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Session 12

Freedom comes from following instructions

Read: Exodus 12

Have you ever been given a list of instructions, looked at the amount of information, and said, “I just can’t be bothered”? Maybe it was the bookshelf instructions from IKEA with its seemingly endless 8-point type and diagrams. Maybe it was the code of conduct you signed at work.

The thing we are quick to forget is that instructions exist to help us not hinder us. This principle is true in our everyday lives as well as our spiritual lives.

In Exodus 12, God gave Moses and Aaron meticulous instructions for conducting their Passover Feast. The nation of Israel “did just what the Lord had commanded,” and their total obedience led to their freedom from slavery.

Throughout the Bible, God gives us instructions as well — instructions on how to treat others, how to handle our money, how to grow closer to Him, how to worship Him. When we follow God’s instructions, we, too, experience freedom. James 1:25 says, “ whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.”

Following Jesus means obeying God’s commands, even when they seem

inconvenient, insignificant, outrageous, or scary (1 John 5:3, John 14:15). God is in control of all things at all times, and He works everything for our good (Romans 8:28). We can trust God’s instructions because He wants better for us than we want for ourselves. When we listen to God and do what He says, the outcome will always be for our benefit and His Glory, and it will always come in His time.  

Reflect:

  • When you get a long list of instructions, what’s the first thing you think? Do you ever find yourself feeling that way when you read the Bible?
  • Think of a time when you were obedient to God, even when it wasn't what you wanted to do. What’s one blessing that came as a result of your obedience?
  • What next step is God asking you to do today? What, if anything, is holding you back from following the instructions God has given you?

1

What if the right thing costs you everything?

What if the right thing costs you everything?

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2

Are you in need of rescue?

Are you in need of rescue?

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3

Help is on the way

Help is on the way

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4

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

Looking for a sign that God is with you?

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5

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

What to do when God doesn’t meet your expectations

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6

Will you let God set you free?

Will you let God set you free?

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7

Great success often starts with failure

Great success often starts with failure

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8

How to break a cycle of regret

How to break a cycle of regret

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9

What is your purpose in life?

What is your purpose in life?

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10

When you can’t see clearly

When you can’t see clearly

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11

We are all enslaved to something

We are all enslaved to something

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12

Freedom comes from following instructions

Freedom comes from following instructions

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13

How remembering the past shapes the present

How remembering the past shapes the present

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14

How to win the war

How to win the war

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15

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

How to celebrate life, even when it sucks

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16

God’s presence is greater than His presents

God’s presence is greater than His presents

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17

God is our banner

God is our banner

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18

The gift we never knew we needed

The gift we never knew we needed

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19

The one person who never breaks a promise

The one person who never breaks a promise

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20

A new way to think about God’s commands

A new way to think about God’s commands

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21

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

Revenge isn’t as sweet as you think it will be

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22

What if you are the thief?

What if you are the thief?

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23

Timing is everything

Timing is everything

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24

The key to effectiveness in the church

The key to effectiveness in the church

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25

Why you should give God your best

Why you should give God your best

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26

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

Worship is more than singing on Sunday

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27

What it means to be set apart

What it means to be set apart

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28

You were made to make a difference

You were made to make a difference

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29

Is impatience getting the better of you?

Is impatience getting the better of you?

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30

You’ve got a friend in me

You’ve got a friend in me

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31

You can come to God after a mistake

You can come to God after a mistake

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32

What happens when everyone gives what God says

What happens when everyone gives what God says

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33

How to do more than you ever thought possible

How to do more than you ever thought possible

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34

How to prepare our hearts for worship

How to prepare our hearts for worship

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