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Bitter Watter

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Exodus 15:22–27 CSB
Then Moses led Israel on from the Red Sea, and they went out to the Wilderness of Shur. They journeyed for three days in the wilderness without finding water. They came to Marah, but they could not drink the water at Marah because it was bitter—that is why it was named Marah. The people grumbled to Moses, “What are we going to drink?” So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he threw it into the water, the water became drinkable. The Lord made a statute and ordinance for them at Marah, and he tested them there. He said, “If you will carefully obey the Lord your God, do what is right in his sight, pay attention to his commands, and keep all his statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.” Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy date palms, and they camped there by the water.

Real needs often lead you to bad solutions.

(CSB) 22 Then Moses led Israel on from the Red Sea, and they went out to the Wilderness of Shur. They journeyed for three days in the wilderness without finding water. 23 They came to Marah, but they could not drink the water at Marah because it was bitter—that is why it was named Marah.
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22 Then Moses led Israel on from the Red Sea, and they went out to the Wilderness of Shur. They journeyed for three days in the wilderness without finding water. 23 They came to Marah, but they could not drink the water at Marah because it was bitter—that is why it was named Marah.

God will lead you to an impossible place so that you have no other choice than to turn to him.

(CSB) 22 Then Moses led Israel on from the Red Sea, and they went out to the Wilderness of Shur. They journeyed for three days in the wilderness without finding water. 23 They came to Marah, but they could not drink the water at Marah because it was bitter—that is why it was named Marah.
We turn to God desires to heal you.
Illus: Last week we talked about how God leads us to impossible places so that we are forced to turn to him.
These come in any number of senerios.
Family, money, jobs, relationships...
At the root of each, is the understanding that you cannot handle it alone.
God brings you to this place of desperation to see your need for him.
Illus: (God led the people to the red sea so that they would see He is God.
(CSB) 13 But Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation that he will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you must be quiet.”

God desires to heal you.

13 But Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation that he will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you must be quiet.”

We turn to sinful and self destructive habits, hangups, and hurts instead of turning to God.

(CSB) 22 Then Moses led Israel on from the Red Sea, and they went out to the Wilderness of Shur. They journeyed for three days in the wilderness without finding water. 23 They came to Marah, but they could not drink the water at Marah because it was bitter—that is why it was named Marah.
Illus: Turning to self destructive habits is like running out of gas, going to a gas station and filling your gas only talk up with diesel .
You might run your car for a few miles, but in the end you will ruin it because you put the wrong fuel in.
This is what we do, when we come to a need, deep down we need to turn to God, but instead we will ourselves with cheap substitutes.
Entertainment, alcohol, food, porn, whatever it is… we end up ruining our lives because our need drove us to sin.
(CSB) 18 And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit:
(CSB) 18 And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit:
18 And don’t get drunk with wine, which leads to reckless living, but be filled by the Spirit:

God desires to restore you and heal you.

(CSB)
24 The people grumbled to Moses, “What are we going to drink?” 25 So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he threw it into the water, the water became drinkable.
The Lord made a statute and ordinance for them at Marah, and he tested them there. 26 He said, “If you will carefully obey the Lord your God, do what is right in his sight, pay attention to his commands, and keep all his statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”

God calls all to repent of their habits, hangups and hurts.

13 But Moses said to the people, “Don’t be afraid. Stand firm and see the Lord’s salvation that he will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians you see today, you will never see again. 14 The Lord will fight for you, and you must be quiet.” God calls all to repent of their habits, hangups and hurts.
(CSB)
24 The people grumbled to Moses, “What are we going to drink?” 25 So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he threw it into the water, the water became drinkable.
The Lord made a statute and ordinance for them at Marah, and he tested them there. 26 He said, “If you will carefully obey the Lord your God, do what is right in his sight, pay attention to his commands, and keep all his statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”
Illus: Let’s be clear, you can say you are sorry till you are blue in the face but repentance is far more than simply being sorry in your sins.
I think this is why many of us don’t ever experience life change out of our sins.
You have to truly deal with your sins… this means cutting them down at the roots, turning away from them and filling yourself with God.
It is both leaving and cleaving.
(CSB) 22 Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth. For I am God, and there is no other.
(CSB) 22 Turn to me and be saved, all the ends of the earth. For I am God, and there is no other.
22 Turn to me and be saved,
all the ends of the earth.
For I am God,
and there is no other.

God is faithful. He will heal our brokenness.

(CSB)
24 The people grumbled to Moses, “What are we going to drink?” 25 So he cried out to the Lord, and the Lord showed him a tree. When he threw it into the water, the water became drinkable.
The Lord made a statute and ordinance for them at Marah, and he tested them there. 26 He said, “If you will carefully obey the Lord your God, do what is right in his sight, pay attention to his commands, and keep all his statutes, I will not inflict any illnesses on you that I inflicted on the Egyptians. For I am the Lord who heals you.”
Illus: Most times when we think of God’s healing we are purely thinking about physical healing… but God wants to do something far bigger than fix our physical deficiencies.
God wants to do heart work. He wants to heal all of the mess we have created through our sin addictions.
Can you imagine if we were as passionate in praying for and seeking spiritual healing as we are for physical healing?
(CSB) 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.
(CSB) 16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is very powerful in its effect.

God will provide what you need.

(CSB)
27 Then they came to Elim, where there were twelve springs and seventy date palms, and they camped there by the water.

God may lead you to the impossible so that you can see that with Him, all things are possible.

Illus: One of the ways God likes to define himself is that he is God of the impossible.
We look at the circumstances of our lives and think that we are stuck…
God can do what we cannot.
Illus:
Matthew 19:26 CSB
Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
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