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"I AM" Has Sent Me

Daniel Ferraz
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Daniel Ferraz

Pastor of the Holly and Grand Blanc Churches in Michigan.

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  • March 14, 2015
    11:30 AM
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You know one day we will see just how mighty God really is and some of us will be rejoicing and some of us. God forbid some that any of us would be running for the rocks and the mountains to hide us. But if you think about it in the global context Day of Judgment is coming and we have the screen down. Please God will pour out his RAF against sin and rebellion and we have a time of probation right now and it's a very very important time. For us to take God seriously take his church seriously and be about the Lord's business Amen. You know one of my favorite themes for sharing with the young people has been the Exodus. I hope you're not tired of it. I mean can you get tired of when we talk about God's mighty deeds and his acts can we you know. Do you get tired of mashed potatoes and beans because you ate them last week. Do you know. So don't let anybody say two God's Word or we've heard it before always Vangelis take serious we've heard it before we've been through it before. If you say that you do not understand the purpose and power of the word of Almighty God see friends being a Christian is not just taking the name of Jesus or going to church what did I say is it. It not it is not just taking the name of Jesus. It's not even just being baptized. It's not even just coming to church being a Christian means that we live like Jesus totally dependent upon the Father. What better thing could there be then for us to be absolutely completely totally dependent upon the farm that there could be no greater thing friends I want to continue today is the fifth episode. And I guess I'll carry on or I might start afresh at my new churches and so if you want to get the rest of the story you'll probably have to come over and listen in or something will will be sorry to go very sorry let me just say before I begin before before I preach. Let me say something you know preachers get up and they say that before I preach let me say something I hope that you would be saying something while you're preaching. But. You know we have been here the longest that we've stayed in any church has been in your church as of humans OK. They're the longest that we as a family have been in any churches in your church is in in fact you know what I'm going to call it my church. This is my church. That's how I feel I'm personal I'm sorry. I take it personally this is my church I've been here over nine years and it's going to be very hard to uproot you know and go and establish ourselves somewhere else I mean I know Kalamazoo. I know where you live and if I haven't been to see you just give me a text and I'll come and see you before I leave. It's going to be very hard to go so I need your prayers and where we know and believe that God brought us here I'll say it again we know and believe that God brought the fair as family here. It was what the church needed. And I know and believe that God will bring the next pastor here and it will be what the church needs. I believe in God ordained ministry. I don't believe in men manipulating and politics. I believe that God brings people and gods takes people and so we're going to be taken away and it will be. I pray God's leading and I believe that and that's the only reason why I can go and accept it otherwise I wouldn't accept it. That's a no I'm not going but because I believe God calls. I believe we should answer Amen. And God is almighty. And that's the reason why I emphasize this do you know that nearly every book in the Bible makes reference to the Exodus God's power in Deliverance. Do you realize that you realize that the Bible says that the story of the Exodus is was written for our admonition. And for our warning especially for those of us there are alive at the coming or soon coming of Jesus Christ. It's a story that is vitally relevant today. It's a story that flies in the face of all the challenges that nonbelievers will throw at you and I the Exodus millions of Hebrews out of Egypt. This actually happened three thousand five hundred years ago as the Bible describes so friends. Therefore it's telling us that there is no limit to what God can do for his people Amen. There is no limit to what God can do for his people as we approach the borders of the heavenly Kanan. God is all loving he is all powerful he is all knowing and he is coming soon. There is nothing impossible for God What did I say in fact the Bible says that for there is nothing. Impossible for God I think is Luke chapter one verse thirty seven God's Word is powerful it does not lie. God cannot contradict himself. We need the power of His Holy Spirit to understand His word and for and friends. We need to realize that Jesus is coming soon because that is the truth. OK this is actually part five. I AM has sent me. Now I was on vacation around Christmas time and there was a by the way I don't think approach so let me just bow my head here as we pray Father in heaven. We ask for your presence for your spirit and for your power for your word to do its work and that it would not return to you void that it would water our hearts strengthen our hearts and minds Lord for your service and we thank you for hearing our prayer in Jesus' name amen. Yadin one that's like to come up just yet but anyway it's there now. So if my family hear that you remember it remember we were on vacation and there was a really nice made that was cleaning our room and I felt impressed and I said she's such a nice lady she's been doing such a nice job for us. I'm going to give her this book and when she looked at it she grabbed it and said Oh exodus. I'm just about going to see the movie tonight and I thought. Thank you Jesus and I said This book will tell you the truth about the story. So read it and she said. I will and I don't know where she is right now but I'm praying that she would have read this book because she was going out to see a movie. That from an analysis analysis that I listen to. Is actually quite contrary to the Bible story this one is called Exodus gods and kings and it was produced by. The oh yes from the director of Gladiator. Can you imagine what kind of movie that's going to be. I haven't seen it I don't need to see it but you see people that don't read their Bibles will probably go and watch this movie because it has been advertised as the best movie of a Bible story. Can you imagine. It would make you laugh or it would make you cry and given that there's a strange phenomenon today where there where we have more Bibles in circulation than ever before we have a time in earth's history when people actually read the Word of God less than ever before you know what Christians do today for their Bible knowledge they listen to their preacher. Now let me ask you a question Have I ever told you that just listen to me did I ever once just say listen to me and do what I say I did I ever once say that in over nine years. You know what I always said go to the word. It is the word that has power. It is the word that will convert your soul but you need to pray because an agnostic would come to the Bible or an atheist would come to the Bible and just go looking for all the apparent contradictions in his in his puny mind that he would find you see spiritual things are spiritually discerned. And this movie is everything but Biblical we really have to say that. It portrays Moses as a man that didn't believe in God portrays him as an arrogant bloodthirsty cruel person. Now I was only under a sense of duty and on the spur of the moment that he actually killed an Egyptian believing that he was to be the Liberator and that was how God was going to liberate his people. But what did God do to Moses after that he took him forty years in the wilderness to go and on learn everything that he had possibly learned in Egypt and from Egypt and from the opulence and from the luxury and from the display of Egypt. He was taken to the wilderness where now God could work with him you know friends and I want writes that we need to be careful of the influences of the city and we should do all we can to have contact with nature and realize that God has to do the work in us if we if all we observe if all we're surrounded by is worldliness and the things in the city. If all our experience has to do with with electronics friends we will be transformed into those images. Now this movie is amazing because of the way it portrays God and Moses and the whole story and the way it's twisted and just totally un-Biblical I think it was Moses that was portrayed as curial was it. Moses or was it God I don't remember but either one of them. Mecurio means sudden unpredictable changes of mood now after Moses was forty years in the wilderness. Is everything but that that the Bible says that he was the meekest man after God finished with him he was the meekest man that ever lived then in fact he is a a type of Christ he's a representation of Jesus when the people were doing wrong. Moses would come and intervene for them when God said I'm fed up with these people. I'm going to make you a great nation Moses Moses fell on his face and said Lord have mercy on your people don't let the the options on the other nations say that was because you were too weak to save your people that now you have to destroy them because of their disobedience. Anyway. Moses is a very important character. You don't mess with what the Bible says about Moses and put it in the way you think it should be God is portrayed as an arbitrary being that keeps changing his mind in fact the voice that was used to use for God was a twelve year old little boy and you do not come out with a biblical picture in the least the actor that played Moses is atheistic Gnostic but definitely not religious friends Exodus gods and kings Ridley Scott the director of the gladiator movie full of violence for training Moses with the sword slashing around and killing people and the director says that the Bible stories are full of magic and science fiction. Do you really think that he's qualified to portray the story biblically you know I really was my bible who got my Bible. Here it is I really believe that when we ask God with the help of the Holy Spirit to guide us into the understanding of His word to him through the power of His Holy Spirit. It's better than any human movie OK. What we need is the Holy Spirit not violence and blood and and romance and all of that illicit romance by the way he says though it's the the best Bible movie. He doesn't believe that the story is real and in fact about religion he says religion. This is Ridley Scott says the religion is the biggest source of evil. Do you know of any just and kind and tolerant religion and there you see him in UN doe that even Christianity and the God of the Bible is intolerant. How is God being portrayed in these movies friends. It's not the God that I read about in the Bible. Miriam even interacts with with incorrectly Pharaoh being Ramses we know that's not right and she says that she wasn't Moses sister all of these kinds of things anyway don't need to carry on on that and Moses portraying himself as somebody that the the the Jews had to the Hebrews had to trust in him but that is course far from the Bible truth. Let us look at it as we go to Exodus Chapter two verse thirty twenty three. And most is in Midian remember that he's in Midian and he is in a certain place. He is in the mount of God And we'll see what happens and it came to pass in process of time that the king of Egypt died. That was the the king that wanted to kill Moses the pharaoh. And the children of Israel side by reason of the bondage and they cried on that cry came up on to God by reason of the bondage and God heard their groaning and God remembered his covenant his promise. With Abraham with Isaac and with Jacob and God looked upon the children of Israel and God had pity. God is portrayed as a pity in God. And then the Bible says in fact let us some look at it here see Moses has been humbled now by forty years of being in the wilderness and he's tending the sheep. He's married one of Jethro's seven daughters and he's learning how to lead his learning how to be patient and I love the way. That the Bible describes it in Exodus chapter three verse one turn with me in your Bibles and read together. Let's read says Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law. The priest of Midian and he led the flock to the back side of the desert and he came to the Mountain of God I love it when the bible starts giving us details about the description of these things that the mountain of God was in Midian and it's also called Horeb OK the Mountain of God Horeb Mount Sinai three names for one mountain. Did you get that tell me amen if you got it. It's very important because the a mountain of God and Horeb and Mt Sinai are in northwest Saudi Arabia which is where Midian is not on the Sinai Peninsula as tradition has had to believe then verse to it says and the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire so we go to the burning bush. What did it say then. Question who appeared stright an angel of the Lord. Now sometimes people have problem with this and they think whoa is Is God an angel or is Jesus an angel or is is. And they get confused here but you know Angel actually means messenger and Angel of the Lord the angel of the Lord story it says appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush and he looked and behold. And he beheld the bush and it burned with fire but the bush was not consumed you know sometimes friends God needs to do something to get our attention and you know sometimes it can be through trial and tribulation that he catches our attention is often in such a case as that that we will turn to God as never before you know what I'm talking about in trials and tribulation is when we turn to God but God got his attention in a nice way I thought here. Don't you think a very interesting way. And so the Bible says now. Moses' when he verse four when he saw this it says and when the Lord saw that he turned aside God called on to him out of the midst of the bush and said Moses' Moses he called him by his name and Moses said here I am and he said Draw not near put off your shoes from off your feet for the place where you stand is holy ground the place where you stand is holy ground where was he standing the mount of God Another name for the mount of God Mt Horeb another name for MT horror is Mount Sinai. He is. On Mount Sinai and he is hearing God's voice coming out of the burning bush and calling his name and he says here I am and the Bible says that God told Moses to take off his shoes because he is on holy ground reverence for God How do we approach God he said Here I am and Moses the Bible tells us his face humility and reverence should characterize the deport months of all who come into the presence of God in the name of Jesus we may come before him with confidence. But we must not approach him with the boldness of presumption as though we were on the left or he were on a level with ourselves how we dress how we come into the sanctuary how we behave ourselves while the sermon is being preached. It's all a question of reverence. It's all a question of how well do we know God Do we understand that he is a holy all consuming sin consuming God and that we to come before him in his presence need to approach him in humility and in in reverence. There are those who address the great and all powerful and holy God who dwells in high unapproachable holiness as though they would address an equal or even an inferior. There are those who conduct themselves in his house as they would not presume to do in the audience chamber of an. Fully ruler these should remember that they are in His sight whom Sarah of or angels adore before whom angels veil their faces. God is greatly to be reverenced all who truly realize his presence will bow in humility before him and like Jacob be beholding the vision of God They will cry out how dreadful is this place. This is none other than the house of God This is the Gate of Heaven friends I I cannot stress enough the importance of reverence to God amen. And it's because of our lax attitude and and a casual attitude that's portrayed in in church and in services that people have the idea that God is just like one of us or even less the burning bush experience for Moses was a holy encounter with God on that holy mountain. You know there are there's a lot of research about the Mountain of God they have found a mountain in North West Saudi Arabia where median is that has the black that has the top totally charred the rocks are burnt as if a furnace of fire came down on top of that mountain is fascinating. In fact I would encourage you to read any of these books the mountain of Moses the discovery of Mount Sinai by Larry Williams and other books that you see here the discovery of the true Mt Sinai the gold of Exodus by Howard Blume and then there's another one the Mountain of God which shows fascinating pictures by. Robert's corner and David Holbrook and another book entitled The exodus by Dr Len Miller and he is of the Carolyn's Institute of Stockholm Sweden. But friends. What I find in these discoveries of late is that it's drawing attention back to the the story of the Exodus and at this this time today we're looking at it is the great. I am that has sent Moses we see Moses in obedience in reverence to God Do you think that he said why should I take off my shoes God do you think he answered him in any kind of insolent way or casual way he obeyed. That is part of reverence. Now I think we need some some help here. We need a little help because this word obedience needs to be defined is a bit of a bad word today. Even in the dictionary it's in some dictionaries. It's portrayed somewhat in a negative light. So just I went to the Internet and I found a definition of obedience and this is what I came up with online Cambridge dictionary. Number one definition was doing or willing to do what you have been asked ordered to do by someone in authority. Now if you think about it that's probably accurate but there's a kind of a hint of negativity in there you know what I'm saying it seems to be that obedience you have to is what you ordered to do so I somebody in authority and you know taking an order can be a bit of a pain can't it and having somebody over or Thora thirty or thirty over you is not very nice generally is it so that was the definition that. I saw and then usually there's a phrase to exemplify it and then this was the example of the definition of obedience and so that was the sentence said she demanded strict obedience from her child porn child. We feel like saying don't worry with that definition. Well there's another definition. Therefore mission number two I went to my library and I pulled out a hard backed copy of a dictionary and it was Collins dictionary and and Thesaurus Harper and callings pop public. Sorry publishers of nineteen eighty seven. Here's a definition I got of a B.D.S. there accordance acquiescence agreement compliance conform ability deference docility duty fornace duty observance respect reverence. There is even the word reverence in my dictionary as related to the definition of of obedience reverence submission submissiveness subservience tractability and there's even the definition then of obedient acquiescence amenable biddable compliant differential dose Sile duty use beautiful law abiding is there anything wrong with being law abiding observant regardful respectful submissive subservient tractable under control. Wow well trained and yielding I like those definitions I don't know about you I like those definitions of B.D.S. you know I've got a definition of a B.D.'s as the world sees it today. You know how the world defines the obedience today. Anybody want to hazard a guess. So I do my own thing people think that. If we let me see let me see if I can find it where's where's the definition of there it is today's definition of a B. DNS is legalism now is legal legalism a good kind of portrayal of obedience or negative portrayal of obedience is negative isn't it. Have you ever heard somebody call you a Seventh Day Adventists although. You keep the Sabbath don't you. Oh you're so you're so legal istic obedience is called legalism and the way the way that the people do it is let's just give keeping the law and obedience a bad name. You see Barbara to be a commandment keeping person you've just been baptized you just promise that you'll keep the commandments of God It's not legal istic legal listing is trying to be saved with your own rules or come up with your own rules of what religion is legalism is being a Pharisee. So this definition of obedience to God So you know we want to obey God we want to follow him because it's the best thing we should do and people say that's legalism they want to make you feel bad for doing the right thing. There's no argument really against it they just want to put you down and make you feel bad feel the oddball feel the odd one out the majority of people consider obedience to God's law as legalisms Now if you were driving along in your car and I was I was on my way to Lansing. I've been to Lansing I don't know how many times over there to holy and Grand Blanc the past five weeks been a lot of time on the road I was on my way to Lansing and I was doing sixty five sixty five miles and let me tell the truth I think I was going sixty. So there you go. It was sixty miles sixty nine miles an hour and this car comes past me so and all of a sudden I was just seeing here as we flew past. I saw kind of in the distance I saw kind of car and I was kind of horizontal in the distance and then as I got closer it kind of looked blue and as I looked closer I said wow that's a cop. That's a police officer and and then I said well I looked at my gauge and four untie glad I'm doing the speed I'm in fact I'm less than the speed limit but the guy that overtook me or passed me must have been going a lot faster and so he passed the police car. I passed the police car and I was just happily driving along and listening to something on my phone something nice and I looked in the mirror. He was still there. He didn't move and I kept driving and this other car was still speeding head. Did you see the car and after a while I saw the blue car move in my rearview mirror and it moved and then before you knew what it was right behind me and before you knew what it was right in front of me and it kept on going. Chasing the other couple then after a while before you knew what you had is decorations going and the other car was pulled over. And I felt sorry for him. I don't know what the police car would do you know. Some policemen are really nice. I guess if I was speeding. I would say I'd have an excuse I'll always make sure have a good excuse. Look I'm a church pastor and I'm on my way to a funeral. If it's the case you know I wouldn't tell a lie. I'll of think of some reason why as a pastor I need to drive fast somebody about to die and I need to get there before they die. You know. Very reasonable people have you found that I have found that Michigan policemen are really very reasonable people and I've been let off once or I think once and so now let's I drove past and I saw the police car with his decorations going and the other car due to fully stopped and now the the policeman comes up to him I don't know this just say for instance this is what happened and he winds down his window and he says hello. Yes police officer. Do you know that you're doing eighty two miles an hour and I don't know maybe maybe he could have said oh really did I did I didn't notice he could have said something like that right. He could but what LET And how do you think the police officer would say you know and he would probably kind of put his head in the window see if there's any smell of anything and he might ask him to you know blow into the school to do something like that and. You know if if you behave yourself and if you're polite and if you're honest and nice and. I think policeman would be kind of gracious to you but let's say the police the policeman stops him he winds down the window and says Hello police policeman and then the police officers you know you were doing nearly sixty two miles per hour and what would happen if he turned to the police officer and said. Excuse me if he said to the police officer to be so legal this stick. Why are you being so legal istic is it legal istic to keep to a speed limit is it legal istic to stop at a red light then why is it legal istic to keep the Fourth Commandment. Tell me that answer me that question why is it legal istic to keep the Fourth Commandment yet so many people will throw that in your face and imply face. Yes and trying to make us feel bad and it is something that is really from the enemy friends God expects obedience in keeping the Sabbath in returning times in return in giving our offerings. He expects obedience don't come up with this story of oh god learn to stand I can't afford to return my times. You can't afford to do any other but return your tights. You see obedience is not legal istic see the opposite of being obedient would be breaking the law of God and the commandments of God and the the definition that we have of sin is that we break the commandments of God I don't want to do that to you so Moses is reverent He's would be to God and God has an assignment for him the great. I am has an assignment for Moses Moses waited in reverence and all before God The words continued and God speaks and now he says I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt in Egypt and I've heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters for I know their sorrows. I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of the land into a good land large and to a land flowing with milk and honey. Come now therefore and I will send you Moses. I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring forth my people the children of Israel up out of Egypt. Moses was amazed and terrified at the command. He drew back and saying Who are my lord that I should go under Pharaoh you know we have a task we have an assignment and that is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and we might say like Moses who are my we might not have put any glow tracks in our pockets yet but there's still time to put a glow tract in your pocket and you will be amazed when all of a sudden you will come into a situation where you could give a glow tract to somebody and you'll be kicking yourself because God opens up a way and you didn't have a glow truck with you friends God has given you an assignment. He's given me an assignment the great I am and he wants us to be a B.D. and to him so Moses draws back and God said I will be with you Moses. I will surely be with you and this is the token that I will be will with you when you have brought forth the people out of Egypt. You shall serve God upon. This mountain which moved the mountain of go on Horan Mount Sinai Moses was on my Mount Sinai in media Northwest Saudi Arabia job laws is what it's called in Arabic and he was going to go back to Egypt and come come across the route that he had gone before but then God was going to do something mighty friends God has you an eye on an assignment and he wants to do something mighty he wants to pour out His Spirit upon your efforts upon the efforts of this church. But do we respect him enough to obey Him to do what he's asking of us. Certainly I will be with you. Moses thought he started thinking about the difficulties. Have you ever heard somebody say OK we're going to go out door to door next Sabbath and you start thinking of the difficulties or of the reasons why you can't go or why the reason the reasons why you don't want to to witness or give a Bible study. Moses thought of all the difficulties to be encountered of the blindness the ignorance the unbelief of his people many of whom were almost destitute of a knowledge of God How can I bring these people out God how will they even listen to me or pay any attention to me. Behold he said when I come unto the children of Israel and shall say unto them. The God of your fathers has sent me on to them and they shall say to me what is his name. What should I say unto them and then God answered and said I am that I am thus shall you say on to the children of Israel. I AM has sent you this is an amazing description of God I am you know the the Jews as they would write the Bible they wouldn't want to pronounce this name or write it down in reverence to it so they would write something else to portray this young way is one of them. I AM has sent you friends. How much power does. I am. How much loved as I am. How much patience does I am. I am sent to Moses on an assignment. He tried to. Give Him God excuses and so often we're the same aren't we we want to give God excuses. Oh I didn't go to through Newbold I didn't go to Andrews or I didn't go to seminary. If you read the Bible. If you have been baptized. You've been converted you become a Christian you are qualified to remember the story of the the demoniacs that were possessed with demons. How much training did they have they had no training. The only training that they had was the experience of Christ's power. That's the training they needed and they went forward on God's assignment. They wanted to be close to Jesus and stay with him in the boat and go with him wherever they wanted is not enough just to be with Jesus. You have to go and speak for him and then when you go and speak for him he will send you his power the great I am will give you His Holy Spirit and will make you effective if we trust in Him He will do that for us friends I am sent Moses and I am is sending me I am is sending you what is my response what is your response to him Are you willing to listen to his voice. Are you willing to be obedience and realize that it's not legalism and you know what if we care for others and if we pray for others it will do our rooms whole lot of good. I remember you probably heard of the story of a man that is lost in a blizzard of snow and these. Trying to find his way and. He comes across a man lying in the snow frozen in the snow his deep in the snow and he can't move but he's conscious he's alive and and he takes the snow away and he rubs the man's legs and and he puts him on his shoulders and then he goes the rest of the journey trudging through the snow with this heavy burden on his back and as he's going through this blizzard exerting himself for himself and for this man that he has on his shoulders his heart is pumping his muscles are producing heat the energy is there somehow he's energized to carry this man and as he's carrying this man the warmth of his body is conveyed to the body of the man he's carried and he's able to find refuge he he sees in the distance a house with light on and there's a chimney and the fire is going and he comes to the door and he drops practically dead and the owner of the House comes up out and brings the two in and they can warm. Together in that house friends Jesus is coming soon. And he wants us to be about his father's business. We have an assignment from the Great I Am. And as we look out for the salvation of others for our relatives our brothers our sisters our children our grandchildren as we agonize with God as we pray for them. We will find a lot more content for our prayers. We will find a lot more urgency as we battle with people as we cry out to God when the Devil puts these ideas in their mind that it's legalism to keep the south. What can we do what can we say. Nothing more than Lord please help them. I have made so many appeals in this church and I wonder how many have been followed through I remember making appeals. That's why I don't make many appeals these days I remember making appeal. How many of you this year want to win a soul to Jesus Christ. Everybody stands our friends are we really about our father's business examine yourself how many souls have you brought to baptism in the last ten years. How many songs the Great I Am is asking us to do that yes or no he is how many solos. Did you bring to Jesus and were baptized friends. You must also that question. And according to your answer to that question. You will have an evaluation of how much you are listening to God obeying him and going on the assignment that the Great. I am has given you. So my question to you this morning. Will you take up the assignment of the great media was brought to you by audio a website dedicated to spreading God's word sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about this visit.

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