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SERMON DATE AND TITLE: 2018/0114 THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU

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THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU
SERMON STARTER

          This past week has been out-of-control crazy. Murphy's famous Law says, "What can go wrong, will go wrong." Monday evening our hot water furnace went out, we did not find out until Tuesday afternoon. Not only that, but the gas stove and oven wouldn't light, the hot water heater went out and the Chapel heat disappeared. I called the PA Natural Gas Company Tuesday evening when it finally dawned on me what had happened. It seems that the thaw Monday caused the water condensation to run down West hill and plugged my gas lines.      The Gas Company work crew arrived with excavation equipment and started digging at 11 pm. They left at 1:20 am after re-lighting our gas appliances. Luckily, there were no burst pipes. Our buildings are well insulated. That crisis was resolved.
          Thursday, I arrived at Flynn Tire for a scheduled appointment to replace two worn tires. I had two other complaints: The passenger front tire was chronically leaking, and there was a screw near the sidewall of one of my newer tires. More bad news: the continually leaking tire had a broken rim which had to be replaced. The screw damage to my newer tire could not be plugged and repaired.
          Tomorrow morning I pick up a new matching rim for the Equinox and take it to Flynn's for mounting and replacement. My "screw tire" was under roadside warranty and is replaceable. In all of this I kept saying over and over, "God's in control. God's in control."  I always believe in good tires and brakes on my vehicles.
          As we plunge into the New Year I do not need to be reminded that The Lord Will Fight For Us. 2 Chronicles 20:15
15 He said: "Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: 'Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God's. (NIV)
We do not stand alone in our trials, The Lord is with us and sometimes he fights for us. You need only to be still. . .
Pastor Phil  <><<
Sheepfold Ministries, January 14, 2018
Pastor Phil Roland

THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU
EXODUS 14:5-14

"The children of Israel were caught between a rock and a hard place. They seemed to be out of options: there was no way out. They were ready to see the supernatural hand of God at work in their lives."           Pastor Phil  <><<

13 And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.

14 The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace." Ex. 14:14
Background:
Four Hundred years passed after Joseph – 1800 to 1400 BCE
Bible lists 600,000 men, plus women / children that left Egypt
That would make two million souls
Pharaoh changes his mind and pursues the Israelites

Three commands of Moses stand out in verse 13:
I. DO NOT BE AFRAID - Verse 10
10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.
KJV - They were sore afraid. . .
          A. They looked and saw the Egyptian army and 600 chariots
                    1. Terrified, they were Sore Afraid
                    2. They were NOT Warriors
                    3. They were farmers, tradesmen, laborers, servants
                    4. They had no weapons or training in warfare
          B. They experienced a normal adrenal response to fear
                    1. Fear can immobilize, the heart to races, shallow breathing
                    2. The blood run cold. . .Normal adrenal response
                    3. Fear can also cause you to do desperate things
          C. In the natural the Children of Israel saw only two alternatives:
                    1. Plunge into the sea and drown
                    2. Be killed or captured by the superior Egyptian forces
                    3. But we have a Supernatural God who had a way of escape
                                        13 No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to                                 man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted                                       beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the               way of escape, that you may be able to bear it. 1 Corinthians 10:13
          D. If God is with you nothing shall be impossible with Him - Isa. 41:10
                “Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will                          strengthen you. . ." 
THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU, cont. p.2

                    1. The people wouldn’t allow Moses to ignore Pharaoh’s threat
                    2. They could feel the ground shaking
                              a. Horses' hooves from 600 plus gilded chariots
                              b. Some estimated another 1400 non-gilded chariots
                    3. No exact estimate of troop numbers / Probably thousands
          E. No matter your problem, never take your eyes off Jesus
            "For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and                    of a sound mind.”  2 Timothy 1:7
                    1. Keep your eyes focused on Jesus
                    2. He has you in His sight – Psalm 33:18      
                     “Behold, the eye of the LORD is on those who fear Him, On those
                           who hope in His mercy,”
          F. Israel prayed the Prayer of Desperation - "they cried out to the Lord!"
              8 We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed,                        but not in despair; 9 persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not                         destroyed--      2 Corinthians 4:8-9
                    1. Can you hear their desperation? Have you been there?
                    2. Have you every come to the place where you cannot pray?
                    3. The heart groans because of the heaviness of your situation
                    4. All you can do is weep and groan. . . Psalm 34:17
                                        17 The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears, And delivers them out
                           of all their troubles.

The second command of Moses in verse 13:
II. STAND STILL - Exodus 14:13
13 And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
            A. Paul believed God chooses to work through weakness
             “Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in
                persecutions, in distresses, for Christ's sake. For when I am weak, then
                 I am strong.”      2 Corinthians 12:10
1. God’s Power is Demonstrated through Human Weakness
                         “But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence
                               of the power may be of God and not of us.”     2 Corinthians 4:7
2. Notice how hard it is to Stand Still? Harder yet to shut up!
                    3. Do you have the faith to Stand Still and Occupy?
                    4. If you can't see the big picture, just do the next thing, Obey
          B. Through Faith God will work ALL THINGS to His and our Good
             “And we know that all things work together for good to those who love
                 God, to those who are the called according to His purpose.” Rom. 8:28
          Eg. "Stand Still and Let God Move" - So. Gospel, "The Isaacs"
                        The Father has a plan, though it’s hard to see it now
                        You feel you’re walking all alone, but He is there no doubt
                        When the storm around you rages, and you’re tossed to and fro
                        When you’re faced with life’s decisions, Not sure which way to go
                        Stand still and let God move, Standing still is hard to do
THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU, cont. p.3

                        When you feel you have reached the end,
                        He’ll make a way for you
                        Stand still and let God move
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I-iJZ53zjcw

The third command of Moses in verse 13:
III. SEE THE SALVATION OF THE LORD
13 And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.

            A. Moses boldly declares their Egyptian enemy is soon to be gone
          For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
1. The next AM the shores of the Red Sea littered w/corpses
                    2. Their enemy's carnage rampant everywhere
            B. God's Promises are True - Isaiah 41:11-13
            11 "Behold, all those who were incensed against you Shall be ashamed and

              disgraced; They shall be as nothing, And those who strive with you shall
              perish. 12 You shall seek them and not find them-- Those who contended
              with you. Those who war against you Shall be as nothing, As a                                       nonexistent thing. 13 For I, the LORD your God, will hold your right hand,
              Saying to you, 'Fear not, I will help you.'
          C. Give time for God to work
                    1. Don’t try to do God’s Job, He’ll do it well w/o your help
                    2. The Israelite’s just had to banish fear, stay calm and look
          D. Get out of God’s Way
                    1. Surrender yourself. . .Your situation. . .Your Heart
                    2. Trust God to be your Deliverer
                    3. Hebrew word for "Salvation" - Ya-shua. . .Jesus

THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU
CLOSING ILLUSTRATION
          Pastor Barbara McCrey and her husband invited us to their African American Church in Farrell, Pa. When they asked us to introduce ourselves I made the mistake of telling them I was a pastor and my wife and I were musicians. I was immediately invited to the podium and the pastor told the audience we were going to give a musical presentation.
          Have you ever experienced "Blind Panic?" I was there and it took a few moments for the adrenalin to subside. I grabbed my Bible. It opened to Exodus 14:14. . . I explained to the good people of faith, I was not a soloist, but I will teach them a new Chorus. Lois began to play the out-of-tune piano and I began to hesitantly sing. . .We ended up singing that little chorus more than 30 minutes. The people stood and wept as they sang the song with the tears running down their faces. . .

THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU
The Lord will fight for you
The Lord will fight for you
You need only to be still, to be still, to be still. . . .

He knows your every need. . .
The Lord will hear your cry. . .
The Lord will heal your pain. . .
The Lord will bring you peace. . .

THE LORD WILL FIGHT FOR YOU
Exodus 14:5-14 (NKJV)
5 Now it was told the king of Egypt that the people had fled, and the heart of Pharaoh and his servants was turned against the people; and they said, "Why have we done this, that we have let Israel go from serving us?"
6 So he made ready his chariot and took his people with him.
7 Also, he took six hundred choice chariots, and all the chariots of Egypt with captains over every one of them.
8 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued the children of Israel; and the children of Israel went out with boldness.
9 So the Egyptians pursued them, all the horses and chariots of Pharaoh, his horsemen and his army, and overtook them camping by the sea beside Pi Hahiroth, before Baal Zephon.
10 And when Pharaoh drew near, the children of Israel lifted their eyes, and behold, the Egyptians marched after them. So they were very afraid, and the children of Israel cried out to the LORD.
11 Then they said to Moses, "Because there were no graves in Egypt, have you taken us away to die in the wilderness? Why have you so dealt with us, to bring us up out of Egypt?
12 Is this not the word that we told you in Egypt, saying, 'Let us alone that we may serve the Egyptians?' For it would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than that we should die in the wilderness."
13 And Moses said to the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which He will accomplish for you today. For the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see again no more forever.
14 The LORD will fight for you, and you shall hold your peace."

IT'S NOT ALL UP TO YOU
Hiroo Onoda was a Japanese Imperial intelligence officer in the Second World War, serving with a commando unit on the Philippine island of Lubang. Instructed to do all he could to hamper the enemy assault on the island, his orders stipulated that under no circumstances was he permitted to surrender or to take his own life. And so when Allied forces finally captured the island February 14, 1945 and all but three Japanese soldiers were either killed or surrendered, Onoda was among the three that fled into the jungle. In December 1959, after years of no contact, Onoda was declared officially dead. But in 1974, after persistent rumors that he was alive and was conducting guerilla warfare in the jungles of Lubang a Japanese traveler went and searched for him, found him after about four days of searching, only to learn that Onoda refused to believe the war was over and would not surrender unless a superior officer told him to stand down. So the Japanese government located Onoda’s old commanding officer, Major Yoshimi Taniguchi, flew him to Lubang, searched in the jungle until they found Onoda, Taniguchi ordered him to surrender, and so on March 9, 1974, he walked out of the jungle still carrying his fully operational military issued rifle , five hundred rounds of ammunition, his sword, some hand grenades - he’d been fighting a war that ended thirty years previously.  Immersed in the jungle, the world around him had changed, and he fought on, actually needlessly.
Onoda’s case is unique, I’m sure, but I think there are times when we are not all that unlike him. We become immersed in our situations, in our circumstances, don’t we? We fail to see the bigger picture.