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.
Inertia is defined as the ‘tendency to do nothing or to remain unchanged’. Most people suffer from some degree of inertia and in order to convince themselves that they are progressing, they go back to the past and try and relive old experiences. Honestly, these attempts always end in failure and frustrations. God is always moving forward and we must follow Him. Yesterday is dead and gone. Try going back to yesterday and see how futile an attempt it is. Today is a brand new day and no matter what happened yesterday, you have an opportunity to make good today what you lost or failed to do yesterday and more. To be forward looking and forward leaning is godly. It means you expect your future to be better than your past. So let’s move forward.
3 things about Going Forward.
- 1. You can’t go forward if you are looking backwards or holding on to the past. There comes a time that you must let go of your past (Mistakes, hurts, failures, disappointments, good times, bad times etc) and go forward. Luke 17:32 remind us to “Remember Lot’s wife” Because she was looking back, she could not make it out of Sodom. God told Samuel in 1 Samuel 16:1 – The Lord said to Samuel, “How long will you grieve over Saul, since I have rejected him from being king over Israel? Fill your horn with oil, and go. I will send you to Jesse the Bethlehemite, for I have provided for myself a king among his sons.
- 2. You can’t go forward if you are bound by fear – Fear causes paralysis. Most people cannot leave their comfort zones because they are afraid of the unknown. Afraid of failure. Afraid of what people would say. Fear is an evil force and can rob you of the very best God has ordained for you. ‘Fear not’ says the Lord.
- 3. You cannot Go Forward if you are lazy – Many people are lazy, lethargic and simply stuck in a rot. God does not like lazy people. God is always at work and so must we. Proverbs 19: 15 – Slothfulness casts into a deep sleep, and an idle person will suffer hunger. Proverbs 22:13 and 26:13 tells us that ‘The sluggard says, “There is a lion outside! I shall be killed in the streets. The sluggard says, “There is a lion in the road! There is a lion in the streets!” As a door turns on its hinges, so does a sluggard on his bed. The sluggard buries his hand in the dish; it wears him out to bring it back to his mouth. The sluggard is wiser in his own eyes than seven men who can answer sensibly.’
To Go Forward, let us learn from the bible.
God told Moses to go through the Red sea. It took faith and absolute trust in God. As they moved they discovered that the God of Open doors had built multi-lane motorway for them in the Red sea.
In Joshua 3:3-17, God told Joshua to cross the Jordan with the children of Israel, when the river was at full flood. As they stepped into the river Jordan, the discovered the God of Open doors had commanded the Jordan to reverse and He had built a big Bridge for them to cross over.
In Joshua 6:1-2 – God told Joshua to advance against the fortified walls of Jericho. As they obeyed by going forward, they discovered that the God of Open Doors had sent a divine bulldozer to smash the wall and He has created a grand stairway for them to climb into the city of Jericho.
Today, Jesus says ‘I am the one who holds the keys of David, whatever door I open, no one can shut it.’ Jesus is the God of the Open Doors. He says Go Forward. Whatever you do with your life this year. Make sure you are going forward. As you go forward, you will discover the God of the open doors has gone ahead of you. He has made a way where there seems to be no way.
Let us pray: Father God a word is enough for the wise. This day I choose to go forward and leave my past behind. I am determined that my good past will not deny me of my best future. Father, in Jesus name, forgive me for my past errors and mistakes and I also forgive those who have done me any harm or wrongs in my past. I am pressing on to my glorious future and I fully believe that the best is yet to come. Lord of the open doors, here I come. In Jesus name I pray. Amen.