LET MY PEOPLE GO

                                                            Exodus 5:1

1. When Israel was in Egyptís land,
Oppressed so hard they could not stand,
Let My people go!

o Refrain:
Go down, Moses,
Way down in Egyptís land;
Tell old Pharaoh
To let My people go!

2. No more shall they in bondage toil,
Let them come out with Egyptís spoil,

3. Let My people go!

4. Oh, let us all from bondage flee,
And let us all in Christ be free,
Let My people go!

5. You need not always weep and mourn,
And wear these slavíry chains forlorn,

6. Let My people go!
Your foes shall not before you stand,
And youíll possess fair Canaanís land,
Let My people go!

The timeless message is the same today, but the bondage and chains have changed. In other words the message is the same but the game changed.

Old Pharaoh still exists today and is tormenting Godís people in every way.

He wears a different cloaked with a different mask today. You can recognize Pharaoh by his stubbornness to hear the word and be obedient to the will of God.

Yes, my brother and sisters Pharaoh are still alive and well. Pharaoh still wants total control of our lives. He wants to steal our inner serenity, peace, joy and kill our will power to move beyond the chains of despair to the place of hope.

That place, that Promised Land, that place God promises for each of us, which is our Canaan Land that flows with opportunities and promises.

Yes, Pharaoh wants to destroy any resemblance we may have of our Father God and His hope for us. He wants to carve out that creation image of truth, which is we are created in the image of God. Pharaoh thinks he is all of that and a bag of chips, but God is The Great I Am of the universes. He is God and He alone must be served!

Have you told Pharaoh to ďLET MY PEOPLE GOĒ yet? To let you go, yet?

You are Godís people.

Three questions to see if you are being tested:

Has Pharaoh put undue stress and pressure on you? Are you worried or feel uncertain about the direction you are going? Are you weighed down with life issues? Is your body and mind is working day and night just to make it another day? If you answered yes, yes, yes then Old Pharaoh is allowed to reign king of your life.

There can be only one king in your life and that is the King of King.

The bible saysí Philippians 2

9. Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: 10. That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11. And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Remember Pharaoh must be dethroned out of our lives that Jesus can be enthroned in us. As we have learned in the bible Pharaoh want go anywhere without a fight. He must be totally defeated and subdued in each of our lives. Listen to this;

10 Plaques:

 

1. The first plague was the plague of blood: Here God instructed Moses to hit his staff on the river and caused the River Nile and all the waters of Egypt, canals, marshes, reservoirs and water stored in homes to turn into blood. Aaron used his own staff to point at the waters of Egypt. All the fishes in the Nile died and the water became bitter. People could not drink the water again. The Egyptians magicians also turned water to blood to show their own strength. Exodus 7:14-25.
2. The plaque of frogs. When the plague of blood was over Pharaoh promised letting go the Israelites God sent vast hordes of frogs across entire land of Egypt. The River Nile, swamps, houses, bedrooms and even beds, household utensils was full with frogs. Exodus 8:1-14.
3. The plague of gnats. Here the Lord asked Moses to command Aaron to strike the dust with his shepherd staff and the dust will turn into swarms of gnats. He did and all the dust in Egypt turned into swarms of gnats. Exodus 8:16-19.
4. When Pharaoh still did not want to release the Israelites
God sent the plague of flies to cover the whole of Egypt. This plague was terrible and Pharaoh accepted Moses to offer sacrifice to the God of Israel. At the end he still refused to allow them to leave Egypt. Exodus 8:20-30.
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. The plague against livestock: Here God sent a plague to kill all the animals like cattle, camels, donkeys, sheep etc of Egypt. This happened just the next day but Pharaoh was still very stubborn. Exodus 9:1-7.
6. A plague of boils: God commanded Moses to take soot from a furnace and toss it into the sky in the watchful eyes of pharaoh. The effect was an outbreak of boils that attacked all the Egyptians and the animals. Even the Egyptian magicians could not move as they were all covered with boils. Yet pharaoh refused to let go the Israelites. Exodus 9:8-12.
7. The plague of hail: God commanded Moses and Aaron to lift up their staffs towards heaven for Him to send thunder and hail. They did and he sent thunder and hail accompanied by lightening struck the earth. It was a tremendous hail storms against the land of Egypt which was the first in the history of mankind. Pharaoh after pleading to Moses to pray God to stop it still refused to allow the Israelites to leave Egypt. Exodus 9:13-31.
8. The plague of locust was sent by God to invade the land of Egypt. Even Egyptian officials pleaded Pharaoh to allow Israelites go, yet Pharaoh could not listen to his officials. Exodus 10:1-18.
9. The plague of darkness: God sent a plague of terrifying darkness to Egypt to show pharaoh that he is the God of Israel so that he should be convince and allow the Israelites go. Still he did not. Exodus 10:21-29.
10. Death for the Egyptian's first born: This was the last plague. Here the first born of each family was going to die and even the first born of their animals was to die. This was so heart-breaking to pharaoh yet he refuses letting go of the Israelites.

 

There will be many spiritual battles on the way to your promised land so as St. Paul admonished them in Ephesians 6

10. Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord, and in the power of his might.

11. Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12. For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13. Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. 14. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15. And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; 16. Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked.

17. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God; fight the good fight of faith.

Pharoah army got drowned in the red sea because;

 

The Lord told Moses what to do, To lead the Hebrew children through, As Israel stood by the waterside, At God's command it did divide, Pharaoh said he'd go across, But Pharaoh and his hosts were lost,

Your foes shall not before you stand, And you'll possess your promise land,

O let us all from bondage flee, And let us all in Christ be free,


Somebody ought to say, ď
LET MY PEOPLE GO

Jesus is the Savior and has come to set us free from Pharaoh however you define him and to give us life more abundantly. Do you know him? I invite you to come to know Jesus today. Oh what a friend He is and will be to you. Amen.

Preached by: Rev. Sylvester Williams, Jr.

I.C.U., Ministries, Inc.

November 16, 2008