Freedom Ain’t Free

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Exodus 3:7-12 NIV

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concernedabout their suffering.So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivitesand Jebusites.And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them.So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

Galatians 5:1 NIV

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

Freedom was never talked about when the Israelites were slaves in Egypt. It hurt too much. Generation after generation were born into slavery. • After a while do you accept what is wrong as right? Do you accept what is abnormal as normal?

HOW FREE ARE YOU? • We might not be bound by slavery externally but we can be bound internally: mistakes, guilt, insecurities, surroundings, emotions, mediocrity, your past, failure • God wants to set you free so you can live free and set others free. — If we want to live free and set others free, we’re gonna have to face some pharaohs in our life: a person, a thought pattern, anything that tries to restrict you in life to your fears, doubts, and discouragement, anything that keeps you enslaved.

3 PHARAOHS WE NEED TO OVERCOME: (if we’re going to live free and help set others free) 1) A Pharaoh called SELF. • We need to see ourselves as God sees us. • Until we know whose we are, we don’t know who we are.

Exodus 3:11 NIV

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

• Moses didn’t see himself as much. — We can see ourselves like this when we’re called to defy culture and lead. How you see yourself will influence how you see others and how others see you. • Sometimes it is good to talk to yourself in the mirror like this girl:

• What you see and what God sees can be totally different. • If you don’t see yourself that way in your mirror, then you’re probably looking in the wrong mirror. You need to look in the mirror of the Bible.

• What you see and what God sees can be two totally different things. — Where you see guilt, God sees grace. — Where you see failure, God sees a future. — Where you see a slave, God sees a son/daughter.

• Get over yourself and get beyond yourself. • If you can beat yourself, you can’t be beaten. — Don’t be your worst enemy. • God doesn’t call the equipped; he equips the called. — What we think disqualifies us is often what actually qualifies us. • God says: — You were created in His image — You have a purpose — You’re complete in Him — You’re the light of the world — You’re the salt of the earth — You’re more than a conqueror — You’re a partaker of His divine nature

You don’t need to chase influence in your life. When you see yourself the way God sees you, influence chases you.

2) A Pharaoh called SILENCE. • If you don’t speak up, your Pharaoh will shut you up.

Exodus 8:1 NIV

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go to Pharaoh and say to him, ‘This is what the Lord says: Let my people go, so that they may worship me.

• Worship brings perspective in the midst of chaos. • Worship brings passion. It’s powerful. — When you’re a slave to fear, mediocrity, etc the first thing to go is your worship. • For 400 years no one spoke up for the slaves. • Your pharaoh would love you to live a silent life to struggle and suffer in silence.

Proverbs 18:21 NIV

The tongue has the power of life and death,

and those who love it will eat its fruit.

• It’s not time to remain silent. It’s time to speak up and worship through the doubt, feelings, and discouragement. — Speak to your pharaoh. “Let me go so I can worship!” • Don’t live silent about the hope you have in Him. • Don’t get to the end of your life and find that you’ve done more talking than living. — Let your life, generosity, joy, passion, and kindness speak for itself. Let your life speak louder than your lips.

3) A Pharaoh called SETBACK.

Exodus 14:10-12 NIV

As Pharaoh approached, the Israelites looked up, and there were the Egyptians, marching after them. They were terrified and cried out to the Lord. They said to Moses, “Was it because there were no graves in Egypt that you brought us to the desert to die? What have you done to us by bringing us out of Egypt? Didn’t we say to you in Egypt, ‘Leave us alone; let us serve the Egyptians’? It would have been better for us to serve the Egyptians than to die in the desert!”

• They’re telling Moses not to give them hope. — The setback stood in the way of God’s promise, provision, peace, purpose, and freedom

Exodus 14:13-14;21-22 NIV

Moses answered the people, “Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will see the deliverance the Lord will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never seeagain. The Lord will fight for you; you need only to be still.”

Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided, and the Israelites went through the sea on dry ground, with a wall of water on their right and on their left.

When God is in the picture your setback is just a set up for a comeback.

Galatians 5:1 NIV

It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.

• That freedom was bought with a price.



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