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Monday, June 06 2016

In studying Exodus, I was reading the story of Moses and Aaron.  The Bible says:

Exodus 5:1-2 KJV
[1] And afterward Moses and Aaron went in, and told Pharaoh, Thus saith the Lord God of Israel, Let my people go, that they may hold a feast unto me in the wilderness.
[2] And Pharaoh said, Who is the Lord , that I should obey his voice to let Israel go? I know not the Lord , neither will I let Israel go.
 
What amazes me about this story is the boldness of Moses and Aaron.  These were two elderly men.  One had been a slave his entire life and the other had spent time in the Pharaoh's house, but had been away in solitude for 40 years.  They would not be on the top of anyone's list to deliver a nation, but Moses had encountered God in the burning bush and it was there that God told him that he would be used to deliver his people from slavery in Egypt.  It is an amazingly true story that reveals the power of the Almighty God.
 
Pharaoh was the most powerful man on earth.  His throne room would have been impressive and intimidating, but the Bible does not reveal that Moses and Aaron were either impressed or intimidated.  They did not allow the distractions around them to keep them from accomplishing their mission.  
 
As Christians, we have a mission.  Jesus said to "Go".  We are to reach, preach and teach as we raise up disciples of Jesus Christ.  The enemy will place distractions around us to draw us away from our purpose to reach others and to live a life pleasing to God.
 
These distractions may or may not be sin, but they will draw you away from your relationship with Jesus Christ.  We need to be aware of our weaknesses and the things that we prioritize in our lives.  
 
1 Corinthians 9:24 KJV
[24] Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
 
Our focus must remain on Jesus through the good times and bad.  It is a matter of faithfulness.  Our message must be heard when it is popular and when it is not.  We need to stand firm in our doctrine when nobody seems to be following because God will reward our faithfulness.  
 
Like Moses and Aaron, we have purpose.  Our purpose is stay focused and preach the gospel because there are people that do not have a relationship with Jesus.  They need to experience the hope and joy that can only be given by God.    
 
I challenge you today to evaluate your life and remove the distractions and priorities that effect your walk with God.  Simply, stop looking around!
 
 
Posted by: Pastor Robert P. Eaby, Jr. AT 03:42 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email