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The Basis of Faithful Persistence

Andy Im

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Andy Im

Associate Director for the Dept of Public Campus Ministries in the Michigan Conference. Director of the Institute of Adventist Apologetics for C.A.M.P.U.S. 

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  • July 30, 2019
    1:45 PM
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Heavenly Father we thank you so much once again that you're here with us I pray that the words that are shared this evening are not my own words but may they be your thoughts your your ideas and I just pray that I would be the vessel to articulate your words your truths and your love we thank you Lord we ask all of this in the name of Jesus Amen. So you look in the Book of Exodus and you look at their experience experience of the ancient Israelites and one of the things that I forgot to mention yesterday was if you remember in the book of Mark Chapter 4 when they're going through that storm and wonder what they're fighting for their lives what is Jesus actually doing at that moment he sleeping apparently unconcerned Apparently you could say indifferent to what is taking place as they're struggling for their line and this is the fundamental question that you and I need to ask ourselves and that is when we are going through struggles and when we are going through hardship and when seemingly God is sleeping or he's on vacation somewhere else and we don't sense Gaunts presence there. If that that moment it's at that time that faith is truly tested in our lives at a at a very fundamental level and I want to share the experience of the ancient Israelites because they went through something very similar where they were struggling with the notion of whether or not God was truly with them as they were going through their experience out of Egypt and poured the promise land so if you turn with me to Exodus Chapter 14 we're just going to look at several verses Exodus Chapter 14 and let's go to verses 10 through 12 and you notice that as he left Egypt very early on they're confronted with a major impediment or a major obstacle you have the approaching army of Pharaoh coming very near and then you have the sea the Red Sea and so they're trapped and they are in a major predicament and if you read an Exodus Chapter 14 versus 10 through 12 will start in verse to 10 when feral drew near the people of Israel lifted up their eyes and behold the Egyptians were marching after them and they feared greatly and the people of Israel cried out to the Lord and they said to Moses is it because there are no graves in Egypt that you have taken us away to die in the wilderness a little bit of sarcasm there what have you done to us in bringing us out of Egypt and so here you have the promise where God has promised he's going to take them to Canaan they have this awesome obstacle that on the verge of death. And instead of trusting in God they begin to groan and to complain Then in chapter 15 turn with me to Chapter 15 God takes them to a place where there is bitter water right and we know also we know the story very well in verse 24 the people grumbled against Moses saying What shall we drink so again they're grown grumbling and complaining and then you turn to Exodus Chapter 16 when they're deprived of food very on early on in that chapter verse 2 in the whole congregation of the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness and the people of Israel said to them would you that we had died by the hand of the Lord of the land of Egypt when we sat by the meat pots and ate bread to the full for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger so again time and time again you have the promise of God obstacle and in this case you don't have the exercise of faith but the exercise of unbelief in these instances and in spite of themselves God does for he saves them in each context he saves them by his mighty hand as they are moving forward away from Egypt I want to go to Exodus Chapter 17. Turn with me to Exodus Chapter 17 something very fascinating. Takes place here of course verse one all the congregation of the people of Israel moved gone from the wilderness of sin by stages according to the commandment of the Lord and they camped at rest feed Wreford him but there was no water for the people to drink and then verse Let's see here verse 3 but the people 1st did there for a wider and the people grumbled right once again against Moses and said Why did you bring us up out of Egypt to kill us and our children and our livestock with thirst if you go to verse Let's see here verse 2 I skipped a verse but I think this is an important passage here and I'll share with you why therefore the people quarreled with Moses and said give us water to drink and Moses said to them Why do you quarrel with me and why do you test Why do you test the Lord now if you skip down to 1st 7 you see exactly what that testing of the Lord what that implies and verse 7 it says and he called the name of the place. And Merab because of the quarrelling of the people of Israel and because they tested the Lord by saying what that's right is the Lord among us or not in other words is the Lord is God here is he with me or not. And I want to really reflect and think about all the challenges that you face in your life or have faced in your life and this and this question will always come up and this will be the ultimate struggle as we're going through hardship and challenges in our lives the question is is God with me at this moment or not is the here because oftentimes what we do we is we go on with our lives and act as if God does not even exist how many of you have groaned and complained in your life before I think every hand would would probably have to go up right when hardship and difficulties come and what what ultimately is that saying about God could God ask that or when we ask that question is he here or not or why God and sometimes accusations have even been made dost thou not care right don't you care that we are here rowing this boat on the verge of death and you're to sleeping are you here are you really here and do our actions reflect the fact that we know that God is with us every step of the way ultimately your actions my actions your words my words reflect whether we believe that God is here or with us or not and I want to really really think about that for for a moment. We also talked about how faith yesterday how faith is related. To patience. And I also want to share that faith is also related to person persistence turn with me to the book of Luke Chapter 11 when one of my most. Favorite passages in Scripture new chapter 11. And we're going to read. It see here from verse one of course Jesus is praying in a certain place and of course he finishes and the disciples are watching Jesus pray and after he's done praying they go to Jesus and they ask him Hey Lord teach us to pray just as John taught his disciples and of course Jesus goes through the Lord's Prayer you find that in verses to through 4 and then in verse 5 he goes on to share this very interesting COBOL very powerful parable. And we're going to study that at this time and he said to them which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say friend let me 3 loaves for a friend of mine this is another friend has arrived on a journey and I have nothing to set before him. And he will answer from within hey do not bother me the door is now shot and my children are with me in bed I cannot get up and give you anything so let's just say that Pastor Justin is my next door neighbor and Tom come to knocks on my door at midnight. And I open the door and Tom says same house go I'm here with my family in and I'm in Lansing but like our car broke down stranded and so like it's OK like and we're so hungry and my children are so hungry so I say that's no problem I got you covered buddy I got you covered and I'm inside I'm thinking man I have no food in my house and what in the world am I and my going to do so I say Hey Tom Come on in get ready and get unpacked and Laura come over here and get the sheets on the bed and so forth and while she's doing that and times doing all that I rushed over to Justin's house and I began knocking on his door right and so so I keep knocking on this door and Justin says from within right. Of let's see or Sverker 7 he will answer from within hey do not bother me the door is now shut my children are with me in bed I cannot get up and give you anything. I tell you though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend yet because of his impudence he will rise and give him whatever he needs question what does that word impudence mean or impudence. How's a trick translated Persis tense. So what Jesus is ultimately saying here is that he may not get up he might have those thoughts in his head and he's echoing them on my children are with me in bed and even friendship even friendship is not going to get me out of this better of this bad but on the basis of per system it's on the basis of that really lent most Naki Jesus says and I tell you he will get out and give all that he needs this media was brought to you by audio force a website dedicated to spreading God's word through free sermon audio and much more if you would like to know more about audio verse or if you would like to listen to more sermons Please Visit W W W audio verse or.

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