Ex 3:7-12 “And the Lord said, I have surely seen the affliction of my people which are in Egypt, and have heard their cry by reason of their taskmasters; for I know their sorrows; And I am come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up out of that land unto a good land and a large, unto a land flowing with milk and honey; unto the place of the Canaanites, and the Hittites, and the Amorites, and the Perizzites, and the Hivites, and the Jebusites. Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel is come unto me: and I have also seen the oppression wherewith the Egyptians oppress them. Come now therefore, and I will send thee unto Pharaoh, that thou mayest bring forth my people the children of Israel out of Egypt. And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt? And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain.”
There is a question that lingers at the subconscious of every person, the question of identity. Who am I? Why am I here? What is my purpose?
If you ask a person on the street, he or she will probably have difficulty answering that question. It’s not just job title or hobby. People will usually answer by their physical ability or their characteristics. ‘I am a chemical engineer.’ ‘I am a loving and compassionate person.’ These are what people use to describe their identity. The question includes more than one’s physical abilities, intellect, and characteristics.
Col 3:3 “For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.”
Your identity comes from a spiritual consciousness of God’s purpose for your life that is found in Christ Jesus.
Now, we see people walking around at the store or in the city that have no idea who they are. However, there is something more deadly, more devastating, more dangerous is a believer, someone baptized in Jesus’ Name, and filled with His Spirit that has no idea of their purpose because they can’t see the vision of God.
I can just see God saying, ‘Son, I’ve drawn you from the miry clay. Do you see what I see in you?’
Something more deadly is a believer who sees the vision of God but refuses to step into it. The believer knows God has called them, anointed them, but refuses to take that step. God says, ‘Son, do you understand, do you see what I see in you?’
That person might say, ‘I’m not ready. I’m wrestling. I’m not ready to make that step.’ God says, ‘You don’t see what I see, because if you did, you would press into My promises.’
We can see this with Moses. He had a similar issue with identity. He was born in a time when Pharaoh realized that he could be defeated by the Israelites. But, at Moses’ birth, the Word of God says that he was a goodly child, beautiful, favored, or precious. At birth, there was something special about Moses. He was a precious child. He was a favored child. We could see this because of the occurrence that happened when he was placed in that basket. It was all based on God’s favor. He learned among princes.
Acts 7:22 “And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and in deeds.”
He had the opportunity to learn, be educated. However, in defending his brethren, they saw him as a murderer. There was a point in his life where he was developed. He had a great education. But, because he went by the world’s standards, he went from confidence to being unsure. He went from a prince to a shepherd. He might have felt a lot of regret. He might have felt that he had a call, but maybe not. He questioned it for forty years.
God showed up on the scene. He hadn’t forgotten Moses. God had heard His people’s cry. God came with a plan. He said, ‘Moses, let me tell you My plan.’ God wanted to deliver His people from Egypt and bring them into a land flowing with milk and honey. He wanted to bring them to a place where they could develop and grow. He said, ‘Do you see what I see?’
Everything was okay when God painted the picture. Then, God said, ‘Come now and I will send you.’
It’s easy to come to the house of God and feel His presence. But, when God says for you to make that step… It’s easy to have a great service until pastor says, ‘You’re next to preach!’
Everything was all right for Moses until the great commission. It was all right until Moses was the one who was supposed to be used.
Here is the question, ‘God, who am I?’ God had cast the vision, but Moses still couldn’t see it because he was blocked by his own vision. He had experienced a failure and was confused as to who he was. Moses still struggled. ‘Do you still want me? Can you still use me? Am I still anointed?’
There was a point in your life where you knew you were called by God. You knew you were anointed, but now, you question all of that.
Moses says, ‘God, I messed up.’ Sometimes believers get into a new place where they’re with God but have an old mindset that prevents them from operating. Moses was in a different place, but that old mindset still bound the vision. God was saying, ‘Moses do you see what I see?’
2 Cor 5:17 “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”
Rom 12:2 “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
Moses definition of himself was based on his past. God wasn’t basing Moses’ identity on Moses’ ability. God would be with him. It was based on God’s ability. God gave Moses a blank check of Who He was, ‘Whatever you need, that’s what I Am.’
Moses had an image in his mind about himself and his capability. So, God knew that anything He said wouldn’t shake him.
So, in Ex 4:2 “And the Lord said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.”
It wasn’t by Moses’ might or power, but by the Hand of the Lord. In the hand of Moses was a dead, lifeless, stick. Cast it to the ground and God would give it life.
Moses had a dry stick and the Lord was saying, ‘All that you have in your hand, cast before Me, and I will give it life.’
God has a vision for this church, for you individually and collectively. You might not see much, but God wants you to just place it all before Him.
What does the rod symbolize? The rod that Moses held showed his authority. He was a shepherd with a rule of the flock. He showed his characteristics. He had to be understanding and patient and compassionate and a leader. The rod that Moses held symbolized his identity. A rod was a tool that the shepherd used to defend his sheep from predators or robbers. It was a weapon.
God asks, ‘What are you holding onto so tightly? What can’t you let go of?’ Moses was saying, ‘It’s my characteristics and authority.’ God was asking him to lay it before Him and He would use it to bring about something miraculous.
There is something in your hands. Lay it down and God will use it to bring His vision to pass!
Do you see what I see? Do you see the vision God is trying to cast for you?
Little is much when God is in it.
1 Sam 17:45-47 “Then said David to the Philistine, Thou comest to me with a sword, and with a spear, and with a shield: but I come to thee in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom thou hast defied. This day will the Lord deliver thee into mine hand; and I will smite thee, and take thine head from thee; and I will give the carcases of the host of the Philistines this day unto the fowls of the air, and to the wild beasts of the earth; that all the earth may know that there is a God in Israel. And all this assembly shall know that the Lord saveth not with sword and spear: for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give you into our hands.”
David was inexperienced, but he gave it all into the Lord’s hands. The Lord used it for His glory. David wasn’t baptized in Jesus’ Name. He wasn’t filled with the Holy Ghost. What would happen if a believer baptized in Jesus’ Name and filled with the Holy Ghost gave whatever was in his or her hands?
If all you have is a testimony or a guitar or a single verse of Scripture, little is much with God in it.
Mat 14:17-18 “And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes. He said, Bring them hither to me.”
Whatever is in your hands, God can take it and use it to miraculously birth that vision.
What is in your hands?
We have a pastor who has been delivered from drugs. We have a youth ministry that is on fire for God. What would happen if believers got a hold of the vision?
If God can use a man with a dry dead stick to deliver millions, what would He do with a church filled with His Holy Ghost? HE IS ABLE!
Reflect on what you have in your hands. Pull down God’s vision. See what God sees! God can use you to change your world!
If His people get a hold of His vision, there would be an unprecedented revival. When you get in alignment with the vision of God, the anointing flows down and touches every part.
God will take whatever is in your hands. The dead stick in Moses’ hands placed before God turned into something amazing. If you will take that one thing that God has given you and give it back, He will use it!
Hab 2:3 “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.”
God will use the little you have to slay giants, to deliver His people from captivity.
Num 13:1-2 “And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.”
Of the twelve spies Moses sent out, only two caught God’s vision. Ten came back with an evil report.
Num 13:30 “And Caleb stilled the people before Moses, and said, Let us go up at once, and possess it; for we are well able to overcome it.”
Do we see our cities as places and a people that we are well able to reach? God wants to use you to accomplish His will! What do you have in your hands?
God will start simple. What is in your hands? A basketball player is often seen with a basketball, a football player with a football. The Lord has a plan for this church and your life. Everybody has the ability to contribute. Align yourself with the vision. What do you have in your hands? Give it to Him. Watch Him do something mighty!
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Kevaughn Aiken.
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