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Read Your Bible Devotional
Read Your Bible Devotional

Episode 29 · 2 years ago

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Read Your Bible Devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds.

Hello and welcome to read Your Bible devotional with Pastor Brad Reynolds. We are reading through the Bible in a year. This daily devotional will help keep your heart in mind and God's word. Use your phone to download and listen to Pastor Brad Reynolds Audio podcast. You can find a RSS feedlink on our website, www dot do berry baptist clarksbridgecom. My surprise some of you, but I lived in Missouri for a while. Welcome back. We're glad to have you back. We're going through the book of Exodus. We're actually going through the Bible where the book of Exodus, but I did I left in Missouri and it's known as the show me state. In fact it's historically known as don't tell me shorely. They wanted evidence, they wanted prove and we're in...

...the book of Exodus and I've entitled the lesson today not seeing is believing. Not Seeing is believing. We've all heard the phrase seeing is believing, and such sentiments characterize many of us and our our faults around people who do a lot of talking but not a lot of evidencing. By living in a world filled with talkers and not doers. Many of us want to be shown evidence in order to believe, but should such should never be the case with God. In fact, our God desires just the opposite. In God's economy, he asked us to believe when we don't see. Even asked us to believe him when what we see is opposite of what he says is true. A...

...few lessons ago, we learned that their times when our spiritual eyesight improves through tragedies. Today we see that our spiritual eyesight improves when we can't see. These paradoxes continue to stretch our faith. Are Reading for the day was exodus five through seven. We're in exodus, Chapter Five and Verse Twenty One for our devotional fault, and I want to read that to you. And they said, may the Lord look on you and judge you. You've made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us. It was backtracked. Where we are? We're in one thousourte hundred and fifty BC time period. Moses has been called by God to lead his children out of Israel. He finally agrees to do so. He and...

Aron are now going to Pharaoh and and telling Pharaoh. Listen, God says, said them free. Pharaoh says, who are you? And in Pharaoh, instead of listening to Moses, as God said he would, Pharaoh says, I'll tell you what, I'm going to make things more difficult. I'm going to make them work harder as slaves, I'm going to give them less rest as slaves and I'm going to make them bring in more than what I required before him. Just the opposite of what God had said comes to past. And so the children of Israel, whom God said would follow Moses, now complain. May The Lord Look on you, Moses, and judge you. You've made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials. Moses had been called by God to do a mighty word. God had even promised Moses that the elders would listen to him. We saw that in chapter three, verse Efety. And yet, rather than listening to Moses, the elders are now angry...

...at Moses and Erin further. Rather than chip letting the children of Israel goal is God said Pharaoh would, Pharaoh makes their Labor explan actually more difficult. Moses trusted God, but now that trust was being tempted to waver by circumstances. God said one thing, but reality looks different than what God said. Instead of the Israelites being delivered, their slavery was intensified. Instead of the elder supporting Moses, they turned against me. Moses would learn a great lesson of faith, a lesson for you and I as well. When we get saved, when we by faith, trust God's word, we assume the results of obedience are immediate. We assume God says he'll bless. We follow,...

...then he must bless because we're following. We assume that somehow, by obeying God, everything will be great immediately. We've obeyed God, we should read what we saw. God bless me now and we make that assumption. But what we do? But what do we do when we obey and things get worse? What do we do when we're obeying God and, rather than reaping what we're sewing and God blessing, things get worse? Do we still trusty, as word promises will reap what we sow by following him? We follow him and we're not being blessed. Do we still trust him and his word, or does doubt creep in? If we possess the spectacles of time.

We would always believe, but we wouldn't have faith. You see, that's the issue. If God gave us a spectacles of time where we would see eventually what would take place, we'd always believe God's word. We know it comes to pass on this in this day, at this time in the future, but we wouldn't need faith. That's the whole point of faith. Believing in that which we don't see. Not Seeing is believing. God is growing Moses's faith, just as God desires to grow our faith. Neither of the things God said to Moses occurred when he obeyed. In fact, the opposite occurred. And now a crisis of faith. Do I believe God when circumstances say opposite, or do I trust my eyes and what I see? God's...

Word says one thing, circumstances says God's Word is wrong. which do we believe? Moses is now challenged by God to trust God's word in Spye of how things appear. God's Word is clear. The man or woman of God that meditates on God's word will prosper in all that he or she does. Psalms one says that if you meditate on God's word, you'll prosper in everything you do. You Start Meditating on God's word and all of a sudden it appears you're not prospering. Do you trust God's Word or note? God's Word is clear that all things work together for good to those who are called by God, to those who are called according to his purposes. Again, do...

...you believe God's word, that is your following God, as your loving God, as your called according to his purposes, that this trial, at this pain, that this difficulty you're going through is being worked for good? That's what God says. And again, God's Word is clear that those who lose their lives for God's sake will gain but those who seek to gain their lives will lose him. Time and time again, God's Word says one thing, circumstances says something else. The question is, what are we going to do in that moment when God's word says this, circumstances say this? That's when faith is real. In spite of what I see, in spite of what's going on, in spite of the problems, I don't see how, I...

...don't know how, I'm trust in God's word. God's Word said, Moses, you're going to lead my people out of Israel and Pharaoh's going to let him go. Moses, the elders of Israel will listen to you. Moses didn't want to do it and finally says he'll do it. Aaron goes with him, and so here's Moses and he's like, okay, let me just get this done, let me do it over with. God's called me to do it. I'm going to go do it, I'm going to obey Pharaoh. Let him go and and that's what that's what I'll do. And so he does. He goes and tells fare O, Pharaoh, let him go. Fayre says, who are you? Who's your God? Yeah, not happening, not gonna let him go. In fact, I'm going to make their labor or Moses walks out and he's like, Whoa, Whoa, wha. God said, if I go and do what God told me to do, Pharaoh will let them go. Pharaoh's not letting him go. God also...

...said the elders will listen to him. They're not listen to him. They're ready to stoning. So then he has a choice, though I continue to trust God's word in spite of the circumstances are not now. Ultimately we'll see God's word came to pass. Pharaoh did let him go and the elders do listen the Moses. But right now Moses's faith is being challenge because the circumstances are saying something different than God's word. The world we live in screams, along with the demons of hell, that God's Word is not true. Circumstances confront us in the midst of our faith, proclaiming God's Word is not true. And this is our crisis of faith. To Trust God's Word or our life, our circumstances, our feelings, this world. In Time, God's...

...word always comes to pass exactly how he says, just as it did here with Moses. But Moses couldn't see the future. almoses saw was the present, which proclaimed as loudly as the burning Bush that God was wrong. But by faith, in spite of what the circumstances were saying, Moses decided I'm going to trust God, I'm going to trust God's word. What a great lesson for all of us, a lesson that I hope will benefit you today, to trust God's word, no matter what the circumstances saying. Well, our reading for tomorrow is going to be exodus, Chapter Eight, verses ten. Will encourage you, as we're making our way through the Bible, to...

...go ahead and read that. I look forward to seeing bad, seeing you back here tomorrow. Let me pray with you before we go. Father, we thank you again for your amazing word, thank you for teaching us through your word, and I pray, father, this amazing lesson of Moses trusting you when circumstances said you're wrong, when you said one thing and circumstances were something else, he trusted you. May We do the same, may and so doing, you use us to change our real just as you use Moses to change your world. We pray this in Jesus. Amen. Thanks for joining us.

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