Believe in me Pt.1

I was flying home from a business trip in NOLA and was looking at American Way magazine.  Normally I would sleep the whole flight but this time I decided to read through the many pages to keep me busy until sleep decided to take over the last bit of energy I had.  Once I was done looking at all the articles and skimming through the photos as if I was looking at a printed version of INSTAGRAM, I fell into an ugly sleep (my norm while flying).

To my surprise I awoke with 45 minutes to spare when the Holy Spirit decided that I was energized enough to receive the word he had prepared for me.

I looked down at my American Way magazine that was covered with a striking photo of Demi Lovato and in bold lettering there was the headline BELIEVE IN ME.  As I always do when the Holy Spirit begins to teach me a lesson, I sit back and make sure that the lesson is for me or if this is something I am learning for someone else (This process will highly determine the type of note taking I will be doing since I’m horribly lazy).  This time it was both.

As the Holy Spirit began to speak again, I had to interact with the man sitting next to me and ask him for a pen so I could quickly write my class notes on the Vomit bag that was provided as a courtesy by American Airlines.   God is so amazing that when he wants you to know something he will get that information to you by any means necessary.  In this case, you are all receiving this message by way of vomit bag.

Believe in Me

How many of us feel as though we need people to believe in the vision God has given us? We feel compelled to tell people our plans, and look for confirmation on whether we are or aren’t on the right track.  We involve people in our vision that never had the skills, competence, or vision to take our dreams to the next level.  Then finally, we feel defeated when those same people or others tell us that our dream/vision is; too hard, unobtainable, someone else is doing it, they don’t like it, or the revenue stream is not enough to be appealing to them.

Would you look for confirmation of oxygen on the moon from a zoologist, then get upset when the zoologist tells you that’s not his or her field of study?  I say that to say, that we often look for confirmation from people who are not authorized to give us confirmation, because they were not the ones who gave us the vision in the first place.

  • In Exodus 3:1-3, “Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. 2 There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. 3 So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”
    • Moses was probably saying to himself “Hold up! I can’t sit here and act like I don’t see this bush on full fire and not a piece of it is being scorched or burned!”
    • God will get your attention in such a way that you will know it was God that gave you your vision, and you will want to know more or have to take notice. (Now it’s your choice because of free will on what you do with that vision.)
  • In Verse 4 “When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
    • Once God knew he had Moses attention he called out to him. A lot of us have a vision, but are so consumed with our daily lives that we see the bush burning for us but we never take the time to hear the call.
  • In Verse 5-9 God begins to explain the vision he has for Moses by first preparing him to hear his vision, introducing himself to Moses/Letting Moses know that it was in fact God giving him this vision, where this vision is coming from, and his task. After he states all of this God says in Verse 10: “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”
    • God didn’t ask him not one time do you feel as though you can accomplish what I just told you to do? He didn’t say do you have enough money to get to Egypt?  Is your donkey feeling better after that stomach virus…cause I need to know if you can make it there on time?  He didn’t say ask your homeboys if they think this is a good idea and get their opinion, because if they say it’s a bad idea we aint doing it.
    • God said “So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt”
      • God gave Moses a vision, and it was already understood by God that this vision was provisioned for. But just like the people we are, we see the vision God has given us and we automatically think we can’t possibly carry it out.
      • Prime example was what Moses said to God in verse 11: “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”
        • Moses didn’t trust that he was capable or even the right person to carry out the vision God gave him.
        • Moses was probably saying to God “I’m over here smelling like poo, I’m dirty, I’m tending to this flock, and you want me to go see Pharaoh who doesn’t know me from a can of paint! You want me to stand up to soldiers who will probably stop me and slap me before I even get to gate! I need to tell you right now that you picked the wrong dude!”
      • But see God wasn’t worried:
        • In verse 12 God states to Moses “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you[b] will worship God on this mountain.”
          • God will be with you to help you complete the vision he gave you! My oh my what a promise!!
          • I think of it as God giving us our vision, helping us complete our vision, and then bringing to our remembrance when he gave us the vision in the first place. To remind us that we had this conversation with him first! NOW THAT IS AMAZING!!

Author: Cierra Kemp 2016