RADICALLY CHANGED, OVERCOMING MY WEAKNESSES

Posted by on Sep 21, 2015

Kenwood Fellowship Church
06 14 2015
Ken Bashford, Pastor

“Radically Changed, Overcoming My Weaknesses”
Text: Exodus 3:1-15 / 4:10-17
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Memory Verse: Exodus 4:10-12
10 But Moses pleaded with the LORD, “O 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. 11 Then the LORD asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”
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What Does the Scripture Say?
Moses is 80 years old, living in Median as a shepherd when he experiences God in the form of a burning bush [the bush is on fire but the fire does not consume the bush]. Moses was an Israelite, born in Egypt raised as a young child by birth mother, but later sent to live with Pharaoh’s daughter as her son, being raised as a son of Pharaoh until he was 40 years old. Moses, left Egypt after he killed a man and lived in desert of Median as a shepherd for the next 40 years.

Moses goes to get a closer look and is confronted by God. He told he is on Holy Ground, that God has heard the cry of his people [the Israelites] in Egypt and that He is going to rescue them by sending Moses to lead them back to the Promised Land.

Moses asks God who he should tell Pharaoh and the Israelites had sent him, and God responses with tell them, I AM, sent you [I am the Father of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob]. Moses expresses concern that he is not the right person to go to Pharaoh because he does not talk well. God responds by reminding Moses that it is He, God who made man and gave him abilities such as speech and that He would be with him. Also, God sent Moses’ brother Aaron to go with him and speak for him.

What does this mean for me today?
Moses had experienced some great changes in his life when he met God in the form of the burning bush. He was no longer a prince of Egypt, but was now a shepherd in Median. He was much older, 80 years old and he had some form of a speech problem-not exactly the type of person we would choose to lead a nation out of bondage. But notice;

*Moses was trained first as a leader, warrior, Son of Pharaoh; then Moses became what he was trained to despise-a Hebrew shepherd

*Moses-like the Apostle Paul in the NT, spent many years in preparing to be used by God

*Moses left Egypt fearing man [Pharaoh] but returned trusting God

*Moses was willing to seek out and listen to what God had to say

*Moses trusted God to be with him, to help him do the task that God had given him by helping him overcome his limitations, by providing Aaron to go with him.

God knows the abilities we have as well as the weaknesses [fears] we have. God knows how to use our abilities. He knows how to overcome our weaknesses and how to guide and train us to be His instruments to change the people around us. In fulfilling God’s plan for our life is where we will find our purpose, where we will experience God working in us and through us and where we will discover true inner peace and contentment.

Going Deeper
Each one of us have weaknesses in varying degrees, some have physical limitations, others come from difficult childhoods, still others experience changes as they get older and can no longer do the things they use to do. The question should not be what limitations do I have, but rather how can God use those weaknesses or how can God help me overcome those weaknesses.

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ADDITIONAL BIBLE VERSES TO REVIEW
Isaiah 26:3-4
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Psalm 9:10
And those who know your name put their trust in you, for you, O Lord, have not forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 22:4-5
In you our fathers trusted; they trusted, and you delivered them. To you they cried and were rescued; in you they trusted and were not put to shame.
Psalm 32:10
Many are the sorrows of the wicked, but steadfast love surrounds the one who trusts in the Lord.
Psalm 37:3-6
Trust in the Lord, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness. 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 act. He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Psalm 91
91:1 He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will abide in the shadow of the Almighty I will say to the Lord, “My refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” For he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence .He will cover you with his pinions and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness is a shield and buckler. You will not fear the terror of the night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor the destruction that wastes at noonday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only look with your eyes and see the recompense of the wicked.
Proverbs 3:5-6
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.
Proverbs 29:25
The fear of man lays a snare, but whoever trusts in the Lord is safe.
Isaiah 12:1-2
You will say in that day: “I will give thanks to you, O Lord, for though you were angry with me, your anger turned away, that you might comfort me. “Behold, God is my salvation; I will trust, and will not be afraid; for the Lord God is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation.”