Resources on Exodus
Do you face impossible odds?
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 16, 2018
“The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be silent.”
There’s an amazing military story that’s told about the epic Battle of Waterloo fought in 1815. Maybe you recall from world history that the French Emperor Napoleon was intent upon conquering the world and seemed unstoppable.
At the time of this critical battle, all that stood between Napoleon’s quest for world domination and the defeat of the British Empire was England’s Duke of Wellington and the Anglo-Allied armies. But given Napoleon’s momentum, hope was bleak.
The only communication tool to relay the battle details were signals in the sky projected by ships at sea. And when those first signals appeared overhead, a wave of horror washed over those awaiting news. The signals read: “Wellington defeated.”
All hope seemed lost; grown men wept openly. But then people slowly began to notice more words appearing from behind some moving clouds. And when the whole could be seen, it said: “Wellington defeated Napoleon at Waterloo.”
Now listen, when Jesus died on the cross everyone thought he was history, too. But on that glorious third day our Lord and Savior Jesus arose from the grave. And the rest of the story could be told: Jesus defeated death at the cross!
Even if you face impossible odds, never give up. With Jesus you cannot be defeated. The victory is sure! The one who conquered death will make a way for you.
YOU ARE NOT DEFEATED. THE VICTORY IS SURE!
Following the presence of God
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 13, 2018
And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night.
There are some people who believe that the Christian life should be an easy life. And yet, you and I know this isn’t a Scriptural perspective. After all, Jesus told us to expect life to be challenging.
But one of the extraordinary aspects of our faith is learning that God’s grace and presence are always with us… especially in the hard places. We see this so clearly in today’s verse where we find the newly liberated children of Israel being lead in daylight by a pillar of cloud, and at night by a pillar of fire.
Do you know what these two pillars are? They are the majestic presence of God, what’s known in Hebrew as the Shekinah glory of the Lord.
Can you imagine how comforting it must have been to look into the sky, by day or night, and see God’s glorious presence leading you? Do you wish God would lead you like that? Well, he can!
As you go through life’s dry and barren places, keep your eyes fixed on Jesus and on his word. Step by step, you will discover the presence of almighty God leading you into all he has promised you.
AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE’S DRY AND BARREN PLACES, KEEP YOUR EYES FIXED ON JESUS AND ON HIS WORD.
Victory is on the way!
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 12, 2018
And Moses said to the people, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today.”
Do you know the saying, “Don’t just stand there, do something!”? Well, a while back I read a twist on this that said, “Don’t just do something, stand there!” I love this idea because human nature can make us panic and think, “I have to do something quick to save myself,” even if I don’t know what to do.
Well, I’m sure that had to cross the minds of the children of Israel. There they were with the Red Sea straight ahead of them and Pharaoh’s army about to overtake them. Panic had to be the theme of the day, but Moses wasn’t panicking.
While he may not have known exactly what God was going to do to deliver them from Pharaoh’s men, he knew that God was capable of the miraculous! So he spoke to God’s people and said, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today!”
And as you know, God did not disappoint! He parted the sea and allowed the Israelites to walk across on dry land. And when they had finished crossing, he vanquished their enemy before their eyes.
Listen! If you are in a dry and barren place wondering if you’re going to make it, just remember who’s fighting your fight!
“Stand firm and see the salvation of the Lord!”
REMEMBER WHO’S FIGHTING YOUR FIGHT!
Are you in a dry land?
By Dr. Jack Graham | February 9, 2018
Have you ever experienced times of spiritual drought in your life? Most of us have at some time, and it’s not unusual to feel like you’re stuck and getting nowhere fast. Well, I think this is probably just how the children of Israel felt when Moses was leading them toward the Promised Land.
[A]nd I have filled him with the Spirit of God, with wisdom, with understanding, with knowledge and with all kinds of skills—to make artistic designs for work in gold, silver and bronze….
Exodus 31:3-4 (ESV)
In Exodus 31, we see God giving Moses the final commands as to how the tabernacle is to be built. In chapters 25-30, God gives Moses very specific demands as to using only the finest materials to construct the tabernacle. However in Chapter 31, the focus turns from the fine materials that are to be used to the people whom will physically construct the tabernacle. Just as only the finest materials were to be used, only the most skilled craftsmen would be the ones to work on the tabernacle. In fact, it was a humbly born craftsman named Bezalel that God blessed with ability, intelligence, and natural craftsmanship to be his chief contractor and bring forth his earthly dwelling.
God uses all people to build His kingdom. It is not just the ministers that He uses, but also everyone who confesses Jesus as Savior. If you are a follower of Jesus Christ, you are a minister.
In my opinion, the greatest opportunity for ministry we have, outside our family, is at our place at work. After all, this is where we spend a substantial majority of our time. Let your light shine at work. Let your coworkers, bosses, and employees know by your labors that you are different from nonbelievers. Be diligent in your work. Be Christ-like in your behavior and speech.
We are at a serious crossroads in our nation’s business sector. Our nation’s economy is perilously close to collapse. Workers are unhappy and dissatisfied in their work, if they even...
Are You Happy With What You Have?
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 13, 2016
“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.”
The first nine commandments have to do with actions. But the Tenth Commandment, “You shall not covet,” has to do with your attitude. The first nine have to do with deeds, but the tenth has to do with desires.
Think about it this way. Most of the sins we commit are outward and visible. It’s pretty easy to spot stealing when you see it, and if you’re the subject of a lie, you see it up-front. But the sin of covetousness is inward and invisible. Others can’t see it. You can’t see it. Only God can see it.
That’s why the apostle Paul spoke in 1 Thessalonians of the cloak of covetousness. It’s a cover-up for a lot of other sins like selfishness, greed, cheating, and on and on and on.
Right now, our nation and really our world are paying a high price for our collective covetousness and greed. Its symptoms, to name just a few, are things like excessive credit card debt, bank failures, and corporate scandals. We are paying a price for the ungodly way we have handled our possessions!
And it’s not just Wall Street who’s to blame. We need to look in our own hearts too! Because if we think we’ll be happier by having more stuff or better stuff… if we buy the lie that our identity is found in the car we drive or the clothes we wear or the street we live on… we will always be disappointed.
Are You Robbing God?
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 12, 2016
“You shall not steal.”
Today I simply want to ask the question, are you a giver or a taker? And I want you to think about that question in terms of your relationship with people and your relationship with God.
First, your relationship with people. When it comes to others, are you a giver or a taker? Think about the words you say. Does what you say build people up… or tear them down? Ephesians 4:29 says, “Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear.” Is your life marked by this verse?
Then think about your actions. Does what you do help people… or hurt people? Proverbs 3:27 says, “Do not withhold good from those to whom it is due, when it is in your power to do it.” Are you letting this verse play itself out in your life?
Now I want you to think about your relationship with God. When it comes to him, are you a giver or a taker? Think about the life that he’s given you through Christ. Are you showing thankfulness to him by living a life serving him, loving him, and worshipping him? First Corinthians 6:20 says, “You were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.”
As followers of Christ, you and I have been bought and paid for by the blood of the Lord Jesus and who we are and what we have belongs to Him. We are purchased as His own possession!
That means when we withhold our lives and gifts from Him… when we...
The Redeeming Power of Christ
By Dr. Jack Graham | April 8, 2016
“You shall not murder.”
The Sixth Commandment isn’t one that a lot of people think they need to pay much attention to these days. But when we dig a little deeper into what those four words really mean and imply, we see that they do apply to each and every one of us!
Because the word murder doesn’t just mean homicide. The Scripture teaches that you can murder someone by gossiping about them or by harboring hateful thoughts about them. Jesus made it very clear that these are murderous actions just as much as the actual taking of an innocent life is.
But here’s the great news about the grace of the Lord Jesus. It covers every sin, including the physical or mental act of murder. And it doesn’t just cover the sin, it redeems the sinner.
Think about Moses. Or David. Or the apostle Paul. In the world’s eyes, each of these men was a murderer.
Yet because of God’s forgiveness, Moses wasn’t a murderer… he was a liberator. Because of God’s forgiveness, David wasn’t a killer… he was a man after God’s own heart. And because of God’s forgiveness, Paul wasn’t a persecutor… he was a missionary.
And the same is true for you! If you’re a follower of Christ, God’s grace and forgiveness cover your sin—past, present, and future. And his grace and forgiveness not only cover your sin, they redeem your life as a sinner! As David himself proclaimed, “He redeems your life from the pit”!
So let me ask you today. Are you in need of the redeeming power of Christ in your life? Perhaps your past is marked by an abortion, and...