Outside the Zone of Ability: Moses
Exodus 4:10-31; Hebrews 11:23-29
I just read over the last post I wrote on Friday, summarizing what we studied on Thursday evening. God is so gracious. And here we are, ready to review the practical steps of faith we have the privilege of patterning after Moses in Hebrews 11, the Great Hall of Faith.
How to Take the Leap of Faith, One Baby Step at a Time….(Hey you can take scissor steps, giant steps, whatever steps you want, but just take a step!) Here we go:
1. Refuse to be a part of the world. What does that mean? Verse 24 tells us that Moses refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He was IN the world, but didn’t think as the world. He chose his friends carefully. He loved Pharaoh’s daughter for saving him and having him cared for, but chose not to be a part of her daily life on an intimate level.
2. Remember that sin only lasts for a short time. There are always consequences. My hangups may seem to be the easy way out for a while, but they catch up with me. Moses chose the path of affliction with the people of God over the luxury of sin for a short time. Both paths were temporary, but only one yielded eternal heavenly rewards. If only we could remember this! If we continually make the daily choice not to spend time in prayer and Bible reading, then we are choosing to miss out on a close personal relationship with our Heavenly Father.
3. Weigh what matters and place your heart there. Verse 26 says: “Esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he had respect unto the recompense of the reward.” Moses knew where the gain would be. He looked at the eternal; not the temporal. “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” Matt. 6:21
4. Do not be afraid; claim God’s promises. Verse 27 tells us that Moses was not afraid of Pharaoh because he kept his eyes on Christ. Fear paralyzes us. On every level. The best way I know to combat fear is through the Word. Here is a link for an awesome little book that categorizes God’s promises by subject: Promises for Moms. Another great resource on this topic is Max Lucado’s book, Fearless. This link provides free download samples of his material and encourages us to think :
“Envision a day, just one day, when you could trust more and fear less.”
5. After discarding the ways of the world, don’t look back. Verse 27 tells us that Moses forsook Egypt. He followed God and never looked back. Oh, he sinned. He wasn’t perfect. But he never turned around and starting going the direction of Egypt full force.
6. Be faithful to God’s calling on your life. Verse 28 tells us that Moses kept the passover. He followed instructions to the detail. He was faithful to follow through with the responsibilities God gave to him as he was shown the way. Maybe you feel like you should be doing something else. That you are just waiting for God to show you the right path. That proper connection just hasn’t happened yet. What do you do in the mean time? What you know is right. What is revealed to you each day as it occurs. You make one correct decision after another as the opportunity presents itself.
Delight yourself in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart. Commit your way to the Lord; trust in him and he will do this: He will make your righteousness shine like the dawn, the justice of your cause like the noonday sun. Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for him;
Whatever avenue God uses to reveal Himself to you, be faithful to Him in that direction.
We can follow the path of Moses to the Hall of Faith or …we can continue in mediocrity and wallow in fear.
So which will it be? Faith or fear?