When Delays Happen

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Pastor Keith Smith shows us that while delays can be difficult, they can be in God's plan too.

This message is the first in a three-part series in Exodus entitled, "Getting Somewhere When The Going is Tough".

Podcast available at www.apchurch.com/podcasts

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When Delays Happen

  1. 1. “When Delays Happen”
  2. 2. Moses follows God’s plan Tell my people: 1 “I am eeing you to move into what I have promised you”
  3. 3. Moses follows God’s plan 2 Tell Pharoah: “Let my people go”
  4. 4. The People’s Response:“Moses and Aaron brought together all the elders of the Israelites, and Aaron told them everything the LORD had said to Moses. He also performed the signs before the people, and they believed. And when they heard that the LORD was concerned about them and had seen their misery, they bowed down and worshiped.” - Exodus 4:29-31
  5. 5. Pharaoh’s Response:“Pharaoh said, ‘Who is the LORD, that I should obey him and let Israel go? I do not know the LORD and I will not let Israel go . . . Go and get your own straw wherever you can nd it, but your work will not be reduced at all.’” - Exodus 5:2,11
  6. 6. Moses’ Response:“Moses returned to the LORD and said, ‘O Lord, why have you brought trouble upon this people? Is this why you sent me?’” - Exodus 5:22
  7. 7. God’s Response:“ erefore, say to the Israelites: ‘I am the LORD, and I will bring you out om under the yoke of the Egyptians. I will ee you om being slaves to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with mighty acts of judgment. I will take you as my own people, and I will be your God...
  8. 8. God’s Response:“ en you will know that I am the LORD your God, who brought you out om under the yoke of the Egyptians. And I will bring you to the land I swore with upli ed hand to give to Abraham, to Isaac and to Jacob. I will give it to you as a possession. I am the LORD.’” - Exodus 6:6-8
  9. 9. 9DELAYS Nile Frogs Darkness Locusts Hail Mosquitos Livestock plague Flies Boils
  10. 10. Why did9 DELAYS happen?Delays are opportunities for:1 - God Rejectors2 - God Trusters
  11. 11. For God Rejectors, delays are opportunitiesGod uses to reveal Himself again and again
  12. 12. DelaysREVEALED:1 The rightness of trusting God alone The 9 plagues exposed the inadequacy of trusting false gods
  13. 13. DelaysREVEALED:2 Pride + sel shness are a dead end destination God’s warnings, and Jesus’ woes
  14. 14. DelaysREVEALED:3 That God ultimately lets people have what their hearts insist on • Pharaoh • Egyptians“ e Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as someunderstand slowness. He is patient with you, not wantinganyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance.”- 2 Peter 3:9
  15. 15. Delays are opportunities for God Trusters, to grow into freedom one step at a time
  16. 16. 1 Trusting God deeper with each delay is the only way we discover how completely trustworthy He isDiscover His care amidst catastrophe • No swarms of ies in Goshen (8:22) • No livestock die from plague in Goshen (9:9) • No hail destroys in Goshen (9:26)
  17. 17. 1 Trusting God deeper with each delay is the only way we discover how completely trustworthy He isDiscover how His Word prepares you • Before each plague – preparation • During the delays – promises
  18. 18. 2 Perseverance through delays grows us to handle the ful llment of His plansMoses at beginning of Exodus “I can’t”
  19. 19. 2 Perseverance through delays grows us to handle the ful llment of His plansMoses at the end of Exodus “Yes, we can”
  20. 20. 2 Perseverance through delays grows us to handle the ful llment of His plansMoses at the end of Exodus “Yes, we will”
  21. 21. 2 Perseverance through delays grows us to handle the ful llment of His plansMoses at the Red Sea “ e Lord will ght for you” - Exodus 14:14
  22. 22.  Facility planning for “The Next Generation”BUILDING EXPANSION approved by the Board of Deacons (Nov. 4, 2008)  APC’s Building Committee, with the help of Redbox Design Group (student education design specialists) prepared plans  Engagement of Reinders and Reider Ltd as our architects (Nov. 2009)  Presentation to and approval by members to proceed (Sept. 26, 2010)  Presentation to congregation with a message about “The Next Generation” (April 30/May 1, 2011)  Fundraising began with pledges and offerings (during 2011, $281,105.45 was raised)
  23. 23. BUILDING EXPANSION  Phase 1, 2, 3 and 4 of the required archeological study was completed over six months (2011)  Many meetings to remove property changes required by the City of Toronto resulted in $80,000 of savings for us  Deposit cheques submitted to the City  Currently awaiting a building permit from the City
  24. 24. 3 Daily choosing to move ahead in God’s plan makes you permanently unstoppable
  25. 25. One step at a time... 1 is the only way we discover how Trusting God deeper with each delay completely trustworthy He is Perseverance through delays 2 grows us to handle the ful llment of His plans 3 Daily choosing to move ahead in God’s plan makes you permanently unstoppable

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