Make no excuses
Moses is surely one of the greatest figures of history. His achievement to lead millions of people out of captivity and slavery in Egypt was extraordinary.
When I read the story of Moses in Exodus recently, I was reminded of the miraculous internal journey he had to go through in order to fulfil his destiny.
As we know, Moses had led a life of great privilege in the palace, but he always knew he should be on the other side of the gates with his people. His sense of injustice about their misery and slavery grew and grew, until “One day, when Moses was grown up, he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Looking this way and that, and seeing no-one, he killed the Egyptian and his him in the sand”. (Exodus 2:11)
As a result, Moses became a wanted man. Hunted by Pharaoh as a murderer, he fled into the desert to hide from the past, his failures and his painful memories.
The last thing he expected was an encounter with God – you’ve just got to watch those burning bushes!
When God told Moses his assignment (i.e. return to Egypt and rescue My people) he fell apart. He produced a series of excuses that he hoped would exempt him from his assignment. Here’s a few good ones …..
- Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt? Exodus 3:11 – MOSES HAD AN IDENTITY CRISIS
- But what if they do not believe me, or listen to me and say ‘The Lord did not appear to you!’ Exodus 4:1 – MOSES HAD A FEAR OF MAN
- But I am not eloquent enough, I am slow of speech and tongue Exodus 4:10 – MOSES FELT INADEQUATE, NOT GIFTED ENOUGH
- But what if I say to them “The God of our Father’s has sent me to you and they say “Tell us his name”? Then what will I say? Exodus 3:13 – MOSES DIDN’T FEEL READY
- Lord, please…. send someone else! Exodus 4:13 – MOSES WAS STUBBORN
I don’t know about you, but I relate to Moses. Any time God asks me to get out of my comfort zone, I don’t have much trouble coming up with reasons why I’m not ready.
Like Moses, t’s easy to find excuses if we have a negative view of ourselves in our head. The reality is that each of us live with an internal narrator. And if that voice is negative, it shapes our reality, our relationships, our future and ultimately our destiny.
Moses had to deal with his own negative thoughts about himself before he could fulfil his assignment – and we also have to deal with ours. I’ve always liked what Graeme Cooke says “unless you go after your subconscious, it will go after you”. It’s so true.
Like you, I have many dreams and God-assignments. But so that I don’t live below the level of God’s purpose for my life, I need to intentionally take every negative thought captive and replace it with truth. This eliminates the excuses as to why I can’t do what God asks me to do – and it empowers me to step into the life I was designed for. I have chosen not to live with lies in my head – they are not permitted to stay.
Here are seven empowering steps which will flush out your excuses that stop you fulfilling your God-assignments:
- Be aware of the thoughts in your head.
- Write down what they are (e.g.. I’m can’t speak; I’m inadequate; I’m not qualified; I’m boring; What if people don’t like me.)
- Do you see the lie?
- What is the truth?
- Now write down the truth – based on God’s word.
- What scriptures come to mind? Write them down.
- Start to declare the truth
Having declared this a few times, how do you now see yourself?
Let’s go after every negative thought and lie so that we are not entombed in the past. God wants you to be full of confidence that you can fulfil all He calls you to. Like Moses, you can fulfil all the dreams and assignments He has for you – no excuses!
The good news is that in the end, Moses placed his trust in God and fulfilled his assignment. We are told that there was no-one on the face of the earth as meek as he was, and he was called a friend of God (Exodus 33:11). It’s amazing what we can do once we renew our minds with truth.
I would love to hear about your journey or receive your comments below.
Love and blessings
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