The Effectiveness of God's Way
Exodus 3:20-21; 2 Corinthians 12:9-10
2-3-21, Pastor Charles Stanley -- Moses was ineffective in his attemmpt to liberate his people from Egyptian slavery, but he was given a second chance to do it - ONLY in God's way.
If we could learn the lessons Moses learned about the dangers of only practicing self-reliance and the advantages of depending on the Lord, we would save ourselves much heartache and hardship. When we choose to cooperate with God submitting to Him, He will do amazing things in and through us. Despite Moses' past failure, the Lord still used him to accomplish the divine plan, but only after he became usable—that is, humbled and broken of his self-will. Consider what God achieved when Moses did it His way:
• He got more done in less time and with fewer resources. There was no long, drawn out war; just a dramatic display of God's power.
• He proved the superiority of His way by freeing over two million people without the loss of a single Hebrew life.
• He sent impoverished slaves out of bondage with their captors' riches (Ex. 3:21-22).
• He proved to both the Israelites and the Egyptians that Moses served the one true God - Who is Creator of heaven and earth.
• God received all the glory.
Our past failures never prevent God's willingness or ability to use us. In fact, our weakness is a great opportunity for the display of His glory. In our own strength, we are totally ineffective; but when we submit to the Lord's authority, we can experience His victory in whatever He calls us to do.
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