A Pause for Self-Reflection (#3)

by Rick

This morning we continue our series “Grace that is Simply Amazing.” Last week we did not close out the week this way, but I will attempt to close out every week with a message that gives us an opportunity to reflect on what we learned during the week.

On Monday we learned about Moses’ birth and how we was basically born with a death sentence and I shared my testimony about the many times my life was in danger as I grew up in Brooklyn.  When you look at Moses it seems like the enemy attempted to take him out, before he ever got started.  The same can be said of Jesus.  King Herod sent the three wise men (or three kings) to find baby Jesus, not because he wanted to worship the baby, but because he wanted Jesus dead.  Jesus, like Moses, was born with a death sentence.  Similarly, Jesus told Peter, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren” (Luke 22:31,32).  Satan wanted to take Peter out at the wheat sifting stage, before he ever got started.  What’s the point?  The point is that satan attacked Moses before he was born, Jesus before he was ever born, and Peter before he was Born-Again, because they all had a great assignment.  I believe the same can be said of me and the same can be said of many of you.  Make no mistake, the enemy is not going to waste time attacking someone who is not worth attacking.

On Tuesday we learned of Moses’ major mistake.  Moses killed a man and he would up being exiled from his home and everything that he knew; resigned to spending 40 years of his life in seeming obscurity.  The good news is, however, that God was not through with Moses.  As much as Moses messed up his mistake could not disqualify him from what God had qualified him for.

On Wednesday we learned that Moses did what he thought was the only thing he could do and that was to setup a new life in Midian.  Moses attempted to move on, thinking about his old life from time to time, and also thinking about how he had seemingly wrecked his life by taking matters in his own hands.  But we also learned how God heard the cry of His people back in Egypt and how He was ready to do something about it.  Moses did not know it, but God still had major plans for him.

Finally, yesterday we learned how, when the time was right, the Lord sought out Moses at the burning bush.  Moses did not earn the contact, he did not perform a special act of faith, but God, by His grace, pursued Moses and helped Moses maximize his purpose and potential in life.  That’s how He does with us.

So what does this mean to you today?  A few things:
1.  The greater the assignment, the greater the attack.  Satan is no fool.  He only spends time attacking divine purpose.  So if you are under attack, it is because you have something that is worth attacking!

2.  Your mistakes are not news to God.  God did not have to wait until you messed up to know you were going to do it.  He made provisions for your blunders, so thank Him for His goodness and move on.  Don’t wallow in self-pity or condemnation.

3.  Your life is not your own.  Once you submit to God your life is no longer your own.  God has great plans for your life and if you will allow Him, He will bring to pass all He has destined you to accomplish while you are in the earth.  Moses thought his life was over, but God knew it was not.  Guess what?  Since you are still alive, then God still has plans for you and if you will allow Him, He will bring those plans to pass for His glory!

4.  God will pursue you.  God pursued you to get you saved — think about the many people He sent your way, to talk to you about Him, before you gave your life to Christ — and He will pursue you now that you are saved, in order for you to maximize your purpose and potential.

Closing Confession:  Father, I thank You for this Word.  When I look at the amazing things You did through Moses I get encouraged about what You have done, are doing, and will do in my life.  I have been attacked, and I now know it is because I am worth attacking.  There is greatness locked up in me!  The enemy wants to stop what You want to accomplish in, with, and through me, but He can’t.  Everything You want to accomplish in my life SHALL come to pass.  Not because I am perfect, but because of Your grace.  My life is not my own.  I am submitted to You and Your Kingdom plans and purposes for my me.  You have pursed me and I now declare that I will pursue You.  I want to get out of me everything You have placed in me, and I declare that I will.  I will die empty.  I will maximize my purpose and potential.  I will make the difference I am called to make.  And it will all be because You wanted to do it and You brought it to pass!  In Jesus’ name.  Amen.

This is Today’s Word!  Apply it and Prosper.

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