Simple Obedience

The book of Exodus shows us how we should be in obedience to God.

Linn Winters
Jul 30, 2017    39m
In this part of the Exodus series Pastor Linn explores even deeper God's conversation about obedience. In Chapter 14, God takes us to a moment where obeying him is harder then we ever imagined. There is power in simple moments of obedience. And we learn through Moses, that God does not need us but delights to use us. Video recorded at Chandler, Arizona.

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Linn: 00:46 Hey Cornerstone. How ya doing man? Hey think about this for a sec, how fun is it that God is allowed your in my footprint, the impact of what he's doing in and through us here, to be bigger than just even what happens on this particular campus on a Sunday. And I just can't even tell you what a joy it is for us to have a San Tan campus, to have a Scottsdale campus, to have a 5:00 p.m. service, to have the venue. Guys I'm just telling you if you're part of any of those you are part of our joy. We're just, you are God doing something really, really special here and through us. And so man just honor to you and we're so thankful that you're part of the Cornerstone family today.

Linn: 01:26 All right we're in a series in Exodus and we've been asking you to read along. Remember we said that this book is so rich there's so much in there. Please, please, please be reading a chapter every single day. And so that you'll kind of fill in some of the blanks because we can't possibly unpack everything that's in here. If you were here last week you remember we had a conversation that basically ended this way. Obedience is never measured by the right outcome. In other words, I don't decide to be obedient because God is doing what I wanted him to do or what I expected him to do or maybe even it just turns out bad. And obedience my, my behavior, what I do in that moment, has nothing to do with what God does or doesn't do in that moment.

Linn: 02:11 Obedience is simply doing what God asked me to do when he asked me to do it. Here's the interesting thing. God's going to take us even deeper into this conversation of obedience. He's going to take us to a moment in which we discover that obeying sometimes is harder than we ever imagined that it was going to be.

Linn: 02:38 We did the right thing. We followed Christ. We said, "Look you know I get it. I get that I may not see the result of this but I'm simply going to obey." And then right about the time that it starts to nose up, right about the time you start to go, "Oh, OK, you know it's not that we've landed it's just it's just kind of heading in the right direction." Then all of a sudden it gets harder, harder and you want to go, "God, wait, wait, wait. How come you're? I feel like a drowning man. And you're tying weights on me right now. How can how can something this hard get harder for me."

Linn: 03:19 It's the gal who all through her life her mom has spoken to her with criticism and critique and failure and now she's a mom. And she's raising daughters of her own and her mom has now taken part of that critique and criticism and now it's gone to the daughters. And, and so there's been this history of just, "Hey Mom you can't say that and don't come to my house and you know be trashy. No my kids because I'm just telling you I am so much more involved as a daughter, as a mother. I'm, I'm trying so much harder than you ever tried in my life and my kids are pretty darn good." And then there comes the moment where God speaks to her heart and just says, "Hey. I'm just going to ask you to give grace to your mom. I'm going to ask you to stop fighting. I'm going to ask you to stop arguing. I'm going to ask you to stop kicking back and just hold your tongue in those moments. Just give her grace even in the midst of her bad behavior." And you've done it you've been able to navigate it. There's been so many times your mom has just said that ill spoken word and in the midst of it you just, you just held your lips. But today, today it gets harder because today she went back after your girls and today it landed. Today it wounded and you look into the eyes of your daughter and you know that she is deeply hurt and every bit of you says, "I'm just going to go old school on you mom. I mean I'm going, I'm going back to where we you know. Somehow you don't think. But I'm just telling you."

Linn: 04:57 It's that moment when you finally decide hey you know our churches, I mean our families are going to be a church family. We're just, we're going to be committed to the Lord and we're going to stop being casual about this. And so we've just decided that every Sunday, every Sunday we're going to show up at church. We're just going to do that. It's going to be our offering of obedience to the Lord. And man it's been hard. There have been Sundays when it rained and everybody knows you don't go to church when it rains. It's just it's Arizona, right? You don't. That's that's like death threatening when it rains.

Linn: 05:32 And, and you know, and then this Sunday comes and it's back to school Sunday. And you've been in the store shopping and buying gazillions of things for your kids. You had to punch out some little, old lady to get the last Power Rangers backpack. I mean it's been horrifying to get there. And now you wake up on Sunday and the kids are like, "We don't want to go. We're so tired." And you just go, "God. It's, it's been so hard and now I'm even tired. And God I just feel like I've been hanging on to that promise with my fingertips" and it be so easy right? It be so easy you go OK.

Linn: 06:07 And guys I'm going to tell you if you've never experienced that, if you've ever lived through the moment when you go, "Hey I've been obeying God and doing what's right. And it's been hard till now and I'm just telling you right now, it feels like it's harder yet."

Linn: 06:25 It's part of the Christian journey. It's part of what happens in our lives. And here's the wonder of it. You and I are going to get to unpack a story today when Israel is going to have exactly that same conversation. They're going to go, "Hey God, alright. We've been following you. We were obeying you. Pharaoh was really rough on us. We headed out into the wilderness. And God you just let it get harder to do what you wanted us to do."

Linn: 06:50 And we're going to discover, ready for this, that there is power in simple moments of obedience. In moments when we go, "I don't understand it. I don't get it. I hate it and I'm simply going to choose, even now as I hang on by my fingertips, to just dig my nails and a little deeper and just do what you've asked me to do." Because God does God things in simple moments of obedience.

Linn: 07:35 Grab your Bibles. Go with me to Exodus, Chapter 14. Exodus, Chapter 14. If you're not familiar if you are the front of your Bible, work to the left, you're going to find this passage. Exodus, Chapter 14. While you're getting there let me set you up to what's been happening. So we've gotten to the end of the ten plagues, nine of them were unsuccessful. Finally on the tenth plague Pharaoh has said, "OK I'm done. I'm done wrestling with God. I'm done arguing with you, Moses. Go, get out of Egypt."

Linn: 07:58 It's interesting because as the children of Israel leave Egypt the Bible tells us that the Egyptians begin they heap treasures on them. They just start handing them like gold and jewelry and stuff. And we don't know exactly for sure, we don't know if that's because the Egyptians have been watching all of this unpack in there and they're kind of saying, "Hey we get it. You didn't really cause us all this pain and this turmoil. It's, it's been the stubbornness of our leader. He's, he's the one that has resisted, resisted, resisted. And so look here, take this." Or if they're maybe completely fed up with the Israelites that they're just like, "Good riddance, here don't ever come back. Take this. Go establish a new nation. But don't ever show up here again." We don't know. But it's interesting that God causes there very enemies to bless them with riches as they leave.

Linn: 08:57 As they go out scripture even says, you're ready for this? That God asks them to go the long way. There's a short route to get to the Promised Land and God says, "No, no, no we're going to go a long way around." Ever had one of those moments when you go, "Oh. Wait. It's right there. I mean it's straight ahead and you seemingly are taking me through the back alleys on this deal. Why are we going the long way God?"

Linn: 09:28 If that's not bad enough. God then says, "Oh by the way double back. Double back on yourself and go camp over here. Pharaoh is going to think you're confused and wondering." If I were Israel at this moment I go, "Pharaoh's gonna think we're confused? I think we're confused. I don't get it? We're going the wrong way and now we're doubling back on our footsteps." And when Pharaoh sees it, scripture says he begins to second guess and go, "Hey look these guys don't have a plan. They don't know what they're doing. Let's, let's go back and defeat them. We'll bring them back and replenish the workforce here in Egypt." And you go wait, how can you be thinking that way after what you've just gone through but maybe he's saying, "Hey we lived through all ten plagues. We're still alive. So what's the worst that could happen?" We don't know what he's thinking but Pharaoh rallies his armies and now begins to pursue Israel. You ready for this? Think about this, if you're Israel, it's been hard, it's been hard, it's been hard, God. We obeyed you and it looked like it was getting better. And now it's getting worse.

Linn: 10:41 Here we go. Exodus Chapter 14 starting in Verse 9. Here's what it says. The Egyptians, all Pharaohs horses and chariots and horsemen and troops pursued the Israelites and overtook them. As they camped by the sea near Pi Hahiroth opposite Baal Zephon. As Pharaoh approach the Israelites looked up and there were the Egyptians marching after them. They were absolutely terrified and cried to the Lord. They said to Moses, "Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you (if you've got a physical Bible circle you) that you brought us up out of Egypt to die? What have you circle you) done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn't we say to you in Egypt, 'Leave us alone.' Let us serve the Egyptians. It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert." So you get the moment. It's already been hard God this whole following you is bigger than we expected. And now it's getting harder.

Linn: 11:57 I've got a friend and he told me a story recently about his daughter enrolling in high school this year. He said, "It's interesting about this particular daughter because if you were ever to see a family photo of our family you would immediately say, 'OK, which one doesn't belong?' because my entire family is super sports, super athletic oriented. We spend lots of time outside so we always got you know kind of a tan thing going on except for my one daughter who has never picked up a ball in her life. She's never done anything. She's more the stay in and read a book kind of gal." And because of that you look at a picture of her family and she's the one albino. She's the lightest skin. She's never seen the sun. She's never been outside. Everyone else in her family's gregarious and outgoing. She's the highly introverted one. "It's just which one doesn't belong? But recently I took her to see the movie Wonder Woman. And she came out of that movie totally inspired. She thought you know what I should get like more fit and you know and more musculared up. And so as she enrolled for her freshman year of high school she decided for 1st period to sign up for a weightlifting. Everybody in the family was thrilled. We were all like, hey finally, you know we're gonna kind of have something in common. It will be cool and you won't be quite as anemic. It will be good. She shows up for her first day of school, goes to weightlifting class and then comes home. And we said 'How was it?' And she said, 'It was horrible. It was the most miserable thing in my life.' They go, 'Well why?' She said, 'Because we spent the entire day testing and the test was how many push ups can you do in a minute.' Her brother said, 'Well how many did you do? Like 10, 15, 20. How did you do?' She goes, 'No.' Her sister said, 'Well did you get 5 out in a minute?' 'No. I did none in a minute.' And ready for this? Just trying to do a push. Just spending a minute trying to lift myself, I pulled every muscle in my body. I walked around school the rest of the day just stiff. It was horrible.' And here's what she said, 'If I could roll back time and go to a week ago when I was finalizing my schedule I would have cut first hour of weight lifting off and now I'm stuck.'"

Linn: 14:27 Ever felt that way as a Christian? Ever had that moment where you're going, "OK so this, this following God thing, it's harder than I thought. I wish somebody would have warned me as I got in." And I'm just, guys, you haven't figured this out by now, following Jesus isn't easy. It is not for the faint of heart. And I'm sorry. I'm sorry if when you make your decision for Christ some preacher stood up there and said, "Hey just give your heart to Jesus and happily ever after" because whoever that was they lied to you.
Linn: 15:03 I'm just telling you this following Jesus is not an easy thing. It takes courage. The people of this world who follow Jesus are brave. It's not easier it's just better to be following Jesus. That's why we do it. And so I just promise you there's going to be moments, there's going to be seasons in you're journey, you're going to go, "Wow this is harder than I ever imagined when I signed up. And don't be surprised in that moment. If the old way of life suddenly looks really compelling, really intriguing for you. And you say to yourself, "Well I was better off in Egypt."

Linn: 15:49 It's interesting because we've been telling you all along as we've been doing this that the story of Exodus, what happens in Israel, is really a parallel to the Christian walk. And we've told you that Egypt always represents our life before Jesus. Isn't it interesting that just as Israel has broken free to follow God that the old life comes chasing after them to enslave them again, isn't that interesting? And suddenly the children of Israel look up and they say to Moses, "Dude what have you done? What have, you got us out here. And this is, this is now turning out really bad and it's miserable." And you're ready? "And we were better off when we were back in Egypt."

Linn: 16:35 And if you're not careful in the hardest moments of your faith and your walk of Christ you'll think to yourself, "Hey I'm not sure this Jesus thing is everything it was cracked up to be. I can remember some parts of my sins that were pretty enjoyable. I wonder if I was better off back in Egypt." You know scripture doesn't tell us what the Israelites are thinking right now but it really doesn't have to right? They are in a moment and they're going, "You know maybe we could negotiate something with Pharaoh? You know maybe we could form you know, a kind of Israeli labor union thing. And work on work hours and pay structures and you know maybe we could go back and maybe we could manage this relationship with the old life, with the Pharaoh himself?"

Linn: 17:32 Every Christian you've ever seen fail tried to manage the old life with the new life they said, "No, no, no, no. I know it's sin. I know it's wrong but I'm, I'm going to manage it. I'm going to figure out some way to form an agreement with that and an agreement with following Christ and I'm going to manage my sin."

Linn: 17:59 How many of you've ever fished? OK, OK, first hour there was like one. We're all like, "I don't understand fishing stories." All right you guys are going to get this much better. OK so every fish that has ever been caught, caught on a hook, believed they were going to manage the bait. See the fish was going, "I know there's a hook there. What do you think I am, stupid? But here's what I'm gonna do. I'm going to go up to the worm. I'm going to gently put my mouth around the worm slide it off before the fishermen ever figures it out. This is going to be cool." And he was thinking that right up until the millisecond before the hook went right through the roof of his mouth because he was going to manage it. And guys every Christian you've ever seen who has lived a miserable Christian life tried to manage that sin and every fish you've ever eaten on a plate was trying to manage the bait. It's just a bad idea. And if you're not careful in the darkest moments of your walk you'll opt to manage the old life with your new life because the old life will come chasing after you again.

Linn: 19:07 Back to the passage. Verse 13. Moses. Moses answered the people, "Do not be afraid. Stand firm. Dig your heels in. Do what you're called, just stand firm in this moment and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The Lord will fight for you. You need only to be still." (which is just another way of saying stand firm.) Now, don't miss the moment, because guys this verse, this passage is the pivotal moment in the story. Think about this for a minute. Moses the guy who, let's just be honest aren't we all sick and tired of Moses? I mean this guy is the biggest whiner. This guy is the biggest complainer. God can't ask him to pick up a piece of trash that Moses doesn't have a complaint. Right? But look what happens here. Suddenly probably the worst moment that has happened in the entire book of Exodus the Pharaoh with all of his armies are coming to utterly wipe out Israel. And in that moment Moses without going to talk to God, without having some sort of a negotiation, simply turns and says, "Hey stand firm. Stand firm."

Linn: 20:46 You really, think about this, Moses has absolutely no idea what God's going to do next. He hasn't even talked with God yet. There's been no conversation. So how does he get to stand firm so quickly. Why is this moment, which is absolutely terrifying, which is absolutely life shattering and he's suddenly at the answer? Seemingly effortlessly? How does he do that?

Linn: 21:23 Experience, experience. See here, here's what Moses would say to you if you could sit down over a cup of coffee go, "How did you get there?" And what you're watching, get this guys, what you're watching is an absolute transformation in this man's life. And what up until now has been a constant struggle, this idea of obeying God, this thing that's so, so hard has suddenly become easy for him. Which you ought to take to heart because some of us in this room you go, "Man this following Jesus, it's so hard, it's so hard. Does it ever get easier?"

Linn: 21:58 And the answer is yes, based on experience because here's what Moses would say to you, "I was just like you. See I showed up at a burning bush and I'm telling you I had every excuse in the book. I whined. I complained. I told God he was wrong. I had this moment where he told me to throw down a stick, an ordinary stick, and it turned into a serpent and he had me pick it up and say you'll never be in charge again. I'm just telling you. He had me stick my hand inside my robe. I pulled it out and it was leprous and then I stuck my hand back in it and it was whole. I watched as he sent me to Pharaoh with ten plagues and plague after plague after plague went wrong. And then I watched as God took the most powerful man in the world and took him to his knees. And as the children of Israel walked out of Egypt with treasure in their hands" and he said, "look, look, look, look. I don't know. I don't know what God does next. I simply have, through experience, come to the point where I get God has an answer for every one of my questions. So I don't need to ask. And God has already planned for every contingent that I would ever bring up. And God is smarter than everything that would oppose me. And he's stronger than any, I'm just telling you, by experience. I don't know. I just know that God is greater than the problem so stand firm not because I have an answer. Because I've got experience with God."

Linn: 23:37 And I just want to say to you that if you're in this room today and and being obedient just feels really, really, hard still in your life, here's the good news it won't always be. If, if you go forward and if you obey and if you experience the mighty hand of God, there will come a moment when wrestling with God is no longer necessary. And you'll just say, "Hey stand firm. I don't know how it turns out. I don't know how he does it. But he's just bigger, just stronger than anything we're facing right now. Some of you would say, "Linn that's just cause you're a preacher. See sins not as fun for you. Fear never grips you. You, you, you were just born with like boatloads of faith." Did you leave your brain at home? Are you kidding?

Linn: 24:38 Guys, the only reason it looks easier for me, the only reason I get to the answer quicker than you, the only reason I can sit with someone who's telling me hey my marriage is falling apart and my kids are in rebellion and I just want to give up. And the only reason I can whisper in those moments and say to them, "Hey stand firm." It's not because I know what's going to happen next. It's because I've got experience. And every time I argued with God, every time I complained about the plan, he was smarter than my arguments. His plan was bigger than my plan.

Linn: 25:29 It's interesting because Moses has gotten to where Moses has gotten millions of fearful believers will be able to just barely, barely, barely hanging on by their fingernails and let God do what he's going to do next. I wonder how many people are in your life, who the reason that God has brought you to the moment that he's brought you to that just feels harder than anything you ever expected, was so that in that moment you could say out loud, "I don't know what God is doing. I have no answer for this but I'm going to stand firm" and that they seeing you would be given just enough faith, just enough confidence, to stand with you.

Linn: 26:22 Back to the passage. Verse 15. Then the Lord said to Moses, "Hey why are you crying out?" So Moses does come to God and says, "Hey God, it's getting pretty bad." "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on. Raise your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea to divide the waters so that the Israelites can go through the sea on dry ground. I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians so that they will go in after them. And I will gain glory through Pharaoh and all his army through his chariots and his horsemen the Egyptians, watch this, the Egyptians will know today that I am the Lord. Isn't it interesting this entire conversation started in Chapter 5, Verse 2. Moses goes to Pharaoh says, "God says let my people go" and Pharaoh's question is, "Who is this God? That I am the strongest man in the world, leading the most powerful country in the world, who is God that I would listen to him?" And God says, "Today Pharaoh is going to finally figure out who I am." He'll finally see God.

Linn: 27:36 Jumping down to Verse 21. Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground with a wall of water on the right and a wall of water on the left. The Egyptians pursued them and all of Pharaoh's horses and chariots and horsemen followed into the sea. During the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and a cloud at the Egyptian army and he threw it into confusion. He jammed the wheels of their chariots so that they had difficulty driving and the Egyptians said, "Let's get away from the Israelites. The Lord is fighting for them against Egypt."

Linn: 28:25 Now guys, guys, guys, guys, have you ever stopped for a minute and just unpacked this moment. So here, here goes Moses to God and finally says, "OK guide so you know. Good time for you to show up. What do you want, what do you want me to do? And God says to Moses, "OK here's what I need you to do. Moses go stand over there, OK. Hold up a stick." "OK, what else?" "No, no, no, that's it. That's it. Moses just stand over there. Hold up a stick." "That's what you want me?" "Yeah, that's what I want you to do."

Linn: 28:25 You ever felt like that? You ever felt like in the worst possible moment of your life God just says, "Hey you know if you just stand over here, hold a stick, I'm going to do some really cool. Hang on." And here's the deal, watch this. So the waters part. The ground becomes dry. The children of Israel are going across on dry ground. And if you went to Moses and said, "Moses that's so cool. That's amazing." You know doing your Charleston Heston pose and well you know it's all going. and you Moses would say? "It's not me. I'm just, I'm just standing here holding a stick."

Linn: 29:53 Does God need Moses to do what he's doing? Not a bit. Does God need his stick to do what he's doing? Not a bit matter of fact Moses found that sticking in a bunch of firewood he carved. He doesn't need Moses and he doesn't need the stick. And if you ask Moses, Moses would go, "Just telling you, it's not me." All the children of Israel are going, "Yay Moses, you're the man" and he goes, "I ain't doing it."

Linn: 30:27 You know it's interesting because every once in a while have someone come to me, it's usually church planters and they'll say, "Linn, did you know that Cornerstone was going to be a cornerstone when you planted cornerstone? Are you kidding, are you kidding? I had no idea that thousands of lives would be changed, that we just be having a huge impact on the site. I mean I had, how would you know that? And if you knew me, you'd know it's not me.

Linn: 31:01 I'm a little kid who grows up in Tempe. And if you had lived in my neighborhood you would have known my house because I'm a child of divorce, and I'm 10 years old, and how often do you think my grass got mowed? And you'd drive by and you'd see an old Buick Skylark sitting there, in the, parked in the driveway for years on end because five months after we spent every penny we had to buy that old broken down car it broke down and it sat. And you would have watched my mom driving all us kids around in this horrible, I don't even remember what it was, I think it was a Plymouth, but that feels like cussing right now, but it was just a horrible, gray car, looked like some guy had taken house paint and painted it gray and we. It's not me.

Linn: 32:00 So why? Cause you and I serve a God who does not need us but delights to use us. Have you figured that out yet? You serve a God who doesn't need you but he loves to use you. Man you should have this one figured out. This ought to be low hanging fruit for you because your wife's done this to you.

Linn: 32:28 Here it is is. It's that moment your wife says to you, "Hey I'm going to bake cookies." You're like. "Hey that's a good moment, all right. Bake cookies." 25 minutes later there is no smell of cookies. You go walking into the kitchen only to your horror to realize your wife is allowing your two daughters to cook cookies with her. Man, this is horrifying because what should have taken your wife 25 minutes is now going to take a day and a half. And matter of fact she's just now starting to tie the little miniature aprons around their ways because it took the first 25 minutes just to remember where you put them last time. And here's what you know even before it begins. There is going to be broken egg shells in those cookies. They are not going to turn out as good as if your wife is just done them by herself. And about this moment you announce, "I am going out for cookies." Now why does your wife do that. She does it to tick you off. No she does it, she does it because even though she doesn't need the help of her children, she delights in using her children.

Linn: 33:56 Which is why, which is why when you and I come to this moment when life is getting tough and we're going, "God why is it all happening?" You just need to hear God say, "Stand firm. Just, just, just stand over here hold the stack. Watch what I'm going to do next." "But, wait, God you see the chariots right?" "Shh, just stand firm." "But God wait, they've all got swords and weapons. We've been in slavery for 430 years. We haven't even touched touched." "Shh. Just stand firm." " But God, we followed you and now our backs are up against the Red Sea. We are trapped. Don't you?" "Shh. Just stand firm."

Linn: 35:07 Verse 26. Then the Lord said to Moses, "Stretch out your hand over the sea so that the waters may flow back over the Egyptians and their chariots and their horsemen." Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and at daybreak the sea went back into its place and the Egyptians were fleeing toward it. And the Lord swept them into the sea. The water flowed back and covered the chariots and the horsemen. The entire army of Pharaoh that had followed the Israelites into the sea, not one of them survived. But the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground with a wall of water on their right and a wall of water on their left. The day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore. And when the Israelites saw the mighty hand of God displayed against the Egyptians the people feared the Lord. And put their trust in him and is Moses servant.

Linn: 36:05 Isn't it interesting that Moses begins by saying, "Stand firm. You'll see. God." That God says to Moses, "On this day Pharaoh will see me." That when God lands the story it says, and Israel saw the mighty hand of God. "But Linn, Linn, you don't understand. I've been trying to take a stand at work and my supervisor is getting all over me and." "Shh, stand firm." "I don't know how this turns out. I don't, I don't get how God turns the corner." "Just stand firm." "But Linn you don't, you don't understand. The doctor said cancer. And I'm telling you I've started the treatments and nothing." " Shh. Stand firm." "Linn, I haven't had a date in a year and I'm just telling you there's no price." "Shh. Stand firm." "The finances are going in the creditors are calling." "Shh, stand firm" because we serve a God who doesn't need us and delights to use us. We serve a God that we don't have to know the answer because we've already experienced his protection, so stand firm.

New Speaker: 38:02 Let's pray. Dear Lord Jesus. We we just simply come to you in the moment and there are some of us in this room who are hanging by our fingernails. It just feels like we've obeyed you and obeyed you and now it's getting harder. And there is a part of us that says, "Man if I could just go back and live the way I used to live, if I could somehow navigate or manage a truce between my old life and my Jesus life." And then we hear, we hear you quietly say to us, "Shh, stand firm." God some of us in this room who by experience have followed you and we have obeyed you and now we're going, "Hey God why is this happening?" But the truth is because we've been with you and because we've seen you come through a 100 times, we've got the courage in this moment to turn to those around us and say, "Stand firm." Because this day the Lord will deliver. See his mighty hand. And God we just choose. We decide in the hardest moments of our lives to obey you. Our answer is, I'll stand stand firm. This is our promise in Jesus name. Amen.

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