**Note: First of all, most of the information in this post will be from an amazing sermon by Pastor Johnny Coate…. there’s a link to the sermon below. 😀End of Note**
**WARNING: This is an unusually long post… so proceed with caution. 😂 Actually, I took the things that really spoke to me from the teaching (that can be found below), so I hope you’ll be blessed by it! **
**Note: I think that’s all of the warnings/notes I must give, so enjoy! And be blessed! 😁**
The Story of Moses
His life is a story of power, poverty, and leading God’s people.
Moses grew up in the home of the king of Egypt — the Pharaoh’s son. He led an army. He had an education. And he presumably would become the next king of Egypt.
But one day, he saw an Egyptian beating up a Hebrew — one of his people — and he grew troubled. So looked around and, seeing no one, killed the Egyptian. Eventually, however, his sin was discovered and the Pharaoh sought to kill him.
So he fled.
And then led sheep for 40 years!
Until one day, he saw a bush on fire, though it wasn’t burning up. He stopped and heard the voice of God, saying “Moses, Moses.”
And he responded, “Here I am”
Then God told Him how we saw the suffering and oppression of the Hebrews. He said that He was going to deliver them from their affliction. And He said that He wanted Moses to lead them out of Egypt.
But Moses wasn’t so sure.
So he gave an excuse, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?”
So God gave Moses a sign…
But Moses had another excuse, “But what if they ask who You are? Who should I say sent me?”
God answered that Moses should answer saying “I AM WHO I AM has sent me.”
But Moses had more excuses, “Suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you.” “I’m a stutterer”
Moses heard God’s call, but he had excuses. He didn’t see himself as qualified.
God has a unique calling for each of us — for you! So what is your excuse? Do you see yourself as unqualified? Do you see your failures and believe that you are incapable of doing anything for God? Or do you find your identity in who God is?
So in answering to Moses questions about his qualifications, God starts with something Moses does know.
He asks, “What is in your hand?”
That’s an easy question for Moses. Obviously it’s his rod.
God commands Moses to throw it on the ground — another easy request. Moses does and it becomes a snake. Then he is told to pick it up by the tail and it becomes his rod again.
Then God says, “that they may believe that the LORD God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.”
God says ‘Use what’s in your hand, Moses. That’s how I’ll prove I am God. That’s how I’ll part the Red Sea, so that you may flee the Egyptians. That’s how I’ll give you water in the wilderness. That’s how I’ll lead you out of Egypt. That’s how I’ll use you.’
Moses had heard God’s calling for his life, but he had some questions. He didn’t think he was qualified. He didn’t see why God would choose him when he was such a failure.
But God chose to use him anyway.
God has a unique calling for EVERYONE. Yes, that includes you, my friend.
You may feel unqualified.
You may have excuses.
But to you God asks, “what’s in your hand?”
God has given you talents and gifts for a purpose. Use them for Him!
Not on your own strength. Moses tried that and we saw how that worked for him — it’s what brought him to the wilderness in the first place. But with God’s help, do what God has called you to do.
Princess, even if you don’t think you have anything in your hand, give your life to Him. Let Him mold you into the woman He wants you to be. Surrender to Him!
See yourself in light of who He is not, not in light of your failures.
I know, IT’S WAY HARDER SAID THAN DONE.
Princess, I hope that you use what’s in your hand to do the work that God has called you to! ❤️
Surrender to Him!
You can find the whole sermon here: