is
fed, our faith grows stronger, and we learn how to be
overcomers. There are definitely things in
this life to overcome. There’s no such thing as
somebody that has so much faith that they never have any
problems, that’s not how it works. How can you be an overcomer if
you don’t have anything to come over? No, there is an enemy in the
world, there’s a lot of people who are not trying to obey God,
the curses is in the earth, there are any number of things
that we need to overcome, and there are numerous things
that just seem impossible. They seem too big, too hard, and
in our own strength and ability, they are too hard, but, we’re
not alone. We’re not by ourselves, and with
the Greater One inside us, if we will believe God and obey Him
and step out in faith, miraculous things can and will
and do happen to get us through and to give us victory. So let’s release faith and pray
and agree for utterance and faith feeding to do just that
today. “Father, in Jesus’ name we all
agree together, everybody in the classroom, outside the
classroom, we are asking You for the anointing, for the
revelation and light of the truth that makes us free. We ask for it and purpose to
walk in the light of it in Jesus’ name. Amen.” If you would, turn with me again
to our great text and Textbook to Hebrews ten that we’ve been
looking at. Verse thirty-eight says, “Now
the just shall live by faith: but if any man draw back, My
soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw
back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of
the soul. Now faith is the substance of
things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Today’s English version says,
“To have faith is to be sure of the things we hope for, “to be
certain of the things we cannot see.” Faith is being sure, faith is
being certain, like Abraham, faith is being fully persuaded. And these individuals that you
read in verse after verse obviously were. Abel was persuaded of something
or he wouldn’t have given that offering the way he did. Enoch was persuaded of
something. Noah, Abraham, Sara, Isaac,
Jacob, Joseph, Moses. And we’ve gotten down to verse
twenty-nine in our studies and we saw in verse twenty-nine, “By
faith they passed through the Red sea as by dry land: which
the Egyptians assaying to do were drowned.” Let’s go back to our text there
in Exodus fourteen where we read the full account of what that
verse is referring to. God had delivered His people out
of Egyptian bondage, amazing things had happened for them,
but as they are endeavoring to leave and go to the Promised
Land, they got as far as the shores of the Red Sea, which is
a big body of water, and Pharaoh and his generals and people
decided they could not let them go. And so they armed themselves to
the T. They took all of their weaponry
and looks like the bulk of their military, and they went after
them. And it looks like they had them,
because the Red Sea is something-it’s a boundary, a
border, a wall, and here they are coming on the other side and
we saw that the angel of the Lord in that pillar of fire and
cloud moved from the front leading them, moved around in
the back and got in between them. Don’t you like that God can get
in between you and your enemy? Got in between them and Pharaoh,
and so instead of them just swooping down on them and
crushing them and destroying them, they couldn’t see, and so
they were immobilized all night as God told Moses, lift up his
rod and stretch out his hand, and a wind came. Must’ve been a wind. A strong wind, and blew-it had
to be strong to part the waters, had to be really strong to part
deep waters. Right? Well, we see strong winds in
different places of the earth at various times, right? We’ve seen all kind amazing
things that happen from strong wind. And the Bible tells us it blew
all night long and it congealed the heart of the deep. So it froze. And it was a wall of water, and
a path of dry-well, you can imagine if it’s that much wind
for that long, it dried out the seabed. They went over on dry land. Somebody say, “Glory to God.” Verse twenty-two of Exodus
fourteen, “And the children of Israel went into the midst of
the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall to them
on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and
went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s
horses, his chariots, and his horsemen.” Everybody say: “Bad idea.” Now, in Hebrews eleven, it talks
about both parts of this. Why is this part in the great
Hebrews eleven chapter about faith? Because it said, “By faith
they,” God’s people, “passed through the Red Sea on dry
ground:” but that’s half the verse. Right? The rest of the verse said, “The
Egyptians attempting to do it were drowned.” Why add that? Why put that in there? Because it’s an important
revelation to understand what faith is, and what faith is not. Both of them did the exact same
thing physically and naturally; two completely different
outcomes. Can you see this? And a lot of folks have done a
lot of things that they call faith with a bad outcome. There’s been a number of people
that refused a surgery and didn’t come out good. There’s been a number of people
that quit taking their medication and it didn’t end
well. There’s been a lot of people
that threw their glasses away, and it didn’t go well. You understand what I’m saying? Thing after thing. And people saying, “I’m just
believing God,” and the action may have looked the same or
might have been the same as something that somebody else did
that had a miracle. There have been cases that the
Lord told people, “Stop doing that and you don’t need it… Do this…” And they did it and it was
miraculous. What’s the difference? Help me out, class. I mean, they did the same-the
children of Israel, they came off the bank, they went down
across the dry ground in between the walls. What did Pharaoh and the
Egyptians do? Same thing exactly. Came down the bank, went across
the dry land, totally different outcomes. Why? One of them did it in faith. The other one tried it. Come on, can you see this? Tried it. We know they tried it because
Hebrews eleven said they attempted, they assayed. They’re not doing this in faith. They are trying something that
somebody else did. Why won’t it work the same? Well, tell me how faith comes. By hearing. How could Moses and the
Israelites have faith to do this? He told them, right? He told them. In fact, at one point He said,
“Put crying to Me and move.” Is that right? So they can have faith to go. They can have faith to move. What did God tell Pharaoh and
the Egyptian? Did He tell them the same thing? No. He told them something
different. He told His people, “Go.” You know what He told Pharaoh? “Let them go.” Is that right? Two completely different things. So what can the Israelites have
faith to do? They can have faith to go. What can Pharaoh have faith to
do? The only thing he could have
faith to do is to let them go. That may sound like a silly
thing, it’s not a silly thing. One of the big reasons why they
are there, they don’t see how their country can survive
without the slave labor. But if God says let them go, if
you would turn to Him and look to Him, then you will know-if I
do what you tell me to do, you’re going to take care of me. Come on, can you see that? He and those under him could
have had faith based on what God told him to do, that they would
not collapse, that they would be okay, that the Lord would take
care of them some other way. They could’ve had faith to do
that if they had chosen. They could have stayed at home;
they could have let them go. How many understand it takes
faith to let something go that you have been relying on? That you have been depending on. It takes faith to let it go. But if the Lord tells you let it
go, you have faith, you have word from Him. Faith comes from what He said. Can you see what a mistake it is
to try to take somebody else that heard from God and you’re
going to act on what they did, and you haven’t heard that from
Him. The Lord may have told you
something different. That’s why you see these
collapses, people call them “faith failures.” I don’t like that term because
the faith of God doesn’t fail. It wasn’t real faith. Naturally, it was the same thing
the other person did. What’s the difference? God told them to do this, He
told them to do something else. We must not just try to
duplicate what other people do. There is no substitute for
hearing from Him for yourself. Can you hear from Him for
yourself? He speaks to us individually,
personally, through His Word and by His Spirit. And the first step in any
situation is you have to hear from Him. Right? And not just, “So-and-so they
did this, and they did that,” well, that’s great, I’m glad to
see it, but I can’t be acting on their faith. I have to do what’s real to me,
and the only way that can be, I have to hear from Him. I must hear from Him. The Scripture said in the
Amplified, Hebrews 11:29 “[Urged on] by faith the people crossed
the Red Sea as [though] on dry land, but when the Egyptians
tried to do the same thing they were swallowed up [by the sea].” They were doing the same exact
thing except, like I said, God told them to go, told them let
them go. The Message Bible says, “By an
act of faith, Israel walked through the Red Sea on dry
ground. The Egyptians tried it and
drowned.” Did you hear that? They did what? The Israelites didn’t try it,
they did it. They were sure, they were
certain, they were convinced, based on what? What God told them, right? And I’m sure it was encouraging
when God told Moses what to do with that rod, and that wind
blew through there all night and they saw that. Well, I mean, what reasons you
have to doubt? When Moses said, “Come on, get
it in gear. Let’s move,” well, they were
convinced we can do this. But Pharaoh and his bunch, they
see them, I don’t know how far ahead they are, but it was
presumption of them. They’re not in faith, they are
in disobedience. Come on, can you see this? God told them to let them go. They are in presumption and
disobedience. This is what has been confusing
for some people because they will see folks do things, and it
looked like the same thing somebody else did when they got
a miracle, but then they don’t get good results, and it’s just
a mess. And the thing is, you don’t know
God told them to do something else and them trying to
duplicate the other, they are actually ignoring what God told
them, and they are in disobedience. Well, in disobedience and
presumption, they got in the middle of this, and you could
tell it’s a big body of water because the whole army is in
there, and they are not close enough to either side to get
out. This is no creek. Verse twenty-four “And it came
to pass, in the morning watch the Lord looked on the host of
the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud,”
that’s that big angel, “and troubled the host of the
Egyptians, and took off their chariot wheels,” I guess they
were gaining too much ground on the Israelites, “that they drave
them heavily:” Yeah, it’s hard to drive when your wheels are
coming off. Did you know in relatively
recent times they have found chariot wheels at the bottom of
that area of the Red Sea, and they date back to this time. And some of them are even the
design and material that would’ve been like for a general
or for a priest or for a Pharaoh confirming that it was the
leadership that was out there too. Is that amazing or what? And they’re right there in the
spot where the Bible talks about where they went across. It’s amazing. But doubt at your own risk. “The Egyptians said, Let us flee
from the face of Israel; for the Lord fights for them against the
Egyptians. And the Lord said to Moses,
Stretch out your hand over the sea,” so I guess they’re all out
on the other side by now, “that the waters may come again upon
the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their
horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his
hand over the sea, and the sea returned to its strength when
the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it;” so
it’s thawing out. The frozen walls are thawing. And they start cracking. And water starts spewing. And they make a run for it. But they are too far away. “The Lord overthrew the
Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned,” and
they must’ve been deep, “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.” Certain parts of that sea are as
much as nine thousand feet deep in the big deep part. I’m not saying that’s where this
was, but a lot of parts of the sea they say are sixteen hundred
feet deep and two or three thousand feet deep. I mean, this is a sea, this is a
body of water. And when these walls
collapsed-it is amazing the fury, the seeming power of the
enemy, the noise, the fear, and then nothing. Do you see what I’m talking
about? Oh man, there was a dust cloud
you could see for miles when they were coming. Man, they are the mightiest army
in the known world. I mean, they had the biggest,
strongest men, they had the most deadly arrows and spears and
all- in a few moments of time it’s like sea closed, the wind
quit blowing, little birdie was singing over here. And God’s people were like,
“Whoa.” The enemy is not all it cracks
itself up to be. And it could look so terrible
and so quickly-God can just bring calm to the whole
situation. And what the enemy meant for
destruction now is a living testimony to everybody who will
see how good God is. Somebody say, “Thank You, Lord. Thank You, Lord.” “The waters returned and covered
the chariots and the horsemen and all the host of Pharaoh. Not one of them remained. But the children of Israel
walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea;” now that’s a
miracle. Is this a miracle or is this
miracle? “And the waters were a wall unto
them on their right hand, and on their left. Thus the Lord saved Israel that
day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the
Egyptians dead upon the sea shore.” So after a while they start
floating up. Washing on the shore. We’re talking about, I guess,
thousands of people. “And 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. Then sang Moses and the children
of Israel this song, I will sing unto the Lord, for He has
triumphed gloriously: the horse and His rider has He thrown into
the sea. The Lord is my strength and
song, and He is become my salvation: He is my God, and I
will prepare Him an habitation; my father’s God, and I will
exalt Him. The Lord is a man of war: the
Lord is His name. Pharaoh’s chariots and his host
has He cast into the sea: His chosen captains also are drowned
in the Red sea. The depths have covered them:
they sank into the bottom as a stone. Your right hand, O Lord, is
become glorious in power: Your right hand, O Lord, has dashed
in pieces the enemy.” Hallelujah. It keeps going. It’s all good. It’s a song of victory. It’s a song of triumph. Do we have the same great God
today? Should we believe Him for even
amazing miracles that have not been seen before? Would He still do amazing
things? He does. He does. Somebody say, “Thank God. Thank God. Thank You, Father.” We must not try to follow
somebody else’s actions when we haven’t heard from the Lord what
He told them. We must pray and seek- didn’t
Jesus say, “Seek and you will find? Ask and it will be given to you. Knock and it will be open.” Anytime you have a big
situation, don’t just try to take a short cut somewhere and
say, “They did that. I think I’ll try that.” Famous last words. Right? “I think I’ll try that.” No, no, no. Brother, sister, put your nose
in the carpet, is that right? Seek the Lord earnestly. Ask Him what He wants you to do
in this situation now. And don’t back off until you get
it. Right? Keep believing Him, keep
seeking, keep looking. You don’t have to hear an
audible voice, I’m not talking about that, but He will speak to
you in His Spirit, He will speak to you through His Word, He will
speak to you through other people. How will I know it? Oh, you’ll know it. You’ll know it when it’s Him. It fits your situation perfectly
and it’s life. And when you hear it, your heart
jumps and you go, “That’s the answer. That’s it.” And it will always involve
something that now you need to do. Can you see that? Now you need to do. But once you’ve heard from Him,
now I can be sure when I do this it will work. But until I’ve heard from Him,
I’m trying stuff. Actually that word “assay,” the
Egyptians assayed to do it, could also be translated
“experimenting.” Which is trying something,
right? They’re experimenting. Well, if you’re experimenting
you’re not convinced of anything. You’re doing a trial, you’re
doing a test to see if, to see what. You know, we see a similar
situation to that in the Book of Acts. Why don’t you turn over there in
Acts nineteen. This will answer a lot of
questions. “Why didn’t that work?” Why didn’t it work for the
Egyptians? They were right there on the
same day, right? In the same place. Why didn’t it work for them? God didn’t tell them the same
thing. They could’ve only had faith to
do what He told them which was to let them go. In Acts 19:11 notice this. “God wrought special miracles by
the hands of Paul,” so we see many generations later, God is
still doing miracles. Even special things. “From his body were brought unto
the sick handkerchiefs or aprons, and the diseases
departed from them, and the evil spirits went out of them. Then certain of the vagabond
Jews, exorcists, took upon them,” they took upon
themselves, “to call over them which had evil spirits the Name
of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul
preaches. And there were seven sons of one
Sceva, a Jew, and chief of the priests, which did so. And the evil spirit answered and
said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you? And the man in whom the evil
spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed
against them, so that they fled out of the house naked and
wounded.” What happened? Paul-cloths are being taken from
his body. Evil spirits are going out of
them. He’s casting out spirits. Diseases are leaving. And they tried to do the same
thing. Keyword on “try.” Right? They didn’t know the Lord. Didn’t say they were Christians. Didn’t say they were believers. They weren’t. They just heard he’s having
success and so they sent somebody and they videotaped
him, if it was done today, and then they practiced. And they saw Paul stood like
this and he said, “In the Name of Jesus.” “You got it?” “I got it. I’ve been practicing it all
night. I got it.” And so he took the stance and he
tried it, and got beat up. And ran out of the house with
his clothes torn off. Faith is not trying. Faith is not attempting. We must not try to do things
that are not real to us, that we haven’t heard from the Lord
about ourselves. But when you do hear, there is
no sea too big, there is no wall too tall, can you see it? There is nothing too hard for
the Lord. Say it out loud: “I live by
faith, I walk by faith, I overcome the world by faith,
I’m strong in faith giving glory to God.” That’s it for today. We’ll see you next time in Faith
School. Praise God. I’ve really enjoyed being with
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