Pastor Miles began this morning's message reminding the church of the upcoming move to a new facility on Ruffin Road on November 21. Also it is vital to stay updated, as service times will be changing then as well.
Pastor Miles opened his message recalling a time when he was at the airport and he saw a family who had a three-year-old daughter. When the mother walked away the daughter began to cry. As the father tried to calm the daughter explaining to her that her mother would soon return, she did not stop crying. All she knew and understood was that her mother wasn't there and she didn't know when she would come back.
Last week Pastor Miles talked about the thinking processes of a child, and how their thinking is most often self-centered. In other words they do not see or understand things outside themselves. The same is to be said for born-again Christians. There is however, information outside our own lives that can affect us whether we see it or not. Though our thinking at times is completely based on ourselves, that is simply because as humans we have a limited scope of things, however, God is unlimited in His thinking and abilities.
Two Excuses Just Ain't Enough
Last week we looked at two of the excuses Moses gave God as to why he couldn't fulfill the calling God had for him to deliver the children of Israel from Egypt. Moses claimed insecurity saying to God, "Who am I?" and he claimed ignorance saying to God "Who are You?" However, God didn't leave Moses hanging. He told Moses that it wasn't about who he was, but Whose he was and that He is "I AM that I AM."
When God calls us to do something we can and will always think of excuses, but we need to give God a chance to answer them, and He always will.
When it comes to doing something big a lot of "what ifs?" can come to mind. Despite our own worries and concerns God has an answer for those "what ifs?"
Exodus 4:1 states, Then Moses answered and said, "But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, "The Lord has not appeared to you." Moses wasn't having a hard time finding excuses. He now feared being viewed as in-credible.
But God had an answer
An Answer in a Supernatural Act
God worked supernaturally in Moses to demonstrate that evidence of his encounter with Him could and would be known by all.
Exodus 4:2-7 states, So the Lord said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A rod." And He said, "Cast it on the ground." So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. Then the Lord said to Moses, "Reach out your hand and take it by the tail" (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), "that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you." Furthermore the Lord said to him, "Now put your hand in your bosom." And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like snow. And He said, "Put your hand in your bosom again." So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his other flesh.
How can we know there is evidence of God in our lives? Can you think of a supernatural act of God in your own life? If not perhaps it is necessary to take a step back and think and pray about why that is, and how that can be changed.
In 1 Samuel 17, which chronicles the story of David and Goliath, there is an example of God's supernatural power working in and through David against greatly intimidating circumstances.
It is important that we realize God's supernatural strength, and allow God to apply it in our lives so that we will always be ready to give a defense to everyone who asks you a reason for the hope that is in you, with meekness and fear. 1 Peter 3:15
Inabilities Don't Stop God
Exodus 4:10 states, Then Moses said to the LORD, "O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue." It seems that God could have given up at this point because He was so fed up with Moses' excuses. Thankfully God does not give up on us. Instead God said, Who has made man's mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the LORD? Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say. Exodus 4:11-12
Pastor Miles pointed out that there is a difference between what is true and what is truth. What is true is that we have aspirations that are beyond our abilities and means. However, what is truth is that we can do it despite what we may think because God takes our inadequacies and inabilities and does supernatural things in and through us.
Physical limitations are the beginning of faith and when we trust Him we will see God move far beyond the natural. We must not worry about what we think we can't do. We cannot compare ourselves to others. God uses a fragile, imperfect, and sinful vehicle to work supernaturally.
Pastor Miles gave a brief explanation of how we are able to hear. The process of sound as it travels through the ear is a very intricate design that God created perfectly. Therefore we can't tell God that He is not capable of doing something, we need to appreciate His design and therefore know that with Him nothing is impossible.
Accountability is the Key
In spite of everything, Moses' fifth and final excuse was simply, O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send. Exodus 4:13
Did the Lord give up on Moses now? Of course not. Instead his reply in Exodus 4:14-17 was, Is not Aaron the Levite your brother? I know that he can speak well. And look, he is also coming out to meet you. When he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. Now you shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth. And I will be with your mouth and with his mouth, and I will teach you what you shall do. So he shall be your spokesman to the people. And he himself shall be as a mouth for you, and you shall be to him as God. And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.
So God sent Moses an accountability partner in Aaron when Moses expressed insubordination. Often times it takes the help of another person to get us where God wants us to be. People who tell us we can't accomplish things are a dime a dozen, but someone who can encourage us and hold us accountable is special and unique. Is there someone who can hold you accountable to be faithful to the Lord and serving Him?
Five Excuses Five Answers
Over the past two Sunday's we saw Moses give God five excuses why he couldn't fulfill the Lord's calling, and God gave him five reasons why he could. Despite Moses' doubts he trusted God. No matter what our excuses or reasons God is going to meet us where we are at just like Moses, and enable us to accomplish His will because He is with us, and works supernaturally through us. All we have to do is trust Him completely and we see through the story of Moses there is no reason not to.