The Northfield

  2535 Shore Road

  Northfield, NJ 08225

  (609)646-1181

Church of Christ

05/14/2008

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Action Time


"Then the Lord said to Moses, "Why are you crying out to me? Tell the Israelites to move on" " (Ex 14:15).

I would like to continue yesterday's thoughts. Things looked hopeless for the Israelites yesterday, with the Egyptian army behind them and the Red Sea in front. Moses had cried out to the Lord and told the people to "stand firm." God now told Moses that it was time for action. He said, tell the Israelites to "move on." There was only one way to go! I can just hear them now.."But the sea is in front of us." There only way through was in reality, up. They must now have complete trust and faith in their Lord. Though their physical eyes might be on the water, their spiritual eyes must be on the Lord. He was the only one who could make a path through the sea.

When crunch time hits us, self-effort is often not enough. Self-effort shuts out God. When in faith, we turn it over to Him, then our need becomes His to solve. He will and can do for us what we cannot do for ourselves. Our progress is dependent on our obedience to Him. We need to "move forward" even if it does not seem to be the logical thing to do. God may not show us His complete plan, but He will lead us step by step. One of the men in our church who leads our singing from time to time, loves to lead a song entitled, "Step by Step." The words are simple. "O God You are my God, and I will ever praise you. O God You are my God and I will ever praise you. I will seek You in the morning, and I will learn to walk in Your ways, And step by step You'll lead me, And I will follow You all of my days."

When we walk in God's ways, He will lead us. When we, in faith and obedience go forward in HIS power and strength, He will lead us safely though. Our part is to obey and His part is to remove the obstalce that is hindering us. We may not always be able to see the end of the journey. Thats why its called faith. To begin only requirres that we see the next step...Then its "step by step."

We move to our goals when we move forward in faith. "For everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that overcomes the world, even our faith" (1 John 5:4).

Have a great day...Let your light shine for Him Love mark Phil. 4:11

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