Lessons From The Story Of Moses
This writing will be an extension off of the writing I just did titled "The Story of Moses." As I said in that writing, I believe this man has one of the most powerful and dramatic stories in all of the Old Testament. There are major lessons to be learned from this man's story and adventure in God.
For all aspiring eagles in God, I believe that Moses and King David are two excellent role models for all of us to learn from. They were both true heroes of the faith and there is much to learn from both of their stories in the Lord. This article will be on what we can learn from the story of Moses and what we can each take with us on our own individual journeys with the Lord.
1. Personal Relationship With God
As I have stated numerous times , the #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! The Bible may have given Moses two of the finest and highest compliments that any person could ever hope to receive from God Himself.
Here are the two verses giving Moses these two incredible compliments direct from the Lord Himself:
"So the Lord spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend." (Exodus 33:11)The second verse is one of the last verses that are at the end of this man's story. It is a very fitting statement and compliment in which to end his story in God. These verses are obviously referring to Moses' face-to-face encounters with God in the burning bush and on top of Mount Sinai when he received the 10 commandments from God the Father.
"But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the Lord knew face to face." (Deuteronomy 34:10)
However, the thing to really grab a hold of is that even though God initiated making this kind of direct contact with Moses, Moses entered in and was not afraid to meet God face to face and one on one! The Bible says that when God first manifested His presence up on top of Mount Sinai, all of the other Israelites were scared to death of God.
They told Moses that he should go up there and talk with God for them lest they should die from coming into direct contact with the Lord. Here are the exact words out of the Bible of the fear they had with their own God:
I will not go into all the different reasons people are afraid to establish a personal relationship with the Lord. But suffice to say, this is what God really wants, and if you would be willing enter in without any type of fear like Moses did, this will then be the beginning of a new and adventurous life for you with the Lord.
I am not saying we are all going to have the same kind of story Moses had, but many of you can definitely testify that all of your lives have been changed for the better and that your lives are very exciting in the Lord. He constantly keeps us guessing and wondering what He is going to do next.
To those of you who have never taken either one or both of the above steps with the Lord, just imagine and visualize the story of Moses as I described it for you in my last article. God is no respecter of persons. Look what happened to this man's mundane life out in the desert once he fully surrendered his entire life over to God's call for his life, and then had enough courage and faith to enter into a very powerful, personal relationship with God the Father.
Dare to let God do the same for you. God will work with anyone who is willing to enter into this realm with Him.
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.
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.
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. I will not go any further on this subject in this article, as this would be an entire article all in itself.
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. Moses Was an Excellent 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, moaning and bellyaching 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 personally did one of the most amazing things in all of the Old Testament - he got God to change His mind!
When Moses was up on Mount Sinai for 40 days and 40 nights with God the Father getting the 10 commandments and many of the other basic laws and commandments that God was wanting His people to live by, the Israelites were down at the bottom of the mountain making a false idol by way of a golden calf.
When God sees this, He becomes so furious that He literally wants to consume the Israelites right there on the spot. However, when Moses sees how mad God is getting and what God is wanting to do to these people, Moses immediately "steps into the gap" for his people and begins trying to reason and plead with God as to why He should change His mind and not kill them.
Here is the verse that tells you word-for-word what Moses said to God to get Him to change His mind:
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.
5. The Anointing
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.
The odds were totally against Moses accomplishing such a deliverance! However, the Bible says that nothing is impossible with God the Father. There is nothing He cannot do! This story proves, without any shadow of a doubt, that God's supernatural power can overcome any situation - no matter how hopeless it may look to you in the natural.
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 thus 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 Godâ€™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.
7. God Will Fight Battles For You When Needed
This story is a perfect example showing the extreme lengths to which God will go for you if He is forced to fight and engage with any enemy standing in your way.
God was wanting His people delivered from their slavery to the Egyptians and He was not going to take no for an answer. God threw 10 powerful judgments at the Pharaoh in order to break him so that he would let His people go. Finally, after breaking on the last judgment, the Pharaoh agrees to let God's people go.
However, after initially letting them go, the Pharaoh all of a sudden changes his mind and starts back after them. The Israelites then get caught before the Red Sea. God then parts the Red Sea with a dry ground mass so they can safely cross over to the other side.
At this point, all the Egyptians had to do was to let these people go. They had just been hit by 10 powerful judgments from God - but they just could not leave well enough alone. They then start to cross over onto the dry ground mass that the Israelites had just crossed over on. At this point, God's wrath then comes into full manifestation. He causes the waters of the Red Sea to return back to normal.
When this happens, the Egyptians get caught on the dry ground mass and the sea waters completely drown and kill each and every one of them that tried to chase down God's people. All of their dead bodies ended up being washed up on the shore for all of God's people to see!
I have over 95 powerful battle verses in my index card system that show that God can fight and engage with your enemies if he has to. This story is a perfect example of what God can do on your behalf if He should choose to do so. God will protect His own if He has to. So not only do you get God's power, anointing and leadings operating for you if you are willing come into a full surrender with Him, but you will also get His full protection as well!
8. Parting of the Red Sea
The actual parting of the Red Sea as described above has to be one of the most dramatic and powerful miracles in all of the Old Testament. This part of Moses story really has major significance for all Christians.
How many of you, or how many of you have known someone who has been at the end of their cliff or at the end of their rope with absolutely nowhere else to go. If God does not come through with some kind of major miracle at the last minute, they are either going to die, have to file bankruptcy, lose their entire business, or lose their marriage. We have all heard of these types of stories.
In the natural realm, they have nowhere else to go or turn to. Their situation appears completely hopeless. The only thing that will save them is a major miracle from God. And then it happens - God comes through with some type of major miracle to either save their lives, keep them financially afloat, save the day, turn the tide, or stop some kind of impending disaster from hitting them.
For those of you who have never been at the end of a rope or the end of a cliff needing a major miracle from God to save you, it is not something that you should ever want to experience. It is scary, nerve wracking and it will test your patience and faith in God to its absolute limits like it did with Moses and the Israelites.
The Israelites started complaining once they got caught up in this situation. But Moses, whose faith and confidence in God had been built up during the time God was manifesting His 10 judgments on the Pharaoh, stepped forward and boldly proclaimed that God was going to save the day for them and that He would deliver them from the predicament they now found themselves caught up in. And sure enough God did - just like Moses proclaimed and believed he would!
9. The Wilderness Experience
The 40-year wilderness experience that God put the Israelites through is something that He does to some of His own. In the story of Moses, the main reason He did it was to test the Israelites - to see if they would hold fast to Him, to see if they would follow Him fully, and to see if they would follow all of His laws and commandments.
As I said in the story of Moses, every one of the Israelites 20 years and older flunked this test. As a result, they were not allowed to enter into the Promised Land and every one of them died out in the desert.
Some of you have had your wilderness experience with the Lord and some of you have not. There is a definite and specific reason that God will have some of His people undergo this type of experience. Here are some of the reasons.
This is also a price-paying period. As a result of the curse of Adam and Eve that is still in full operation in this world, there is a price to pay for anything good that we will want in this life. If you want God's call on your life - if you want God's best for your life - then there is going to be some kind of price you are going to have to pay to receive this call. Many of the times this price is actually paid in some type of wilderness experience.
Some people do not want to pay a price for anything. They want everything handed to them free of charge. These types of people will never make it with God in reference to the call that He would like to put on their lives.
Will you stay true, loyal and faithful to God during these lean and dry times or will you bail out on Him because the going is getting too tough? Many people do not make it through this tough time of testing, and they then end up missing out on their calls with God. Had they made it all the through, God would have blessed them beyond their wildest dreams once they had entered into their true calls with Him.
By going through these lean and dry times, it will also cause you to really start leaning and depending upon God more than you may ever have done before. It goes back to the vine and branch analogy. Jesus is the vine - we are the branches. The branches totally depend upon and lean on the vine for their life and support.
God wants the same thing from each of us. The wilderness experience will really cause this kind of grafting to take place with you and the Lord. This kind of an experience will usually make or break you in your own personal relationship with God. If you make it all the way through and allow this grafting to occur, you will then become much more closer to God in your own personal relationship with Him.
Your promised land is God's call on your life. Stay the course with God, hold fast to Him, let Him complete whatever He wants to do with you in this wilderness experience, and you will then be rewarded - possibly beyond your wildest dreams or expectations!
10. Do Not Always Be Questioning God
There is a time to question God, to press in and seek after answers from Him. The Bible says to ask, and you shall receive. Seek, and you will find. However, there is also a time not to question God and to accept whatever He is telling you to do!
When God first makes contact with Moses through the burning bush, He tells Moses exactly what He wants from him. He tells Moses that He will use him to deliver the children of Israel out from under their Egyptian bondage.
During this initial conversation with God, Moses questions God's wisdom of choosing him for the job! Moses says that who is he to accomplish such a task. He says he is too slow of speech and tongue and then he finally tells God to consider calling someone else for the job.
The Bible says that Moses ended up kindling the anger of God with the pessimism that he was showing to God. God finally gives in at this point and tells Moses that He will also anoint his brother Aaron for the job, that He will be with the both of them, and that Aaron will be his mouthpiece to the people since Moses had no faith in God's anointing to enable him to speak effectively to the people and to the Pharaoh.
I believe God's original plan was just to anoint Moses for the job. However, when he showed God three times that he had no confidence in his own abilities to do this, God then goes to Plan B and anoints and sends his brother Aaron to go with him.
You can really feel as you study the conversation that was occurring between God and Moses - that Moses should have never been questioning God's decision to call him out for this job. And look at what happened. God's anointing came onto both Moses and Aaron and they both were able to fully accomplish the mission.
The saddest part of this man's story is that he was not allowed to go into the Promised Land because of one act of disobedience. God had given him a direct order to speak out to a rock and God would then cause water to flow out from this rock.
For some strange reason, Moses ends up striking the rock twice with his rod instead of speaking out direct to it as God had specifically commanded him to do. Moses had disobeyed a direct order from God on how to perform this miracle. As a result, God kept him from going into the Promised Land and he then died out in the wilderness.
Some people may wonder why God was so harsh with Moses on this particular matter. Moses had done just about everything else right in God - so why would God hold this one thing against him? I believe the main reason is that God was holding Moses to a much higher standard. The Bible says that to whom much is given, much more will be expected!
Moses was also dealing with a miracle that God was wanting to perform. When you get into this level with God where He is manifesting miracles through you - you have to be operating in perfect obedience to God. There is no negotiating with God in this higher level with Him.
If God wants to manifest a particular miracle through you, then you better do exactly what God says as to how He wants to bring the miracle or manifestation about. This is one area where you cannot question God or attempt to try and do it your own way. If you do, you could seriously jeopardize anything else that God may want to do through you. You could lose your call, your ministry, your anointing and any other blessings that God may have in store for you.
For those of you who will ever receive any type of direct order or command from God on any issue - do not disobey the order or try to do it your own way like Moses did. If you do, the consequences could be severe. In some cases, it could be a matter of your own life and death. Remember - God always knows best - you do not.
Though the story of Moses ends up on a rather sad note with him not being able to enter into the Promised Land, just remember all of the good things that he did right in God. In one lifetime - in a 40 year period - Moses was able to: