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Today we are continuing our series based on the book of Exodus, that reveals God’s concern for His people.

The series is titled “The God Who Reveals Himself in Times of Need”

Today we are discussing The Power to say No.

Text

Exodus 8:25 (AMP)

25 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God [here] in the land [of Egypt].”

Scripture Reading

Exodus 8:25-28, Exodus 10:9-11, Exodus 24 (AMP)

Introduction

In the English language one of the hardest words to say is no.

Of course it is not hard to pronounce, but it is difficult to say no to some things.

For example saying no to too much food is hard for most westerners.

When cake is offered to me, I find it really hard to say no.

Every single time I yield.

God’s people have many opportunities from satan to compromise.

One of the hardest responses is to say no or to resist the devil.

When Moses prepared the people to leave Egypt, Pharaoh made some interesting proposals of compromise.

In each case, Moses led the people to say no.

Let’s have a look at the compromise. 

  1. Satan seeks to retain God’s people. (Exodus 8:25-28)
  1. The solicitation of Pharaoh.

When Moses requested Pharaoh to let the Hebrews leave Egypt, Pharaoh presented a compromise in Exodus 8:25 (AMP)

25 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron and said, “Go, sacrifice to your God [here] in the land [of Egypt].”

He wanted the Hebrew people to remain in Egypt.

If he could keep them in the land, they would remain slaves.

B. The solicitation of satan.

Satan loses the main battle when a person becomes a Christian.

The warfare continues though.

The opposer of God seeks to persuade the child of God to “stay in the land.”

He urges us to be borderline Christians.

2. Satan urges God’s people to neglect family care. (Exodus 10:9-11)

  1. The solicitation of Pharaoh.

The Moses confronted Pharaoh on another occasion, Pharaoh presented a compromise proposal.

Exodus 10:10-11 (AMP)

10 Pharaoh said to them, “The Lord be with you [to help you], if I ever let you go with your children [because you will never return]! Look [be forewarned], you have an evil plan in mind. 

11 No! Go now, you who are men, [without your families] and serve the Lord, if that is what you want.” So Moses and Aaron were driven from Pharaoh’s presence.

Pharaoh wanted to split the Hebrew family.

He knew that if he could divide the household the nation would soon die. 

B. The solicitation of satan.

Satan seeks to destroy the family unit in today’s society.

He opposes God’s divine intention, which is one man for one woman until death parts them.

The opposer of God seeks to get families to compromise with regard to spiritual care and nurture.

3. Satan desires God’s people to leave possessions out of their commitment to the Lord. (Exodus 10:24).

  1. The solicitation of Pharaoh.

Moses’ additional request to Pharaoh for release was again met with another compromise.

Exodus 10:24 (AMP)

24 Then Pharaoh called to Moses, and said, “Go, serve the Lord; only your flocks and your herds must be left behind. Even your children may go with you.”

Pharaoh agreed to let Israel leave and worship God, but he insisted that they leave their flocks and herds behind.

Moses refused, because he knew the people need the flocks and herds to make sacrifices.

B. The solicitation of satan.

The devil always desires halfhearted commitment from God’s people.

He wants professing Christians to compromise regarding the stewardship of possessions.

Those who think they can serve the Lord without any responsibility to possessions have yielded to a satanic compromise.

Conclusion.

The hardest response for a Christian to make is to say no to a plausible compromise.

Moses’ ability to refuse Pharaoh came from the Lord.

God will give you strength to say no.

Until next time

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