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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The Walking Dead

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Without a relationship with Jesus, we are the walking dead — dead on the inside, emotionally and spiritually — in sin.


• Death is more universal than life. Everyone dies, BUT! not everyone lives.

Ephesians 2:1-5 MSG

It wasn’t so long ago that you were mired in that old stagnant life of sin. You let the world, which doesn’t know the first thing about living, tell you how to live. You filled your lungs with polluted unbelief, and then exhaled disobedience. We all did it, all of us doing what we felt like doing, when we felt like doing it, all of us in the same boat. It’s a wonder God didn’t lose his temper and do away with the whole lot of us. Instead, immense in mercy and with an incredible love, he embraced us. He took our sin-dead lives and made us alive in Christ.

John 10:10 ESV

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have life and have it abundantly.

When you encounter Jesus and realize that He’s the Way, the Truth, and the Life, everything changes.

• You don’t become dead IN sin but dead TO sin.

Romans 6:11 NIV

In the same way, count yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.

• Dead to sin means you’re dead to the love for and pervasive power of sin.
• Sin doesn’t hold us back.

Colossians 2:13-14 NLT

You were dead because of your sins and because your sinful nature was not yet cut away. Then God made you alive with Christ, for he forgave all our sins.

• Paul knew what it meant to be dead in sin. In Acts 9 he had his conversion. In Acts 7, he stoned an apostle named Stephen.

Acts 8:3 NLT

But Saul was going everywhere to destroy the church. He went from house to house, dragging out both men and women to throw them into prison.

• When you encounter Jesus, your plans, passions, and priorities change.

TWO THINGS THAT SHIFT WHEN YOU ENCOUNTER JESUS:

1) YOUR PURPOSE
• Paul’s purpose went from destroying the church and people’s lives to building the church and people’s lives.
• Nothing might change on the outside at first BUT! how you react to things changes.

Ephesians 2:10 NLT

For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

• There’s purpose in your job, friendships, personality, et cetera. You were created on purpose, for a purpose.

2 Corinthians 11:23-29 MSG

Are they servants of Christ? I can go them one better. (I can’t believe I’m saying these things. It’s crazy to talk this way! But I started, and I’m going to finish.) I’ve worked much harder, been jailed more often, beaten up more times than I can count, and at death’s door time after time. I’ve been flogged five times with the Jews’ thirty-nine lashes, beaten by Roman rods three times, pummeled with rocks once. I’ve been shipwrecked three times, and immersed in the open sea for a night and a day. In hard traveling year in and year out, I’ve had to ford rivers, fend off robbers, struggle with friends, struggle with foes. I’ve been at risk in the city, at risk in the country, endangered by desert sun and sea storm, and betrayed by those I thought were my brothers. I’ve known drudgery and hard labor, many a long and lonely night without sleep, many a missed meal, blasted by the cold, naked to the weather. And that’s not the half of it, when you throw in the daily pressures and anxieties of all the churches. When someone gets to the end of his rope, I feel the desperation in my bones. When someone is duped into sin, an angry fire burns in my gut.

• Paul became passionate about his purpose.

2) YOUR PERSPECTIVE
• Paul’s purpose shifted because his perspective shifted. Your purpose is shaped by your perspective.
• Some people have a warped perception of who Jesus is. Jesus isn’t angry or disappointed in you. He’s not just a good man or some ancient magician.

Ephesians 3:18-19 TNIV

…may have power, together with all the Lord’s people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.

• When you see Jesus for who He really is, He begins to ignite your purpose.

Philippians 3:8 NIV

What is more, I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them garbage, that I may gain Christ…

• Nothing compares — not money, success, fame, or relationships



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The Warrior Within

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A lot of people are hiding more in life than they realize. There’s a part of our human nature that innately knows where we’ve messed up.. so we hide.

Genesis 3:8 TNIV

Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the Lord God as He was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the Lord God among the trees of the garden.

• Good people hide behind insecurities, their image, their reputation, their job, their relationships, their fear, or even the approval of everyone around them. Jesus didn’t hang on the cross so that we could hide in life and lead bound up lives. We’re not called to live passively. We’re called to be warriors, knowing who we are.

John 10:10 TNIV

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.

2 Timothy 1:9 TNIV

…who has saved us and called us to a holy life—not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time…

• Until we have a revelation of this, we’ll always find ourselves hiding in life, never living out who were were called to be.

Judges 6:11-16 TNIV

The angel of the Lord came and sat down under the oak in Ophrah that belonged to Joash the Abiezrite, where his son Gideon was threshing wheat in a winepress to keep it from the Midianites. When the angel of the Lord appeared to Gideon, he said, “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior.” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but if the Lord is with us, why has all this happened to us? Where are all his wonders that our ancestors told us about when they said, ‘Did not the Lord bring us up out of Egypt?’ But now the Lord has abandoned us and given us into the hand of Midian.” The Lord turned to him and said, “Go in the strength you have and save Israel out of Midian’s hand. Am I not sending you?” “Pardon me, my lord,” Gideon replied, “but how can I save Israel? My clan is the weakest in Manasseh, and I am the least in my family.” The Lord answered, “I will be with you, and you will strike down all the Midianites together.”

• Hide and seek sums up how most people live their lives. They’re hiding from their circumstances or their past or their insecurities. They’re seeking the truth, answers, relationship.

4 WAYS TO UNLEAS THE WARRIOR WITHIN:

1) SEE YOURSELF THE WYA GOD SEES YOU.

• When the majority of people look at themselves in the mirror, they don’t like what they see. They’re reminded of their failures and insecurities. If you have a negative view of yourself, you’ll never become who God destined you to be. You won’t see all there is to see. His Word needs to get inside of us so we can see what God sees.

Joshua 1:8 TNIV

Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.

• God sees more than what we see. He sees incredible potential. He sees your value. He sees you as a son or a daughter. He sees who we really are — who he’s destined us to be.
• Seeing isn’t always believing. Sometimes we need to believe in order to see.

1 Samuel 30:6 TNIV

David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the Lord his God.

• If we’re gonna see ourselves the way God sees us, sometimes we need to encourage ourselves.

2) THE STRENGTH YOU NEED TO OVERCOME IS ALREADY IN YOU.

• Gideon was completely unaware that the strength and the power that they needed was already inside of him.
• There are some sleeping giant Christians. It’s time to wake up.
• Go in strength now.
• The strength and greatness in us was placed there by God.

3) NEVER FORGET THAT GOD IS ALWAYS WITH YOU.

• He is never absent. • When you step out, God steps in.
• Even when you can’t hear what God is saying, remind yourself of what he’s already said.

Joshua 1:9 TNIV

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.

Jeremiah 20:11 TNIV

But the Lord is with me like a mighty warrior; so my persecutors will stumble and not prevail. They will fail and be thoroughly disgraced; their dishonor will never be forgotten.

Matthew 28:20 TNIV

…and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.

• God kept telling Gideon to whittle down his army. He knew that it would be impossible to have so little men defeat such a great Midianite army. That was the point. What is impossible with man is possible with God.

Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they’ve been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It’s an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It’s a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.
— Muhammad Ali

4) IT'S ONE THING TO KNOW WHAT TO DO, BUT IT'S ANOTHER THING TO DO IT.

•We have got to leave our wine press.
• Don’t just be okay with good intentions. Good intentions have never changed the world.
• As long as Gideon was hiding in the wine press, he was limiting himself. What wine press are you hiding in that you need to leave?
• Leave the fear that you’ve missed your calling.

Romans 11:29 TNIV

…for God’s gifts and His call are irrevocable.



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