Key Passage: Exodus 14: 1-31
Key text: Exodus 14:15 – The Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to me? Tell the people of Israel to go forward.
It has often been said that the good is the enemy of the best. Too many people never see the best God planned for their lives, simply because they get stuck in the past and hold on to a ‘good thing’.
In this year of open doors, let us consider the key scripture for this year, taken from Revelations 3:8 – “‘I know your works. Behold, I have set before you an open door, which no one is able to shut.
First thing we need to consider here is the word, Behold or See. God says open your eyes or ‘shine your eyes’ as we say in Nigeria. See. This is not physical sight; this is spiritual sight. These are the eyes of the heart. This is seeing by faith. Or better stated, seeing through God’s eyes. Seeing what God sees. If you look at something’s in the natural, you may not see anything valuable or significant or worse, you may see serious opposition and great barriers. You may not see an open door. So it’s important to have eyes to see. Proverbs 20:12 says- “Ears to hear and eyes to see, both are gifts from the LORD”. Hebrews 11:1 – Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.
Second thing to consider is that God has set before us an open door. The key word here is the Set Before. That statement means it is right in front of you. So the open door is not behind us, but in front of us. Which means if you are looking back, you would not see or go through the open door. So stop looking at the past, think of the future. The past is dead and gone. The past is past. Today is passing away and the future is pregnant with divine possibilities.
Jeremiah 29:11 declares “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
Philippians 3:12-14 – Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Isaiah 43:18-19 – “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it.
In the key text today, we see that God told Moses to tell the children of Israel to go forward. They had just come out of Egypt, the army of Pharaoh was hot on their heels. They had come to the edge of the Red Sea. There was no physical road ahead of them. God then said they should ‘Go forward’.
This is our situation this year. We have finished 2013, we are now in 2014. God says we must Go forward. Go forward in your Christian walk. Go forward in your prayer life. Go forward in your witnessing. Go forward in your businesses. Go forward in your education. Go forward in your relationships. Go forward, Go forward, Go forward.
Today, be determined to go forward in your life. This year is a year to move forward, not reverse or go to your past. As you move forward, you will discover that God has indeed set before you an open door, which no man can shut. You will discover that Jesus is waiting for you on the other side of your open door. Just go forward.
Let’s Pray: Father God, I thank you for all my glorious past. I thank you for the future you have planned for me. Lord, please help me this year not to hold on to the past, but like the Apostle Paul, help me to let go of the past and lay hold of the future. Father I’m excited about the future you have for me. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.