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Dont Go Too Far!
4/13/2017

"We will go three days' journey into the wilderness and sacrifice to the LORD our God as He will command us.” So Pharaoh said, “I will let you go, that you may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only you shall not go very far away. Intercede for me.” Exodus 8:27-28 (NKJV)

“Don’t go too far!” This is what Pharaoh had to say to Moses after the fourth plague from God had devastated the Egyptian people. Each time Pharaoh had been warned to let God’s people go so they could worship Him in the desert. If Pharaoh refused, then disaster was pending. Initially Pharaoh tells Moses to do their sacrifices right there in the land, but Moses tells Pharaoh that it would be an abomination to the Egyptian people. Pharaoh then agrees to let them go, but then he tells them, “Don’t go too far.”

Pharaoh knew God was real, and yet he continued to fight Him—refusing to surrender his life and follow Him wholeheartedly, and yet he asks Moses to intercede for him in prayer to God. I find the same thing happening today with people who also profess to believe God is real — they believe in Him; they will even ask believers to intercede and pray for them, but they will eventually stop short with the same mentality Pharaoh had — not willing to go too far.

Satan likes this, because he knows if he can get us to stop short, then we will never experience the freedom, power, and joy that God intends for us to have. Even when we accept Jesus as Savior, Satan is there to entice us to not go too far. He may say to us in our thoughts, “Hey you said the prayer, but you don’t need to acknowledge it before others, or share your decision with anyone.” Or perhaps he may whisper the thought in you ear, saying, “Hey you made a profession of faith, but you don’t need to go to church regularly, or read your Bible and pray every day…”

What Satan and his emissaries are really saying is the same thing Pharaoh said, “Hey I’ll compromise with you on this issue — go ahead and go worship God, but don’t go too far! Don’t get all caught up in being obsessed with all those fanatics going to church all the time.”  This is exactly how Satan gets every Christian distracted from being wholly surrendered to God — it’s through compromise.

Satan’s plan is to entice us to blend in with the rest of the unbelieving world, so there’s nothing distinguishing us from those who live for this world, and for self. In fact, he hopes many may never know or suspect we are followers of Jesus Christ. But this is not God’s heart or desire for our Christian walk.

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, “I know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him. He who says he abides in Him ought himself also to walk just as He walked. 1 John 2:3-6 (NKJV)

To all my brothers and sisters, I want to encourage you today—let’s go further out in our Christian walk. Let’s never stop walking towards God, and let’s not be like Lot’s wife, looking back with a longing heart for the old lifestyle (Gen. 19:26). Our old way of living is dead, and behold we are a new creature in Christ (2 Cor 5:17).

STUDY QUESTION: According to 1 John 2:3-6 how can we be assured we truly “know” Jesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY:  Have you experienced people who have let you know you are too far out there in your walk with God? Have you had someone tell you, “I never knew you were a believer?”

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to hang on tight to your relationship with God, because He has made the promise to hang on tight to you. It is the most loving thing you can do for everyone who shares your life, as you become a virtual living lighthouse to those who are out in the stormy seas of sin.

PRAYER: Father, thank You for being a loving father and a faithful friend. Help me to continue to get deeper into Your word, and to understand everything You want for my life. In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

 

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 

 


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