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S.O.A.P June 10, 2017

June 10, 2017

Read: Exodus 4:1-17

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Scripture- Exodus 4:13-14a- But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” Then the Lord became angry with Moses. “All right,” he said. “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he speaks well."

Observations- Moses tried every way imaginable to get out of his unique calling from God. In spite of having experienced God in the fiery bush that wouldn't be consumed, he questioned God's ability to work through him. Moses not only says, "Send someone else," he says "Send anyone else!" God doesn't let Moses off the hook, but He does finally relent and allow for a spokesman to join him given his fear of speaking in public. 

Application- God cares about our fears and concerns as it relates to our own unique calling, but ultimately, we shouldn't think He'll let us off the hook. There is no calling in Scripture where God simply releases someone: "Oh, you're not interested. OK, do your own thing and go your own way." God picked Moses. God has chosen you as well- perhaps not to lead a nation out of slavery into the Promised Land, but make no mistake that God is inviting you to love and serve Him more fully. 

Prayer- O God, You are my Father, and I am grateful for all of the ways You are at work in my one and only life. You promise in You Word to open doors that no one can shut and shut doors that no one can open. I will wait and watched. I will plan to be ready when You speak. Help me hear Your call and not rest in my own excuses about why I'm inadequate and not up to the task, in Jesus' name.

Pastor Jamie

P. S. - Do you have the gift of hospitality? We seeking new volunteers to serve on our Sunday morning Hospitality Teams to welcome our guests and members with smiling faces and snacks and drinks.  We are forming two hospitality teams – would you consider being on one of the teams? Ask Rev. Vicki Harrison for more info (689-4161 or  ).

 

 

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S.O.A.P June 9, 2017

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June 9, 2017
Read Exodus 3:10-14
 
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Scripture- 10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” 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?” 12 God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” 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?” 14 God replied to Moses, “I am who I am.[d] Say this to the people of Israel: I am has sent me to you.” 15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh,[e] the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you.”
“This is my eternal name,
my name to remember for all generations.”
 
Observations- An angel of God appears to Moses in the form of a bush that's on fire but doesn't burn. Moses being a reactor to situations naturally checked out this burning bush that did not burn. With this, God addresses Moses and tells him that he must help the Israelites out of Egypt and that he will lead the charge. Moses gets a little nervous with this revealing, and being the reactor asks why he has been chosen. God let’s Moses know that it’s time stop reacting and it is time to start to act. This is “the God of your ancestors”….Why wouldn’t he?
 
Applications- Moses became a great leader because he had to learn to act, rather than react. Moses wasn’t perfect on so many levels and he even questioned why God chose to give him certain tasks. God saw through it all and knew how to use his life, but he didn’t change who or what Moses was; he worked on how Moses could be used with what strengths he had been given. God is looking to do the same thing in us.
There is a preparation that God uses in us to find out where we will do the greatest work for his Kingdom. Sometimes we have already been introduced to the “burning bush” and we have a crystal- clear idea of how God is talking to us. Sometimes it is just preparation. We walk into one door and think, “this is it? This can’t be it?” But there may be another door that is ready to swing wide. Or another burning bush. Sometimes it is patience. It is simply God looking at how he can work in you. Now, more than ever, we could learn from Moses’ valuable work, because the problem in letting God work through us is that we abide by our culture’s convenience and instant gratification. We would rather slip into something we want for God because it is here and now, rather than see God prepare it for us. We react instead of act. And this is no way to remember a name for all generations.
 
Prayer- Dear God, give us the power to restrain ourselves from what we want to do, but rather listen and abide by what it is that you truly feel would work better in your Kingdom and for your Kingdom. Give us the strength to be patient with what you have in store for us. Let us know that the glory we could be used for and guided to will be for the eternal life. We love you God because you love us more!
 
Chris Temple, Youth Dude
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