CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 5

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 3:10 Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt.

The Lord God tells Moses of the fact that the cries of the children of Israel has gotten to Him and He has come to deliver them. The Lord said in our key scripture that Moses should come unto Him and He would send Him to Egypt and bring the Israelites from slavery. Please note God’s words carefully in the statement of commissioning. He said COME and I will send you…….”. Why did the Lord didn’t just say go to Egypt and bring my people but first said COME? The statement come can, mean leave everything you are trusting, leave your very self and depend solely on me.

God cannot do much with anyone who has self and the influence of his flesh. The Lord said if anyone will come after me, let him deny himself take up his cross and follow Him. (Matthew 16:24,25). No one can do any significant service unto God who has not first forsaken other dependencies especially self. The Lord Jesus died so that we would be free from ourselves. Apostle Paul said in Galatians 2:20 “I am crucified with Jesus……” In effect he was saying i have come out of myself.

In verse 11 Moses said who am I that I should go unto Pharaoh and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt”. The very thing the Lord was asking him to come out from is what he is complaining cannot do the job, that is SELF. He asks, who am I? Moses by himself will be like a mouse before a lion to Pharaoh. He needed to come out of himself and unite with God to fulfil   the mission. Forsake the I and identify fully with God and His Power.

Dear child of God, you have been commissioned to go out to the world and set men free from Satan’s bondage but unfortunately many of us are failing to do this task. The reason is most of us are still hooked to ourselves. Tell yourself today, I turn around from everything holding me back and give myself totally to God to do God’s assignment for my life. Apostle Paul says in Galatians 1:15,16 that when the Lord called him, to reveal His son in Him he did not confer with flesh and blood”.

 YOU WOULD DO MUCH FOR GOD IF, YOU STOP ALLOWING ALL FLESHLY INFLUENCES AND DEPEND FULLY ON THE LORD.

CONFESSION

God has commissioned me to bring deliverance to the lost. I depend on the Lord and trust in Him to get His work done. The self is crucified with Christ and I freely serve the Lord.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Galatians 1:15-16 But when it pleased God, who separated me from my mother’s womb, and called me by his grace, To reveal his Son in me, that I might preach him among the heathen; immediately I conferred not with flesh and blood:

Matthew 16:24 ” Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me”.

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 4.

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 3:8  “And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites.”

The Lord introduces Himself unto Moses for the first time, for Moses did not know Him. He introduced Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. These were people He had covenanted with on behalf of the Jews. Whatever He did for the Israelites was on the basis of the covenant He had with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

 In this new covenant time God does not address Himself on the basis of the covenant with these patriarchs, but the covenant with Jesus. The blood of the Lord Jesus Himself was the token of the covenant (Matthew 26:28) “for this is my blood of the new testament (covenant), which is shed for many for the remission of sins”. Jesus Himself is also God. His name is the covenant name that gives us access to God. Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”. It is only the blessings of Abraham which we have had access to through our Lord Jesus that we may claim in Abraham’s name. Christians do not relate to God on the basis of His covenant with these Patriarchs. Please get this clear, a number of Christians erroneously make prayers addressing God as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Yes, He is the God of these men, yet now we pray to the father in the name of Jesus.

In Exodus 3:7 the Lord said he had seen the afflictions of His people in Egypt. This was after four hundred and thirty years. (Exodus 12:40. Meanwhile God gave Abraham the promise that they would be in Egypt for four hundred years. Genesis 15:13 “And he said unto Abram, know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs and shall serve them and they shall afflict them four hundred years”. We see that God’s promise to Abraham was four hundred years but they were there for four hundred and thirty years. Many times, when a prophecy is given the people involved have a part to play in its ultimate fulfilment. 1st Timothy 1:18 “This charge I commit unto to thee, son Timothy, according to the prophecies which went before on thee that thou by them mightest war a good warfare”. It is not automatic for the prophecies to come to pass, you must stand on those words that the spirit of the Lord gave to pray through. This is what Apostle Paul said Timothy must war a good warfare.

 CONFESSION

I stand on the scriptures on every prophecy spoken over my life that it will come to pass in its time and will not delay.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Exodus 3:9 ” Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them”.

The bible in one year.

Numbers 30:1-31:54, Luke 4:1-30, Psalm 63:1-11, Proverbs 11:20-21

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 3

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 3:4 ” And when the LORD saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”

Chapter 3 verse 1 says, Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian……” Moses came to Midian because he ran away from Pharaoh who would have arrested and killed him, because Moses killed an Egyptian who was beating up a Jew. Many times, we commit certain acts with sincere minds, yet those acts fall foul of the law. The result may not be pleasant yet God works out something good. If Moses had not gotten to Midian through the result of his action the Lord would not have had him for that divine encounter.

Moses saw a bush burning yet the bush did not get consumed. Please note the bible says our God is a consuming fire. The picture of this burning bush is exactly how we appear in the spirit. The spirit is like fire that burns within us although we are not consumed. We must never underrate the mighty power of God at work in us.

Moses decided to turn aside and look at the burning bush. The bible said the moment Moses turned his attention from other things to observe the burning bush, the Lord called him. Many of us are not having any supernatural encounters because we are not giving God our full attention. God always tells those who are concerned. This is the reason those who fast properly have divine encounters. God always want your full attention so he could speak to you. A man who is occupied or having a divided attention cannot have the spirit communicating with him. Many people do not get anything out of their devotional moments, because they are in such a hurry to finish and go do other things. They only read to satisfy their conscience that they have read something. Such an attitude would not invite the Spirit to give any special package to you.

The Lord asked Moses to put of his shoes from his feet before getting close. Some people have made doctrines out of this act and claim we must remove our shoes before going into God’s house. Now God’s presence is not in a building but in us. Acts 17:24 God that made the world and all things therein, seeing that he is Lord of heaven and earth, dwelleth not in temples made with hands; He dwells in our hearts. Our hearts must rather be pure.

 It is the wrong things we put in our hearts that defile us not the shoe we wear into church.

  CONFESSION

Everything about God is so important to me, and I give my total attention to him and He also manifests himself to me.

FURTHER STUDIES.

Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Exodus 3:3 ” And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt”.

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 2

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 2:6 ” And when she had opened it, she saw the child: and, behold, the babe wept. And she had compassion on him, and said, this is one of the Hebrews’ children”.

Faith in God will always bring amazing results. The Pharaoh’s daughter and her entourage saw the basket only to open it and find a crying baby. The bible said she was filled with compassion for the baby. The very ‘beast’ looking for the child’s life to destroy it, becomes the very place of refuge for the baby. This is a miracle. Never be afraid to trust the Lord for your needs and protection.

How can one express an absolute confidence in God? You may do this by turning your mind and heart from the challenges unto what God has said. It is His word in your heart that gives birth to faith. Faith is not a feeling. It is also not reasoning things out. It is not dependent on your ability to analyse. All these things would make faith weak. Faith is purely confidence in God and his word. It is rather unreasonable yet God’s track record has always been faithfulness towards all those who showed confidence in Him. Romans 10:12 ” For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him”.

Moses senior sister Miriam went to Pharaoh’s daughter and told her she could get a Jewish nurse to take care of the baby. Why didn’t Pharaoh’s daughter say she would rather prefer an Egyptian nurse? God was perfectly in charge because he had been given the right to be in charge through his mother’s faith. Many times, people do not allow God to fully be in charge. They release the problem say they have given it into God’s hands yet they worry. God always wants an hundred percent trust so he could work out hundred percent miracle.

The child was given back to Moses own mother to nurse him. This time she had full security for the child. No Egyptians soldier would come frightening her. She was paid again for taking care of her baby. This is the extra benefit of having absolute confidence in the Lord.

Verse 11 says when Moses was old, he went out to see his brethren, and saw an Egyptian molesting a Jew. He attacked him and killed him. Moses had the deliver instinct in him yet that approach was not how God was going to do it. It would take the supernatural arm to do it.

Many things need God’s supernatural power and we must allow him to show us how this would be done.

 CONFESSION

My faith is strong in the Lord because my life agenda is His agenda and He would always defend His name. He has forever been faithful to all those who placed their confidence in Him. My case is not an exemption.

FURTHER STUDIES

Romans 4:19 ” And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb:”

1 Samuel 17:47 ” And all this assembly shall know that the LORD saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the LORD’S, and he will give you into our hands”.

CHARACTER STUDY: MOSES 1

KEY SCRIPTURE: Exodus 2:2 ” And the woman conceived, and bare a son: and when she saw him that he was a goodly child, she hid him three months”.

We take another journey to look at one of God’s servants, Moses. There are a lot to learn about him. Moses came in as a deliverer. He was born because of God’s agenda to free his people from bondage.

In one of our discussions on king David we said leadership is the baby of a vision. God’s vision to deliver his people gave birth to Moses. The bible is the greatest book on leadership. Dear leader it is the vision that gave the cause for your role. Every good leader is to fulfill God’s agenda and not his. You would succeed as a leader if you highly esteem God who initiated the idea, that is the vision and then focus on the vision. If you the leader become the center of action and attention you have failed. You as a leader should never allow your interest to becloud your task. You exist as a leader because of the task and in fulfilling that task you please God and become a beacon of hope unto many.

The name Moses means “drawn” since he was drawn out of the water. It also means rescued.

Moses was born at a crisis moment. Before his birth the Pharaoh, that is the king of Egypt decided to control the population of the Jews by killing all male born to them. Every boy below two years was to be killed. Satan and his devils always scheme and strategise to destroy the saints of God. Ephesians 6:11 tells us to “put on the whole armour of God that he may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”.

The bible said Moses mother kept him for three months and when she could not hide him further decided to place him in a basket which was well sealed from within so no water could enter and placed him in the Nile where the Pharaoh’s daughter comes to wash or bath. Hebrews 11:23 says the mother kept him by faith. She put him on the river by faith as she asked his sister to watch what will happened. At certain times the best way to keep a thing is to release it. As she released him, she let him into God’s hands to determine the whole future of the boy. Our father is the greatest keeper, preserver and protector of all things. The child became more secured when the mother by faith released him into God’s hands.

    PRAYER

I pray for all leaders and people who occupy various positions in organizations, groups, and associations that, they are at that position because of a specified task and would do good to themselves by fulfilling that task.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Peter 5:2 ” Feed the flock of God which is among you, taking the oversight thereof, not by constraint, but willingly; not for filthy lucre, but of a ready mind;”

2 Timothy 1:12 ” For the which cause I also suffer these things: nevertheless, I am not ashamed: for I know whom I have believed, and am persuaded that he is able to keep that which I have committed unto him against that day”.

CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 46

KEY SCRIPTURE:1 Kings 2:10 So David slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David.

We come to the end of our study on the character of David.

David finally sleeps in death. He peacefully goes to the other side. Many Christians are afraid when death is mentioned. This is rather dangerous turn of events. Apostle Paul says in Philippians 1:21 that “for me to live is Christ and to die is gain”. The problem with many Christians is that, they are living for themselves. This is wrong, we do not live for ourselves. We are here in the name of God and we live for him.

The Lord Jesus died and conquered death so we must no longer be afraid of death. (Hebrews 2:14,15). When the Christian lives this life, he goes to be with the Lord. Philippians 1:23 “For I am in a strait between two, having a desire to depart and to be with Christ which is far better”, yet he adds that nevertheless to abide in the flesh is more needful for you. Going to be with the Lord is a glorious and an incomparable experience to anything on this earth. We have assignments to fulfill towards our fellow men. We are here to serve one another concerning the things of God. This is the reason we are here. We are not here for pleasure and satisfying the flesh, no! Our continual stay on the earth is to do the will of the father in the lives of others. All the business of fear of death is a sign of our non-commitment to the master. He says occupy till I come. Engage yourself for Him, and keep ministering to the lost. Minister to the sick. Minister to the brethren. Let your life be fully given to honouring the master.

David lived his life fully to honour the name of God. He sought to honour the Lord in all he did. He fought for God. He defended the name of God. He led a full life because he lived fully for God. In a sense he was God’s puppet. This is a successful life. When a man lives this way, he knows there is a crown of glory awaiting him. (2nd Tim 4:7) He does not worry or fear about leaving this life. Jesus said where your treasure is there will your heart be. Where is your treasure. Lay your treasure in heaven. Invest your life in God and in His service.

You are the salt of the earth; you are the light of the world. Give your light to the maximum.

  CONFESSION

My life is for the Lord. I live to glorify His name. I am a blessing to my world, as I always bring sunshine to a gloomy life. I will continue to do His will till he comes.

 FURTHER STUDIES.

Philippians 1:20-21 ” According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain”.

Luke 19:13 ” And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come”.

CHARACTER STUDY: KING DAVID 45

KEY SCRIPTURE: 1 Kings 2:3 ” And keep the charge of the LORD thy God, to walk in his ways, to keep his statutes, and his commandments, and his judgments, and his testimonies, as it is written in the law of Moses, that thou mayest prosper in all that thou doest, and whithersoever thou turnest thyself:”

King David advises his son Solomon who was his successor. He tells him the principle to be successful in life. He first tells him to be strong and show himself a man. Leadership is the baby of a vision and you need to be strong to stay focused on the vision. Leadership also means leading a number of people along a course of action and you need to be tough to maintain that body on the course of action. As a leader you help people enter into their God ordained destinies, by instructing them in special disciplines of life, and so you need to be strong to make them accept to go through such disciplines.

In verse 3 he tells him to be obedient to the word of God. *Success in life is doing what the creator created you for and failure is doing what you were not created for. The law of God or the word of God shows us what God expects us to do. When we do them, we remain victorious and successful. I believe everybody wants to be successful, then let’s simply take the advice David gave his son Solomon. God gave the same advice to Joshua in Joshua 1:8. He told him that if he diligently hearkens to the word of God, God would also keep his promises he made to David.

David went on to give him certain instructions that he had to do. The first of these was to make sure that he killed Joab. This statement is rather alarming. Joab was his right-hand man, why then would he call for his death? Joab consistently showed that he had an independent spirit. He always wanted to do that which pleased him and not what pleased the king. He killed Abner who was in Saul’s camp but gave David the right hand of fellowship. That was against David’s wish. He also killed Amasa who was a general for the brethren from Judah. Joab should have inherited the grace on David as a mighty warrior. He rather inherited his anger and a decision to get him killed. Other men like, Adino, Eleazar and Shammah whose names did not show up often, inherited David’s grace as a mighty warrior. Joab even joined Adonijah to be king when he knew very well, David wanted Solomon to be the king. Every organization must go in one direction and therefore needs one voice, and that is the voice of the leader. Joab’s views many times differed from David’s view point. He would have been a problem to Solomon’s rule if he had lived.

 Dear leader do not keep people who have an independent spirit around you. They either repent or you free them from working with you.

 PRAYER

Father, help all leaders surround themselves with real supportive people who would form a great team achieving great things.

FURTHER STUDIES.

1 Corinthians 4:2 ” Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.”

1 Kings 2:4 ” That the LORD may continue his word which he spake concerning me, saying, If thy children take heed to their way, to walk before me in truth with all their heart and with all their soul, there shall not fail thee (said he) a man on the throne of Israel”.

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