January 22, 2011
“7 The LORD said, ‘I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. 10 So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” Exodus 3:7-10 (NIV)
Moses responded to the call of God just like many of us do today. In Moses’ responses, we see an obvious pattern that I am sure many of us can identify with. This pattern is the reason why so many people die without even starting the process of allowing their destiny to become a reality.
“11 But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)
Many of us feel disqualified even before we start. We fail to understand that if it’s God who calls us, He will also equip us to do the work.
2. Fear of Failure:
“1 Moses answered, ‘What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you?” (Exodus 4:1)
Even as we are sure that God is calling us to do certain things, we still, many times, make this issue about us as we close our eyes to the fact that we are doing His business and not ours.
3. Fear of Speaking Up:
“10 Moses said to the LORD, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” (Exodus 4:10)
The enemy does not have a problem expressing himself; however, many times, it is us as Christians who find a million excuses and reasons to remain quiet. We must lose that fear and allow God to speak through us.
4. Looking for a Way out by Recommending Others to do what it is for us to do:
“13 But Moses said, ‘Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.” (Exodus 4:13)
This may sound like a humble action on Moses’ part, but for God it was not received that way.
“14 Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses…” (Exodus 4:14)
Again, Moses continued that path of making it look like it was all about him. However, God was exposing the killers of Moses’ destiny in preparation for the great assignment in his life.
“24 At a lodging place, on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah [Moses’ wife] took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it ‘Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,’ she said. 26 So the LORD let him alone.” Exodus 4:24-26
At that time, she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision. Moses knew about circumcision; however decided to take lightly what the Lord established as a covenant sign. God does not play with our character; He will take the time to brutally deal with our unresolved issues with Him. Beloved, be aware of your destiny killers.