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Mission Impossible

  • Mission Impossible from Refreshing Hope Ministries on Vimeo.

    Today I want to talk about our Heavenly Father. What it is like to talk with Him, to work with Him, as it is written in the scriptures. Sometimes we receive prayer requests that to me resemble a fairy tale, or a child’s letter to santa claus. I hope that I can bring a balance to that, for when we line up with what He is doing, His blessings will automatically begin to overtake us (Deuteronomy 28:2). Jesus said it like this: “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33 NKJV). The real question today is not what God can do for us, but what can we do for Him?

    Once upon a time, a shepherd named Moses was tending his father-in-law’s sheep near Mount Horeb, when the Lord appeared to him in a burning bush. Now it was not uncommon for a dry bush to ignite in the desert underneath the blazing hot sun, but this one wouldn’t burn up. It just kept on burning. Eventually Moses went over to look at it, and God began speaking to him out of it.

    (Exodus 3:7–10 NASB)  The LORD said, “I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. “So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and spacious land, to a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanite and the Hittite and the Amorite and the Perizzite and the Hivite and the Jebusite. “Now, behold, the cry of the sons of Israel has come to Me; furthermore, I have seen the oppression with which the Egyptians are oppressing them. “Therefore, come now, and I will send you to Pharaoh, so that you may bring My people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt.”

    God had a mission. He told Moses that He had heard the cries of the children of Israel. He had seen their affliction, He had seen their oppression, and He was aware of their sufferings. He said “I have come down to deliver them” and then He told Moses: “Come now, and I will send you.” God’s purpose of coming down was to send Moses, who did not even know Him yet.

    Moses was scared. He didn’t know what to say, but one thing was sure, he didn’t want to go back to Egypt. He had already attempted to deliver his people forty years before this, but failed and had to run for his life. Now he lived in exile as a shepherd. Moses began to make excuses, but God waved them off as fast as Moses could invent them.

    Moses said: “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11) and “What if they don’t believe me?” (Exodus 4:1). Then God turned the staff in Moses hand into a snake, and his hand became leprous, as white as snow. When Moses put his hand in his robe and took it back out, it was completely healed.

    Still trying to get out of going, Moses said: “I am slow of speech and slow of tongue” (Exodus 4:10). The Lord told him: “go, and I, even I, will be with your mouth, and teach you what you are to say” (Exodus 4:12 NASB).

    Moses was full of insecurities. He had what we call “low self-esteem” today, but God took no steps to fix his “problem.” Moses had fallen from being a prince in the house of Pharaoh, to being a simple shepherd for the last forty years. He didn’t even have a flock of his own, for he tended his father-in-law’s flock.

    The Lord did not try to build Moses up, point out his strengths, or bolster his confidence in himself. He merely pointed Moses to the power of God. All confidence, all provision, all communication, and the ability to convey it, all miracles, every single thing that Moses needed for the mission would come from the Lord. In fact, Moses self-esteem continued to go down until he became the most humble man on the face of the Earth, and at the same time, he became the most powerful man alive (Numbers 12:3). Sometimes the Earth would split open and swallow his enemies (Numbers 16:31).

    When God told Moses to go, he was empowered with all that was needed to complete the mission, but it was not given to him in advance, for Moses could not have carried it all with him. It was as if the heavenly provisions were set aside, earmarked to be used by Moses when the time came. The provision came as it was needed, for provision is always within the vision. You are given what you need to take step one, and if you never take step one, then you will never see provision for step two. Moses was given what he needed to go to Egypt, and the powers of heaven were made available to him.

    Moses would sometimes question himself:

    (Exodus 6:29–30 NASB) …the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, “I am the LORD; speak to Pharaoh king of Egypt all that I speak to you.” But Moses said before the LORD, “Behold, I am unskilled in speech; how then will Pharaoh listen to me?”

    Moses would sometimes become afraid and secretly wonder what to do. To the people Moses appeared as a rock, full of faith, but in secret he cried out to God in desperation. We can see this when the Israelites became trapped between the red sea and the chariots of the Egyptian army:

    (Exodus 14:13–16 NASB)  But Moses said to the people, “Do not fear! Stand by and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today; for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again forever. “The LORD will fight for you while you keep silent.” Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. “As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.

    Moses was praying hard for a breakthrough when he already had everything he needed in his hand, except for the wisdom on how to use it. How many times have we done that? God had empowered Moses with what he needed at the beginning of the mission, and most of the time he just needed to speak the words to make something change. His words brought the power and authority of God Almighty into the earthly realm. When Moses stretched out his hand, the Lord swept back the sea like a curtain.

    To the people on the shore, Moses looked immensely powerful, like a wizard wielding a great staff. But he was simply a man on a mission, empowered by the One who had sent him. God provides what is needed for the mission, and He takes care of the things that we cannot.

    There was intense struggle and resistance, but Moses overcame them all, one obstacle at a time. When God sends you on a mission, it does not exempt you from struggle. It brings it! When you are a wet noodle who takes a stand on nothing, then you are no threat to the enemy, but when you begin to be a threat to the force of darkness, task masters are assigned to deal with you, and the struggle begins. No matter how impossible the mission, you will overcome.

    God has already given you what is needed to take the next step of your mission. If anything, you need the wisdom to apply it. Like Moses, we need to stop thinking about ourselves, our weaknesses, our problems, and get in tune with what God is doing in our generation. We are here for such a time as this. Let’s make it count.

    You can pray this with me if you like:

    Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray that You guide me and help me get in tune with what You are doing on the Earth today. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Let me discover the gifts that You have put in my life and help me to use them for Your kingdom. I pray that You give me a clear vision and help me see the next step for me, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.


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Marisa Jackson
Marisa Jackson

Amen!!

Jun 21
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Sherry McCosh
Sherry McCosh

Heavenly Father, I pray that You guide me and help me get in tune with what You are doing on the Earth today. Please fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Let me discover the gifts that You have put in my life and help me to use them for Your kingdom. I pray that You give me a clear vision and help me see the next step for me, speak to me in a way that I can understand, in the name of Jesus Christ I pray. Amen.

Jun 22
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Brenda F
Brenda F

Amen

Jun 22
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Kay Collinsworth
Kay Collinsworth

Amen Father guide me to do Your will

Jun 22
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Dave and Sue Earlywine
Dave and Sue Earlywine

Amen 

Jun 22
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Patricia Walker
Patricia Walkeredited: Jun 22

Amen. God is my guide. He is my everything. AMEN

Jun 22
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Jim Jarrell
Jim Jarrell

Amen! Thank You Lord!

Jun 22
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Mari Kaufmann
Mari Kaufmann

This truly is a message I needed. Please God guide us onward. Praise God hallelujah inthe name of Jesus Amen 

Jun 22
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Wanda Pennington
Wanda Pennington

Lord help me to show people what we are up against today and how to get through these valleys.  Your words are all we have. Give us knowledge to fight the enemies.  Amen 

Jun 22
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Richard Mondello
Richard Mondello

In Jesus name Amen. 

Jun 22
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Lynn Brown
Lynn Brown

Show me Your will and give me the strength and guidance to fulfill it, Amen.

Jun 22
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Yvette York
Yvette York

Amen 

Jun 22
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Jose Simo
Jose Simo

Heavenly Father Your love, care and forgiveness I have from You, give us the strength needed to fight against the enemy of the world. With Your Holy Spirit in us we will follow Your designs at Your command and Your will be fulfilled. In Jesus Christ name I pray, Amen. Praise the Lord. 

Thank you Pastor for this great devotional, God bless you and Sylvia. 

Jun 22
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Albert Chau
Albert Chau

Each day when I wake up, it is hard not to have anxiety on what the day will bring and what to do. However, now I know if Christ who is at work in me, then it is not me but God telling me what to do. Therefore, like Moses I can live in confidence doing God's will with Him empowers me instead of relying on my own strength.

Jun 22
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Schalk  de Beer
Schalk de Beeredited: Jun 22

Yes Abba Father, open my eyes for the next step, and please empower me for what lies ahead, in Jesus's name I pray, amen

Jun 22
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Wesley Paulus
Wesley Paulus

Amen!

Jun 22
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Liesel  aka  Lisa Wardle
Liesel aka Lisa Wardleedited: Jun 24

Amen and Amen !!!  "For such as time as this" - what a statement, Pastor Dion! This really made me think! We are saved by His grace, His wonderful grace, and then we are being groomed by no other than the Lord God Himself for such a time like this troubled time to be what He wants us to be, to stand the test with the help and guidance of the Holy Spirit! Dear Lord, my God, my Heavenly Father, I want to please You more than anything else on this earth! Please help me to do Your will, be my strength and shield, in the name of Jesus, Amen!!! 

Jun 24
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Suzy Romaine
Suzy Romaine

Thank you Lord  for guiding me!

Jun 28