Saturday, August 27, 2016

August 27, 2016: God’s Agent

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2016 - Day 240  

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a You Tube video of images from Steve Green singing … People Need the Lord, poignantly expressing the reason we have been called by God to share the Gospel message with the world.

Highlight Passage: Exodus 4:10-12 [NKJV] …  
10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” … 11 So the Lord said to him, “Who has made man’s mouth? Or who makes the mute, the deaf, the seeing, or the blind? Have not I, the Lord? 12 Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.” 
… Moses reluctantly becomes God’s “mouthpiece” to His people and Pharaoh.
Highlight Context … Exodus 4:1-12 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… God charges Moses to be His messenger - His a agent - to Pharaoh and God’s people 

Reference Passage #1 … Matthew 28:19-20 [NKJV] … USE THIS LINK 
… Christ’s “GREAT COMMISSION” to all His disciples … to go and be His Gospel mouthpiece to all the world.

Reference Passage #2 … Acts 1:8 [NKJV] …  
8 … “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 
… Christ challenges all disciples to be His witness to the world.

My Journal for Today:  … Our Daily Bread author, Amy Boucher Pyei, uses Moses’ encounter with God at the burning bush to illustrate our often reluctance to be God’s agent to the world.

If we’ve seen Charlton Heston play Moses in the epic movie, we may have trouble identifying with what Moses accomplished when he went before Pharaoh and then became God’s mouthpiece through all those plagues; and finally when he wondrously led God’s people across the Red Sea to freedom. Moses, in all those miraculous feats was such spiritual giant, … wasn’t he?

But in today’s highlight passage above, I think many of us can empathize Moses’ feelings of inadequacy when God appointed this Jewish shepherd to become God’s agent to Pharaoh and His messenger to the world. He cringed with fear [see attached photo] that he was not up to the task; and that’s the same fear most of us have when we consider the charge that our Lord, King Jesus, has laid before all of His disciples … to be God’s mouthpiece - His witness - to a lost and dying world (see Acts 1:8), … i.e., taking His Gospel message to those around us and to the entire world (see Matt. 28:19-20).  

And so often when when we’re confronted with someone who needs God’s “good news,” … maybe a lost soul, even a family member headed to hell, … we balk just as did Moses at the burning bush.   But just as Steve Green sings in today’s linked song, … so many we will confront today or those we know, need the Lord. And so, are we going to be God’s mouthpiece to them? … Or not?

My Prayer Today:  O, Heavenly Father, … I pray that I don’t balk today if you give me some divine appointment to share Your good news, Lord.  Amen    

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