A new series, entitled “Break Free” was introduced amidst the launch of our first Saturday night service, followed by our usual Sunday services. For the next eight weeks, on Saturdays and Sundays, we will be examining the lives of people in the Bible who broke free from something in their lives that held them back from being a better person and more of what God intended them to be.
Throughout the series, the question to consider is: If something gets exposed, are you willing to face it and do something about it? A hopeful reminder was extended to us from John 8:36, when Jesus said: “If the Son sets you free, you are truly free.”
With that background, Pastor Tim began the series examining the life of Moses.
Although Moses was one of the most dominant figures in the Old Testament, he had some real issues in his life that he needed to break free from in order to be the man God designed him to be. Specifically, he has some significant insecurities and feelings of inadequacy that threatened to derail the role God had for him.
When Moses was 80 years old God came to him and spoke to him through the burning bush and asked him to lead the Hebrews out of Egypt to the Promised Land (Ex. 3:1-10).
Moses responded with five excuses:
- Ex. 3:11: “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” I am a nobody! I’m a ‘no body’.
- Ex. 3:13: “If I go the people of Israel and tell them, ‘the God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ and they ask, ‘What is his name?’ What should I tell them?” I don’t have enough information to do the job! “I don’t have enough information.”
- Ex. 4:1: “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you?” “I might fail.”
- Ex. 4:10: “Oh, Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” I stutter! I can’t be your spokesperson! “I have a physical impairment.”
- Ex. 4:13: “Lord, please! Send anyone else!” “I’m not interested.”
As God blocked one excuse after another, Moses started looking at himself the way God looked at him.
1. For those who feel you that you have been or are being put out to pasture: don’t be surprised if there is a “burning bush’” experience in your future. Moses was 80 when he got the call from God, Abraham was 75 and his wife Sarah 65, and Noah was 500 when he got the call to build the ark.
2. For those who have a “skeleton” in the closet’ that you think disqualifies you from serving God: may you be reminded that we are all imperfect. If you have done what you can do to clean up the mess, confess your shortcoming to God, then don’t let Satan use your past indiscretion to keep you shackled and bound with feelings of inadequacy and uselessness or that God doesn’t love you or want to use you. Leverage your “skeleton” to assist God’s work in this world.
3. For those who have some limiting physical impairment: God can use you despite your impairment or use you because of it. Ask Moses who had a speech impediment, or Paul who had a “thorn in his flesh” probably an eyesight problem. He asked God repeatedly to remove it and give him good eyes, 2 Corinthians 12:7-9, “Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
The idea of accepting God’s redemption through whatever the challenges that hold us back was emphasized through an interview with an amazing young man who God obviously has, and is using for His glory. If you missed it, take a moment to watch it at: http://www.godtube.com/watch/?v=091M0JNU.
- Any thoughts you’d like to share about your experience on Saturday or Sunday at River Oaks this week?
- If you feel somehow “stuck” where you’re at, and unable to move forward from whatever is holding you back, please don’t stay stuck. Let us know so that we may come alongside you and assist you.
- Dads… if you didn’t get your tickets for the Father/Daughter Date Night, please contact the church office so that we can let you know if there are still seats available for the event this Friday night. Don’t miss this great opportunity to share an evening with your daughter(s)!
Pursuing a week of “no excuses” for serving God this week!
Scott Tilley / firstname.lastname@example.org / 574.875.1152 x103