Life lessons from the desert
Moses – A radicle God encounter
With Peter Veysie
26th April 2020
1. A Personal Relationship With God
The number 1 thing God wants to do with each one of us is to establish an intimate, personal relationship. Moses definitely accomplished this with God the Father!
“So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend.” God called him and said : “Moses,Moses” (Exodus 3:4)
“But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face.” (Deuteronomy 34:10)
It is profound for me to think that Moses developed a relationship with God even though he was rejected at childbirth and hidden away.
He grew up in a different culture as an Egyptian.
He killed a man and ran away to the desert where God taught him skills on how to survive.
He came back to see if any of “his people” were still alive.
Moses was 80 years old when God first made contact with Him and called him out for the deliverance mission that He had in store for him. Everything that Moses experienced in the Lord all occurred in the last 40 years of his life. It is never too late to turn your life over to God the Father and enter into His perfect will for your life. You just never know what God may do with the rest of what time you still have left down here on this earth!
Their fear of God is the exact same fear that many Christians still have today. They know that the Bible tells them that God wants to establish this individual, personal relationship with each one of us, but they are too afraid to approach God to establish this kind of intimate, personal relationship with Him.
Just look at the story of Moses and what happened to his mundane life out in the desert once he made direct contact with the Lord and then proceeded to follow God’s call on his life! His whole life changed for the better – and what an incredible adventure he had with God in the last 40 years of his life! This was a God encounter which revolutionised and saved a nation.
Moses did two powerful things that dramatically changed the course and quality of his life:
1.He entered into and followed God’s personal call on his life.
2.He entered into a good, intimate, personal relationship with God the Father.
2. Moses Was Not Afraid of the Manifest Presence of God
Not only was Moses not afraid to enter into a close, intimate, personal relationship with the Lord, but he also was not afraid of the manifest presence of God.
Plagues,a burning bush, parting of the red sea, Manna from heaven, ten commandments and pillar of fire and cloud.
Some of you may have had some incredible manifestation activity with the Lord – with most of it being with the Holy Spirit. However, what we have found out is that this kind of supernatural activity can freak many people out, just like it did with the Israelites when God first appeared on Mount Sinai.
My first real experince of God’s manifest presence was my call into ministry at Kearsney college 40 years ago in 1980.
It is one thing to know that God and Jesus are up in heaven at a safe distance from all of us – but it’s quite another thing once anyone starts to receive direct manifestation activity from the Lord.
People seem to really be afraid of any kind of direct contact with God. But for those of you who have had any kind of direct supernatural activity from the Lord, I am sure you can testify that there is absolutely nothing to be afraid of in reference to the manifestations that we have all received.
However, for those of you who are very comfortable and very appreciative of these manifestations when they do occur, just remember the story of Moses and what an incredible thing it really is whenever God does decide to manifest Himself to you in any way that He should choose to do so. It really is an incredible blessing, and it makes our walk in the Lord that much more fun and exciting to be in!
3. The Anointing –chosen
When God first makes contact with Moses, He tells Moses that He has chosen him to go into Egypt to deliver the children of Israel from out of their slavery to the Egyptians. Moses then starts to argue with God that who is he to accomplish such a mission, that he is too slow of speech and tongue, and for God to consider asking someone else to do this for Him.
God then replies back to Moses that he has nothing to worry about, that He will be with him, and that He will be with his mouth and teach him what to say. In other words, God was telling Moses that His anointing would be on him to accomplish this incredible task.
All Christians need to realize that if God calls you to do anything on His behalf, that He will also anoint you with His supernatural power to get the job done. All Christians have the Holy Spirit living and dwelling on the inside of them. The Anointing of God is really the presence and power of the Holy Spirit operating through you to accomplish whatever God will be asking you to do for Him.
The story of Moses is a dramatic example of the “anointing in action” operating through an individual to accomplish what appeared to be an impossible mission. But look at what happened when Moses stepped out and entered into God’s power and anointing! He literally accomplished the impossible through the power of God and changed the entire course of Jewish history!
The odds were totally against Moses accomplishing such a redemptive process and
if God did all of this for Moses – what can He do for you?
4. Moses Was an Excellent Representative for God
It is interesting that although Moses makes excuses and loses his temper a few times, he is still a good representative for God.
The Bible says that we are to be ambassadors for Christ. We are His representatives. One of the most amazing things about the story of Moses is that Moses stayed true, loyal and faithful to God the Father during the entire 40 year journey in the wilderness. The Bible says that the Israelites were constantly complaining and moaning about their lot. Not enough food, not enough water, not enough this, not enough that.
The Bible says they lacked for nothing. God made sure they had enough manna raining down from heaven on a daily basis to keep them properly fed. They also had no problems with God providing adequate shelter and protection for them. Still this was not enough. And remember, every one of the Israelite men 20 years and older did not make it into the Promised Land due to their lack of faith in the Lord and failing to follow Him fully.
Thus Moses was constantly surrounded by negativity and pessimism with all of these people surrounding him. And yet Moses never got tired of talking about God, teaching about God and all of His ways, and making sure that all of God’s laws and commandments were enforced among the people.
Moses was the perfect representative for God in a sea of negativity. Negativity and pessimism can be contagious, but it never affected Moses. He stayed true, loyal and faithful to the Lord during these trying times and he never once strayed from God as His loyal representative.
Moses should serve as a powerful role model for any Christian who finds himself in an environment of negativity and pessimism especially now during this Carona virus challenge. God can still use you and your testimony in a mighty way when the time is right.
5. Standing in the Gap
Moses personally did one of the most amazing things in all of the Old Testament – he got God to change His mind!
This part of Moses’ story shows you the power of intercessory prayer and what prayer can accomplish if God is properly approached. God can be moved to answer prayer, especially prayers that come from the heart. Standing in the gap means you personally stand in the gap for someone else. You are praying to God for someone else.
Sometimes people may be to weak to pray for themselves. Other times some people are either not saved or they have no real personal relationship established with God and are not confident enough to get God to answer their personal prayers. There could be many different reasons as to why you would have to stand in the gap for someone else and go to God and ask God to do something specific on that other person’s behalf.
Moses gives a perfect example on how to step into the gap to intercede for someone else. If Moses can do this, so can any other Christian who has established a good, working relationship with the Lord. This type of prayer can save lives, transform lives, and alter the course of natural events. There are other Scripture verses that say that we can approach God to reason with Him, to state our case before Him. This means God can be talked to, reasoned with, pleaded with, and sometimes persuaded to change His mind on something.
Moses is a very good role model and example on how to go into intercessory prayer with God the Father for someone else.Stand in the gap for your friends,family,business,city, nation and world at this time. God is calling us to stand shoulder to shoulder in the gap!!
6. The Tabernacle – God Will Lead You on a Daily Basis
One of the most amazing things that occurred in the Israelites 40 year journey into the wilderness was the building of a tabernacle to house the manifest presence of God. Once this tabernacle had been built, God’s manifest presence came down in the form of a cloud during the day and fire by night. During the day, the cloud would lift off and the Israelites would then follow the cloud to wherever God was going to lead them to that day.
God led them on an everyday basis through this 40-year journey in the wilderness. The lesson to be learned from this is that not only will God anoint you with His power to get the job done, but He will also guide and lead you every step of the way to get the job done. God will lead you on a daily basis as to what needs to be accomplished for that day. All you have to do is be willing to step into God’s leadings for your life, and He will then start to take complete control of your life and then lead you down the path that He will want you to travel on.
The Bible says that we are to be led by the Holy Spirit. God perfectly led Moses every step of the way the minute he decided to accept God’s call on his life.
God will anoint and empower you, and perfectly lead you every step of the way if you are willing to take this journey with Him. It really is that simple!
In conclusion let’s recommit ourselves to having a deep realtionship with the Lord, let us wait for His manifest Presence every day.Let us be open to be chosen for such a time as this (anointed), help us to be good representatives of the Lord in our own contexts and finally let us be reminded of the importance of the Lord dwelling/tabernacling amongst us.