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Maybe You’re Like Moses

God has been speaking to me a clear word for myself, and I want to share it with you, because I know many of you are in the same boat I am in.

Perhaps you have some long-standing promises that are not yet fulfilled, just as I do.   You have heard God repeatedly speak to you about them. You’ve prayed over them, wept over them, and cherished them in your heart for many long years — as I have.  Perhaps the circumstances have caused you to doubt along the way, but the Lord, by His grace, picked you up and dusted you off when you were lower than a skunk in a cellar, and He brought you to a place of believing Him for what He had said to you — no matter what.  But now it’s bad — really bad.  The probability of what you were so sure God had told you ever happening  looks to be at an all-time low.  And those who know you well don’t believe with you anymore.  They advise you to give up. 

It is most confusing, because you know what you’ve heard, and you know God is a God of complete integrity Who cannot lie, but still ….

Moses went through the same thing you are experiencing, and he came out the other side of it all right — better than all right, in fact.

In Acts 7:23-36, Stephen the martyr tells us a part of Moses’ story that we don’t find in Exodus.  Stephen reveals that Moses already knew as a young adopted Egyptian prince that he was called by God to deliver his people Israel. 

And when he was full forty years old, it came into his heart to visit his brethren, the children of Israel.  And seeing one of them suffer wrong, he defended him, and avenged him who was oppressed, and smote the Egyptian, for he supposed his brethren would have understood that God by his hand would deliver them: but they did not understand.
Acts 7:23-25

The story is a familiar one.  We know from this passage and Exodus 2-4 that Moses fled Egypt for his life and spent the next forty years in the Sinai wilderness, tending someone else’s sheep.  Forty years in the desert.

But the time for fulfillment came.  Moses was not a spoiled prince anymore: he had become a broken man.  Stephen mentions that Moses had been “mighty in words and deeds” (Acts 7:22) prior to fleeing Egypt.  Jewish tradition relates that he had been a successful military general and a skilled orator.  He had also been in line for Egypt’s throne.  But by the time he encountered God at the burning bush, the valor and the speaking ability had flown.  So had his belief in his destiny calling.  And Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?”  (Exodus 3:11).  Four times Moses objected to God, explaining why the word God had spoken over his life could no longer happen, and each time God encouraged him with details of how He would do it through him.  A fifth time Moses objected, this time saying, “Lord, find somebody else to do it.” (Exodus 4:13).

But he ended up living out the calling of which God had spoken to him at least forty years earlier.  God kept His word to Moses.

If Moses had succeeded in delivering Israel in his younger years, there might have been a story in the history books about a brilliant young general who liberated a nation.  Perhaps it would have been like many other such stories, and Moses would have gotten some glory for himself.  Perhaps he would have been conceited about his victory, too.

By the time God used him in the way He had always planned on doing, Israel’s deliverance had nothing left in it for Moses to personally glory in.   The story unfolded with miracle upon miracle, and by the time it was finished, everyone knew that God and God alone had done it all.  And Moses was eventually allowed to write by the Holy Spirit’s inspiration, “Now, the man Moses was very meek [humble], above all the men which were upon the face of the earth” (Numbers 12:3).

What is my point?  Moses had a word from the Lord that he was to deliver a nation.  Decades went by without its fulfillment.  It probably looked to Moses as if he had wrecked his own promise.  As far as we know, he no longer believed it would ever come true.  But though Moses messed up and in the end didn’t even want his promise anymore, God was faithful to His word.  When the time was right, He performed what He had said.

Maybe you are a Moses.  You’ve got a promise, a God-birthed heart’s desire, that is on the ash heap, while you are toiling in the Disappointment Desert.  Don’t despair.  God is a God of integrity.  He magnifies His word even above His own name (Psalm 138:2) — a mind-boggling concept.  He may (and probably will) perform what He has spoken to you a lot differently than how you had anticipated it would go, but He’s going to come through for you. 

He’s going to do it up bigger than you ever imagined — because that’s the kind of God He is.

Look Out and Get Ready!

I was praying this morning for a person who has a definite call of God on his life, but who is probably considered one of the “little people”  — one who would not be voted as “the most likely to succeed.”  As I prayed, I felt that God was giving me encouragement for many of you who are in the same boat:

If you are one of the faithful ones who know what it is to stay close to the heart of God, yet you feel insignificant, I have a word for you:

Look out and get ready, for God is about to use you.

History reveals that time and again, God has chosen the most unlikely people to accomplish His strategic purposes.  Seeing that His Word lays this out as His normal mode of operation, this should not overly surprise us, yet it always seems to. 

For you see your calling, brethren, that not many who are wise according to the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called. But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are, that no flesh should glory in His presence.
          — 1 Corinthians 1:26-29

The Lord is speaking to prepare and position yourself by continuing to align with Him — staying close to Him, ministering to Him by listening to His heart-cry.  Believe the things He has spoken over you, no matter how long you have been hearing without seeing the result, and no matter how “small in your own eyes” you may seem.  Staying small and keeping Him big is what will propel you into being used for the Lord’s mighty purposes.

Look out!  Get ready!  He is about to use you.

The Nature of God: Jesus, the Word

The Son

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by him; and without him was not anything made that was made. John 1:1-3 

John’s gospel reveals Jesus to us as the Word.  Why?  By using this name for Jesus, God is essentially saying, “Jesus and My Word are one. The two cannot be separated.” This is why there is so much power in speaking forth the words in the Bible. This is why devils tremble and flee when we authoritatively speak Scripture as a weapon of our spiritual warfare. When the powers of darkness hear the Word, they understand that that Word packs the very essence of Jesus Himself, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. The Word carries all the backing of Almighty God. If only we would as fully understand this as the devils do!

There are many places in the Bible where we are assured that God’s Word is infallibly true.  Jesus, in praying to the Father, said of the Scriptures, “Your word is truth” (John 17:17).  Revelation 19:11 gives Jesus the title, “Faithful and True.”  Jesus the Word and any word that He speaks cannot be divided from each other.  Jesus’ nature is to be faithful and true; His Word is also declared to be true.

What this means for us is that when we have a promise from God — either in the Bible or a personal promise that He has bestowed upon us — we can trust that our Promise-Giver will do for us what He said He would do — because He IS The Word.  He and His promises are one.  To renege on a promise would be to deny Himself, to violate His own nature, and 2 Timothy 2:13 assures us, “If we do not believe, yet he continues faithful: he cannot deny himself.”  We must be careful to make sure our personal promises are really from the Lord and that we are not adding to them, because we can make mistakes in our hearing.  We must also be careful not to misinterpret Scripture.  But when we’ve got a word genuinely spoken by the Lord, we can completely rest in Jesus the Word to perform what He has said.

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Excerpted from Before Whom We Stand: The Everyman’s Guide to the Nature of God — available in print from Full Gospel Family Publications and Amazon and in e-book form from many fine ebook sellers.


He Must Build It

“Unless the Lord builds the house, they who build it labor in vain….”Psalm 127:1

Recently, God spoke to me through this familiar verse about the place I am in.  It’s a place many of you are in, too.  We’ve been faithful to the Lord and to the people around us.  We’ve done the best we could, we’ve taken the high road when no one else knew, and we’ve weathered many storms.  And still we wait to see the desired results.

At first glance, it may look as though the verse is speaking negatively: “Well, you’ve sweated your way through, but if God doesn’t lift a finger to help, it’s all for nothing.”  But what the Lord was whispering to me went something like this:

“You know what I’ve spoken to you.  And you’ve always known it couldn’t be accomplished unless I did it for you anyway.  The success of it has never rested on your ability.  When the Lord is the architect and project manager of your dreams, He will see to it that they happen.  You can rest in the security of knowing I will build it for you.”

The place of waiting on Him, helpless in His hands, yet knowing He is completely faithful and that He will act on our behalf, is the most secure place of all to be.  He has promised numerous times in His Word to never let us down.

So often, we hear God speak a plan or a promise into us, and then we start grunting and groaning to make it happen.  Sure, He expects us to take whatever steps are needed to cooperate with or to prepare for what He has said.   But most of us tend to go far beyond preparing or cooperating.  We strive, and we climb, and we fret.  We look for “progress” and when we don’t see it, we plummet into discouragement.

All the while, He wants us to come to such a place of fearlessness and trust in Him that we can look squarely at the difficulties and say, “Ha! God, You’re the only way I will ever be able to see my dreams come true anyway!  I can’t do much about it without You.  Here, You build it for me.”

And then we rest, knowing with unshakable faith that He will do what He has said — because of Who He is.

(Originally written for An Encouraging Word, the devotional outreach of The River Church in Appleton, Wisconsin.)

If You’re Concerned About Your Destiny …

For those of you who sometimes get concerned about how long it is taking to come into your God-given destiny, and what an uphill climb it is, I have something for you today:

Hope for the Future

Many blessings,
Lee Ann