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› Prop Slinky
How good are you at Change?
Pull out slinky
uncomfortable change
Opening QuestionHave you ever had an experience of being stuck somewhere? You missed a flight, Got stuck the road? an elevator. What is most challenging about the feeling of being stuck?
Why are some people resistant to change?
When I was, younger things were a little simpler than they are today. We could easily be entertained by playing with a slinky.
Slinky’s can teach us quite a bit about life and transitions and change.
Once you launch a slinky the course it takes can be a little unpredictable. You don’t have nearly as much control as you would like.
What routinely happens with a slinky is that inevitably gets stuck halfway down the stairs and then you must relaunch it again to get it going again.
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A slinky has potential energy stored inside of it… but it must be launched to get momentum - that’s when the energy force becomes kinetic energy
The other thing about a slinky - once you have released it you don’t have much control of where it lands.
Changes that we face in life can be a little like a slinky.
• This morning I want to talk about, how to get through transitions in our lives.
This morning we are in this series - How to get through what you are going through… today we are looking at: How to get through transitions in our lives.
T/s This morning we are talking about - transitions and how to get through transitions in our lives
We are in our sermon series on - How to getting through what you are going through.
How many of us here are either coming into a transition or coming through a transition?
and how to get through transitions in our lives
Pam
I was thinking through the last 20 years Pam and I have lived in 6 homes had three major moves. One from Africa to the US - Maine to North Carolina.. Carolina to California… Each one of our moves has been a step of Faith… With each of our moves we never knew exactly what lay ahead of the step. Transitions are uncomfortable for me personally… I like things to stay predictable… But I am married to an woman who prays a lot and who knows how to walk by Faith… She is the one who takes risks in the relationships… I should of figured that one out when she agreed to marry me.
Transitions are part of that fluid part of life, where things will inevitably change. And to be honest we aren’t so good with Change…Sometimes like that slinky we get stuck in a transition and need to be relaunched -
just in case you were wondering, I am the cautious one in the relationship…
Transitions are part of that fluid part of life, where things will inevitably change. And to be honest we aren’t so good with Change…Sometimes like that slinky we get stuck in a transition and need to be relaunched -
Transitions are part of that fluid part of life, where things will inevitably change. And to be honest we aren’t so good with Change…Sometimes like that slinky we get stuck in a transition and need to be relaunched -
Transitions are part of that fluid part of life, where things will inevitably change. And to be honest we aren’t so good with Change…Sometimes like that slinky we get stuck in a transition and need to be relaunched -
Transitions are part of that fluid part of life, things will inevitably change. And to be honest we aren’t so good with Change…It is a proven fact that change is one of the most feared things that human beings encounter.
Transitions are part of that fluid part of life, where things will inevitably change. And to be honest we aren’t so good with Change…Sometimes like that slinky we get stuck in a transition and need to be relaunched -
Transitions are part of that fluid part of life, where things will inevitably change. And to be honest we aren’t so good with Change…Sometimes like that slinky we get stuck in a transition and need to be relaunched -
It is a proven fact that change is one of the most feared things that human beings encounter.
Why might we be tempted to resist transition and Change?
We resist it with every fiber of our being. We love stability. We love for things to remain as they are. But the inevitable aspect of life is that it always changes.
One person said: the only thing constant is change.
Change is also one of the most stressful things that we can face.
Over the course of a lifetime, we can expect to experience a significant amount of change.
Some of these changes include marriage, births, new jobs, moving homes, children moving out the home, retirement… and the list of transitions is endless.
-Transitions are unavoidable. It is impossible to get from where we are to where you need to be without making a transition. The question is not one of avoiding transitions but how do you embrace and manage change… How do you get through what you are going through?
• Yet as difficult and as stressful as transition are - it is impossible to get from where we are to where we are going to where we need to be without making a transition.
The question is not one of avoiding transitions but how do you manage transition.
How do you get through.
In the book of Philippians, Paul gives us this picture, a metaphor a race - He could have been referring to something familiar like the Olympic games, a marathon or some foot race.. He tells us.
He hasn’t fully grasped the meaning of Christ…
picture of a race - it could be that of a marathon or some foot race.. He compares His perseverance in the Gospel as one who is running a race.. He hasn’t fully grasped the meaning of Christ…
Philippians 3:13 ESV
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
Philippians 3:13 ESV
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead,
Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead.
In Paul talks about forgetting what is behind and pressing forward to what is a head. Why might it be important to let go of certain things behind you? Is this a difficult thing for us to do?
Paul is talking about his faith - he is taking about fully apprehending the righteousness of Christ…It is a kind of disclaimer where he tells us He hasn’t fully grasped the total meaning of the perfection of ChristHe hasn’t arrived ... He is in process.. He is incomplete… He is persevering in the Gospel. But he tells us that he focus and determination - One thing he does is that he is letting go to what was behind and he is stretching for forward to what is ahead.
on the one thing and that at the Goal that lies ahed.
Paul is describing for us a process of becoming righteousness....
What Paul is talking about in context is his faith - he is taking about fully apprehending the righteousness of Christ…
It is a kind of disclaimer where he tells us He hasn’t fully grasped the total meaning of of the perfection of Christ… He is in process.. He is incomplete… He is persevering in the Gospel. But he tells us that he focused with Lazer precision at the Goal that lies ahed.
He is basically saying that hasn’t arrived..
He compares His perseverance in the Gospel as one who is running a race.. The runner is of the starter block and he is somewhere in between - in the middle.
somewhere in the middle of the race, he has not arrived yet to perfection…. . The runner is of the starter block and he is somewhere in between - in the middle.
He finds himself somewhere in the middle not arrived yet to perfection…. .
The runner is of the starter block and he is somewhere in between - in the middle.
Have you noticed that they are selling Instamatic cameras again in the stores.… We were in Walmart the other day and Mark asked me if I had ever seen one before “You take your photo and print it right away.” You know you are getting old when old things come back into fashion.
Paul is somewhere in the middle of the race he tells us that he has not arrived yet to perfection…. but one thing he does is letting go of the things that are behind and stretching forward to the things that lie ahead.
Salvation and righteousness are not instant … we are in Christ positionally, but we are being saved..through the process of sanctification.
He is letting go of the things that are behind and stretching forward to the things that lie ahead.. What he is talking about is transitions… change…
but one thing he does is letting go of the things that are behind and stretching forward to the things that lie ahead.
If you find yourself in the middle – you are in between something – you are in the middle… You are not there yet.
you take your photo and print it right away… That is not how salvation works… we are in Christ but we are being saved… it’s all old school back in the dark room where God is developing us.
Salvation and righteousness are not instant … we are in Christ but we are being saved.. it’s all old school back in the dark room where God is developing us… That’s why you walk into a room like this and see imperfection… we are in process..
Life is about a series of transitions… we often mistake transitions as destinations.
It’s all old school PHOTOGRAPHY back in the dark room where God is developing us… That’s why when you walk into a room like this and see imperfectionWhy do Christians say mean things to each other?
it’s all old school back in the dark room where God is developing us.
Now for some GROUP THERAPY the good news is that we are all in PROCESS.
“TRANSITIONS ARE MERELY THE PROCESS NOT THE DESTINATION.”
Transition is a process – a series or sequence of gradual changes that lead toward a destination and it is all (flexible) because life is fluid.
· This is where many of us get tripped us up in mistaking our transition as the destination.
Transition is a process – a series or sequence of gradual changes that lead toward a destination and it is all (flexible) because life is fluid.
Transition continually moving us from disorientation to reorientation.
Just like the slinky, transition has forward movement… it has momentum Kinetic energy. What happens when it loses momentum ? It stops!! If you find yourself stuck in a transition the key is to relaunch!
What happens when it loses momentum it stops? If you find yourself stuck in a transition the key is to relaunch!
T/S One of the great stories in the Bible is the Deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage.
One of the great stories in the Bible is the Deliverance of Israel from Egyptian bondage.
IT IS A STORY OF TRANSiTION
At the time of the Exodus, Israel had been living in Egypt for over 430 years and at first things were comfortable and going quite well.
· Israel had found shelter in Egypt after Joseph had rescued the Egyptians from a seven-year famine.
· Joseph became a prominent leader in Egypt and he administered all the affairs of Pharaoh. The Pharaoh could sleep at night he had no worries because Joseph was Faithful and wise.
· But, like everything, over time things changed...and people began to forget about Joseph.
· And at the beginning the book of Exodus there is a new Pharaoh in town – who didn’t remember Joseph and the History of Israel’s migration into Egypt.
· As Israel began to grow in population, the Egyptians became more and more cynical and uneasy with Israel growth. This escalated into the Egyptians making Israel their slaves and they put task master over them and increased their work loads.
· God raises up Moses to be a deliver for Israel and He gives Moses implicit instructions to tell Pharaoh to LET HIS PEOPLE GO…. Pharoah recieved the message with much resistance...10 plagues later - Pharaoh lets the people go… It interesting and kind of humorous because as as he realizes what he has done he regrets his decision. A little like buyers remorse… Maybe that was not a good idea.
Pharoah recieved the message with much resistance...10 plagues later - Pharaoh lets the people go… It interesting and kind of humorous because as as he realizes what he has done he regrets
Scripture says that Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds … and said, ‘What have we done?’ Pharaoh calls for 600 chariots to go after them….and go and corner them off at the Red sea.
fter 10 plagues Pharaoh lets the people go… but then he subsequently regrets his decision. The way it is written is kind of humorous -- Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds … and said, ‘What have we done?’ Pharaoh calls for 600 chariots to go after them…. This is to bring one of the greatest delivers in the history of Israel.
10 plagues Pharaoh lets the people go… but then he subsequently regrets his decision. The way it is written is kind of humorous -- Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds … and said, ‘What have we done?’ Pharaoh calls for 600 chariots to go after them…. This is to bring one of the greatest delivers in the history of Israel.
regrets his decision. Scripture says that Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds … and said, ‘What have we done?’ Pharaoh calls for 600 chariots to go after them….and go and corner them off at the Red sea.
Have you noticed that sometimes trials and difficulties creep up on us and then other times they like the Egyptian army they come charging at us..
and said oh well… you loose some you win some…
Lets imagine for a moment — What if the Egyptians stayed home.. and they consoled themselves they got out Netflix, pop some popcorn and got out the tub of ice cream)… If Israel never had Egyptians chasing them…
Israel might have still been on the wrong side of the Red sea.
The Egyptians would have survived and possibly put them back captivity.
Egyptian army came towards them God moved in a miraculous way and brought the greatest deliverance Israel would ever have..
Pharaoh and his officials changed their minds … and said, ‘What have we done?’ Pharaoh calls for 600 chariots to go after them…. This is to bring one of the greatest delivers in the history of Israel.
T/S We are going to learn three lessons from Israels deliverance out of Egypt.
T/S We are going to learn three lessons from Israels deliverance out of Egypt.
How are you going to get through what you are going through?

1. God Reveals Himself in times of Transition.

When you launch the slinky you are not sure exactly where it is going to land… In fact you have very little control over where that is going to end up…
This is what make change so difficult because we don’t like that feeling of being out of control… We actually spend most of our lives trying to control our environments… When you are out of your comfort zone you are actually stepping away from self into Gods’ Sovereignty.
This is what make transition difficult is we like to be in control… We spend most of our lives trying to be in control our environments… Here is the thing when you step out of your comfort zones you are actually stepping away from self and you are moving towards Gods’ Sovereignty.
When you are out of your comfort zone you are actually stepping away from self into Gods’ Sovereignty.
Sovereignty means that - “there is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority.”
One of the messages that comes through loud in clear in the book of Exodus is the Sovereignty of God.
Sovereignty means that there is absolutely nothing that happens in the universe that is outside of God’s influence and authority.
God is over everything and specifically Creation, human history and redemption.
God rules and works according to His eternal purpose, even through events that seem to contradict or oppose His rule.
Does the fact that God is Sovereign give us hope? How might the issue of control effect us in transitions? - (Def Sovereignty: God is over creation, human history and the plan of redemption)
- (Def Sovereignty: God is over creation, human history and the plan of redemption)
When it comes to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt -
When it comes to Israel’s deliverance from Egypt -
It is God who hardens pharaohs heart. It is God who Parts the Red Sea and it is God who brings Israel to dry land, it is God who drowns the Egyptians…it is God who provides for them in the wilderness…
It is God who Parts the Red Sea and it is God who brings Israel to dry land, it is God who drowns the Egyptians…it is God who will provide for them in the wilderness.
God is always in the middle of transition. Sometimes we can lose sight of this fact. and like the disciples in the middle of the storm call out to Jesus “Do you not care.”
In , The odd of Israel being destroyed at the edge of the Red Sea were High… Egyptians chase Israel to the edge of the Red sea… It looked like the end for Israel.. But God Parted the Waters - a door… a passageway… a place of transition.
thought they would have them cornered off – But God was opening a door… a passageway… a place of transition.
• Israel’s Deliverance leads to praise! We need to remember that Praise and Worship is always about Who God is and What he has done… The reason we worship is because of God’s Rescue and deliverance in our lives. God prizes these spontaneous expressions of praise and worship. God inhabits the praises of his people… We need to be thankful for worship in our churches those who lead us. Worship should have a high value for us…
those who lead us. Worship should have a high value for us…
The commentator Morgan, tells us “There are moods of the soul that can only be expressed in poetry and in music.”
“There are moods of the soul that can only be expressed in poetry and in music.”
Exodus 15:1–3 ESV
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name.
ESV
· The song of Moses and Miram is a vivid and unique celebration of what God did for them when they were powerless to do anything for themselves.
Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying, “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name.
• God in his Sovereignty performs this mighty deliverance and the People sang to the Lord. God prizes these spontaneous expressions of praise and worship. This was a new song sung unto the Lord (as in ).
“There are moods of the soul that can only be expressed in poetry and in music.” Morgan
·· When God parts the water, and drowns the enemies you know that you had nothing in the fight…
· When God parts the water, and drowns the enemies you know that you had nothing in the fight…
· It is a vivid and unique celebration of what God did for them when they were powerless to do anything for themselves.
We learn about who GOD IS IN THE MIDDLE OF TRANSITION...
1. God is a Personal God.
last week there was a story of in the news of a lady who was in Chico getting her granddaughter from school when a tree fell on her car… crushed her car completely and the homeless people in Chico came to her rescue....after 20 minutes the firefighter rescued her.
It is miraculous that she survived. The grand moms comment was that someone up there must have been looking out for me. Now to be fair to her, I am not sure if she meant God or Not … but the point is that you often hear Statements like this...The man upstairs… some higher Power. God is not like Morgan Freeman… God is not upstairs… painting walls or playing Golf. God is a personal God… who interacts with his creation. Makes all the difference…
The Lord is my strength - -
The Lord is my Song
The Lord is my Salvation
He is my GodMy Father -
and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him
• GOD is personal to all those who experience his power and grace.
GOD is personal to all those who experience his power and grace.
2. - God is a man of War-
Moses is using a powerful figure of speech, in which God is compared to a mighty warrior, engaged in battle against enemy forces.
The reality is that God’s people are not simply caught in a political conflict, but a deeply spiritual one. They can only overcome through the power of God assisting them.
We need to have these two images of God… He a personal God.. He is also a God who fights for us.
· For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
T/S We are going to learn three lessons from Israels deliverance out of Egypt
1.God Reveals Himself in times of Transition.
1.God Reveals Himself in times of Transition.

2. God Redeems Us in Transition

Moses and Israel set out from the banks of the Red sea into the unknown.
Exodus 15:22–25 ESV
Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them,
ESV
ESV
Then Moses made Israel set out from the Red Sea, and they went into the wilderness of Shur. They went three days in the wilderness and found no water. When they came to Marah, they could not drink the water of Marah because it was bitter; therefore it was named Marah. And the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What shall we drink?” And he cried to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a log, and he threw it into the water, and the water became sweet. There the Lord made for them a statute and a rule, and there he tested them.
God leading them in this journey…but there are a lot of unknowns.. and it doesn't take long before the reality of the transition hits home... after three days journey they are running out of water and are begining to feel the effects of dehydration..we can’t live much longer than three days with out water...
The reality of the transition now hits home... after three days journey they have run out of water and are begining to feel the effects of dehydration..we can’t live much longer than three days with out water...
After three days journey they have found no water and they are begining to feel the effects of thirst and dehydrations.
and after three days journey they have found no water and they are begining to feel the effects of thirst and dehydrations.
After three days journey they are
The anxiety levels of the people would be off the charts… And so they come to a place called Marah and where there is water but they discover that the water is undrinkable. The name Marah literally means bitter, because of the unpleasant taste of the water.
Three days is not a very long time.
But it is long enough to forget the great victory and power of God.
· The anxiety levels of the people would be off the charts… And then they come to a place called Marah where the water is undrinkable. The name Marah literally means bitter, because of the unpleasant taste of the water.
It is interesting that the first place is place of bitterness.
Transitions can also bring on feeling of Bitterness.
Bitterness is the feeling of anger and resentment, it caused by sense that you have been unfairly treated or that your are going through difficult circumstances.. often its because of some human failure.. . Sometimes circumstance often reveal issues of our Heart.. our brokenness and need for rescue and repair...
It can feel like one of those road trips with the kids in the back seat saying, “Are we there yet?”
Why do you think that bitterness might be an issue in times of transition?
• What can happen in the middle of a transition is the lack of hope in the future…
How might the story of redemption sweeten the water?
What do you do When your transition is Bitter? You have two options you can grumble and complain like Israel...or your can follow the example of Moses --- Moses got desperate but he pressed into God… Times of transitions is a time for prayer a time to seek the Lord.
How do you deal with the Bitter Transition?
What do you do When your transition is Bitter? You have two options you can grumble and complain like Israel...or your can follow the example of Moses --- Moses got desperate but he pressed into God… Times of transitions is a time for prayer a time to seek the Lord.
of Moses ---
or your can follow the example of Moses --- Moses got desperate but he pressed into God… Time of transitions is a time for prayer a time to seek the Lord while he can be found. Sometimes circumstance actually reveal issues of our Heart.. our brokenness and need for personal rescue.
1. MOSES Cried out to the Lord -
“Moses prayed earnestly…to the Lord ... sometimes Prayer need to come with a bit of fire and fervency
A couple of years ago this movie called came out called “WAR ROOM.” It’s about a family, Tony and Elizabeth Jordan that on the outside have everything together but on the inside are falling apart. Elizabeth is a realtor and she has an appointment- really ends up as a divine appointment - Miss Clara asks about her prayer life.
.It’s about a family, Tony and Elizabeth Jordan that on the outside have everything together but on the inside are falling apart. Elizabeth is a realtor and she has an appointment- really ends up as a divine appointment - Miss Clara
meets Miss Clara who becomes her mentor…and she is a prayer warrior…her closest was a literal prayer room...
James
Clip from war room (2 min)
James 5:16 NKJV
Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.
James 5:16 The effective ,  fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much
How might prayer benefit us in the middle of transitions? Why does prayer seem to be a challenged when we get busy?
means that “Moses prayed earnestly
and the Lord answered his prayer..
We are told that the Lord answered Moses prayer..
Moses cried out to the Lord.. it was passionate, it was fervent and we are told that the Lord answered Moses prayer..
The Lord Showed him what to do…
God caused Moses to see the a piece of drift wood.. and gives him the instruction to throw it into the water...
2. Then He Listened and waited for God to Speak
2. Then He Listened and waited for God to Speak
Sometimes God will move on our behalf and we stand back and see the salvation of the Lord… Some times God will give us a strategy…The Lord Showed him what to do..
and the Lord Showed him what to do…He was to find a piece of wood and throw it into the water…
… Moses listens to God and he follows the Lords instructions.
3. The Lord Showed Him what to Do…
This piece of drift wood is a reminder that the cross is the place of forgiveness...
Mark 11:25 ESV
And whenever you stand praying, forgive, if you have anything against anyone, so that your Father also who is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.”
4. Moses had to get a piece of wood and throw it into the water.
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Not only does God do a miracles by healing the water but he uses Moses obedience to teach Israel the importance of listening for God’s instruction. He gives them rules to live by that will keep them in good health. s.
If they would be deligent,
The answer to bitterness is really giving and receiving forgiveness..
not everything is going to be easy… we have to remember the cross
not everything is going to be easy… we have to remember the cross
The Cross took care of our bitterness…
GOD WOULD KEEP THEM FREE FROM DISEASES AND INFECTIONS of the Egyptians.
Does God care about your family?
Does God care about your finances?
Does God care about your joy?
Exodus 15:26–27 ESV
saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.” Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.
Does God care about your Crop?
If this is true… then trust Him.
—Charles R. Swindoll said this..
We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”
If Israel followed Gods instructions…on “How to live” in the wilderness ...God gave them a promise they would be kept from the DISEASES AND INFECTIONS of the Egyptians.
You begin to put the pieces together – Learn that God is Sovereign over your life, Learn that God can be trusted, Learn that God deal with our hearts… We all carry brokenness and God will repair these areas in our hearts.
Leaning on God’s Soverignty is RESTING in the fact that God’s pland is best.
Dr. S.I. McMillen in his book None of These Diseases noted that many of God’s laws to Israel had a direct impact of hygiene and health. Practices such as circumcision, quarantine, washing in running water, and eating kosher made a real medical difference in keeping Israel free from disease.
GOD WOULD KEEP THEM FREE FROM DISEASES AND INFECTIONS of the Egyptians.
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Dr. S.I. McMillen in his book None of These Diseases noted that many of God’s laws to Israel had a direct impact of hygiene and health. Practices such as circumcision, quarantine, washing in running water, and eating kosher made a real medical difference in keeping Israel free from disease.
Transition is the time to ask Go
saying, “If you will diligently listen to the voice of the Lord your God, and do that which is right in his eyes, and give ear to his commandments and keep all his statutes, I will put none of the diseases on you that I put on the Egyptians, for I am the Lord, your healer.”
Dr. S.I. McMillen in his book None of These Diseases noted that many of God’s laws to Israel had a direct impact of hygiene and health. Practices such as circumcision, quarantine, washing in running water, and eating kosher made a real medical difference in keeping Israel free from disease.
Dr. S.I. McMillen in his book None of These Diseases noted that many of God’s laws to Israel had a direct impact of hygiene and health. Practices such as circumcision, quarantine, washing in running water, and eating kosher made a real medical difference in keeping Israel free from disease.
What lesson is God wanting them to learn in the transition?
God was looking for them to trust Him and obey himGod had proved that he can take care of the Egyptian army.. now he was testing them that God would take care of them personal needs.
What is God testing them in – What lesson is God wanting them to learn in the transition.. God is simply wanting them to know His sovereignty. God had proved that he can take care of the Egyptian army.. now he was testing them that God would take care of them personal needs.
When the disciples were in the middle of the storm they cry out do you not care? If we listen to God… if we will listen we hear that Go cares about us… the details.
God cares about your family
God cares about your finances
God care about your joy
God care about your Health...
—Charles R. Swindoll said this..
We must cease striving and trust God to provide what He thinks is best and in whatever time He chooses to make it available. But this kind of trusting doesn’t come naturally. It’s a spiritual crisis of the will in which we must choose to exercise faith.”
You begin to put the pieces together – Learn that God is Sovereign over your life, Learn that God can be trusted, Learn that God deal with our hearts… We all carry brokenness and God will repair these areas in our hearts.
God Brings Israel to Elim a place of blessing.. to Elim, to the springs of water and the palm trees. There were 12 springs enough for each tribe and 70 palm trees dates for everyone..
Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs of water and seventy palm trees, and they encamped there by the water.
God is saying if you listen to me - transitions are time for listening to God.
Yahweh’s provident care of them; their protection and healing opposed by the Egyptians’ affliction and illness; and life according to their own disordered whim opposed by Yahweh’s ordered standard.
FAITH IS TRUSTING THAT GOD HAD YOUR BEST INTERESTS IN MIND.
Brings them Elim a place of blessing.. to Elim, to the springs of water and the palm trees.
There were 12 springs enough for each tribe and 70 palm trees dates for everyone..
Often God will bring us to a Marah today and an Elim tomorrow;
Yet so often in the experience of God’s people, their journeys take them to Marah today and Elim tomorrow; God always knows what is best for his people.
Here is the thing about transitions is that you have to continue with the process..
T/s How are you going to get through what you are going through?
1. God Reveals Himself in Transition
2. God Redeems Us in Transition

3. God Repairs Us in Transition

Some us here may know who Bob Guff from Thrive Conferences. He is really a humorous guy and a radical believer.. and he does and says things that are really out of the box. In His book love does… Bob says…
“The thing I love about God is He intentionally guides people into failure.” Bob Guff
• God takes Israel out of Egypt and leads them into the the wilderness… Wouldn’t it been easy to have skipped the desert and go straight to Canaan.. God puts Israel to a position where they have no water, no food…no creature comforts…
•. We are talking about nearly two million people who are hungry… and they begin to grumble and complain… People get grumpy when they are not eating.
• We are not talking about a family of five… we’ve all been on that road trip where someone gets irritable on a road trip… blood sugar drops....
• We are talking about nearly two million people who are hungry… and they begin to grumble and complain…
• Israel was going through the wilderness ‘desert’ but we need to remember that deserts are not only the barren deserts of sand dunes or rock that color the popular imagination of a desert, but also steppe-lands and pasture lands suitable for grazing livestock.
• Wilderness can be a very spiritual and positive experience and time of growth. In fact, the wilderness can be a place of joy.
Psalm 65:12–13 ESV
The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
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The pastures of the wilderness overflow, the hills gird themselves with joy, the meadows clothe themselves with flocks, the valleys deck themselves with grain, they shout and sing together for joy.
Psalm 107:35 ESV
He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.
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He turns a desert into pools of water, a parched land into springs of water.
• The Wilderness can be a sacred place where God speaks to us a Place where God refreshes us.
• Moses was on the back side of the western wilderness watching Laben’s sheep when God appeared to Him in the Burning Bush. He had been fourty years since he had killed the Egyptian and fled for his life..
God declares the ground that he is standing on as Holy Ground, God instructs Moses to take off his shoes because Glory was with Him.
• Jesus preparation for his earthly ministry began with forty days in the wilderness of prayer and fasting. The wilderness was a special place for Jesus.
He often went into the desert place to find solitary and times of communion with His father.
Again the desert fathers followed in this tradition of going into the wilderness to find wisdom and clarity.
• Jesus taught his disciples and the multitudes in the desert - On one occasion it was getting late and the disciples say to Jesus that he should dismiss the crowd because it was getting dark and they had to eat… It is in the wilderness that Jesus performs the Miracle of the feeding of the 5000.
Israel continues their journey they are two months into transition… and they run into another obstacle. they have run out of food.
In spite of seeing how God can make provision in the most unpromising of circumstances, the Israelites continued to grumble and complain, accusing Moses of bringing them out to the wilderness only to kill them with hunger
b. They were stuck in the past
Exodus 16:2–3 ESV
And 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 that we had died by the hand of the Lord in 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.”
Exodus 16
Their reference to dying “by the Lord’s hand” recalls the plagues and the destruction of the Egyptians at the sea—they had been spared from all of those dangers but were now rhetorically arguing that perhaps they would have been better off eliminated by a plague or by drowning.
Egyptians at the sea—they had been spared from all of those dangers but were now rhetorically arguing that perhaps they would have been better off eliminated by a plague or by drowning.
Israel— had been spared from all of those dangers in Egypt the plagues and the drowning in the Red sea, but the rhetoric they arguing is that perhaps they would have been better off eliminated by a plague or by drowning…
g “by the Lord’s hand” recalls the plagues and the destruction of the Egyptians at the sea—they had been spared from all of those dangers but were now rhetorically arguing that perhaps they would have been better off eliminated by a plague or by drowning.
Then they get a skewed perspective of their captivity they claimed that they had “all the food” they wanted back in Egypt.
They claimed that they had in Egypt “all the food” they wanted, which probably was an exaggeration, but not necessarily baseless.
Why might Egypt be appealing to us when we are in the middle of transition? How might the wilderness be a place where you can grow and blossom?
Before we can get from where we are to where we need to be, we will have to be convinced the what God has said about us is true.
The Israelites had left Egypt, but Egypt had not left them. The problem is that Israel was not ready for the promised land… they spent 40 years wandering in circles..
When we realize that what we posses is greater than the challenges we face, then we will be ready to possess our promise. You are not what you used to be. You are better than the mistakes that held you back before.
God provided miraculously for Israel in the wilderness.
God Promise in times of transition is that Manna from Heaven… Supernatural food.
“I have heard the grumbling of the
In fact, God’s provision for his people at this point was to exceed their expectations. God promised that he would ‘rain down’ bread from heaven, and for forty years in the wilderness, he fed his people with manna.
God wants us to trust Him in the middle of transition… Jesus said to his disciples before going on the stormy sea that we are going over to the Other side… Through… I
God has called you too something He is going to get you through it.
CONCLUSION:
These days it is inevitable that when you travel you are going to have least one or two layovers on a flight. Then on top of that you will probably have delays and cancelations. Layovers are often long and frustrating.... This morining your transition might feel like a layover.
But do you know that there is a purpose for layovers.
There is not enough demand to have direct flights from any airport to another.
Because of this, airlines have hubs, large airports that have flights to many smaller airports.
If you are traveling from a smaller airport to another, you will generally go through a hub.
This ensures that each flight will have many passengers.
We often don’t see the purpose of our layovers. The problem with Israel is that God was trying to teach him that they should trust him and they couldn’t go to the promised land before they learned. How were they going to take on the Giants and powerful cities in Cannaan if that hadn’t learned the lesson of trusting God…
It took Israel fourty years of wondering before they understood the lesson that God would provide for their Every need… In fact a whole generation died with Moses and didn’t cross over into the promised land… because they continued to doubt… The younger generation who were only babies when they went through the red sea… They made up a generation that were ready to trust God...
1. God Reveals Himself in Transition
2. God Redeems Us in Transition
3. God Repairs Us in Transition
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