Wednesday, June 20, 2012
Moses. Following In The Footsteps of Faith, 6/20/2012
GODíS ANSWERS FOR MANíS EXCUSES, Lesson 4c
V. 4:10-17 THE EXCUSE OF INFIRMITY
In a last ditch effort to escape the yoke God intends for him, Moses appeals to some sort of a speech impediment. It may be that Moses just thought and therefore responded slow, or it may be that he stuttered. Whatever the infirmity, Moses tries to use it as an excuse for not doing the will of God. Many of the Lordís children are just like Moses. They look at their lack of education, a physical handicap, their age, their income, you name it, in an effort to stay out of the Lordís field. In truth, these are no legitimate excuses for not serving the Lord. There are none! Whatever your hold up may be, but God was well aware of it before He chose you for His work. Therefore, our duty is to yield to His hand and allow Him His free reign in our lives.
Godís response to Moses is that He made manís mouth and He made manís mind, and He was able to give man what he needed when he needed it! Notice Mosesí attempt to put God off ( v. 13), at this God gets angry and promises Moses a helper. He will send Aaron his brother along as a spokesman. But, it is worthy to note that Aaron was always leading the people into sin (The Golden Calf and in speaking against Moses because of his wife). You and I have no need to fear being used of the Lord. He is still God, and He can still take those whom He has saved and fill their minds and their mouths for His glory ( Luke 12:11).
We too, have been given a helper in the Person of the Holy Spirit! He is ever with us and will teach us what we need to know along the way ( John 16:15). However, unlike Aaron, He will never cause or lead us into trouble. His plan is to help us along the way so that we might be the best Christians we can be for the glory of the Lord.
If your excuse is infirmity, then put that thought aside. God used a jackass to speak to Balaam, He used a rooster to speak to Peter, He used an old sheep hide to speak to Gideon and He can use you. All He asks is that you be available and that you be usable.
Conc: It appears to me that regardless of the excuses that man concocts for not doing the will of God, God always has an answer. Here is the bottom line. If you have missed everything else, then get this: God wants to use YOU. He has saved you by His grace and He has made something out of your life. Now, He wants to show you off to a lost and dying world. The best thing you and I can do is throw our excuses down and realize that God is able where we are not. Our heartís desire should be and must be to serve Him at all costs, regardless of what He asks from our lives. After all, He gave His all, and He asks no less from us. Are you willing to come to Him today and throw in the towel? Are you willing to say, "God, here I am, send me", like Isaiah did? If so, the recruitment station is open for business right now. All I am saying is what Moses would tell you if he were here. He would say, "Church, you can argue with the Lord until you are blue in the face, but He is going to get His way. You might as well go under His blessing than under His whip."
ďLord Speak To MeĒ By Frances R. Havergal (1872)
1. Lord, speak to me, that I may speak
in living echoes of thy tone;
as thou has sought, so let me seek
thine erring children lost and lone.
2. O strengthen me, that while I stand
firm on the rock, and strong in thee,
I may stretch out a loving land
to wrestlers with the troubled sea.
3. O teach me, Lord, that I may teach
the precious things thou dost impart;
and wing my words, that they may reach
the hidden depths of many a heart.
4. O fill me with thy fullness, Lord,
until my very heart o'erflow
in kindling thought and glowing word,
thy love to tell, thy praise to show.
5. O use me, Lord, use even me,
just as thou wilt, and when, and where,
until thy blessed face I see,
thy rest, thy joy, thy glory share.
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Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Beloved Father, Holy God. When we hear the Word of Christ, believe and accept that Word, repent and confess Him as Lord, and are baptized into Him, our sins are forgiven. They become a thing of the past. Our bodies become the Temple of the Holy Spirit, and the Spirit puts to death the misdeeds of the body, setting the soul free. We now belong to You through Christ Jesus our Lord and Savior. Help us now to fill our minds with Your Word and crowd out all evil thoughts. Enable us to honor our God with our bodies. Thank You Father for the cleansing blood of Jesus and Your empowering Spirit. Show us how to walk in the Light and in the fellowship with Jesus and with one another. This we ask in His precious name. Amen!
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Moses. Following In The Footsteps of Faith, 6/19/2012
GODíS ANSWERS FOR MANíS EXCUSES, Lesson 4b
V. 3:13-22 THE EXCUSE OF INADEQUACY
After telling God of his inabilities, Moses moves on to talk of his inadequacies. In these verses, Moses is saying to the Lord, "I just donít know enough about who you are!"
Many are in the same shape as Moses today. Not only do we feel that we are incapable of serving the Lord as we should, we also feel that we are just inadequate, that somehow, we just donít know enough about God, His Word, etc, to get the job done.
Godís response to Moses is to remind him that He is the "I AM!" While Moses may be inadequate, the God who calls him and equips him certainly is not! God is in essence saying to Moses, "Just do as I say, and I will show you who I AM as you need me to."
This is how the Lord works in our lives. He leads us out to follow Him by faith and we know very little about Him or His ways, but as the needs arise, God proves Himself adequate and faithful to every challenge. His great Name, I AM, becomes and open ended statement of fact. In those 2 words, God tells us that He is what we need to Him to be at every moment of our lives. There is not a situation you will ever find yourself in that God doesnít hold the solution to. He is able and He enables us as we go through life!
Following the Lord by faith is often a scary affair. When we look at the size of the task and compare our abilities to it, we often see ourselves lacking what is needed for true success. However, in figuring these things out, we always leave God out of the equation! When God is factored in, 2 + 2 doesnít necessarily equal 4!
Never allow a lack of an education, a lack of money, a lack of skill or any other thing stop you from being everything God wants you to be. Even if you canít see within yourself the resources needed, just be faithful to obey Him who has called you and placed you in His work. Above all, when you are measuring yourself against the task always remember to measure him who is above all others and obstacles, (Eph. 3:20)!
Noah probably didnít feel adequate beside that Ark. David must have felt pretty small next to Goliath. The Three Hebrews probably felt in adequate against that furnace. Daniel must have looked pretty inadequate beside that Lionís Den. All through the Bible, Godís people have been placed alongside obstacles against which they looked and felt inadequate, but with the power of God working through them, they were able to overcome them all. If God will do it for them, He will do it for you too! He is no respecter of persons Ė (Rom.2:11).
V. 4:1-9 THE EXCUSE OF INFERIORITY
After the Lord handles all of Mosesí other excuses, Moses decides that if he tells people that he has had a personal meeting with God Himself, they will decide that Moses is lying. In other words, no one will believe what he tells them. Many believers feel this exact way when it comes to serving the Lord without fear. Many seem to have the impression that others will think they are crazy when they begin to talk of a personal relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ, or of they say they talk to God and that He talks back. The truth is, we often feel that we are inferior to the world around us. We have had this wonderful, life-changing event and we are sure that they will never believe us, when we tell them about it.
Godís response to Moses is to let him know that when the Lord gets through working in and through him, there will be no doubt in the minds of others as to the truth of Mosesí story! In fact, God makes it plain in verse 9 that no matter what they skeptics say, He will keep working in Moses until they are sure that his story is genuine! This is true in the lives of Godís children as well. When the Lord comes in saving power, He also comes in life changing power. No life can be touched by the salvation that is in Jesus Christ and remain like it was! He will recreate the new believer in His image, (2 Cor. 5:17). That is not to say that there wonít be lapses from time to time. However, the child of God will be unmistakably changed.
We are not inferior to anyone today! In fact, we are the twice-bought children of the living God. That makes us people of greatness. Therefore, let us allow the Lord the right of way in our lives. Let us give Him the room to work in us so that this lost world may see that there is power in the Blood, that Jesus still does save souls, and that there is hope for their souls too.
ďAmazing GraceĒ , by John Newton (1779)
Amazing Grace, how sweet the sound,
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost but now am found,
Was blind, but now I see.
T'was Grace that taught my heart to fear.
And Grace, my fears relieved.
How precious did that Grace appear
The hour I first believed.
Through many dangers, toils and snares
I have already come;
'Tis Grace that brought me safe thus far
and Grace will lead me home.
The Lord has promised good to me.
His word my hope secures.
He will my shield and portion be,
As long as life endures.
Yea, when this flesh and heart shall fail,
And mortal life shall cease,
I shall possess within the veil,
A life of joy and peace.
When we've been here ten thousand years
Bright shining as the sun.
We've no less days to sing God's praise
Than when we've first begun.
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Monday, June 18, 2012
Holy Father in Heaven, Righteous God who loves us and cares, there is a time for everything and a season for every activity. Many years have gone by but we remember and still see the mighty works of Thy hands. You have planned out our very existence, unique times, places, and events in our lives. We do not know what is ahead in our future, but You know because you have so set them. We can look back and see the proof of Your plan, learn to live today to Your glory, and trust You for tomorrow. Thank You Lord for life, for moments You allow us on this earth. You have prepared a place for us in heaven where time is not a factor. Our lives are in Your capable hands, and thatís a very good place to be. This we pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Redeemer, Savior, and Friend. Amen!
Monday, June 18, 2012
Moses. Following In The Footsteps of Faith, 6/18/2012
GODíS ANSWERS FOR MANíS EXCUSES, Lesson 4a
Imagine for just a moment that you are God. You are the Creator of the Universe and you possess all power within yourself. All right, your people are being held as slaves and the time has come to deliver them. Who would you choose to do this great work? Perhaps you would send a great military leader? What about sending a skilled politician? Maybe you would send some great orator; a man who could give heart-stirring speeches that would grip the hearts of men. If you had the population of the world at your disposal, would you have sent Moses? Probably not! After all, he was 80 years old. He was a fugitive from justice, wanted for murder in Egypt, the very place you wanted to send him!
Yes, he was well educated, but that was over 40 years ago. Yes, he had been well connected in the political circles of the day, but that too had been a long time ago. Yet, when it came time for God to send a deliverer to Israel, this is exactly the person He chose for the job. To us humans, it doesnít make much sense, but to God it was all part of a great plan.
While you think about this today, chew on this as well. We are living in the midst of a world that is going to Hell. People who are perishing daily and need desperately to be reached with the message of Jesus Christ surround us. If you were God, whom would you send to reach them? Wouldnít you raise up some kind of super saints? Maybe you would ordain a few angels to get the job done right. But, surely you wouldnít send a bunch of old sinners saved by grace to tell other old sinners about that grace. Why, if we were God, we would want the brightest minds and the most skilled individuals we could get our hands on. Yet, when God chose to reach this world for himself, He looked around and decided that saved sinners made the best candidates for His work.
He hasnít changed His mind! He has saved every one of us to be workers for His glory, (Eph. 2:10, James 2:18). But, when that realization dawns on us, we begin to drag out the excuses. We try and find every reason under the sun why we canít be the one He wants for the job. This was Moses problem, and as we look into how the Lord handled Mosesí excuses, we find that He pretty skillfully handled ours as well. In these 2 chapters, there is a wealth of encouragement for the Christian who wants to serve God but doesnít feel capable. Letís study these things together tonight and notice ďGodís Answers For Manís Excusesď!
3:1-12 THE EXCUSE OF INABILITY
v. 11 Mosesí first concern is that he is a "nobodyĒ and is therefore unqualified to go to Pharaoh and demand the release of the Lordís people. Many in the church feel this same way! We feel that we arenít as qualified as someone else, or that we just donít have the ability to get the job done properly. Yet, in haste to give up before we ever start, we forget one important truth Ė God chose us! To say we arenít able to do the job says that God doesnít know what He is doing! After all, who knows best, you or God?
v. 12 Godís response to Moses, and to us, is to give a pair of precious promises. First, He tells Moses, "I will go with you." This is the promise of His presence. Secondly, He says, "After you accomplish what I have sent you to do, I will meet you here." This is the promise of a glorious reunion someday.
With these truths in mind, there is application that can be made to our lives today.
1. If God has called us, He has done so with full knowledge of our weaknesses and inabilities. He knows you intimately (Psa. 103:14)!
2. If God has called us, He knows that we can accomplish the task through His power, (Phil 4:13). He knows the end from the beginning!
3. When He sends us out into His work, He never sends us alone (Matt. 28:20; Heb. 13:5; John 14:16-18; John 16:13).
4. After the work has ended, He will gather us unto Himself where we will experience His great presence for eternity ( John 14:3; Rev. 22:3).
If your excuse is one of inability, then just send that thought back to the Hell it came from! In and of yourself, you are incapable of anything godly and good, but through the power of God, you can do anything! For example, Gideon and his little band Ė They were strong in their weakness Ė (Judges 7), as was the Apostle Paul Ė (2 Cor. 12:9-10).
ďJust A closer Walk With TheeĒ By American Folk Song
I am weak, but Thou art strong;
Jesus, keep me from all wrong;
Iíll be satisfied as long
As I walk, let me walk close to Thee.
Just a closer walk with Thee,
Grant it, Jesus, is my plea,
Daily walking close to Thee,
Let it be, dear Lord, let it be.
Through this world of toil and snares,
If I falter, Lord, who cares?
Who with me my burden shares?
None but Thee, dear Lord, none but Thee.
When my feeble life is oíer,
Time for me will be no more;
Guide me gently, safely oíer
To Thy kingdom shore, to Thy shore.
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