“He’s on fire tonight!” What we usually mean is he is enjoying success, doing a great job or maybe he even seems unstoppable. You have probably experienced one of those moments when you were making the sales, recruiting a team, or dunking the ball!
Moses needed to be set on fire. At 80 years old living 40 years in a place he never thought he would be, doing what he never thought he would do, for longer than he ever thought would be. I think he had settled for being a shepherd. No fire in his belly, just getting up 14,600 mornings watching the same old sheep. “But God!”
“The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up. “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.”
When the Lord saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!”
“Here I am!” Moses replied.” (Exodus 3:2-4, NLT)
You can discover Moses’ story, who once was a prince of Egypt, beginning in the book of Exodus. He had tried to right a wrong only to have everything go wrong for him. Terribly wrong. He went from royalty to being a refugee in a day. As a member of the royal family of Egypt being a shepherd was unthinkable. Everyone knew that the Egyptians despised shepherds. But God! I love the hope, encouragement, purpose and the strength I find in that phrase, “But God.”
God doesn’t forget us in those desert years. He prepares us, strips of our self sufficiency and pride, and brings us to that place in life where He can set us on fire! His fire consumes us but doesn’t destroy us. His fire makes us unstoppable as long as we live for His glory. His fire gives us purpose, resolve, courage, and most of all his blessing.
- It doesn’t mean immediate success, most of the time it means, immediate opposition. God’s call, His will, His blessing flies in the very face of evil and that is when you really need the drive and purpose that God gives you with His fire.
The reason I’m writing this tonight is God has more for you. He doesn’t need your pride, self sufficiency, he wants your heart and give you His life, a new life, with His power to set others free. (Read Exodus!)
But God! He knows you, loves you and has something for you to do!
“But God has the last word.” Proverbs 16:2
But God had prepared Esther “for such a time as this.” Esther 4.14
“But God is my helper.” Psalm 54:4
“But God is doing what is best for us.” Hebrews 12:10
“But God made you alive with Christ when he forgave all our failures.” Hebrews 2:13
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Very good word Dennis, in fact it is preachable even here in Georgia! I intend to copy and share with your permission.