Red Sea Rules
by Robert J. Morgan
1. Realize that God means for you to be right where you are – Ex 14:1–2; Ps 37:23–24
• Where the Lord takes you, He will sustain you.
• God knows where you are and will not abandon you
• His love never ceases and His care never dims.
• You are where you are by God’s divine appointment and you will be there until God finishes with you in that spot.
• Genesis 45:5; 50:20–21 2. Be more concerned for Gods glory then for your relief – Exodus 14:3-4
• God leads His people to the edge to receive glory out of the situation.
• The next time you’re in a bad situation, ask yourself how God can be glorified through the situation instead of just funny the way out.
• Psalms 115:1
• I Corinthians 10:13
• God doesn’t always deliver us from our problems like we want Him to; He does it His way, but it is always best.
• Psalm 50:15
• Psalm 34:19 3. Acknowledge your enemy, but keep your eyes on the Lord – Exodus 14:5-9
• The Bible likens the devil to 5 animals:
1. A serpent trying to deceive God’s children – Genesis 13
2. A wolf trying to destroy God’s children – John 10
3. A bird trying to snatch away God’s seed – Matthew 13
4. A lion trying to devour God’s children – 1 Peter 5
5. A dragon what he to destroy God’s Son – Revelation 12
• Do not try to beat the devil just turn him over to God.
• James 4:7–8; Daniel 11:32; Ephesians 6:13
• 2 Corinthians 2:11; Ephesians 4:26–28; 6:12; it was the devil who attacked Job and that is the devil will attack God’s children today.
• The way to respond is running to Christ.
4. Pray – Exodus 14:10
• The Israelites fear brought them to cry and to the Lord. And God allows fear to drive us to our knees.
• In a situation that brings fear, you can either panic or pray.
• When you feel that you can’t move forward, look upward, pray.
• Psalm 107:28–29 • God does not always say yes to our request, but He listens with special interest.
• Job 8:5–6; Mark 5:2-23; Luke 22:44; James 5:17; Colossians 4:22; James 5:16
5. Stay calm and confident and give God time to work – Exodus 14:13-14
• God teaches that we are to leave room for His wrath, and what about His other attributes – we need to leave room for God to work.
• You cannot solve every problem or cure every hurt, but you can leave room for God to work.
• Ephesians 3:20.
• The Lord likes to work in the impossible.
• When the Bible says to wait on the Lord, it is all about giving God room and time to work.
• Deuteronomy 31:6; I Samuel 17:47; Romans 8:31, 37
6. When unsure, just take the next logical step by faith – Exodus 14:15
• Many times when we go as far as we can, God will open up other doors for the rest of the way.
• God does not always show the entire way. We may need to take one step to get light for the next step.
• Luke 11:3; Psalm 68:20
• When you do not know what to do, just take the next logical step… it may be there that God shows you.
• We are not to be anxious about tomorrow.
• We are not supposed to worry about what we cannot see in the future but live by what we know right now.
• Matthew 6:34
• If you cannot see what lies in the distance, just do what you can see clearly at hand.
• Day by day, step-by-step live until God shows you the next.
• Trust God to lead you one step at a time.
7. Envision Gods enveloping presence – Exodus 14:19-20
• God went before them in a cloud or pillar fire — God’s presence was with them.
• Psalm 139:5–6; 125:2; 5:12; 32:7,10; 33:22
• Learn to envision His presence and realize you do not have to fear.
• Isaiah 41:10; Acts 18:9–10; Hebrews 13:5
• Envision God around you. Isaiah said God was like eagles wings taking him away. David said God was like a rock.
• Access God’s power.
• Reflect God’s presence in your demeanor.
• Think of the benefits you have with God being near.
8. Trust God to deliver in His own unique way – Exodus 14:21-22
• Deuteronomy 23:14; Psalm 34:19; Job 5:19; 2 Peter 1:9; Galatians 1:4; Psalm 50:15
• Isaiah 55:8
• God will deliver His children in His way. There are no standard, cookie-cutter ways that God has to work.
• God can still do miracles, but they are how and when He chooses.
• God’s arm is not too short to save and His ear not too dull to hear.
9. View your current crisis as a faith builder for the future – Exodus 14:30-31
• Faith that can’t be tested can’t be trusted.
• Mark 4:29–30
• Matthew 15:28; 8:26; 9:2; Hebrews 11:6
• God glories when His children have enough faith to really believe Him.
• Trust Him. The Lord loves to respond to our faith.
• Faith is finding and depending on God’s promises in a specific situation.
10. Don’t forget to praise Him – Exodus 15:1-2
• Wash your face every morning in a bath of praise – Charles Spurgeon