I want to go to the Scriptures this morning to the book of Exodus chapter 14:13, and Moses said to the people stand still and see the salvation of the Lord which you will see today, and the Egyptians that you have seen, you will not see them ever again.
When God makes a promise, you can receive the promise, and when the Lord told Moses you will not see these Egyptians anymore and they will be taken away, Moses told the people not to be afraid. But when they saw Pharaoh they became afraid. They knew the hard tasks when they were in Egypt. But they were afraid, and they believed that Pharaoh would take them back to Egypt and make things even harder.
God said no, they will be taken away and they will never be seen again. You need to see the salvation of the Lord, and the victory is in the hand of the Lord, and when you come to the Lord you are in his hand, and nothing and nothing can come against you. You will stand and fight the good fight of faith and have the victory.
We all know the story. and when the Red Sea was opened, and they went over on dry land, and Pharaoh began to go across, and they were running after the children of Israel, the Lord took the waters and brought them back together again, and the men and the horses were drowned.
God has got a plan, and that plan is for good and not harm. And through this plan, the Lord says he will bring you out of Egypt, and he will take you to the other side. And the women began to sing and dance with the tambourines. Have you ever had a miracle, and you could not sit still? Maybe you stood still for many months, and when the answer comes to pass, and you want to rejoice, and you want to praise the Lord, and worship the Lord, for the victory he has given to you.
I want to talk this morning about how we go through different “gates” in life. As we go to heaven the pearly gates will be opened wide and everyone who has been called out of this world to the abundant life will go through the pearly gates.
When you think about it, we are constantly going through gates. Life is filled with transitions or gates. For instance, Jesus said we should enter at “the strait gate.”
As the prophets of old said, there is no completion until the completion of the Saints. It is wonderful to know you will be walking down the street in heaven and you can say hello to all of the apostles.
We will meet those who wrote the New Testament. We will meet those we have read about for many years. We will see what they look like. We will be able to see them. We will ask the Lord different things about what has happened to us. The Bible says we won’t remember this life. It will be a new beginning to reign for ever with Jesus in eternity. Think of the joy that will be there.
Think about the half hour of silence in heaven. There would be 144,000 who will be sealed. My husband says the Lord will seal those would be protected from the wrath to come. That would be one half hour of silence and we are going to shout with joy in heaven. People say why do I shout or cry? It is because I love to cry. It gives my soul cleansing. I cry for joy.
I can remember the transitions, or the gates that I have been through in life. I have walk through the gates of suffering. You might say, that’s a sad thing. However, it is only made me stronger. And it has prepared me for the ministry that I am doing now.
Perhaps you are going through a difficult time and you are passing through difficult gates now. The doors you’re going through are not easy. But the Lord is going to help you and he will encourage you. I always say, the doors you go through now are just preparation for the ministry you will have to others in the near future.
I want to begin my message out of the book of Nehemiah and chapter number 8. I want to go to verse eight. and they read in the book of the law and they gave the understanding and they understood the reading, and Nehemiah, and Ezra the priest, and the Levites and they said, this day is holy to the Lord your God and do not be weeping, for all of the people cried when they heard the Lord. He said you should go your way and eat the fat and drink the sweet and bring portions to those for whom nothing is prepared and this day is holy to the Lord and don’t be sorry, for the joy of the Lord is your strength.
When we feel down, and you notice that God will bring you something to give you joy. we have come to far to stop now, and we should keep going to the Mark of the high calling and we should endure until the end for those that should be saved.
As the people rebuilt the wall around Jerusalem, and when you read it in Nehemiah, you can read about all of the things that happened to Nehemiah. The adversaries, they were afraid of the children of Israel and they understood the children of Israel had the Lord on their side, and God would fight the battle. God would bring them through. They were jealous of what God would be doing in the lives of the children of Israel.
When the book of Moses was found and they began to read it, the people begin to rejoice. lay aside your sorrows and rejoice in the Lord and the joy of the Lord will give you strength. when you hear the word, it will turn your tears and your sorrows into joy. You know your faith is being built up and by the faith you have, and you will be able to overcome.
Jesus said, I will give you my joy. And my joy in you will be full. The Lord does not want you to be sad and downtrodden, because truly, the joy of the Lord will be your strength.
You can have the peace of God that passes all understanding. Jesus said, my peace I give to you, not as the world gives, give I unto you, my peace will always be with you.
The word of God says you can have peace. Jesus said in the world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, because I have overcome the world. This world is looking for peace. People are taking drugs looking for peace. People are doing everything they can to find peace. The only real peace is in Jesus Christ. That is why he is called “the Prince of peace.”
And one day, were going to be going to heaven what we can love one another. We will be in heaven forever and forever. It is a land of peace, and it is a land flowing with milk and honey. We are looking for that peace of the land that would be quiet and not only that, and we want good pastor, and as we talk about the 23rd Psalm. The 23rd Psalm says God will lead you beside the still waters. Not the raging waters, but the still waters. God wants you to be at peace.
There are good pastures waiting for you. And we can have rest and peace and joy and the fruit of the Spirit moving on us and he is with us and he is leading us and guiding us into the quiet place, and even as he said, you cannot minister, and, away, and you need to rest a while. And the disciple said no, where having a good time, but Jesus said you must come and you must rest with me.
So be at peace this morning. Let the Lord know that you love him and praise him. The word of God says in returning and rest will you be saved, and in quietness and confidence will be your strength.
Have you received the Lamb of God into your life? Have you allowed the blessings of Jesus Christ to flood your soul, and you can look at the cares of this world and you can say, “They don’t even matter to me anymore.” What matters is, I am pressing to make have in my home.
Because heaven is my home, I will not give up anything. He is the great shepherd but he is the Lamb of God who was slain before the foundation of the world. The Bible says we can hear his voice, and we will not follow a stranger. We know the voice of God. And he knows our voice. God knows everything about you.
The Lord spoke to Moses and he said, “take the Lamb. and if the household would be too little, then you would take from some of the other families. You take it according to the number of the souls and every man according to his eating, and everyone will count for the Lamb.”
In other words, consume all of the Lamb. Do not take just a portion of the Lamb and don’t take a portion of what Jesus has for you. But take everything and take it 100 percent of everything that Jesus has for you. Only good happens to those who love the Lord and those other called according to his purpose.
The plan that God has for you is to do you good and not harm. 99.5 percent will not do, Jesus wants everything. 100 percent. He gave everything for you on the cross of Calvary. The word of God says because Jesus Christ is raised from the dead, we that are alive and remain will also be raised from the dead as well. He gave you everything, so give him everything.