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It Ain't About You, Mo! - Part 1
Miles McPherson - October 3, 2004

Message Recap

If you ever watch Cops, or tune in on the daily news, sometimes you come across a situation in which an adult, sometimes even a parent, is being arrested for abusing a child. Most often in these kinds of situations, despite how you may see it, the way the child sees the situation is that they were the one at fault. A child's thinking is always self-focused, and that is not because they are selfish, but it is simply because it is the way they are designed to think.

When you are born-again this same thinking process starts all over. The thoughts you start thinking are what can I do, what can't I do, and what am I able to do? However, at some point you come to the end of your abilities, and God asks you to do something big, and when He does you realize that you in and of yourself cannot do it. Therefore, you are facing a situation that requires faith.

Last week we read about Moses meeting God at the burning bush, and God asking Moses to do something big that required faith. This week we looked at how Moses responded.

Not Who, But Whose

Last week we ended looking at Exodus 3:10 in which God instructs Moses saying, Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt. Moses wasn't exactly thrilled with God's calling, but instead doubted that God was asking the right man saying, Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt? Exodus 3:11

It is understandable to think why Moses would be fearful, wondering how he could possibly be the instrument God would use to deliver the children of Israel. However, he forgot one thing that often times we all seem to forget. It is not about who you are, but whose you are.

When we do think about who we are, we see ourselves in the eyes of the world. We gain our sense of self by what we accomplish. If our lives are about what we have and what we are able to do, we will inevitably fall short. That is why we must surrender all our weaknesses, to God, because we are His, and with Him our abilities are endless.

Insecurity Brings Encouragement

In Exodus 3:12 God takes Moses' insecurities and offers Him encouragement with His eternal presence. So He said, "I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain." God's presence is constant. He does not fade in and out of our lives; He is always with us. We must be consciously aware of that fact in order to move beyond our insecurities and be able to rest in knowing He is always with us.

Miles used the example of going on a stakeout with his father when he was a young boy. It was a frightening situation facing a real criminal. However, the situation would have been extremely scary had his dad not been with him, but because his dad was with him, he knew he would be okay. Therefore, no matter what situation we may face, knowing our God and Father is with us, we can know will be okay.

I AM WHO I AM

Moses seemed to be looking for another reason not to go even though God promised His eternal presence. Exodus 3:13 states, Then Moses said to God, "Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they say to me, 'What is His name?' what shall I say to them?" Moses claimed that he did not know what to say. However, God wouldn't leave him ignorant. What was God's reply to Moses? "I AM WHO I AM."

I AM THAT I AM is translated to "Adonai" which means Lord, and in the Hebrew is Jehovah. Exodus 3:14-15 states, And God said to Moses, "I AM WHO I AM." And He said, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, 'I AM has sent me to you.'" Moreover God said to Moses, "Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: 'The LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.'"

God made it clear that His Name was His identity. That is special because most everyone's name doesn't say much if anything about who they are but God's Name does. He had no beginning and He will have no end, He is the eternal being. He exists and rules even now.

The attributes of God are seen in His various names.

  • Jehovah Nissi ... The Lord is Conqueror
  • Jehovah Shalom ... The Lord is Peace
  • Jehovah Shama ... The Lord is There
  • Jehovah Jireh ... The Lord Provides
  • El Shaddai ... Almighty God
  • Jehovah Elyon ... The Lord God Most High
  • Jehovah Tsidqenu ... The Lord is our Righteousness
  • Jehovah Repheka ... The Lord is Healer
  • Jehovah Elohim ... The Lord is God

John 8:58 also recognizes God as I AM stating, Jesus said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, before Abraham was, I AM."

Excuses, Excuses…

Moses like any of us in his situation allowed his worries and insecurities to interfere with his faith in God. This week we looked at two of the five excuses Moses gives God as to why he feels he is unqualified for the position God has called Him to.

Next week we will see Moses make three more excuses. It is vital remember that for every excuse made to God, He has an encouragement in return. Remember it isn't about you it is about what you can do with God.

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