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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Sunday, June 17, 2012
Loving Father, Loving God, thank You for loving us, for being our Father in heaven, for being our Savior and Friend, for giving Christ Jesus to us, for sending the Holy Spirit to us, for the saving gospel of Jesus Christ, for Thy Word which is truth, for Thy truth which sets us free, for all the blessings we receive daily from You: love, joy, peace, kindness, goodness, mercy and forgiveness. Help us to make every day matter by living for You and to Your glory and honor. We are Your temple and our fellowship is Your Body, so help us to make every day ďour bestĒ for You. This we ask and pray in Jesusí blessed name. Amen!
Sunday, June 17, 2012
MOSES, FOLLOWING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF FAITH, 6/17/2012
JOCHEBED: A PORTRAIT OF A GODLY MOTHER, Lesson 3c
V. 9-10 WE SEE HER CHARITY (This refers to the wonderful way in which she gave out of her life).
V. 2-3, 9-10 She Gave Of Her Self - She poured out her life into the life of her son. Isn't that what every good mother does for her children? It is important that children give their mother's the honor they deserve, ( Ex. 20:12). In a very real spiritual sense this is what the heavenly Father has done for each of us! God gave His Own darling Son to save sinful man. God gave Heaven's best for earth's worse! He did that simply because He loves you!
V. 10 She Gave Her Son - Very literally, Jochebed was raising her son to give him to the Lord. She gave up her son to save her nation, even though she didn't realize all that she was doing. According to the Bible, God gave His son for us! When He did, God knew exactly what He was doing. In fact, when Jesus came and died for our sins at Calvary, that was the greatest expression of love the world would ever see, (Rom. 5:8). Jochebed gave her son for Israel. God gave His Son for the world, (John 3:16, 2 Cor. 5:15) - He died for all! He died for you!
V. WE SEE HER COMPENSATION
Her son became a great man of God. He was the one man whom God had chosen to be the deliverer of the people of God and the one who was destined to be known as the Great Lawgiver Of Israel. I would imagine that Jochebed never realized his potential when he was a baby. I suppose that she lived the remainder of her life and never knew what God did with the life of Moses. In her own way, Jochebed rises as high as any mother in the Bible. I am sure that her reward in Heaven will be great. This mother's love and sacrifice were vindicated in the way God greatly used her son!
Parents, you never know who you are raising, for example, Hannah, Mary! Therefore, give them the best you have while you have them and turn out God fearing, God following young men and women who will live for the glory of the Lord! Young adults whom God can use for His glory out into the future. Young people who will instill that same values in their children that you have placed in them.
Often parents think they have been successful when a child finishes college, or when they make lots of money in some prestigious position. However, true success cannot be gaged on such a worldly scale. When we see our children living for and in love with the Lord, then we have truly been successful. I would rather raise a child who would have none of this world's goods or success, but who knew Jesus than to raise a multi-millionaire who would die and go to Hell!
Conc: Jochebed stands, even after all these years, as a true portrait of a godly mother. I wonder how we parents stack up against her witness this morning? Perhaps there have been those who have heard this morning that have had their hearts stirred by the Lord. Maybe He has spoken to you about your soul and you know you ought to come and be saved this morning. Maybe He has spoken to you about your relationship with Him and how things aren't like they used to be or like they should be, and you want to come and do something about it. Maybe He has spoken to you as a parent and has shown you areas in your life that are less than what they ought to be and you want to come and determine today that you are going to strive to be all God wants you to be. Maybe you just need to come and pray for your children. Maybe there are some children here who would like to come and pray for your parents. You know they have tried, but you haven't tried like you could have. Today would be a great day for lives and families to be touched and brought to the place God wants them to be. As the Lord speaks right now, won't you come and do what you need to do?
ď Oh, To Be Like TheeĒ By T. O. Chisholm (1897)
O to be like Thee! blessed Redeemer;
This is my constant longing and prayer;
Gladly I'll forfeit all of earth's treasures,
Jesus, Thy perfect likeness to wear.
Refrain:O to be like Thee! O to be like Thee!
Blessed Redeemer, pure as Thou art;
Come in Thy sweetness, come in Thy fullness;
Stamp Thine own image deep on my heart.
O to be like Thee! full of compassion,
Loving, forgiving, tender and kind,
Helping the helpless, cheering the fainting,
Seeking the wand'ring sinners to find.
O to be like Thee! lowly in spirit,
Holy and harmless, patient and brave;
Meekly enduring cruel reproaches,
Willing to suffer, others to save.
O to be like Thee! Lord, I am coming,
Now to receive th' anointing divine;
All that I am and have I am bringing;
Lord, from this moment all shall be Thine.
O to be like Thee! While I am pleading
Pour out Thy Spirit, fill with Thy love.
Make me a temple meet for Thy dwelling,
Fit for a life which Thou wouldst approve.
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