I hope you are all doing well and keeping strong and in good spirits, during this very different season, we find ourselves in.
I’ve been thinking a lot about MINDSETS and how they have the power to take us forward into our potential or limit us from fulfilling our potential. Last week I shared a few thoughts around the miscalculated mindsets of Martha, and I do hope that blessed and helped you. So today is Part Two of the ‘Miscalculated Mindsets’ series and this time I’m looking at some of the mindsets that hindered Moses.
I think we’d all agree that Moses is one of the greatest leaders in the Bible, yet (I’m grateful to share) even he had some mindset challenges. Let’s look at a few miscalculated mindsets that held up Moses in his calling:
In Exodus 3:10–12 (NLT), God calls Moses: ‘“Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” 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.”’
God is sending Moses to lead the people, yet Moses’s mindset definitely doesn’t make it easy for God to use him to do something significant. Moses has identity issues. He protests and asks, ‘Who am I?’ But the good news is that God comes straight back with an answer and reminds Moses that it’s not about him. It’s about God revealing Himself to His people in a whole new way.
God tells Moses (in verse 14): ‘I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.’
As we journey through lockdown (and life) let’s keep our eyes firmly fixed on the great I AM.
I love what King David wrote in Psalm 32:8–9 (TPT): ‘I hear the Lord saying, “I will stay close to you, instructing and guiding you along the pathway for your life. I will advise you along the way and lead you forth with my eyes as your guide. So don’t make it difficult; don’t be stubborn when I take you where you’ve not been before. Don’t make me tug you and pull you along. Just come with me!”’
We read in Exodus 4:1 (NLT): ‘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’?”’ Moses is feeling very insecure about something that hasn’t even happened yet. This is a great reminder that insecurity is always rooted in fear. I found this acronym, which, I think, sums up what FEAR is very well:
Let’s decide not to be ruled by fear but rather to be ruled by faith in Jesus’ name.
The story continues in Exodus 4:10–11 (NLT): ‘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.” 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.”’
Moses is pleading by now, ha-ha! Because of his mindset, Moses keeps looking at his own weakness instead of focusing on God’s GREATNESS.
Let’s remind ourselves that His grace is sufficient in our weakness (see 2 Corinthians 12:9) and if He has called us He will grace us.
We read in Exodus 4:13–16 (NLT): ‘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. And look! He is on his way to meet you now. He will be delighted to see you. Talk to him, and put the words in his mouth. I will be with both of you as you speak, and I will instruct you both in what to do. Aaron will be your spokesman to the people. He will be your mouthpiece, and you will stand in the place of God for him, telling him what to say.”’
God gets annoyed when our will is not yielded to His will. God doesn’t get annoyed that Moses struggles with issues of identity and insecurity or that Moses doubts his own abilities. But God becomes angry that Moses has this fixed MINDSET that makes him unyielding and unwilling to obey. Let’s never get STUCK in fixed mindsets that are not going to bear fruit. Keep Jesus as LORD – Owner, Ruler, Master, and King! Keep Jesus on the throne and stay willing to obey Him.
Exodus 5:22 NLT: ‘Then Moses went back to the Lord and protested, “Why have you brought all this trouble on your own people, Lord? Why did you send me?”’ The people of Israel are facing some challenges and obstacles and now they cannot see a way out.
Can I encourage you, girls, the enemy wants you to believe that there is no way out, but the TRUTH is that there is always a way out with God. Don’t fall for the enemy’s tactics and threats. Everything he tells you is a lie.
In conclusion, let me leave you with Hebrews 12:2 (TPT): ‘We look away from the natural realm and we fasten our gaze onto Jesus who birthed faith within us and who leads us forward into faith’s perfection.’
AMEN! Love you all very much and praying for you a lot.