The start of a new sermon series called “God Wins: The Story of God And His People.” This is a short summary of the first sermon, titled “Sin Can’t Win: When God Parted The Universe.” Part of my calling as a pastor is to help set you free from the bondage of sin. So by the grace of God, here we go.
In Exodus 14, there’s an amazing victory that sets the tone for the rest of the Bible and our entire human history.
God’s people are directly rescued from Egyptian slavery through a mediator, Moses, by passing through an impassable sea. God splits an ocean in half.
Yet the Israelites for forty years constantly forget this incredible miracle. They have left slavery but the slavery never quite leaves them. Objectively they have been rescued, but subjectively in their everyday experience, they were still slaves in Egypt.
And so it is with us, who will often feel like slaves to sin. Our lives are a Constant Exodus. If you’re like me, you’ve made several weeks of “spiritual progress” and then totally lost it on someone, stumbled to temptation, or fell back on old comforts. But this is part of life. Faith is a journey. What matters most is not the moment of defeat but the moment right after, which determines our future direction.
God’s Battle Cry for our entire Christian journey is: If you remember what I’ve done for you, you’ll always know who you are.
Former atheist/agnostic, now a pastor and professional rambler. Have a B.A. in Psychology and M.Div from SEBTS. Both degrees negate each other, i.e. I'm still a dummy. Have a fifth degree black belt and I can eat five lbs. of steak in one sitting. A recovered porn addict, skeptical Christian, loves Jesus. I gave away half my salary in 2012 to fight human trafficking, and you can help. Have a mixed German shepherd named Rosco, have two toenails growing out of one toe, and I'm addicted to coffee, ginger ale, and tomato juice.
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