October 7, 2011

Today you should read: Exodus 4

What holds you back? Back from seeing miracles in your life? Back from God using you in an unbelievable way in the lives of others? Back from God’s richest blessings on you and through you?

For many of us it’s the same as it was for Moses in the chapter: fear. We’re afraid of what may happen, afraid of what others may think or say, maybe even afraid of the consequences of stepping up to God’s calling on our lives.

Moses allowed fear to rob him of the blessing of being the one God would use completely on his own, empowered by God’s hand. God told Moses to go to the people of Israel and to Pharaoh and God would use him to lead the people out of the land. Moses’ fear got in the way.

Moses protested to God…

1) What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? (v.1a)
2) What if they say, ‘The LORD never appeared to you’? (v.1b)

GOD RESPONDS: By turning his staff into a snake, his hand leprous, and water into blood.

3) Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” (v.10)

GOD RESPONDS: Then the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD? (v.11)

4) But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else. (v.13)

Then the LORD became angry with Moses. “Alright,” He said. And God uses Aaron to do what He called Moses to do.

I wonder what blessing Moses missed because of his spirit of fear and disobedience through it. But what about you and me? What opportunities does fear rob from us? Opportunities to share Jesus? To take a faith step? To see God do unbelievable things in and through us?

For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. So never be ashamed to tell others about our Lord. And, don’t be ashamed of me, either, even though I’m in prison for him. With the strength God gives you, be ready to suffer with me for the sake of the Good News. 2 Timothy 1:7-8

What are you afraid of? Confess that fear to God today and follow Him.

It makes me think of an old Steven Curtis Chapman’s song…

Saddle up your horses we’ve got a trail to blaze
Through the wild blue yonder of God’s amazing grace
Let’s follow our leader into the glorious unknown
This is a life like no other – this is The Great Adventure

Come on get ready for the ride of your life
Gonna leave long faced religion in a cloud of dust behind
And discover all the new horizons just waiting to be explored
This is what we were created for

We’ll travel over, over mountains so high
We’ll go through valleys below
Still through it all we’ll find that
This is the greatest journey that the human heart will ever see
The love of God will take us far beyond our wildest dreams

Church, let’s get the saddles out and leave the fear behind today.

Posted by: Tim Parsons


Author: Center Point Church

A multi-campus church in central Kentucky. Our mission is to take everyone we meet one step closer to becoming a true disciple of Jesus Christ.

5 thoughts on “October 7, 2011”

  1. Thanks,Tim!
    Verses 24-26 struck me for the first time this morning. I can see the significance of the blood but wonder why God was confronting Moses with the intent to kill him? Would appreciate your thoughts.

  2. I’m sorry I missed posting yesterday! I hope everyone prayed for our Richmond campus, for continued growth, impact on EKU, and reaching mire families in Madison County!
    Website: http://www.CPCRichmond.com
    Today’s request: North American Mission Board – Pray for the disaster relief efforts, and for church planters, as well as NAMB’s new church planting strategy.
    Website: http://www.NAMB.org

  3. Kim,
    That is such and interesting passage – most don’t fully understand it. Apparently Moses had failed to obey the covenant of God by not circumcising his son. God take all such disobedient seriously and plays no favorites. He was going to kill Moses for his wrong doing. Seems like an awful time to bring it up – I don’t understand. Add that to the questions I have for God when I get to heaven. 🙂

  4. I know I’m late with reading this but I absolutely can relate to the story of Moses. I too have been disobedient and hesitant to God’s calling in a lot of areas. I question “Why me?” all the time. But the blessings I receive when I am obedient are immeasurable. I’m constantly reminded of how God uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. Moses, though reluctant, parted the Red Sea. An ENTIRE SEA…how could he have done that without Gods hand in it? God wants to use us…but we have to be walking with Him to see His invitation, and be willing to put our fears and excuses out of our minds and hearts.

    I listen to Pandora while doing Jumpstart so that I can have Christian music going through my head and it helps me focus. As I was reading this posting Big Daddy Weaves “What Life Would Be Like” came on and the chorus to this song just resonated with me and this passage.

    “He made the lame walk and the dumb talk
    And He opened blinded eyes to see
    That the sun rises on His time
    Yet He knows our deepest desperate needs

    And the world waits while His heart aches
    To realize the dream
    I wonder what life would be like
    If we let Jesus live through you and me”

    Church what would our world be like? Let’s think smaller…what would your family be like if you let God live through you? What would your neighborhood look like? What would your city look like? What would your state look like? What would the region be like? What would our country look like…if we let Jesus live through you and me? Are you convicted church? God made everything to give honor back to Himself, how are we doing? Church you can make a difference in YOUR world if you let Jesus live through you. Blessings church!

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