Moses had an unusual beginning. He was born during a time when the king of Egypt attempted to murder all the male babies to reduce the Jewish population. This satanic genocide is still at work today as we see so many or our men in gangs, on drugs, alcohol, struggling with illiteracy, and incarceration.
Moses’ mother, being full of faith, put him in wicker-type basket sealed with tar and placed him in the river’s bulrushes. She had faith that this proper child would be protected and used by God. Pharaoh’s daughter arrived at the river, heard Moses crying, and decided to raise the child as her own. This was God preparing a table for him in the presence of his enemy.
Moses was raised as Egyptian with a Hebrew lineage. He looked Egyptian, but realized that God had a plan for his life (Acts 7:25). He understood he was positioned, but his chosen timing and method were off. Moses ended up killing a man because he was operating in the flesh. He went on the run to hide from Pharaoh and ended up marrying the daughter of a Midian priest.
Moses was stuck in this place, tucked away from time, lost in the sauce, on the back side of nowhere. He learned to be a shepherd instead of an Egyptian prince. He learned how to survive in the wilderness instead of being in the lap of luxury. Forty years slowly pass by as Moses accepts the fact the he will never be more than a shepherd.
Sometimes we have a similar experience. We are languishing on the back side of nowhere and it seems like God has shelved us. Like Moses, we may be in this position because of some poor choices we made. We tried to do something ill-timed or in the flesh, it did not work, and we are just marking time. It could be some life situation that we find ourselves in and have no choice over the matter. We are shelved and not sure when, if ever, we will get going again. Walking around in the wilderness after sheep was not your life plan.
On last night, the sermon was “The Intermission is Over!” Intermission is a break between two halves. Act One sets the stage for Act Two, but there is an intermission in between. You can refresh your drink, use the bathroom, stretch your legs, and meet and greet.
God’s intermission gives us time to catch our breath, see our burning bush, and move to a place of victory. Act One may have looked like defeat, but it was just the setup we needed to raise the curtain for Act Two.
Moses discovered in his burning-bush experience that his failure, Mt. Sinai, would be the place of a nation’s deliverance. It was time for his Act Two.
Act Two is not about you and your ability. It is not a time for making a lot of excuses.
Act Two is about being released from the wilderness, the back side of nowhere, and getting off of the shelf.
Act Two is your story of being released to do something great, and God using you to release others, too.
God said to Moses, “I have seen, I have heard, I know, I am come down to bring you up!” I am come down to bring you up! What a powerful statement!
He also revealed his name to Moses: “I AM THAT I AM.”
Nobody can say “I AM” because we are always becoming. We live in a perpetual state of becoming. We are getting older, stronger, weaker, wiser, foolish, better, or worse.
We have changed since the time we have sat reading this info. Our bodies have aged and have had microscopic changes since we read the last sentence. You are not really the same person that got up this morning.
Everybody and everything in the world becomes. ONLY God is. He never changes or becomes anything different from what He is now. What He is, that He was, and ever will be.
He is absolute in every way! All glory, perfection, and majesty! God lives in the now with the past and future completely fulfilled at the same time.
It is always now with God because He lives in an eternal now. Because He spans an eternal past and eternal future, it can only be always now. That is why he says he is “I AM.”
Intermission is over and the best is yet to come and it is time for your release so that you can release others. The Great “I AM” says get ready for Act Two. He is in charge of this production.
TODAY, PRAY THAT AS YOUR ACT TWO BEGINS, YOU WILL BE ALIGNED WITH HIS PURPOSES.
The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me; because the LORD hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn; To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the LORD, that he might be glorified.