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Exodus 5:21 (1/26/17)

Expectations

January 26, 2017 • Benham Brothers

* In Exodus 4:31 all the people believed Moses and Aaron that God would rescue them from their slavery. * But then in Exodus 5:21 we see them grumbling against Moses and Aaron. * What changed? * Here’s the key - disappointment is the gap between expectation and reality. * I’m sure in the first exchange they expected God to deliver them in a certain way - no struggle, no fear, no problem. * But this isn’t what God had planned. * God had a different plan - He needed to deal with Pharaoh and Egypt first. * He had to prepare them to give the Israelites all their stuff! * When God speaks just keep your focus on Him - if you begin to think about how, when, or what you’ll end up with false expectations. * This will lead to disappointment. * That’s what the Israelites did - they first focused on God but then started focusing on Moses and Aaron. * One last note - when God is going to do something your situation is probably going to get worse before it gets better. * Jeremiah 1:17-20.

Exodus (1/24/19)

Free Time • January 24, 2019 • Benham Brothers

* The test of maturity is what a person does with his free time. * A wise person uses freedom as a tool to build with but a foolish person uses freedom as a toy to play with. * Exodus teaches us three things: * 1) What freedom is * 2) How much freedom costs * 3) How to use freedom

Ex 1:8-14 (1/31/14)

Push / Pull • January 31, 2014 • Benham Brothers

The very place that represented comfort for the Israelites grew into a place representing a curse. God allowed them to be subject to forced labor so they would long for a country of their own. Push / Pull - when God is moving you to a new place there will usually be a push and a pull - a push from where you are and a pull to where you should be. When God chooses to squeeze you don't question the fingers He chooses to do it with. God uses the weaknesses of others to get us to where we need to be.

Exodus 1:22 - 2:10 (1/22/17)

A Test of Faith • January 22, 2017 • Benham Brothers

• VS 1:22 - When Satan plans for destruction God plans for deliverance - this is what set the stage for Moses to enter the scene. • Note: the very first plague 80 years later was the Nile turning to blood and the last plague was the Egyptian first-borns would die - innocent blood has a voice and God will bring justice. • FOUR CHARACTERS: • 1) A mom who was out of options but clung to her faith - she had to die to her dream. • 2) A baby who had no choice. • 3) An adoptive mother with a heart of compassion. • 4) A faithful little girl with a solution for life. • VS 1 - About this time - which time? A time when it seemed all hope was lost - dark time. • VS 2 - Imagine these three months - she had her baby but she could have been overcome by fear. • Hebrews 11:23 - Faithful parents - their faith in God’s plan was stronger than their fear of the king’s edict. • Faith always overcomes fear - even when our emotions tell us otherwise. HOW? • VS 3 - WTC - the way to face your fear is to first die to your dreams - let God handle the results. • VS 4 - We see the faith of a mom and the faithfulness of a daughter. • Jesus told the disciples to “keep watch” - Miriam shows us the rewards for doing so. • VS 5-6 - Pharoah’s daughter felt compassion - who do you think put that there? God! • God used a crying baby to control the most powerful woman in the nation. • ** God is in control - He can change the heart of that coach to put you in the game. • The question is, will you honor God if He doesn’t? • VS 7 - faithfulness coupled with proactivity! • Miriam faithfully kept watch and then proactively sprang into action when the time was right. • She proactively put the thought into Pharaoh’s daughter’s mind. • Her reward? • VS 8 - she got her brother back and her mom got her baby back! • The greatest gift a kid can give a parent is faithfulness. • VS 9 - Mom now had her baby and was paid to take care of him! • When you die to your dream and cling to your faith God will come through! • Mom’s situation was so much sweeter AFTER she let her son go than before. • When your faith intersects with God’s faithfulness you will be changed forever. • VS 10 - Mom could let him go once again because God had already proven faithful. • She submitted to his plan, not her own.