April 8, 2018
Sermon Title: God Has a Plan
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Scripture Reading: Revelation 13: 8; Isaiah 55: 8 & 9
Scripture Text: Exodus 14:1-14,31
v-4 ďAnd I will harden Pharaoh's heart, that he shall follow after them; and I will be honored upon Pharaoh, and upon all his host; that the Egyptians may know that I am the LORD. And they did so.Ē
v-8 ďAnd the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and he pursued after the children of Israel: and the children of Israel went out with an high hand.Ē
God Has a Plan
Introduction: When did God form His plan?
2 Timothy 1:9 declares it is ďfrom all eternity.Ē
I Peter 2:20 says it was from ďbefore the foundation of the world.Ē
Godís plan is an eternal plan that has existed from all eternity.
While it is an eternal plan, it is unfolded and manifested in time or human history. However, the entire plan was formed from all eternity and it is not subject to change.
God is not scrambling about trying to work out His plan or make last minute corrections. When we fumble the ball, or when things go wrong, or when tragedy strikes, according to Scripture, Godís plan has not slipped a gear. He is still on the throne and in control.
The tragedy was (or is) a part of Godís plan. God includes our fumbles and allows the tragedies of life in His sovereign purpose (Isaiah 43: 10-13; 44:6-9, 24-28; 45:6-13, 20-22).
Point 1. Godís plans are always MADE in ADVANCE [vs. 1 - 4]
God knew of the famine and hunger in the future that is why He made Joseph go through all the hardships and hoops before he became the Prime Minister of Egypt. He received the dream of the famine in the near future and started to gather and store food, which would not only save the Egyptians but Israelís [Jacob] family and the world.
Point 2. Godís plans do NOT need your HELP... only your OBEDIENCE
(a) Fear Not
(b) Stand Still
(d) Keep Silent
Point 3. Godís plans are NOT always LOGICAL [vs. 15 Ė 18]
Point 4. Godís plans are NOT LIMITED to what is humanly possible [vs. 21 & 22]
Conclusion: Amidst all the confusion and uncertainty of the world in which we live, how assuring to know that God orders our steps! Our faith need not be in blind chance nor in circumstances, BUT should be in an infinite wise God who does all things well, who knows the end from the beginning and whose every desire for us is for ultimate good and His glory.
Letís go to A NEW DIMENSION!!
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