Stop Wailing and Start Walking
SERIES – Share the Hope
Exodus 14:10-16 GNV
10 When the Israelites saw the king and his army marching against them, they were terrified and cried out to the Lord for help.
11 They said to Moses, “Weren’t there any graves in Egypt? Did you have to bring us out here in the desert to die? Look what you have done by bringing us out of Egypt!
12 Didn’t we tell you before we left that this would happen? We told you to leave us alone and let us go on being slaves of the Egyptians. It would be better to be slaves there than to die here in the desert.”
13 Moses answered, “Don’t be afraid! Stand your ground, and you will see what the Lord will do to save you today; you will never see these Egyptians again.
14 The Lord will fight for you, and all you have to do is keep still.”
15 The Lord said to Moses, “Why are you crying out for help? Tell the people to move forward.
16 Lift up your walking stick and hold it out over the sea. The water will divide, and the Israelites will be able to walk through the sea on dry ground. The word despair means no way out.
2 Corinthians 4:8-9 NLT – 8 We are pressed on every side by troubles, but we are not crushed. We are perplexed, but not driven to despair. 9 We are hunted down, but never abandoned by God. We get knocked down, but we are
Luke 18:1 KJV – And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Philippians 4:6 NLT – Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done.
1 Thessalonians 5:17 NLT – Never stop praying.
Exodus 3:7 NLT – Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. Prayer is not bad, but there is a bad time to pray. Prayer should not be a substitute for decisive
action. Too much of our praying is just an act of delaying.
Joshua 7:4-11 NLT – 4 So approximately 3,000 warriors were sent, but they were soundly defeated. The men of
Ai 5 chased the Israelites from the town gate as far as the quarries, and they killed about thirty-six who were retreating down the slope. The Israelites were paralyzed with fear at this turn of events, and their courage melted away. 6 Joshua and the elders of Israel tore their clothing in dismay, threw dust on their heads, and bowed face down to the ground before the Ark of the Lord until evening. 7 Then Joshua cried out, “Oh, Sovereign Lord, why did you bring us across the Jordan River if you are going to let the Amorites kill us? If only we had been content to stay on the other side! 8 Lord, what can I say now that Israel has fled from its enemies? 9 For when the Canaanites and all the other people living in the land hear about it, they will surround us and wipe our name off the face of the earth. And then what will happen to the honor of your great name?” 10 But the Lord said to Joshua, “Get up! Why are you lying on your face like this? 11 Israel has sinned and broken my covenant! They have stolen some of the things that I commanded must be set apart for me. And they have not only stolen them but have lied about it and hidden the things among their own belongings.
I. Don’t lie with your face down when you have to face some issues.
Joshua 7:1 NLT – But Israel violated the instructions about the things set apart for the Lord. A man named Achan had stolen some of these dedicated things, so the Lord was very angry with the Israelites. Achan was the son of Carmi, a descendant of Zimri son of Zerah, of the tribe of Judah.
II. Stop praying when it’s a substitute for reconciliation.
Matthew 5:23-24 NLT – 23 “So if you are presenting a sacrifice at the altar in the Temple and you suddenly
remember that someone has something against you, 24 leave your sacrifice there at the altar. Go and be
reconciled to that person. Then come and offer your sacrifice to God. We often try to cover up an offense in one place by doing good in another. If you are not going to give up your resentment, you will have to give up your prayers. Steps to Restoring Broken Fellowship
1. Take the initiative.
2. Sympathize with their feelings.
Philippians 2:4 GNV – And look out for one another’s interests, not just for your own.
3. Examine yourself and your contribution to the conflict.
Matthew 7:5 GNV – You hypocrite! First take the log out of your own eye, and then you will be able to see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.
4. Recognize reconciliation might not take place.
Romans 12:18 NLT – Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone.
I II. Stop praying about forgiveness and accept it.
Acts 9:9 GNV – For three days he was not able to see, and during that time he did not eat or drink
Acts 9:11 GNV – The Lord said to him, “Get ready and go to Straight Street, and at the house of Judas ask for a man from Tarsus named Saul. He is praying,
Acts 9:17-19 GNV – 17 So Ananias went, entered the house where Saul was, and placed his hands on him. “Brother Saul,” he said, “the Lord has sent me—Jesus himself, who appeared to you on the road as you were coming here. He sent me so that you might see again and be filled with the
Holy Spirit.” 18 At once something like fish scales fell from Saul’s eyes, and he was able to see again. He stood up and was baptized; 19 and after he had eaten, his strength came back.
Proverbs 28:13 TLB – A man who refuses to admit his mistakes can never be successful. But if he confesses and forsakes them, he gets another chance.
Joshua 3:12-17 GNV – 12 “Now select twelve men, one from each tribe, for a special task.
13 When the priests who are carrying the Ark touch the water with their feet, the river will stop flowing as though held back by a dam, and will pile up as though against an invisible wall!” 14
Now it was the harvest season and the Jordan was overflowing all its banks; but as the people set out to cross the river and as the feet of the priests who were carrying the Ark touched the water at the river’s edge, 15 suddenly, far up the river at the city of Adam, near Zarethan, 16 the water began piling up as though against a dam!
And the water below that point flowed on to the Dead Sea until the riverbed was empty. Then all the people crossed at a spot where the river was close to the city of Jericho, 17 and the priests who were carrying the Ark stood on dry ground in the middle of the Jordan and waited as all the
people passed by.
Exodus 14:23-25 GNV – 23 Then the Egyptians followed them between the walls of water along the bottom of the sea—all of Pharaoh’s horses, chariots, and horsemen. 24 But in the early morning Jehovah looked down from the
cloud of fire upon the array of the Egyptians, and began to harass them. 25 Their chariot wheels began coming off, so that their chariots scraped along the dry ground. “Let’s get out of here,” the Egyptians yelled. “Jehovah is fighting for them and against us.” No river will let you cross until you attempt to cross it.
2 Corinthians 1:9-10 NIV – 9 Indeed, in our hearts we felt the sentence of death. But this happened that we might not rely on ourselves but on God, who raises the dead. 10 He has delivered us from such a deadly peril, and he will deliver us. On him we have set our hope that he will continue to deliver us, God uses adversity to correct me, direct me and protect me.