Where Are You Living?
Exodus 1:8-14; 2:23-25; 14:29-31; 16:2-8 Joshua 1:1-9; 5:12
INTRO: There have been the beginnings of a spiritual hunger in our country. Unfortunately, some of this hunger is being satisfied by an upsurge of interests in New Age theology and Eastern religions as well as the occult.
Within the church there has been a new hunger also for a deeper life with Christ … and while all this is good many Christians unfortunately do not understand what a deeper life in Christ looks like.
Revival means repentance, burdens for the lost, a desire to realign our lives under God’s Word, to live as the Word dictates and not as the world dictates. Revival is not about blessings, it is about burden! There is a place for blessings, but blessings without burdens will leave a church anemic and turned inward … God’s people are not called by God to live only under blessings but to BE A BLESSING!
We can be so carried away by the unusual that we forget there is a responsibility before God to reach the lost … these were Jesus’ final marching orders for the church. Even the Baptism of the Holy Spirit was given not so we can just be blessed but so we can be a powerful witness in the entire world! Too often we can get sidetracked and focus incorrectly!
ILLUS: Whenever the Ethiopian emperor Menelik II was ill, he’d eat a few pages from the Bible. He believed it would restore his health. He died in 1913 after eating the entire book of 2 Kings. -- Robert C. Shannon, 1000 Windows, (Cincinnati, Ohio: Standard Publishing Company, 1997).
PROP. SENT: The burden of God’s heart is to win the lost, not for us to just enjoy the blessings; we cannot be a New Testament church without a burden over sin; ours and the lost. Revival has to be more than getting blessed; it must also be getting burdened!
I. LAND OF ‘‘NOT ENOUGH’’ Ex. 1:8-14; 2:23-25
A. Anguish! Ex. 1:8-14
1. Egypt became a horrible place for God’s people, they were now slaves!
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