This week we began a new message series called ExtraOrdinary – how God uses extra ordinary people to do extraordinary things. God uses people just like you. Christianity is a “going” religion; it’s a journey of growing and going. All through scripture you see God sending people out, but so many of today’s Christians reach out no further than the four walls of their own church. Why is that? It is fear which prevents people from moving ahead.
The first message of the ExtraOrdinary series focuses on the life of Moses and his fears which almost prevented him from following God’s plan.
Message by Todd Lester – September 11, 2016
Exodus 3:7, 10 Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering…Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”
FIVE FEARS OF ORDINARY PEOPLE
FEAR 1: INADEQUACY
Exodus 3:11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”
Exodus 3:12 God answered, “I will be with you.”
FEAR 2: EMBARRASSMENT
Exodus 3:13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”
Exodus 3:14 God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.”
FEAR 3: REJECTION
Exodus 4:1 But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?”
Proverbs 29:25 Fearing people is a dangerous trap, but trusting the Lord means safety.
Exodus 4:2 Then the Lord asked him, “What is that in your hand?” “A shepherd’s staff,” Moses replied.
FEAR 4: COMPETENCE
Exodus 4:10 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.”
Exodus 4:11-12 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? Now go! I will be with you as you speak, and I will instruct you in what to say.”
Matthew 10:19-20 When you are arrested, don’t worry about how to respond or what to say. God will give you the right words at the right time. For it is not you who will be speaking—it will be the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.
FEAR 5: COMMITMENT
Exodus 4:13 But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.”
Exodus 4:14 Then the Lord became angry with Moses.
Ezekiel 33:8 If I announce that some wicked people are sure to die and you fail to tell them to change their ways, then they will die in their sins, and I will hold you responsible for their deaths.
Jeremiah 42:3 Pray that the Lord your God will show us what to do and where to go.
2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.
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