Moses was faithful even when…(1 of 6)

Moses was faithful to God even when…he didn’t want the job.

By Andy Harrison and Aaron Kemple

Now Moses was faithful in all God’s house as a servant… (Hebrews 3:5)

What does it mean to be faithful? Does it mean I “go to church?” Does it mean, “I’m a pretty good guy?”

Faithful means: dedicated, loyal, trustworthy, or reliable. Faithfulness is a core quality of God Himself. You can count on God…period. He never fails. He is there in good times and bad. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He is the same yesterday, today and forever.

So, how was Moses like God in faithfulness?

#1. Moses was faithful to God even when he didn’t want to do the job.

He didn’t want to go back to Egypt, he felt completely unqualified, he certainly did not want to confront Pharaoh, and he begged for God to send someone else to lead Israel. Yet, he humbled himself and obeyed God’s call to lead.

As a man serving God, there are simply things you just don’t want to do (or feel unqualified to do), but you do them because you are a man who seeks the glory of the only true and living God. Do you only pick the easy jobs? Do you only go for the jobs that keep you in your comfort zone?

Moses had left Egypt behind and was sitting comfortably in Midian with his family and had been so for 40 years. Why leave now? He had already tried to be Israel’s deliverer 40 years ago and it didn’t work, why would it work now?

Yet, Moses went to Egypt, he didn’t want to, but he went. And the Lord went with him.

Men, your greatest example of a man is Jesus Christ, and He did not want to do what He did for you. He groaned in His spirit and was troubled concerning the cross. He was distressed about it, the Bible says. He begged, while literally sweating blood, for the Father to let this cup of anguish called the cross pass from Him. Yet, because of His love for God, His hope of glory and His love for you, He did it anyway.

What does it mean to be a man? What does it mean to be a faithful man?

Today, we want you consider that being a faithful man means that you are faithful to God even when you don’t want to do the job. You do it anyway, because it is what God asked you to do.

That is a faithful man. Are you like Moses?

Tomorrow is point #2, Lord willing.

Daniel: A Prayer Warrior

Daniel: A True Prayer Warrior

When we think of the term “warrior” a number of things come to mind.  The Navy Seals, Green Berets, William Wallace, etc.  The very word itself stirs up images of strength and honor and bravery.  When we add the word “prayer” to the term I’m not sure the same images come to mind.

But consider Daniel for a moment.  In Daniel chapter 6 we find a man so firm in his convictions and integrity that the evil government officials had to plot and scheme and falsely accuse him in order to try to eliminate him.  And Daniel, when facing execution by lion’s den, gets on his knees and keeps on praying.  Now that is a Prayer Warrior!

What was it about Daniel’s prays that instilled bravery and confidence and power?  Let’s take a look at his prayer in Daniel chapter 9 and make a couple observations.

In order to appreciate Daniel’s prayer we need a little background.  In I Kings 8, after Solomon finishes building the temple, he makes a series of requests to God on behalf of the people of Israel.  In verses 46-52, in the context of being taken away into captivity, Solomon says “..if they take thought in the land where they have been taken captive, and repent…saying, ‘We have sinned and have committed iniquity, we have acted wickedly…and pray to You toward their land which You have given to their fathers…then hear their prayer…”.  

Additionally, in Jeremiah 25:11-12, Jeremiah prophecies that Judah’s captivity in Babylon will last 70 years.  In looking at Daniel’s prayer in Daniel chapter 9 it is clear that he was aware of both Solomon’s prayer and Jeremiah’s prophecy.  In 9:2 he says that he “observed in the books the number of the years which was the word of the Lord to Jeremiah the prophet for the completion of the desolations of Jerusalem, seventy years.”  As Daniel begins his prayer in verse 5 he says, “we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly and rebelled…”.  We also know from Daniel 6:10 that his practice was to kneel in prayer towards the open windows facing Jerusalem.

Daniel doesn’t just start praying in Daniel 9, pouring out his heart and his desires.  He is aware of Jeremiah’s prophecy and God’s timing.  He is aware of Solomon’s prayer and follows his instructions by praying toward Jerusalem and even using the specific wording “we have sinned, committed iniquity, acted wickedly”.  Daniel combines his knowledge and understanding of God’s will along with his own obedience.  The result was a swift and powerful answer to his prayer, “At the beginning of your supplication the command was issued…” (9:23).

Looking at these things forces me to evaluate my prayers.  Too often my prayers are only generated from my own situation, my own hardship or the hardship of loved ones.  Sometimes my prayers are routine as I feel obligated to spend time on my knees.  Or we treat God like a mystic ATM machine, constantly asking for all the physical things we want or what others have.

What we see from Daniel, however, is a strong connection between knowledge, obedience and prayer.  How much effort do I put into studying to understand the will of God?  Do I really know what God is trying to accomplish in my life and in His church?  When I understand the will of God am I faithful to obey?  Regardless of how difficult His will might appear to be, am I dedicated to walk with Him?  Why should I expect God to listen to what I want and what I desire when I pay no attention to His will?  So do you want to be an effective Prayer Warrior, facing the lions in your life?  If so, your life should be equal parts study, obedience and prayer.

“This is the confidence which we have before Him, that, if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us.  And if we know that He hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests which we have asked from Him.”  I John 5:14-15

Show yourself a man

Show yourself a man

Picture in your mind the “manliest” guy you know.  Try and get a good mental picture of him.  What does he look like?  Is he one of your hunting buddies all dressed in camo with a shotgun on his shoulder?  Maybe he is huge, about six foot five, 265 pounds and bench presses 400.  Maybe manliness consists of spending the weekend under the hood of a muscle car with dirt and grease all over your hands.

The world defines what it is to be a man in many different ways.  A successful career, a nice car or truck, chasing women, superior athleticism, being able to give and take a beating, etc.  I know that I’ve wasted a lot of my adult life pursuing many of these things in order to show everybody that I’m a man.  Trying to one up the guys around me and climb just a little higher on the social ladder.

In I Kings 2, as King David is about to die, he gives some final instruction to his son Solomon.  “I am going the way of all the earth.  Be strong, therefore, and show yourself a man.”  (2:2)  What could that mean to David?  As a shepherd he protected his flock by killing a lion and a bear.  Any of you manly guys ever done that?  As the entire army of Israel sat on the sidelines in fear, David took on a warrior giant with a sling shot and killed him.  In fifth grade I was the only kid to stand up to the class bully but that might be a little different.  David put foreign armies to flight, he pursued multiple women, and amassed wealth and power.  Are these the things David is referring to when he tells Solomon to “show yourself a man”?

David goes on in I Kings 2:3 to define what it is to “show yourself a man”.  “Keep the charge of the Lord your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies, according to what is written in the Law of Moses, that you may succeed in all that you do and wherever you turn…”.  At the end of his life, when everything is drawing to a close, David tells Solomon to be a man by walking with God.  This is a lesson I had to learn the hard way.  I pursued so many worldly ideals of being a man and all of them left me empty and broken.  It is only in walking with God and pursuing His will that I have begun to find peace, and purpose, and strength.

So let’s turn off the football game and put down the socket wrench for a moment and examine ourselves.  In light of walking in God’s instruction, are we men?

  • Titus 2:6-8 – Are we examples of good deeds, are we sound in speech, are we beyond reproach?
  • 1 Timothy 6:11-12 – Are we pursuing righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness?
  • Ephesians 5:25-30 – Husbands, do we love our wives, giving ourselves up for them?
  • Ephesians 6:4 – Fathers, are we teaching and training and instructing our children in the Lord?

I don’t care how much money you make or what you do for a living.  I don’t care if you can dunk a basketball or run a 4.4 forty.  I’m pretty sure you can beat me up and I’m in no hurry to confirm that fact.  The real question we must consider is; are we men?  Does our heart belong to God?  Do we love Him with every fiber of our being?  Do we study and meditate to better understand His will so that we can lead a life that is pleasing to Him?  Show me someone that walks humbly with their God and I’ll show you a real man.