Hope IS On the Way

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Hope IS On the Way

Have you ever waited too long? When we feel stuck for too long; hope becomes hurt. Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred makes the heart sick…” Moses is the perfect example.

This is the latest message in our “Can’t Cancel Hope” series, about people stuck in places, holes, caves, boats, isolation… They are separated and we have studied how they kept or found their hope and the actions they took to do so; and how we can apply that to our lives today.

Follow along with Pastor Matt here:

Exodus 3:1-7

“Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

5 “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” 6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the affliction of My people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their oppressors, and I am aware of their sufferings.

What brings you to the presence of God? 

“Moses led the flock to the far side”

  • nahag – to lead or to lament

Exodus 3:3

Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

  • It doesn’t matter how you get to the presence of God. 
  • It just matters what you do while you are there.

What do you do in the presence of God?

4 When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

1 – Be fully Present

    • Have respect
    • Take our time

2 – Take time

6 Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.”

  • Elohiym Ab – Elohiym (supreme, ruler. nothing over me) Ab (father, head, found, originator). Originator of Art!

3 – Gain Identity

7 The LORD said, “I have indeed SEEN the affliction of My people in Egypt. I have HEARD them crying out because of their oppressors, and I am AWARE of their sufferings.

4 – Acquire Heart of Jesus

  • See – Acknowledge what’s happening
  • Hear – Listen to stories
  • Know – Do life together

Hope is on the way and it’s delivered by you. No excuses! Be like Moses… without the excuses!

Our prayer today is that…Hope is on the Way!