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CHAMPION CHURCH, Pastor Stephen Bloomfield

Where God Guides,
God Provides

God of the Movement, Week Two

God is always   ________________________.

God is always personally   ____________________.

God is always powerfully   ____________________.

God is always   _________________.

God is always   _________________.

One of the biggest truths God wanted them to understand was…

Where God guides, God provides.

When God leads you to do something, he will provide the people, the power, the resources, and everything else you need to pursue his purpose.

Let’s read about what happens right after their Red Sea moment…

Exodus 15:22-27 NLT

22Then Moses led the people of Israel away from the Red Sea, and they moved out into the desert of Shur. They traveled in this desert for three days without finding any water. 23When they came to the oasis of Marah, the water was too bitter to drink. So they called the place Marah (which means “bitter”).

24Then the people complained and turned against Moses. “What are we going to drink?” they demanded. 25So Moses cried out to the LORD for help, and the LORD showed him a piece of wood. Moses threw it into the water, and this made the water good to drink. It was there at Marah that the LORD set before them the following decree as a standard to test their faithfulness to him.

26He said, “If you will listen carefully to the voice of the LORD your God and do what is right in his sight, obeying his commands and keeping all his decrees, then I will not make you suffer any of the diseases I sent on the Egyptians; for I am the LORD who ___________ you.”(Ani Adonoi rofecha)

27After leaving Marah, the Israelites traveled on to the oasis of Elim, where they found twelve springs and seventy palm trees. They camped there beside the water.

  1. We follow God, not because of what he does for us, but because he is ___________________ and worthy of following.

He’s the healer! He’s the provider! He’s our guide and our rescuer and redeemer! And he is worthy of following even if it doesn’t seem like he’s going to come through.

Exodus 16:1-13 NLT

1Then the whole community of Israel set out from Elim and journeyed into the wilderness of Sin, between Elim and Mount Sinai. They arrived there on the fifteenth day of the second month, one month after leaving the land of Egypt. 2There, too, the whole community of Israel complained about Moses and Aaron.

3“If only the LORD had killed us back in Egypt,” they moaned. “There we sat around pots filled with meat and ate all the bread we wanted. But now you have brought us into this wilderness to starve us all to death.” 4Then the LORD said to Moses, “Look, I’m going to rain down food from heaven for you. Each day the people can go out and pick up as much food as they need for that day. I will test them in this to see whether or not they will follow my instructions. 5On the sixth day they will gather food, and when they prepare it, there will be twice as much as usual.”

  1. God provides, not because of what we do for him, but because of his patient, pursuing ________________for us.

  2. God gives us tests, not to fail us, but to __________us even more.

A second lesson that flows from this passage is that life is a test.

His big test in providing for us is this…

Will you walk by faith, demonstrated by obedience, and not by sight?

We’re in the middle of an opportunity to stretch our faith. I want to challenge you, if you’re part of Champion Church, to use this as an opportunity to stretch your faith. To give something toward this ministry expansion, trusting that God is going to supply what you commit to give and that he’s going to take care of you.

And there’s another, BIG lesson we can’t miss…

Exodus 17:1-6 NLT

1At the LORD’s command, the whole community of Israel left the wilderness of Sin and moved from place to place. Eventually they camped at Rephidim, but there was no water there for the people to drink. 2  So once more the people complained against Moses. “Give us water to drink!” they demanded. “Quiet!” Moses replied. “Why are you complaining against me? And why are you testing the LORD?”

3But tormented by thirst, they continued to argue with Moses. “Why did you bring us out of Egypt? Are you trying to kill us, our children, and our livestock with thirst?” 4Then Moses cried out to the LORD, “What should I do with these people? They are ready to stone me!”

5The LORD said to Moses, “Walk out in front of the people. Take your staff, the one you used when you struck the water of the Nile, and call some of the elders of Israel to join you. 6I will stand before you on the rock at Mount Sinai. Strike the rock, and water will come gushing out. Then the people will be able to drink.” So Moses struck the rock as he was told, and water gushed out as the elders looked on.

  1. God ultimately wants us to see his biggest provision of all – the redemption offered by Jesus on the__________________ !

God’s provision of the manna and quail  foreshadows God’s provision of the Bread of Life, Jesus.

So there’s a practical side of this – God wants you to learn how to walk by faith and not by sight and to follow him, trusting him to provide.

ANSWERS:  Present, involved, working, providing, patient, heals, good, love, bless, cross

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