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DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, IN PHARAOH'S TOWN GEN . 12:10-13:4

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A JOURNEY INTO THE WORLD OF THE FLESH

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INTRODUCTION

THE BIBLE DOESN’T REVEAL TO US THE THOUGHTS THAT WENT THROUGH ABRAHAM’S LIFE
IT DOESN’T EVEN REVEAL HOW HE TOLD HIS WIFE THEY WERE GOING
GOD SPOKE AND ABRAHAM JUST OBEYED
I WONDER HOW MAY TIMES GOD HAS SPOKEN AND WE START TO REASON OR CONTEMPLATE?
THIS REMINDS ME OF CREATION
GOD SPOKE THE WORD AND IT HAPPENED AND IT WAS GOOD
GOD CALLING ABRAHAM WAS SIMPLY A NEW BEGINNING FOR HUMANITY
AND SINCE HE IS THE SAME YESTERDAY,......
WE NEED TO OBEY WHEN HE SPEAKS
IN THE FIRST 11 CHAPTERS OF GENESIS, WE OBSERVE THE SLOW, CONTINUOUS, AND SURPRISING SPREAD OF SIN FROM THE GARDEN OF EDEN
5 TIMES IN THESE CHAPTERS, GOD’S CURSE IS UPON SIN AND SINNERS
GOD’S BLESSING UPON LIFE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH A CURSE
BUT, WITH ABRAHAM, GOD BEGINS THE PROCESS OF RE-CREATING A PEOPLE FOR HIMSELF BY PRONOUNCING A 5 FOLD BLESSING
GOD WILL BLESS ABRAHAM AND TRANSFORM HIM INTO A LIVING MODEL OF BLESSING
ABRAHAM WILL NOT ONLY BE BLESSED BUT HE WILL BECOME A BLESSING.
GOD WANTS YOU TO BECOME A BLESSING BUT WE NEED TO REMEMBER HOW ABRAHAM RESPONDED
YOUR RESPONSE WILL DETERMINE IF YOU WILL BE BLESSED
HOWEVER THERE ARE OBSTACLES ALONG THE ROAD TO EACH PROMISE
FROM A HUMAN PERSPECTIVE, THE OBSTACLES SEEM TOO BIG
BUT, FROM HEAVEN, NOTHING CAN STAND IN THE WAY OF GOD’S PURPOSE FOR YOUR LIFE
BECAUSE, GOD CALLED SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING, HE WILL CALL SOMETHING OUT OF NOTHING FOR HIS PEOPLE
HOW DO I ENDURE THE WAITING PERIOD, OR ARE YOU SETTLING FOR A LESS THAN WHAT GOD HAS FOR YOUR PURPOSE?

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A. THE FAMINE

WHEN ABRAHAM ENTERED INTO THE LAND OF CANAAN, IT APPEARED THAT HIS JOURNEY WAS OVER
THE BIBLE TELLS US THAT THE CANAANITE WAS IN THE LAND
THEREFORE, WE SEE OPPOSITION BUT AFTER THE BIBLE LETS US KNOW OF THE OPPOSITION, GOD APPEARS TO ABRAHAM
WHEN YOU SEE OPPOSITION, IT IS A SIGN THAT GOD IS GOING TO APPEAR IN YOUR SITUATION
SHORTLY AFTER, A FAMINE CAME INTO THE LAND BY WHICH WILL CHALLENGE THE WILL OF GOD, AND THE PROMISES OF GOD
AM I REALLY IN THE WILL OF GOD BY EXPERIENCING SUCH THINGS
TODAY’S GENERATION JUDGES THINGS ON OUTWARD SUCCESS
WE THINK IF THE FARMER DOES THE WILL OF GOD, HIS CROPS WILL GROW
IF A SALESMAN DOES THE WILL OF GOD, HE WILL HAVE MORE SALES
IF THE CHURCH MEMBER TITHES, HIS FINANCES WILL NEVER RUN OUT
IF A PASTOR DOES THE WILL OF GOD, HE WILL HAVE A BIG CHURCH
IF ABRAHAM DOES THE WILL OF GOD BY GOING TO CANAAN, HE SHOULD NOT EXPERIENCE A FAMINE
THE WILL OF GOD IS NOT DETERMINED BY THE OUTWARD SUCCESS, BUT BY THE WORD OF GOD
ABRAHAM HAD A WORD BY WHICH HE COULD HAVE FOUGHT THIS FAMINE, BUT INSTEAD MOVES TO EGYPT WITHOUT A WORD FROM GOD
YOU NEED A WORD FROM GOD THAT TELLS YOU TO STAY OR GO
THE UNEXPECTED WILL CAUSE THE PROMISES OF GOD TO BE CHALLENGED
GOD SAID THAT HE WOULD BLESS, BUT NOW HE IS IN A FAMINE
A CARNAL MIND WOULD THINK DIFFERENTLY BUT A SPIRITUAL MIND WILL KNOW THAT WHAT HE SEES IS TEMPORARY
THAT’S WHY PAUL SAYS,
Romans 8:6 KJV 1900
For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
THIS CAUSES THE BLESSING OF GOD TO BE CHALLENGED
AT THIS TIME, IT WAS A GREATER CHALLENGE THAN ABRAHAM COULD HANDLE
WHO WE REALLY ARE COMES OUT WHEN OUR FAITH IS CHALLENGED
MANY PEOPLE OBEY WHEN THE LIGHTS ARE ON AND IT IS GOING GOOD, BUT IF HARD TIMES COME THEY ARE READY TO QUIT
HOW DO YOU HANDLE THESE KINDS OF TESTS
A SMOOTH SEA NEVER MADE A GREAT SAILOR

B. FORSAKING THE LAND

ABRAHAM WENT DOWN TO EGYPT TO STAY THERE FOR A WHILE
ABRAHAM WAS SUPPOSED TO BE IN CANAAN AND INSTEAD HE IS IN EGYPT
WHEN WE THINK THAT OUR SPIRITUAL LIFE IS NOT STRONG ENOUGH, WE START TRUSTING IN THE FLESH
WHEN YOU TRUST IN THE FLESH YOU WALK BY SIGHT AND NOT BY FAITH
SOME SAY THAT ABRAHAM WAS YOUNG IN THE FAITH, BUT WHEN HE WENT TO EGYPT, INSTEAD OF BEING HOLY, HE STARTED POLLUTING HIS PROMISE
GOD HAD TO INTERVENE, OTHERWISE HIS PEOPLE WOULD HAVE BEEN MIXED AND THE PROMISES WOULD HAVE BEEN DELAYED
ANYTIME YOU REASON WITH THINGS, IT CAUSES YOU TO MAKE WRONG DECISIONS
ABRAHAM STARTED LYING AND DECEIVING UPON HIS ARRIVAL IN EGYPT
WHY?
BECAUSE OF THE CIRCUMSTANCES AND SELF-PRESERVATION
CANAAN WAS IN A FAMINE, THIS TEMPTED ABRAHAM AND ABRAHAM FELL INTO TEMPTATION
EGYPT LOOKED GOOD TO THE EYES AND THE FLESH
BUT, IF YOU FUNCTION ACCORDING TO THE EYES AND THE FLESH, YOU ARE CERTAIN TO FALL.
DON NOT LET CIRCUMSTANCES GUIDE YOUR LIFE
THEY ARE VERY APPEALING OR ATTRACTIVE BUT VERY DESTRUCTIVE
ABRAHAM THOUGHT THAT IF HE STAYED IN CANAAN, THEN HE WOULD CERTAINLY DIE
BUT IF HE MOVED, HE WOULD SURVIVE
THERE IS A DIFFERENCE THAN SURVIVING AND BEING SUCCESSFUL
OUR OWN WILL WILL DEFILE OURSELVES
BUT GOD’S WILL, WILL PURIFY OUR LIVES
JESUS SAID, IF THERE IS ANY OTHER WAY, BUT BECAUSE OF BEING SUCCESSFUL INSTEAD OF SURVIVING, THY WILL BE DONE AND HIS SACRIFICE CLEANSED HUMANITY
Isaiah 31:1 KJV 1900
Woe to them that go down to Egypt for help; And stay on horses, And trust in chariots, because they are many; And in horsemen, because they are very strong; But they look not unto the Holy One of Israel, Neither seek the Lord!
SIN PRODUCES SIN AND DISOBEDIENCE PRODUCES DISOBEDIENCE
THERE ARE 4 EVIL’S THAT ABRAHAM COMMITTED BY ENTERING EGYPT
FEARFULNESS-HE WAS AFRAID THAT HE WOULD BE KILLED AND HIS WIFE TAKEN
THE WORLD MAY APPEAR TO BE SO STRONG BUT DEEP DOWN INSIDE, THEY ARE AFRAID, BUT GREATER IS HE THAT IS IN YOU THAN HE THAT IS IN THE WORLD
2. SELFISHNESS-”THAT IT MAY BE WELL FOR MY SAKE”. PEOPLE THAT ARE SELFISH DON’T CARE ABOUT THE WAY THEY TREAT PEOPLE. THEY CARE ABOUT THE WAY IN WHICH THEY ARE TREATED
3. DECEITFULNESS-HE WANTED SARAH TO APPEAR AS HIS SISTER. SHE WAS HIS HALF SISTER BUT MOST IMPORTANT SHE WAS HIS WIFE. PEOPLE CONSIDER A HALF TRUTH WITHOUT LYING BUT A HALF TRUTH IS NOT REALLY TRUTH. IF YOU ARE DOING THE WRONG THING IN A HALF TRUTH, THEN IT IS DISHONESTY. JESUS SAID, I AM THE TRUTH AND HIS FOLLOWERS NEED TO SPEAK THE WHOLE TRUTH. YOUR STRENGTH IS IN YOUR TRUTH.
4. CURSING-PHARAOH’S HOUSE WAS CURSED BECAUSE OF ABRAHAM. GOD TOLD HIM THAT HE WOULD BE A BLESSING, BUT HE BECAME A CURSE WHEN HE WAS OUT OF THE WILL OF GOD.
Psalm 34:19 KJV 1900
Many are the afflictions of the righteous: But the Lord delivereth him out of them all.
CALL TO HIM AND HE WILL ANSWER YOU

C. THE FLIGHT BACK

ABRAHAM DID NOT BELONG IN EGYPT AND NEEDED TO RETUN TO CANAAN
HIS LIVING IN THE WRONG PLACE WAS CAUSING MANY PROBLEMS
THE MAIN REASON THAT ABRAHAM GOT OUT OF EGYPT ALIVE WITH SARAH IS BY GOD’S GRACE AND HIS GRACE ALONE
GOD’S GRACE IS ALWAYS THE ACTION WHEN HIS PEOPLE ARE IN TROUBLE
ABRAHAM DID NOT DESERVE TO GET OUT ALIVE
HE HAD BECOME A CURSE TO THE PRESIDENT
HE HAD NO WORSHIP IN EGYPT
GOD COULD HAVE LET HIM DIE IN HIS TROUBLES, BUT GOD
Ephesians 2:4 KJV 1900
But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us,
GOD GAVE HIM SO MUCH GRACE IN HIS MISTAKE THAT IT MADE HIM RICH
HOWEVER, THIS WOULD CREATE PROBLEMS LATER AS THERE WOULD BE FIGHTING BETWEEN BROTHERS
ANOTHER THING THAT INCREASED IN EGYPT WAS HIS SERVANTS
ONE OF THOSE SERVANTS WAS HAGAR
SO MANY PEOPLE TODAY WANT POWER, POSITION, AND POSSESSION
BUT YOU NEED TO BE CAREFUL, BECAUSE ONE OF THOSE POSSESSIONS BROUGHT AN EARTHLY LIFETIME OF PROBLEMS
IT IS NOT GOING TO BE UNTIL CHRIST RETURNS THAT THE PROBLEM CREATED BY ABRAHAM’S POSSESSION WILL BE OVER.
AND ABRAHAM WENT UP TO WHERE GOD HAD CALLED HIM
HE WENT UP SPIRITUALLY AND BACK TO THE ALTAR WHERE HE WORSHIPPED AT FIRST AND CALLED UPON GOD
HE WENT BACK TO GOD AND BACK TO WORSHIP
THE ENTIRE STORY IS A PREVIEW OF WHAT WAS TO COME-THE EXODUS
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