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One More Night
4/11/2011

One More Night
The Sin of Procrastination

Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, "Entreat the LORD that He may take away the frogs from me and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may sacrifice to the LORD." And Moses said to Pharaoh, "Accept the honor of saying when I shall intercede for you, for your servants, and for your people, to destroy the frogs from you and your houses, that they may remain in the river only." So he said, "Tomorrow." Exodus 8:8-10 (NKJV)
 
It is amazing to me to see the response from the Pharaoh of Egypt in the verses above.  Here's the setting.  Moses is commissioned by God to deliver the Israelites from the bondage of slavery so they could go and freely worship God.  Moses had given the message to Pharaoh saying, "The LORD God of the Hebrews has sent me to you, saying, 'Let My people go, that they may serve Me in the wilderness'" (Ex. 7:16 NKJV).  

Pharaoh decided to decline God's instructions, so God began to bring a series of plagues upon the land starting with turning their water supplies into blood.  The rivers, ponds, streams, pools and every container within the city turned from water into blood.  And yet Pharaoh hardened his heart and refused to allow God's people to leave.

The next plague was to inundate the pharaoh's kingdom with frogs from the rivers.  The frogs overwhelmed the people within the land, occupying every possible space including their homes.  Ironically, the Egyptians considered the frog to be worshiped, but I would have to believe many of them began to look at the frog as a burden and a curse.  As I think about this, it makes me think about how we can worship certain possessions, or activities - which is also sin when it takes a higher place in our priorities or resources than God.  

So Pharaoh calls for Moses and asks for him to take away the frogs and agrees to let the people to go.  Moses then asks him, "When do you want me to pray for the frogs to be taken away?"

Now if I had frogs on my bed and in my food, I would have said, "Now, start to pray now Moses," but not Pharaoh -  He tells Moses, "Tomorrow."

Q:    So why would Pharaoh wait one more night to have Moses pray to get rid of the frogs?

I believe Pharaoh was caught in the bondage of sin and just couldn't repent of it - he loved the sin of his pride and rebellion more than the benefits of abiding in God's will for his life.

This same type of prideful response happens every day by millions of people.   A person can be fully involved with sin in his or her life, and they are confronted by the Gospel message of God and are given a chance to stop their sin and the resulting destruction of their life.  Many times the response is the same as Pharaoh's - I'll do it tomorrow.  It's as if they too are saying, "One more night -  one more night of drinking; one more night of doing drugs; one more night of fornication, or adultery, just one more night!

Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord, Acts 3:19 (NKJV)

Hey Christian, we can all be guilty of dragging our feet when it comes to stopping something we know we shouldn't be doing. Sin has a way of luring our flesh to do the very thing our spirit wants nothing to do with (Rom. 7:18-19).  This is why we cannot rely upon our feelings to make the proper decision, but must seek God's will through His Word, and then seek His power through the Holy Spirit.  God is faithful to forgive us our sin - we just need to repent, turn around and go in the opposite direction.  And we need to do it immediately!

STUDY QUESTION: According to Acts 3:19, what happens when we repent of our sins and become followers of Jesus Christ?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Is there an ongoing sin in your life - one you haven't given fully to God for healing?  Are you willing to give it to Him right now?

APPLICATION: Ask the Lord to examine your heart and show you any sin needing to be taken out of your life.  Ask and believe in God for a complete healing and deliverance of this bondage.

Father, thank You for Your Holy Spirit to guide me and lead me in Your truth.   Please show me any sin I may have in my life this day Lord causing me to be out of fellowship with You and causing others to stumble in their desire to know You as their Lord.  In Jesus' precious name, amen...

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott


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