(Part 2 of a 3 Part Message from Ian Rossol)
God initiated a relationship with us — we responded!
Jesus said “You did not choose me, but I chose you” John 15:16
‘We love because he first loved us’ 1 John 4:19
Responding to God’s Initiative Now!
Let’s look at two examples:- Moses and Jesus.
Read Exodus 3 and 4
Moses, with the best intentions, tried to do the right thing in the wrong way.
He reacted to an act of cruelty by a slave driver, striking and killing him (2:12)
He then reacted again by running away, for fear of Pharaoh’s punishment (2:15)
His reactive nature led him from the Palace to the Pasturelands and he found himself looking after sheep in the wilderness for 40 years.
However, God is a genius and now had him just where He wanted him – with plenty of time on his hands!
During his time of isolation, God changed Moses from being a – reactor to circumstances to being a responder to God.
MOSES HAD A FIRE ENCOUNTER WITH GOD! (3:2)
Fire speaks of Gods nature – Passionate, Pure, Powerful!
Passion – He burns with passion for His People and His Purpose – the bush wasn’t consumed — God’s passion is never extinguished!
Purity – He is holy and as a act of reverence, humility and respect, Moses was told to remove his shoes, as he was ‘standing on holy ground’. (3:5) (see also Josh 5:15)
Power – His power is limitless – yet transferable – and He empowers Moses through this encounter.
John said “I baptise you with water for repentance. But after me comes one who is more powerful than I……He will baptise you with the Holy Spirit and fire” Matthew 3:11
During this time of Lockdown, we have an opportunity to have fresh encounters with God. Fresh fire!
2) He heard God’s voice and received his commission!
God shared His heart and mind with Moses!
The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering” (3:7)
‘Great news’ says Moses, they really need a deliverer, anyone in mind?
YES – YOU!
‘Reluctance’ doesn’t begin to describe Moses’ response!
However, after some confidence boosting words from God and the miraculous conversion of a staff to a snake and back again, Moses was persuaded!
Incline your ear to God afresh. Seek His direction in this next season AND TRUST HIM TO LEAD YOU INTO IT!
3) He moved out in power and God was with Him!
He succeeded in delivering God’s people from oppression in Egypt, taking them to the very edge of the Promised Land.
Moses said another Prophet would arise after him (Deut 18:15)
Jesus is that Prophet! (Acts 3:22)
He went into the wilderness for 40 days, not out of reaction to circumstances but in response to the leading of the Spirit.
In His isolation, He was tempted by Satan to question God’s promises but he rejected Satans advances and countered him with what His Father had said!
He triumphed over Satan and:-
CAME OUT OF THE WILDERNESS – ‘IN THE POWER OF THE SPIRIT’ (Luke 4:14)
‘And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be (continually) filled with the Spirit’ Ephesians 5:18 (ESV)
Jesus is our perfect role model and His experience is to be our experience during and post our social wilderness.
Since Pentecost, Holy Spirit is being poured out continuously on God’s People – so lets position ourselves for:-
- Fresh encounters as we position ourselves to meet with God!
- To hear what He is saying to us for this next season!
- To emerge refreshed and in the power of the Spirit!
“Come Holy Spirit and fill our hearts with His heart”
Reflections is written by Ian Jones