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By faith, Moses and the children of Israel crossed the great sea. In Exodus 14:15-18, The lord said unto Moses:
vs. 15 ....Wherefore criest thou unto me? speak unto the children of Israel, that they go forward:
vs. 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.
vs. 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.
vs. 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.
Moses did according to what the Lord said unto him. He stretched out his hand over the sea. 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 (vs.21). Moses and the Israelites walked upon dry land in the midst of the sea. The waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on the left.While the chariots, horsement and all the host of Pharaoh that followed them in the sea were washed out and covered by the waters.
In vs.31 it says,"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.
See how God showed his miraculous deeds unto those who believe and obey God. His words are fully manifested if we try to obey Him at all cost.
By faith, Job remained to be perfect and upright to God.
Inspite of all trials and temptations that come into his life, he never reproved or charged God foolishly. He had lost all his properties, yet, he never blamed God at all for his misfortunes. Instead, he said in Job 1:21, "Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither; the Lord gave, and the Lord hath taken away; blessed be the name of the lord.
Even his own wife asked him to curse God but he rebuked his wife as like a foolish woman having such unpleasant thoughts. Let's read in Job 2:9-10
vs. 9 Then said his wife unto him, Dost thou still retain thine integrity? curse God, and die.
vs.10 But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh. What? shall we receive good at the hand of God, and shall we not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.
His own family and close friends treated him unpleasantly. He said in Job 19:15-19
vs.15 They that dwell in mine house, and my maids, count me for a stranger: I am an alien in their sight.
vs. 16 I called my servant, and he gave me no answer; I entreated him with my mouth.
vs. 17 My breath is strange to my wife, though I entreated for the children's sake of mine own body.
vs. 18 Yea, young children despised me; I arose, and they spake against me.
vs. 19 All my inward friends abhored me: and they whom I loved are turned against me.
But then when God has proven his greatest love for Him, He blessed him and restored all the things more than what he had before. In Job 42:12a, the scripture says," So the Lord blessed the latter end of job more than his beginning;....."
The lord will surely bless us if we just remain in our faith to Him. Regardless of the pain and suffering we encountered, we still keep our trust and give thanks to Him as long as we live.
By faith, Daniel still remained alive after he was cast into the lion's den.
During the King Darius reign, the people sought for a fault and occasions against Daniel but since they found nothing, so they made a degree that was against him concerning the law of God.
In Daniel 6:7,it says"And the presidents of the kingdom, the governors, and the princes, the counsellors, and the captains, have consulted together to establish a royal statute, and to make a firm decree, that whosoever shall ask a petition of any God or man for thirty days, save of thee, O king, he shall be cast into the den of lions". Wherefore the king signed the writing and the decree.
When Daniel knew about this, he felt no afraid of them but showed more prayers and thanks before God, never minding of those consequences for breaking their law. In Daniel 6:10 said,"Now when Daniel knew that the writing was signed, he went into his house; and his windows being open in his chamber toward Jerusalem, he kneeled upon his knees three times a day, and prayed and give thanks before his God, as he did aforetime". When these men found David still worshipping his God, they asked the king to cast him into the den of lions as the punishment to those who broke the law. It displeased the king to take Daniel to the lion's den, but he can't changed the law he established.Soon Daniel was cast into the den, the king said unto him,"Thy God whom thou servest continually, he will deliver thee".
The following day, King Darius rose up very early and went haste into the den of lions where Daniel was cast. He cried in lamentable voice unto Daniel asking if he was delivered by his God from the lions. Then Daniel answered him in vs.22," My God hath sent his angel, and hath shut the lions' mouths, that they have not hurt me: forasmuch as before him innocency was found in me; and also before thee, O king, have I done no hurt". King Darius was so happy when he knew that Daniel was found alive. He was convinced to believe the God of Daniel and made a decree, situated in Daniel 6:26-27
vs. 26 I make a decree, That in every dominion of my kingdom men tremble and fear before the God of Daniel: for he is the living God, and stedfast for ever, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed, and his dominion shall be even unto the end.
vs. 27 He delivereth and rescueth, and he worketh signs and wonders in heaven and in earth, who hath delivered Daniel from the power of the lions.
What a great miracle had happened in the life of Daniel. Regardless of what will happened to him, he still remained faithful to God.
Do you have great faith to God as these men do? Do you still remain to be faithful to God even when trials and temptation come into your life? If you do, then you are so blessed by Him, great victories will come into you.
In Proverbs 3:5-6 said," Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths".
Apostle Paid said in Romans 8:38-39, "For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come, nor height, nor depth, nor any creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which in Christ Jesus our Lord".
Thank you and I hope you are blessed with this message.
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