- Ron DeGarde
What's bigger: your excuses or God?
Eliminating Excuses (from the Life of Moses) – Exodus 3 & 4
Excuse #1 - The Excuse of Identity – Are You talking to me? Who am I? Surely there is someone better.
Ex 3:11 - And Moses said unto God, Who am I, that I should go unto Pharaoh, and that I should bring forth the children of Israel out of Egypt?
God promised his presence and a sign (3:12)
Excuse #2 – The Excuse of Authority – Would anyone believe God sent me?
Ex 3:13 - And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them
God promised his name (3:14-17)
Excuse #3 – The Excuse of Credibility – What if they still doubt my leadership?
Ex 4:1 - And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.
God promised his power (4:2-9)
Excuse #4 – The Excuse of Ability – I don’t have the talent or skill to do this! God didn’t disagree.
Ex 4:10 - And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.
God promised guidance (4:11-12)
“Your gifts might get you to the top, but only character can keep you there.”
When God shows our weaknesses He will disciple us to victory in those areas. Just be pliable clay on the potter’s wheel as He moulds you.
Excuse #5 – The Excuse of Cowardice – O, Lord, please send someone else to do it.
Ex 4:13 - And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.
God promised a helper (4:14-17)
The fact that Moses did not feel he had anything to offer made him perfect for the job.
Someone once said, “In life, you are either moving forward, backward, or on a treadmill.”
Excuses stick on the treadmill of life so we go nowhere.
Ask God for the courage to face your excuses as well as the strength to avoid letting the Devil’s tactics derail you from God’s purpose in your life.
God is so much bigger than your problems, insufficiencies, or excuses.