Pastor Marc Johnson
Ex. 12:11 gives us a pattern of how to live our lives, not as permanent residents, but as travelers; focused on the goal ahead and the journey between the goal and where we are at. The goal is the promises and presence of God and where we are at represents mindsets and patterns that must be left behind. If we are going to escape the Egypts in our lives (i.e. old patterns, sins, and thoughts) we have to follow the pattern given to us in Ex. 12 Gird your Loins and put sandals on your feet Eat with your staff in hand Eat with haste
Ex. 12:11; Song of Sol. 5; John 4:35; Phil. 3:20
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Exodus 12:11 (ESV)
11In this manner you shall eat it: with your belt fastened, your sandals on your feet, and your staff in your hand. And you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord‘s Passover.
“Escaping Egypt” is all about how we can leave the old behind and step into the future that God has for us.
1) Anything can be an Egypt in our lives
2) We’ll never grab ahold of the promises of the future until we let go of the prison of the past
3) We can’t bring past prisons into future promises
God is a God of movement. He’s always moving always doing something
Moses tells them:
1) Fasten your belt and wear sandals
2) Eat with your staff in your hand
3) Eat with haste
There’s a difference between being ready and living ready
Fasten your Belt
The Holy Spirit wants to shift your mental frame of mind
– off of your circumstances and onto the cross
– off of the world and onto the word
– off of selfishness and onto the spirit
CHALLENGE TO “FASTEN YOUR BELTS”
1) Every morning start your day by praying, “Holy Spirit, shift my focus to the things that YOU want me to focus on”
2) In every situation ask yourself, “How can I please God in this situation?”
Song of Songs 5:2-6 (ESV)
I slept, but my heart was awake.
A sound! My beloved is knocking.
“Open to me, my sister, my love,
my dove, my perfect one,
for my head is wet with dew,
my locks with the drops of the night.”
I had put off my garment;
how could I put it on?
I had bathed my feet;
how could I soil them?
My beloved put his hand to the latch,
and my heart was thrilled within me.
I arose to open to my beloved,
and my hands dripped with myrrh,
my fingers with liquid myrrh,
on the handles of the bolt.
I opened to my beloved,
but my beloved had turned and gone.
My soul failed me when he spoke.
I sought him, but found him not;
I called him, but he gave no answer.