When God speaks...

Day 28 (Category: Preaching)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 19-20, Matt. 18:21-35

Today’s Reflection: Ex. 19:9a And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever…

As a young boy, I remember some of the first dealings of the Holy Spirit working in my heart as I would listen to the men of God of that time in my life boldly declare the Word of God with authority and anointing. Often was the case that, when I heard the man speak, and simultaneously felt the Holy Spirit dealing with my heart, I understood that it was God speaking to me, more so than the man delivering the message. I learned as a young man to discern when I was hearing a man speak, and when I was hearing the voice of God through the Holy Spirit. There is nothing like having the validation of a man of God, as given by the confirmation of the Holy Spirit that what he is speaking is the truth! When you hear a real genuine man of God speaking, if you are a child of God, you will be able to discern quickly that the man is a true representative of God, because your spirit will bear witness (see 1 John 5:6). You may not hear an audible voice coming from a cloud such as the one in our text today, but God’s voice will be even louder in your spirit when He speaks directly to you! Jesus said in John 10:27, “My sheep hear my voice…” It is to this end that I wish to take a moment and encourage the man of God who is reading this today. When you speak God’s Word when God says speak it, where God says speak it, and how God says speak it, you do not have to worry about whether or not your audience will acknowledge the message. The ministry of the Holy Spirit will do the work in the hearts of your audience so much so, that the ones who it was intended for, will hear God’s voice through yours, undoubtedly. The Holy Spirit will authenticate you as a real man of God to your audience. Your words will carry with them the weight (aka glory) they need to convince the hearer that God is speaking through you, and that it would be in their best interest to listen and obey. Regardless of whether or not they heed the message, just make sure that you are obedient and faithful in preaching exactly what God lays on your heart; nothing more, and nothing less. It is only when you do this that you have the weight of God’s Glory behind you, before you, and on you to get the job done!

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Day 27 (Category: Leadership)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 16-18, Matt. 18:1-20

Today’s Reflection: Ex. 18:24 So Moses hearkened to the voice of his father in law, and did all that he had said.

This is truly one of the most beautiful pictures in the Bible of authentic leadership. Up to this point in Moses’ ministry, he had seen God accomplish great and mighty things through his willingness to obey. The Red Sea experience alone set Moses up as one of the greatest leaders in history because of his obedience, his courage, his faith, and most importantly, his close relationship with God. On that note, I want you to think about how great he must have become in the eyes of most of the people of the land. Now, with that in mind, as I read this text, to me, Moses is the biggest character in the story. One would think that a leader of this caliber needs no advice, but only gives it. However, that is not the case at all! As a matter of fact, in Numbers 12:3, the Bible describes Moses as “very meek, above all the men which were upon the face of the earth”. The word meek can be described as “depressed in mind or circumstance, needy, humble, lowly, or poor”. In other words, I believe it could be said that Moses was an Old Testament example of a New Testament commandment found in Romans 12:3, which says, “For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.” Simply put, Moses knew his place! He wasn’t too good or too great to remember where he came from, or to learn a few more lessons from others along the way. Furthermore, consider who it was that he received advice from; it was Jethro, Moses’ father in law, who also was a man of God that Moses spent some 40 years in the wilderness serving under and learning by. He had obviously gained Moses’ respect, and no doubt influenced Moses in his leadership capabilities. As a matter of fact, it is probably safe to say that Jethro had just as big an impact on preparing Moses for his ministry as anyone else in his life, and so it is to this reality that we now know why, when Jethro spoke, Moses listened. Let us all learn a humbling lesson from Moses that, no matter how high up we may go in leadership, we should always remember the lessons we learned along the way, as well as who it was that taught them to us!

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Day 26 (Category: Trials)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 14-15, Matt. 17

Today’s Reflection: Ex. 15:22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.

Immediately after the great triumph of the Red Sea deliverance came the first trial for the children of Israel. Could you imagine the spiritual high they must have been on directly after they walked through the midst of the sea on dry land, and after their enemies were destroyed right before their very eyes? I can see it so clearly in the eye of my imagination. They must have been ecstatic! They had been in bondage as a people for 400 years, and God supernaturally delivered them from that bondage, out of the grips of the super power of the world at that time. This is their chance; their “declaration of independence”, if you will! The air is full of hope & laughter, and then, something unexpected occurs…more hardship! Isn’t it interesting how that the best of our days are often soon followed by what we might call the “reality checks” of life? Just imagine how easy they must have thought it would be for them from here on out, and then, NO WATER! What? But, didn’t God lead them there, you may ask? Exactly…that’s the same thing they were questioning. They (like we so often do) assumed that because God was now their leader, that they were immune to trouble from then on. But the truth is, our journey with God does not eliminate trouble; it just makes the journey possible! So, why does God do this? What is He up to when He leads us right into the midst of adversity? Well, verse 25 gives us some insight in stating that God sent them there to “prove” or test them. It was a matter of teaching His children how to walk by faith, fully trusting their new Master to supply their needs, instead of a government or a leader. This will be the first of many tests for Israel, but the point I wish to make today is this; learn to thank God for the times He puts your faith to the test, because He is only purifying your faith to be able to later bless you all the more. You will have other tests as well, but with each one, you will be made a little wiser, and a little stronger. Think of it as prep time; God is preparing you to be able to handle the blessings He has in store for you in Canaan land; only get through this wilderness with your faith intact, and you will see the milk and honey flow!

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Day 25 (Category: God’s Leading)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 12-13, Matt. 16

Today’s Reflection: Ex. 13:21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night:

Whether you go by day or night, The Lord has you covered! I love this truth, as I have traveled through the years during many “day” seasons and “night” seasons with my Lord. Each season has its own set of comforts and conflicts to deal with. The day, for instance, is often thought of as the preferred season; that is, until one grows weary in his labor and becomes faint under the heat of the blistering sun. It is then that he prefers for the night season to make haste, so as to get some rest for his journey. And yet, while one is looking forward to the benefits of a night season of rest, yet others cannot enjoy rest for fear of what lurks in the shadows, or what unpredictable circumstances that daybreak may hold for them. Depending on where you are in your journey of faith, you may be either content or in conflict, no matter whether it is a day season or a night season for you. Regardless, however, rest assured that God has covered all the bases for you. No matter what is going on, He will both protect you and lead you on your way, as you seek Him and trust Him! I love the old saying I learned as a young boy in church many years ago, which goes something like this; “I may not know what tomorrow holds, but I know WHO holds tomorrow!!” You see, our text says that the Lord “went before” them. This means that He is ahead of you. That means that He is already in your tomorrow waiting on you to get there! That means that whatever you have to face, He has already faced it for you! That means that you’re going to make it. God provides a covering, a way, and a light by which to travel. He brings you all that is necessary to make the journey. Just keep traveling. I know you get tired and weary, but He will sustain you. I know that it gets dark at times, but He will impart wisdom to you. I know there will be times you feel like you can’t take it anymore. There will be times that you doubt whether or not you’re going to make it at all. There are times that you just want to give up. Yet, The Lord reminds you of His power to sustain you through the toughest times of your life. My word for you today is this; don’t give up! Don’t quit! Keep on moving! God has you covered!

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Day 24 (Category: Leadership)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 9-11, Matt. 15:21-39

Today’s Reflection: Ex. 11:3 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.

When God decides to shift things around, He simply shines His light on people and places that otherwise would have never been noticed. For 400 years, the people of Israel were in Egyptian bondage, looked at by the servants of Pharaoh as nothing but slaves, that is, until now! Now God begins to shine His light on His people once again, and all of a sudden, things are beginning to look different! Before, they were seen as just slaves; now, they are gaining respect even from those who have them in chains of bondage. Why? Because of God’s favor! This passage illustrates for us how that God is always full of surprises, completely able to pull up mighty leadership out from the middle of nowhere, to make world-wide, eternal impact! Know assuredly that God has people. Don’t you worry, for “all the old men of God” are not dead and gone. Some have left us, no doubt, but God is always rising up men out of places and circumstances we would least expect, to bring about an Earth-quaking, Heaven-shaking revival in the midst of the darkness. For Moses, this defining moment was life-changing, as people’s perspective of him changed by God’s own shaping. This truth shows us that when God gets ready to rise up new leadership, the place, the timing, and the people will be just right, because God orchestrated it all! Isn't it amazing that when Moses needed to look great in the sight of the people, God caused it to be so? So then, when we are faced with a God-given task, are we to panic over a lack of support from people? Not at all, because when God really gets in it, He will provide you with everything you need, and everybody you need, to get the job done. You may be reading this right now, and needing God’s favor and people’s respect and support in a ministry decision you are having to make; pray that God will do for you and yours exactly what He did for Moses and his people in our text. Oh, that God would rain His favor upon His people in this hour, even as we begin to gain respect from those to whom we are called to be lights in this dark cold world!

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Day 23 (Category: God’s Leading)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 7-8, Matt. 15:1-20

Today’s Reflection:
Ex. 7:7 And Moses was fourscore years old, and Aaron fourscore and three years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.

It’s never too late to make an impact for Christ! Here, Moses was 80 years of age, and his sidekick Aaron was 83. To me, this is absolutely fascinating. Often is the case that we are led to believe that our “best” years are during young adulthood, when we are at the top of our game physically speaking. However, God often does things much differently than we would. I believe that God chose this age at which to use Moses and Aaron, if for no other reason, than to ensure that all beholding would know that it was not by might, nor by power, but by the Spirit of God that Israel would be delivered from Egyptian bondage! Just think about it; would you send two elderly people to the super power of the world, demanding they relinquish their power over their entire slave trade? If it were me, I admit that I would pick out the brightest, healthiest, stoutest individuals I could for the task, and yet God waits until Moses and Aaron are not at their best either mentally or physically. This just goes to show that God does not worry about the things that we often worry about. Sometimes, we just don’t get it do we! After all the times God does things like this in the scriptures, and yet we still find ourselves taking into consideration OUR abilities when God calls us to a task. We should, however, understand by now that any time God calls us to a task, He never relies on our strength to get the job done; He always depends upon His own! Given, He does choose to use us to be His spokesmen, but even then, we are only speaking what He instructs us to speak. We then learn that the ONLY power that exists in the exchange between God’s purpose, and His call on us to be involved in that purpose, is found in His word. The only thing that matters is what HE says, and whether or not we respond appropriately to His words. This is really all He has ever asked of us, is to respond to His word in faith and obedience. The rest is up to Him to complete. So, how about you? Is your mind filled with all the reasons why God shouldn’t ask you to server in the capacity you feel He is calling you? Or, like Moses and Aaron, are you willing to simply trust and obey His instructions, no matter how limited you may feel, either in age, or strength, or anything else for that matter?

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Day 22 (Category: God’s Leading)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 4-6, Matt. 14:22-36

Today’s Reflection: Ex. 4:12 Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

Nothing can be more disturbing to your soul than to be in a situation where people look to you for answers, but your words come up short at best. In our text, Moses was very nervous at the prospect of being God’s spokesperson so as to deliver His people from Egyptian bondage. Thoughts of uncertainty and insecurity led him to tell The Lord, “I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” In other words, he not only felt like he couldn’t speak with excellence and clarity, but he worried about his whit, or his ability to speak concisely, clearly, and quickly. His reference to having a slow tongue is not necessarily limited to a speech impediment, as some might suggest, but can also imply that he has a lack of knowledge from which to draw the proper response. His fear may not be founded as much in his physical inabilities, as in his lack of knowledge. Remember that he grew up in and around the palace, and was exposed to the great orators of his day, and it seems here that he was intimidated, because he knew the demands that an environment like the one God was sending him to would require. He knew he couldn’t just go in and say whatever came to mind, and so his concern was not just associated with the actual act of speaking, but also in knowing what to say. In either case, The Lord reassures him that He will be with his mouth, and that He will teach him what to say. However, the most important thing that God instructed Moses to do at this point was to go! In other words, you won’t have to say anything until you are put in the right place at the right time anyway, so you might as well get on your way, so that by the time you arrive, God will have taught you what it is that you will need to say. Often, we try to cross over bridges that we haven’t even arrived at yet, but what we need to learn is to follow God’s commands one step at a time. You may have an assignment that will require a great deal of speaking for God, but perhaps what God would have you do is to make all the necessary preparations for now, and while you are preparing, He will be teaching you what to say. Just start going, and He will start teaching. It is best not to speak until you are prepared!

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Day 21 (Category: God’s Will)

Today’s Reading: Exodus 1-3, Matt. 14:1-21

Today’s Reflection: Ex. 2:6 And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the baby wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, This is one of the Hebrews’ children.

This is amazing! Here, the cries of a baby set in motion a chain of events that eventually changed the course of history! If we’re not careful, we will overlook all the small steps in our journey that are leading us to our destiny. Somehow, in each of our day by day moments, we lose site of the big picture; we forget that every step we are taking is leading us to the brink of greater, more significant steps. Nonetheless, each step is important, no matter how small. Who would have thought that it would have been the simple crying of a baby that would spare his life and preserve him for his day of service to God? But, when your life is full of purpose, you can see tracings and hints of the Sovereign’s planning, maneuvering, and influence threaded all throughout your life, preparing you for something bigger than you would have ever dreamed for yourself. It is absolutely inspiring to see the life of Moses, with such humble beginnings, to become such a patriarch of our faith, and yet, he too had many seemingly average and ordinary days filled with average and ordinary events, or so it seemed. We often mistake our lives to be of less value than they actually are, because we’re not daily conquering some new quest, going on some new great adventure, coming up with a cure for cancer, or something we look at as worthy or noble. However, could it be that your so called average and ordinary life, filled with days of monotonous routine and natural inclinations have been guided ever so discreetly by a Divine hand, who has something in mind He’s preparing you for that you’ve never even considered as of yet? This is often how God works! So, don’t be surprised when He informs you of plans He has had for you since before you were even born, even if it’s not until you think you are too old to make a difference. You see, there was nothing strange about baby Moses crying, as all babies cry. Even so, your life may seem to be filled with normal things that happen to normal people all the time, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t become a vessel of honor fit for God’s use! Your course has been guided by His hand all along; only trust and obey when He gives you your assignment.

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