Determine Who’s In Charge
The story of Exodus is an amazing story of Fearless Faith embodied in the life of Moses and the Israelites. Against great odds, God led them across deserts, through parted seas, provided food out of thin air, and routed their enemies. As we study the life and story of Moses in Exodus, notice the incredible faithfulness and power of God. He is the same God who speaks to you and cares for you today.
The first step in growing a Fearless Faith is to Determine Who’s In Charge. There are three things to remember when it comes to determining who is in charge of your life.
#1: When Times Are Tough, God’s Promises Are Still True (Exodus 1:1-14)
- The key to having a Fearless Faith vs. living in fear… is really about who we believe is in charge. God or us.
- Fear messes with our thinking, causes us to panic, and robs us of clarity and peace. Remember that there are a lot more promises in the Bible than reasons to fear. A lot more hope than dismay.
- There were tough times for the Israelites: brutality, slavery, killing baby boys. They were in a tough situation but God had promised earlier to rescue them. He followed through with His promise and provided a deliverer… Moses.
- When tough times come in our life, we need to know that God’s promises are true. God never forgets His promises.
#2: When Tough Times Get Tougher, God’s Grace Becomes Greater (Exodus 1:15-21)
- God knew what His people were going through, much like He knows exactly what you are going through. He cares and is aware of the tough times you are in.
- His grace is sufficient for whatever we need (2 Cor. 12:9). His grace is always there, but when times are toughest we become more aware of His care.
- What do we do when tough times get tougher? We lean in (pray), hold on (persevere), look up (perspective), and give thanks (praise). A key verse is Phil 4:6-7.
#3: When Tough Times Are The Toughest, God Is Still In Control (Exodus 1:22-2:10)
- Sometimes things get worse before they get better. But there will come a time where God says it is time for my divine intervention to be evidenced.
- God cared for the Israelites. He will care for you. His care is more powerful than any tough situation. When tough times are toughest, God is still in control.
- When faced with hopeless situations, Fearless Faith tell us to HOPE:
- H – Hold On (1 Thes 5:23)
- O – Overcome (Rev 2:7; 2:11; 2:17; 2:26; 3:5; 3:12; 3:21)
- P – Persevere (James 5:11)
- E – Endure (2 Timothy 2:3)
During tough times, we need to determine who’s in charge, us or God. We need to remember that God’s promises are still true, his grace is still sufficient for us, and He is still in control.