November 4, 2013 – Responding to God’s Call in Your Life

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Exodus – Chapter 4

Outline

  • Exo 4:1 – Moses continued to object that they may not believe him
  • Exo 4:2-5 – The Lord gave him a sign to show them by changing his staff into a snake then back to his staff that they may believe
  • Exo 4:6-8 – Then the Lord made his hand with leprosy that cleared again in case they did not believe the first sign
  • Exo 4:9 – Then the Lord gave him a third sign to turn the water of the Nile into blood
  • Exo 4:10 – Moses said, “but I am not eloquent”
  • Exo 4:11-12 – The Lord said, “Ì will be with your mouth and teach you what to say”
  • Exo 4:13 – Moses still objected
  • Exo 4:14-17 – The Lord said that Aaron, his brother, will speak for him and Moses would perform the signs
  • Exo 4:18 – Moses asked Jethro’s permission to leave and he granted it
  • Exo 4:19-20 – The Lord told Moses to go back to Egypt and he left with God’s staff, his wife and his children
  • Exo 4:21-23 – The Lord told Moses what to say to Pharaoh and how he would respond
  • Exo 4:24-26 – On the way to Egypt, the Lord sought to kill Moses but Zipporah circumcised his sons and the Lord spared him
  • Exo 4:27-28 – The Lord directed Aaron to go meet Moses and they met at the mountain of God
  • Exo 4:29-31 – Moses and Aaron assembled the elders of Israel. Aaron spoke, Moses performed the signs and they believed and worshiped God

Verse Selections

Moses’ Insecurities

In this chapter we see God and Moses’ interaction concerning Moses’ call. We can learn from this because we go through similar difficulties.

Here Moses continues with his objections to the call of God in his life. These objections to God’s mandate and commission demonstrate a major spiritual principle. Even the supernatural burning bush experience with God speaking to him and instructing him had not been enough to overcome his previous negative experiences and emotional bondage. Moses was still suffering from fear of rejection, and deep insecurities because of what had happened forty years before. Although he had made great progress to the point of having a supernatural encounter with God, he was not completely free from his past.

Moses’ Objections

  1. Who are You, and who can I say You are? (Exo 3:13)
  2. Who am I that I can go to the Pharaoh? (Exo 3:11)
  3. What happens if they do not believe me? (Exo 4:1)
  4. How can I be successful if I am not a good speaker? (Exo 4:10)

These are objections that you could have today about responding to God’s call in your life.

God’s Responses

God’s responses to the first two objections were not logical arguments but supernatural. God did not only foretell what would happen but also provided demonstrations of supernatural signs so that Moses’ faith would be based not on arguments, but on the power of God (1 Cor2:5).  This parallels Jesus’ instructions to his disciples to wait for the power of the Holy Spirit to come upon them before attempting to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). You cannot fulfill God’s call in your life in your strength. You need God’s supernatural power (John 3:6).

God was not pleased with Moses’ unbelief especially for his looking at his own poor self-image and weaknesses, yet provided a way to help Moses to deal with this by using Moses’ brother Aaron (Exo 4:14-17).

Some Lessons for Us

This demonstrates two things:

  1. The strength of the impact of your life experiences in determining your belief system. Even great supernatural experiences may not completely overcome them.
  2. God will use us even when we are weak and with a degree of unbelief.

What is your experience in this area? What are the major hindrances/objections to embrace God’s call that you have experienced? Have your resolved them? How?

Prayer of Faith    

Thank you Heavenly Father for the call you have on my life. I may feel insecure and unworthy as I look at my failures and limitations. Nevertheless, not I but Christ who lives in me is the one who can fulfill my destiny. In Christ I am more than a conqueror. In Him I am forgiven, accepted and victorious. Your supernatural power is at work in my life.

In Jesus’ name, Amen!       

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About Pastor Maurizio

Maurizio Mingardi, in 1972, had an encounter with God that totally changed his life. From a scientist doing research in Quantum Mechanics and an atheist, Maurizio became a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then a spiritual journey began. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and later started Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn in Ottawa, Ontario. Maurizio has been in the ministry for more than 30 years and is presently the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Church. He has also filled a number of executive positions in public and religious organizations. He has been elected President of the Evangelical Church Alliance Ministerial Fellowship of Canada. His goal is to help people to know God, discover and use their gifts and fulfill their destiny.
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6 Responses to November 4, 2013 – Responding to God’s Call in Your Life

  1. CecileC says:

    One of the hindrances for me would be my fear caused by overanticipation. Worried about how people might respond to me (pride). I know for me I often make up things in my mind and then panic over what might go wrong. I also do not like to get uncomfortable in my daily routine and have issues with uncertainties. One other hindrance is in how I have to direct my heart in the right direction according to God priorities not mine!! As I am writing this the verse that came to me is: “Seek ye first the kingdom of God , and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you (Matthew 6:33).

    On Tuesday night I am learning how to resolve those hindrances and objections that are in my life. I know the first step for me is to repent – I need to change the way I think. I need to join my mind and the mind of God, I need to be more aware of God’s presence all the time in my life. Like I say: God is good – all the time!! Pastor is teaching us on priorities and habits to be developed, and how my life needs balance. I looked at the 5 priorities he gave us and I need to pray more (fasting, meditation… communion between me and God). My number one priority is the Bible, not just to read it but study it – this is where my transformation of my thinking will happen.

    Holy Spirit I rely on your power, help me get rid of the flesh, help me set the right priorites in my life, show me what I need to do different to get balanced life, and be a better disciple, I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me (Phil. 4:13) in Jesus mighty name I pray. Amen.

  2. PeterCard says:

    Exo 4 demonstrates God finds ways to help us, even when we have doubts. In a way this is comforting but it can become a crutch. God would rather that we would just trust in him and believe that he will provide a way out of what ever challenge we are facing. Unfortunately we all carry some baggage from our past that shakes what we thought we believe in. In my life, fear is a foe that I, and we, need to conquer. The bigger the stakes, fear from our enemy “seems” to be overwhelming. When I realize it is a deception from the enemy, I can start to identify the thoughts and feelings that are causing the fear that hinders me from receiving what God wants me,us,
    to have. It is a lie from the enemy. God provides for us, a way to victory. We have the power to demolish these these thoughts and feelings, 2Cor 10:5-6 and receive what God wants us to have.

  3. Robyn says:

    I am very confused concerning Exo 4:24-26. Why after designating Moses to lead the Israelites out of Egypt, did the Lord seek to kill him? For some reason I keep thinking of when Jacob fought for a blessing (Genesis 32:22-32).

    • Pastor Maurizio Pastor Maurizio says:

      These verses could be translated in different ways and for this are open to different interpretations concerning who was that God was trying to kill.

      Nevertheless, no matter that, Moses had broken the covenant that God had made with Abraham and his descendant. The covenant involved circumcision of male descendants. It was under this covenant that God related to the children of Israel, and Moses had to operate under this covenant to set them free.

      From the context, it appears that he had compromised his position to please his wife who was not under the covenant not being a descendent of Abraham. That was not acceptable to God.

      God cannot change His Word to please us.

      • Robyn says:

        Thanks! I wonder why there are some events in the bible such as this one that would have had a major impact, yet are not described in detail. It’s like a teaser tossed into a story, just to make sure you’re paying attention 😉

        • Pastor Maurizio Pastor Maurizio says:

          “Who has ears to hear, let him hear.” Those who seek will find the truth. Those who do not bother, will remain in darkness. This is also why Jesus taught in parables. Our attitude makes the difference.

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