When Your Back Is Against The Wall

This sermon outline encourages us to look to the Lord at all times, but especially in the midst of our impotence. Let’s face it, many things are not within our grasp or under our control. May God help all who review this post so they can be reminded of God’s omnipotence!

Title: “When Your Back Is Against The Wall!”

Text: Exodus 14:13-14Exodus 14:13-14
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. for the...: or, for whereas ye have seen the Egyptians to day 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.  

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(Exodus 14:13-14Exodus 14:13-14
English: King James Version (1611) - KJV

13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. for the...: or, for whereas ye have seen the Egyptians to day 14 The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.  

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) “And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will shew to you to day: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen to day, ye shall see them again no more for ever. The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.”  (KJV)

Introduction:

•    Many times in life we come to realize that there is not one thing you can do to change the situation for the better.
•    The best of parents, the best of doctors, the best of negotiators, and the best of many others cannot change the fact that some things you cannot do or better in your own strength.
•    Moses’ life is full of situations just like this.
•    I want us to see a great truth that Moses had to learn that should encourage us in our prayer life.
•    This great truth of which I am referring to is the truth of Importunity.
•    Moses was completely impotent in the situation at the Red Sea and in many other situations.
•    Sure he could have done certain things but they would have been futile.
•    I want us to see that we have to realize we are utterly helpless in this life apart from God!
•    We must come to Him in faith believing His Divinely Inspired word.
•     Let us examine our text for some tools in our prayer life!

Proposition: There are three things I see in our text verses that reveal importunity which we should adopt into our prayer lives!

I.    Don’t Fear!

A.    Sometimes things happen and we get scared!

B.    Many times we get scared because things are completely out of our control!

C.    A child of God should abandoned fear and seek out faith!

D.    Moses was probably a little scared but he soon recognized that fear would be disastrous

E.    All Moses knew when he called on God was that he had done exactly what God said to do and he was now in a predicament!

F.    We should not fear, but rely upon God!

(Proverbs 3:25Proverbs 3:25
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25 Be not afraid of sudden fear, neither of the desolation of the wicked, when it cometh.  

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) “Be not afraid of sudden fear..”  (KJV)

(Psalms 56:3Psalms 56:3
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3 What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.  

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) “What time I am afraid, I will trust in thee.”  (KJV)

II.    Stand Still!

A.    The hardest thing to do sometimes is to keep your hands out of a situation!

B.    We are not in control of something and we try to fix it, but many times we end up fighting against God.

C.    Through this difficult and precarious position Moses was in God had a grand design and Israel did not comprehend what was going on!

D.    Standing still shows that you are resided in God’s hand and you are going to trust Him to work it out!

(Psalms 46:10Psalms 46:10
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10 Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.  

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) “Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth.”  (KJV)

III.    Look For God!

A.    Sometimes no matter what you think, plan, figure out, you end up seeing that all is vain!

B.    God wants us to see Him all glorious and grand!

C.    If you are in His will then you can rest assured that He will work things out for His glory!

D.    Look at what God id for Israel!

(Exodus 14:15-31Exodus 14:15-31
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15 And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: 16 But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. 17 And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 18 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. 19 And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: 20 And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. 21 And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. 22 And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 23 And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh's horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. 24 And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, 25 And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. that they...: or, and made them to go heavily 26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. 27 And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. overthrew: Heb. shook off 28 And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. 29 But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. 30 Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. 31 And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses. work: Heb. hand  

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) “And the LORD said unto Moses, Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward: But lift thou up thy rod, and stretch out thine hand over the sea, and divide it: and the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea. And I, behold, I will harden the hearts of the Egyptians, and they shall follow them: and I will get me honour upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I have gotten me honour upon Pharaoh, upon his chariots, and upon his horsemen. And the angel of God, which went before the camp of Israel, removed and went behind them; and the pillar of the cloud went from before their face, and stood behind them: And it came between the camp of the Egyptians and the camp of Israel; and it was a cloud and darkness to them, but it gave light by night to these: so that the one came not near the other all the night. And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided. And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. And the Egyptians pursued, and went in after them to the midst of the sea, even all Pharaoh’s horses, his chariots, and his horsemen. And it came to pass, that in the morning watch the LORD looked unto the host of the Egyptians through the pillar of fire and of the cloud, and troubled the host of the Egyptians, And took off their chariot wheels, that they drave them heavily: so that the Egyptians said, Let us flee from the face of Israel; for the LORD fighteth for them against the Egyptians. And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen. And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea. And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them. But the children of Israel walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea; and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left. Thus the LORD saved Israel that day out of the hand of the Egyptians; and Israel saw the Egyptians dead upon the sea shore. And Israel saw that great work which the LORD did upon the Egyptians: and the people feared the LORD, and believed the LORD, and his servant Moses.”  (KJV)

Conclusion:

To The Christian:

•    God was proving His provision and proving His servant Moses’ leadership among those of Israel!
•    When your back is against the wall, Don’t fear, Stand still, and look for God to work things in His way and teach you something in the process!
•    Realize that you cannot fix everything the way you want them!
•    God is in control!

To The Sinner:

•    Accept Christ as a repentant sinner!

Originally posted 2010-09-10 14:00:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

About Andrew Schank

Andrew Schank is an Independent Baptist Missionary/Pastor who loves to blog about spiritual matters! His main ministry website is http://www.togetherinthegap.com. Andrew is also a contributing author to two other blogs/websites including http://linked2leadership.com and http://www.ifbkjv.com. Pastor Schank's Church website is http://www.greatcommissionbaptist.org
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