Overcoming Excuses


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We all make them at some point, some more than others. Excuses. We justify them so as NOT to fulfill our God given responsibilities. Now, if Moses was guilty of such, what makes you think you're any better?

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Overcoming Excuses

  1. 1. That we fulfill our God given responsibilities. Ex. 3-4 Overcoming Excuses
  2. 2. Introduction <ul><li>There are times in our lives when we are given a task to fulfill but justify why we’re not able. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Maybe to help someone (or, a number) in need; to make a stand of truth when many (or all) others are not; going forth with spreading the gospel message; etc. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The task may seem overwhelming or seemingly impossible – for me – to accomplish. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Nevertheless, who are we to make excuses before God? </li></ul></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Moses was in just such a situation when God appeared to him. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God charged Moses to lead Israel out from Egyptian bondage. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Moses grew up having only known the long history of Israel’s bondage to the Egyptians. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Though forty years passed, he could have easily recalled Pharaoh’s desire to kill him for slaying an Egyptian. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The excuses Moses made are no different than the ones we use today. </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. Introduction <ul><li>In this lesson we will shall note: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The various excuses Moses made and how we make similar excuses in justifying why we can’t be used as vessels of honor even though God wants to use us. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>What God’s response is to these type of excuses. </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. I am not Worthy for the Task <ul><li>Moses didn’t see himself as being adequate for the task. Ex. 3:11 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He didn’t see how the providence of God was upon him to be a leader. Acts 7:22 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He didn’t see the experience of eighty years. Cp. Ex. 7:7 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instead, he what he saw was a monumental task to difficult to accomplish: leading millions away from the mighty Pharaoh. </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. I am not Worthy for the Task <ul><li>Many today are no different. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>But God’s response is: I will certainly be with you . Ex. 3:12; Rom. 8:31 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Let it also be understood that we may not be adequate for a given task, but God makes us worthy for the task. 2 Cor. 3:5 (cp. Acts 4:13) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NOTE: God doesn’t always want the “best person for the job” so that people glory in Him, not man… to accomplish His will. </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. I don’t Know What to Say <ul><li>Overlapping inadequacy was another excuse: not knowing what to say. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Moses didn’t focus on the miraculous bush burning he just saw. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>He didn’t focus on the voice of Deity who just spoke to him. Exo. 3:1-9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instead, he focused on another obstacle justifying his lack: ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them? Ex. 3:13 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. I don’t Know What to Say <ul><li>Many make similar statements. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God’s response to Moses (and us): I Am who I Am. Ex. 3:14 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We know our God who speaks to us and others who seek after Him will listen to you. 1 Jn. 4:6 </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Suppose They Do not Believe Me or Listen to My Voice <ul><li>Moses also made the “what if” excuse. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He was given all the information needed to speak to Israel. Ex. 3:15-22 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Still, he didn’t focus on fulfilling God’s charge to go to his brethren and share the message of deliverance. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Instead, he focused on the ‘what if’ obstacles over which he had no control. Ex. 4:1 </li></ul></ul>
  10. 10. Suppose They Do not Believe Me or Listen to My Voice <ul><li>Like Moses, we often find ourselves coming up with man ‘what ifs’ in the name of NOT fulfilling our God given responsibilities. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Even so, God always provides us the means to fulfill His tasks, if our eyes are open to His providential care. Ex. 4:2-9 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rather than focus on “what ifs” that we cannot control, we need to trust in God’s providential care to make “all things together for good to those who love the Lord.” Rom. 8:28 </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. I am Slow of Speech and Tongue <ul><li>Moses has been told what to say and was a sign to show that God is with him. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>He had all the information he needed to speak to the elders and Pharaoh to fulfill the task. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The power of the message did not lie within Moses (the man), but with the message (from God) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Yet, he placed success on himself, rather than the power of God when he said: I am not eloquent… I am slow of speech and slow of tongue. Ex. 4:10 </li></ul></ul>
  12. 12. I am Slow of Speech and Tongue <ul><li>Many put too much on themselves as if success or failure depends upon them. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Many Christians believe in saying the exact (or perfect) words, rather than rely on the message they have been taught to share with others. Ex. 4:11-12 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The power lies in God and His divine providence to have His message declared. </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. Please Send Someone Else <ul><li>Moses was running out of excuses. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God was the one who chose him for the task. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God was the one who told him what to say. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God provided all that his listeners would need to believe his message. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The power lied not within Moses, but the message they needed to hear. </li></ul></ul>
  14. 14. Please Send Someone Else <ul><li>Yet, he was still able to come up with one more: please send someone else (even though you charged me – your servant – with this task). </li></ul><ul><ul><li>O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send . Ex. 4:13 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Many “pass the buck” or task on to others because they simply do not want the burden. </li></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Please Send Someone Else <ul><li>God’s response to Moses (and to us): anger! Ex. 4:14 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>God provided for Moses the means to have his message declared: through Aaron. Ex. 4:15 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Today, God provides the means for us to accomplish His good will if we follow the example of Jesus…who didn’t make excuses. Cp. Lk. 22:42 </li></ul></ul>
  16. 16. Conclusion <ul><li>Moses eventually fulfilled God’s charge to lead the Israelites out of bondage. </li></ul><ul><li>Even though we may initially shirk our God given responsibilities, our prayer, is also to be like Moses – who accepted and fulfilled God’s charge to His glory. </li></ul>