Sermon July 13, 2008 (morning) : Obedience, Intercession, and Confidence in God
- Presenter: Claudio Yeme (translated by Gregory Bishop)
- Date: July 13, 2008
- Location: Congregation Lion of Judah, Boston MA
It’s a joy for me to be with you again today and it’s a wonderful opportunity that God gives us to worship him. Today I feel led to speak to you about spiritual arms or weapons that every believer has in his reach in order to do battle in the spirit.
The story of Israel leaving Egypt is a story that we can study in many different ways. But in the life of Moses I see 3 truths in particular that I’d like to emphasize today. The first truth that we observe in the life of Moses is obedience to the word of God. The second truth that we observe in the life of Moses is the power of a life or intercession. And the third truth that I learn from the life of Moses is the confidence that the believer can have in the word of God.
These 3 truths teach us how we can have a victorious life over the evil one, the enemy. For the people of Israel Egypt represents oppression and also for Moses of course. And we know that this doesn’t represent only a physical, political oppression but also spiritual oppression also. That’s why the attitude of Moses teaches me these 3 spiritual truths and we as believers can have victory over the evil one.
Even though Egypt represented oppression for Israel for us today the world as a whole represents oppression for many of us because the pharaoh of today is called Satan himself and he has people oppressed in different types of slavery and vices, and evil and addictions, whether it be from the very seed of power politically of a nation right down to each individual.
How can each of us be used as instruments for the freedom, for the deliverance of nations and people? We need these 3 weapons. First lets look at the life of obedience. I invite you to open your Bibles in the book of Exodus chapter 7, we’re also going to be looking a little at chapter 8, and 10 and also 13.
And it says in Exodus 7, verse 1: “The Lord said to Moses, I have made you like God to pharaoh and your brother Aaron will be your prophet. You are to say everything that I command you, and your brother Aaron is to tell pharaoh to let the Israelites go out of his country…”
And look especially at verse 5: “… and the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord when I stretch out my hand against Egypt and bring the Israelites out of it…”
Dear brothers and sisters, this passage shows us just how important a life of obedience is for us to have victory over the enemy.
Still in chapter 7 verse 6: “… and Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded them…”
And then in verse 8 the Lord said to Moses and Aaron saying, and in verse 10, so Moses and Aaron went to pharaoh and did just as the Lord commanded.
And then in verse 14, the Lord said to Moses, go in the morning to pharaoh, as he’s going out of the water and tell him, the Lord, the God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, let my people go so they may worship me in the desert. But until now you have not wanted to let them go…
Verse 17, “…this is what the Lord says, by this you will know that I am the Lord…”
And that’s the message that Moses was sent to say to pharaoh.
Down a little further, verse 20 in the same chapter 7: “… and Moses and Aaron did just as the Lord commanded…”
That’s where see the importance of a life of obedience. It’s the key for a victorious life over the enemy. As I spoke to you before, Egypt for us today is the world and the oppressor is Satan and his demons.
When we live a life of obedience to the Lord is the key to victory and we can be used as instruments to rescue others who are under that kind of spiritual oppression. If we really want to be used by the Lord for the deliverance and the healing of the people around us, if we really want God to use us in that way, we must live a life of obedience. Amen.
Obedience to the word of God makes it possible for the believer actually to defeat the forces of the evil one, this is the work that we all have of deliverance of souls of people around us.
Still in chapter 7, verse 11: “… pharaoh then summoned wise men and sorcerers, and the Egyptians magicians also did the same things by their secret arts. Each one of them threw down his staff and it became a snake. But look at the difference here, but Aaron staff swallowed up their staff.
Egypt was not just in physical slavery, but also a spiritual type of slavery. So when Moses came, when God called him, he had to confront two realities: the physical reality of slavery, but also he had to deal with the witchcraft of Egypt. Egypt was a polytheistic nation, they worshipped many different Gods, it was an idolatrist nation to the core. Together with that idolatry came a whole catalogue of just nasty types of spiritism and witchcraft and reading cards and astrology and all kinds of bad things that we shouldn’t do.
And now Moses had to deal with this type of spiritual evil all this witchcraft, what was the key to his victory? A huge part of it was a life of faithful obedience to what God commanded.
In Chapter 8, verse 18 through 19. Now at this point God had called Moses to do a plague of nags where he stretched out his staff and all kinds of mosquitoes and nags came over the land of Egypt, and when the sorcerers and the witches of Egypt tried to do the same thing they could not do it. And you know what they recognized, these sorcerers of Egypt?
Verse 19, “… and the magicians said this is the finger of God, we can’t resist this God, because there’s a man who’s obedient to the word of God we just can deal with this, we can’t compete with that. And the sorcerers said, please don’t put us in this …., we can’t do it.
And when we obey God today the throne of Satan falls even though there are satanic institutions and church in Massachusetts they will fall. It does not matter if every Halloween or any other day if those come together and try to do their spells against the Kingdom of God all the santeros and all that kind of stuff, they cannot do it against the Kingdom of God, Jesus says, that we have the power, there are more with us than are with them. Amen.
When believers are faithful, when they obey, then the unbelievers are … round now can recognize that there is a living God in the world that is with us. And so we see what happened with pharaoh and his armies.
In chapter 7, verse 5 it says “….that the Egyptians will know that I am the Lord…”
Now, why did they need to know that God was the true God? Because they were a time of tremendous religious syncretism. People were worshipping everything in those days, they were worshipping things that you see in the world statutes. When Moses obeyed, he came into the midst of that confusion and he showed by his testimony that there is a living God.
There’s many people confused today by the enemy in all kinds of different types of ….. The Apostle Paul says in the book of Corinthians that the God of this age has blinded and veiled the minds of unbelievers so that they can’t recognize the glory of God in the face of Jesus. And how will they know who is the real God that we worship? Through a simple life of obedience. We, you and I, we need to be sensitive to the voice of God, it’s the first weapon for a victorious life over the eney.
In chapter 8, verse 10 “… tomorrow, pharaoh said, and Moses replied, it will be as you say so that you may know that there is no one like the Lord, our God….”
And Moses said, “… but on that day the Lord said, I will deal differently with the land of Goshen where my people live, no swarms of flies will be there so that you will know that I’m the Lord and in this land…”
Exodus 9, verse 14, this is what the word of God says: “… this time I will send the full force of my plagues against you and against your officials and your people so that you may know that there is no one like me in all the earth….”
In verse 16 it says, “… but I have raised you up for this very purpose, that I might show you my power and that my name might be proclaimed in all the earth….”
Brothers and sisters, when you’re praying for friends or family members that seem so hard and it looks that they’re never going to change, don’t give up, God has raised them up for this very purpose, to show his glory and he can change and he will do it, don’t give up in the name of Jesus.
A life of obedience of Moses to the voice of God also teaches us that when we do it unleashes the miraculous power of God in the earth to set people free from slavery so the people can serve God.
Let’s go back to chapter 8 verse 1of Exodus the Lord said to Moses, go to pharaoh and say to him, this is what the Lord says, let my people go so that they may worship me…”
God wants us to live in obedience to him because he wants more servants, he wants a bigger family. Now he noticed also that the Egyptians themselves were in a type of slavery in their nation of Egypt and their lifestyle and he wanted them to be free as well. Obedience is important, is key in this.
to verse 20: the life of obedience brings sinners to serve God, rescue his people from bondage to serve him, as the nation of Israel delivered. Then the Lord said to Moses, get up early in the morning and confront pharaoh as he goes to the water and say to him, this is what the Lord says, let my people go so that they may worship me.
Exodus 9:1 at the end of the verse says the same thing, let my people go so that they may worship me.
That’s why Moses was obedient to the Lord, not just that he wanted to serve God, he wanted all the people of Israel also to serve the living God. God is not interested just in you serving God, but he wants all your companions here in this nation that God has brought you to, he wants them to serve God too, that’s why he put you there. Obedience is important.
We know that the enemy, Satan, an entire army of demons that keep people in bondage, that’s for real, all different kinds of spiritual distractions. When I first came here to Boston and I get into the trains and I hear Spanish everywhere, I said, yeah, what a harvest of souls around me for the preach in Spanish and so I was praying with pastor José Reyes, who has a church in Lawrence that was founded out of Lion of Judah and so we were thinking where can I start a work, but I didn’t feel ………. And one night when I was praying I felt God saying, look, ok, it’s expensive in Boston, it’s not cheap but that’s where I want you. And so I started sharing with the latinos in Boston and some were very nice and polite and listened and accepted the tracts that I would hand out but then I gave them the tracks, I witnessed to them, they were very nice and expect them to come to church but they’re not there still. And I started to realize that people have other Gods, other types of bondages.
Some times it might be a physical death. People are working full time, half time, overtime, all the times you could think of, they’re working and on top of trying to just fight to keep their families here provided for, and I thought, oh I thought it was going to be easy here, you know. He was saying, I don’t have time for church, I’m busy. But really it’s not an issue of business it’s an issue of bondage. The work we’re called to do is not an easy work but if we are faithful, obeying the work, speaking the truth that God wants them to serve him even if they get tired, even though they don’t want to hear it, God’s going to do it, he’s going to bring deliverance to them.
The second major truth I want to point out is the necessity of intercessory prayer. When God started using Moses in that spiritual battle to convince pharaoh that God is the true God there was a moment when God started to soften his heart a little.
In chapter 8, verse 8: “… and then pharaoh summoned Moses and Aaron and prayed to the Lord to take all these frogs away from me and my people…”
And there’s a miracle here. At first who did pharaoh call at first? He called his sorcerers, he went to the santero, all right, he went to his santeros, to the witches, card readers, now he knows, ok, I’m going to call the real God. Let’s try this, pray for me that these frogs will get out of my house.
The first sign of victory over the evil one, and you will see this when your family member, when your friends, when your co workers they start to ask you to pray for them. Amen. It happens, it’s the first step, it’s moving in the right way for freedom from the enemy.
Chapter 10, verse 18. And here we see it happening again, pharaoh under the punishment of a plague, he quickly summoned Moses and Aaron and said, I have sinned against the Lord, your God, and against you, now forgive my sin once more and pray to the Lord, your God to take his deadly plague away from me.
And what does Moses do? He prays for pharaoh, he intercedes again. Brothers this is for real, intercessory prayer is the second weapon we’ve got against the evil one. We got to pray for the witches, got to pray for the santeros. Halloween is a great day to get on our knees and pray that the kingdom of the evil one falls, like David did. He prayed against his enemy that his advisors who had given advise to his enemies, and he said, confuse them.
When we pray against the evil one, you confuse the kingdom of the evil one so that your name will be known so the whole earth would know that you are God. the intercessory prayer works, the enemy is forced to recognize that God has no equal in this…… the enemy has to recognize that there is no other God like our God.
Now, that’s the point in the story when God has silenced the voice of the sorcerers that the pharaoh was using and he can do it again today. Do you believe that?
The third weapon that we have, full confidence in the powerful hand of God. Chapter 13, verse 3, still in exodus.
“…. And Moses said to the people, commemorate this day because the day you came out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery because the Lord brought you out of it with a mighty hand….”
Verse 14, “-… and in the days to come when your son asks you, what does this mean? You’ll say to him with a mighty hand the Lord brought us out of Egypt and the land of slavery.
Verses 24 and 25 in chapter 14, “… during the last watch of the night the Lord looked down from the pillar of fire and cloud and the Egyptian army and threw it into confusion. He made the wheels of their chariots come off so that they had difficulty driving, and the Egyptians said, let’s get away from the Israelites, the Lord is fighting for them against us…”
Verse 30 “… and that day the Lord saved Israel from the hands of the Egyptians and Israel saw the Egyptians lying dead on the shore and when the Israelites saw the great power of the Lord displayed against the Egyptians, the people feared the Lord and they put their trust in him and in Moses, his servant…”
Dear brothers and sisters, speaking spiritually we’ve got a real fight ahead of us. God has put us in this context for a purpose, and in this context God has given us the weapons we need: a faithful life of obedience, praying through intercessory prayer and having full confidence that God can do it through us.
If we do this we can’t give up, can’t get tired, God will give us the victory, we’ll see it. Lion of Judah will be even bigger, even greater than what God has already ….. the new work that is beginning will be a great work because we trust in the power of the living God.
I invite you we’re going to pray together. I invite you to bow your heads and your eyes closed. And it’s very likely, it’s a certainty there are some here that are feeling that oppression from the evil one, and of course maybe it’s not a physical bondage like the people of Israel in Egypt but maybe Satan is binding you spiritually, or maybe you still haven’t gotten to know the all powerful God, I invite you today to give yourself to him, just let go of the evil one, yield your life to Jesus Christ.
Maybe you’re a young person, a teenager, or maybe and older person, there is no other power greater in the world than the power of God. Give up on all this different types of witchraft, card reading, don’t worry about letting go of that God is all powerful. If you hold on to him, trusting in him, there is no addiction that you can’t break, it doesn’t matter what the bondage is. The power of God is greater, he can bring deliverance to your life and to your family as well, so why not pray with me right now:
Lord, help me, free me, set me free, save me so that I can serve you, Jesus. And if you’re already saved, pray, God I want to be used by you to set people free in this society so that they might serve you. Oh Father, I give you thanks today because you are all powerful, in the same way you freed Israel you set me free today and you will set free every people who are in bondage. Make me an instrument of you, the same way Moses was used, he was obedient to your word. Help me to pray for people who don’t know you, Lord and help me to trust in your powerful hand, that you will do the work for the glory of your name, in the name of Jesus. Amen. Amen. God bless you. God bless you.
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