No More Excuses
by Christy Poindexter
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"Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt (Exodus 3:10).”
Most of us are a least familiar with the calling of Moses to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt and we marvel at how the Lord used a man to deliver a great number of people from the hands of an oppressive pharaoh. But before the Lord could use Moses, there had to be a surrender by Moses to do the will of God.
Sometimes when the Lord shares with us His plan for our lives we are more consumed with our ability to perform the task than with the Word and will of the God who calls us. WE immediately begin to think of how the task will affect us and draw us from out of our comfort zone. We can allow the fear of failure to affect the decision to be obedient to the Lord’s will and forfeit blessings that are stored up for us because we don’t walk in our purpose.
If we examine the comments that Moses made when the Lord called him we’d find that some of us are like Moses when it comes to performing the things of God. The God of all creation thought enough of a man named Moses to use him as an instrument for deliverance. And Just like many of us, Moses didn’t know that his entire life up until that very moment had been so orchestrated to prepare him and move him to that very moment when God drew him to the mountain and shared His desire with Moses.
But instead of readily accepting the calling, Moses displayed doubt. What most of us would view as a display of doubt concerning himself, I see it as doubt in the ability of God to see him through.
Consider the questions that Moses asked God:
Who am I (v.11)? Moses was occupied with his own status and inability as it compared to Pharaoh. He considered the power of the enemy more so than the power of the God who chose him for the task. Often we can look so hard at the obstacle that we fail to consider the God we serve. The Lord told Moses that He would be with Him. He sent him forth with power. The opposition isn’t where the focus should be but rather on the person who has commissioned you for the task.
Moses second questions was, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them (v.13)? Again Moses didn’t understand that He had been called by the highest authority there is, God. The Lord’s response was that I AM is sending you on this mission. Moses had the authority of the Lord on his side as well as provision to accomplish all the Lord had told him to.
Moses: “They will not believe me” again we can be more concerned with how we are received than how the Word of the Lord is received. Fear of rejection is an enemy to the will of God but we need to know that the anointing of the Lord will confirm the call.
And again Moses says, “I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.” But God responds by asking him who made man’s mouth…? The same God that created you can empower you to do His work.
So what is the point I am trying to make? The thing that the Lord has called each of us to requires one thing, obedience. It’s not about your ability but instead your availability. When we say, I can’t do it, we are not simply discounting ourselves but if we are really believers, we are actually discounting the power of God in our lives. We are displaying a lack of trust and faith. We are in essence dealing in a spirit of fear.
Here’s a thought: If you could accomplish the will of God on your own, how would HE receive any glory? Sometimes our thoughts can be too self centered. Our visions is so limited that we hinder the blessings and increase of God in our lives. You didn’t call yourself so how in the world can you expect to keep yourself or empower yourself to do the things of God? He obligates himself to those who operate in His will. With the call also comes providence and provision. Wrapped up in God’s rhema of “go” is everything we need to “go” and do it with good success. God has not called any of us to failure. He never asks us what we bring to the table; He just chooses us and gives of Himself. He blesses us for His namesake that He would be glorified so failure is not an option. When He speaks, He says what He means and means what He says; there are no empty words from the Lord. So when God gives us a vision, He also gives us the ability, in Him, to accomplish it.
What has the Lord placed on your heart to do that you have been too afraid to step out in faith and do? Today is the day to stop making excuses based on your own ability. You were never equipped to make it in the world alone. Now is the time to trust in the Lord and recognize that in Him all things are possible. Give the Lord your ear, open your heart and receive His will for you life.
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (of cowardice, of craven and cringing and fawning fear), but [He has given us a spirit] of power and of love and of calm and well-balanced mind and discipline and self-control (2 Tim. 1:7, AMP).
As Paul as stated, “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me [I am ready for anything and equal to anything through Him Who infuses inner strength into me; I am self-sufficient in Christ's sufficiency] (Phil. 4:13, AMP).
No more excuses, it’s time to walk in the will of the Lord!
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Evangelist Christy Poindexter
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