Pharaoh indicated a confession and repentance but was not genuine.  How did Moses respond? 

1. Biblically - Moses took Pharaoh at his word and refused to be his judge remaining only a spokesman for God.

2. Honestly - He acted as he had promised and warned Pharaoh to keep his commitment.

3, Compassionately - Moses gave Pharaoh the opportunity to truly repent.

In dealing with sinners we must resist the temptation to be the judge and remember that our job is to be a spokesman for God.  Leave the judgment to Him. Accept others word give them opportunity to truly repent.  Love will make us vulnerable at times but we can trust God with our rights.

Walk with the Lord and let God be the judge!!!
 
When Pharaoh was asked by Moses when he wanted the frog plague to end, Pharaoh answered, "Tomorrow".   Why not now? Pharaoh procrastinated with his decision to end the plague and to yield to God to let Israel go.  There are different reasons that I procrastinate.

1.  Stubbornness - I want to make my way work
2.  Fear - I fear I am not able to do what I should or I fear the results
3.  Selfishness - I delay because I think the action will not benefit me

Procrastination is really a lack of faith on my part.  I must believe and obey (do what I am told, when I am told, with a right attitude) God regardless of the circumstances or the consequences.

Walk with the Lord and avoid procrastination!!!








 
Things were getting worse for the Israelites!  After Moses' appeal to Pharaoh, the work demands were increased and the people knew just who to blame.  They claimed that Moses and Aaron had made them abhorred in the eyes of Pharaoh.  After hearing this accusation, Moses cried out to God asking why He had done this to His people.

All of this should have been no surprise to Moses!  Earlier, in chapter 4, God told Moses that He would harden Pharaoh's heart and that the people would not be allowed to go.  Yet, Moses, after being rebuked by the people he was to lead, accused God of failing to deliver on His promise.

Sometimes it can be very easy for us to forget what God has said to us...especially when so many around us (and even we ourselves) have so much to say.  Sometimes, because the people around us are...physically around us, we can be persuaded to fear them more than we fear God.  Let's remember today to keep God's Word in our hearts and minds so that when the opinions of others which contradict His Word build up around us, we can remember and obey the One who is truly the Lord of our life.

Psalm 119:11 - Thy word have I hid in mine heart, that I might not sin against thee.
 
God reminded Moses of His wonderful promises to Israel.  He had established a covenant and He would fulfill it.  This caused God to make several promises to Moses as well as remind him of past promises.
1.  I will bring Israel out of bondage to Egypt.
2.  I will redeem you.
3.  I will take Israel for my people.
4.  I will be your God.
5.  I will bring you into the land.
Through these promises God would make Himself known as JEHOVAH - "the self existing Holy One who hates sin but loves sinners and desires personal relationship with them".  Jehovah is my redeemer!  I have a personal relationship with Him through faith.  Now I live by faith in His promises!
1.  Promise of His presence - "lo I am with you always even unto the end of the world"
2.  Promise of answered prayer - "Call unto me and I will answer thee"
3.  Promise of provision - "Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added unto you"
4.  Promise of good - "And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God"
5.  Promise of help in temptation - "God is faithful who will not allow you to be tempted above that ye are able"
Many other great and precious promises are given to me!

Walk with the Lord and claim God's promises!!!
 
Moses was called to do the will of God.  Several others helped him to succeed.

1.  Jethro - Flexibility - Moses was a valuable employee but Jethro allowed him to leave to do God's will.
2.  Zipporah - Submission/Support - Zipporrah submitted and supported Moses in circumcising their sons.
3.  Aaron - Encouragement - Aaron encouraged by meeting a need as a spokesman for Moses.

I want to help those in my physical family and church family succeed in doing the will of God.  I must be flexible allow them to do God's will and not my will for their life.  I must be submissive to those over me and supportive of those under my authority.  I must seek to be an encouragement by meeting practical needs that will help them to succeed.

Walk with the Lord and help others succeed in God's will!!!
 
God called Moses to a ministry of rescue.  Moses was afraid.  One of the ways that God helped Moses to overcome his fear was by giving him a plan.

1. Snake
2. Hand
3. Water
4. Words

God told Moses what to do and what to say.  In the same way God is looking for yielded vessels that He can work through to share the message of redemption.  It will help me to overcome fear in witnessing if I have a basic prepared plan.  Learn how to approach people and get on the subject of the gospel. Use the plan trusting God to work through me.

Walk with the Lord and overcome fear in witnessi
 
Moses was born and rescued for a purpose.  Moses sought to do God's will but tried to do it in his own way and time.  This resulted in forty years of wilderness living.

1. Listen for God's will. Moses was burdened to check on the welfare of his brethren.
2. Follow God's Word. Moses tried to use murder to accomplish God's will.
3. Yield to God's way. Moses failed to wait on God's timing to deliver the Hebrews.

I must be sensitive to God's will for me in carrying out the Great Commission. I must stay burdened for the lost who are in the bondage of sin. I must share the true message of the Gospel but do it in a manner that is pleasing and glorifying to God.

Walk with the Lord and stay in God's will!!!

 
     In today's passage, a Levite family is given a very difficult situation to work through.  They have a beautiful baby boy and desire to love and raise him just as God would intend.  However, they were left with little option to do so.  The Egyptians, if they would find the baby boy, would certainly have taken him and thrown him into the Nile as they had been commanded by the Pharaoh.  The baby boy would be sure to die.  Once the family realized they could no longer hide him, they had to make a choice.  They knew that God did not want the child to be murdered, but they also knew that if they kept him with the family, he would be found and destroyed.  Therefore, they took it upon themselves to place the boy in the Nile, but in a special way.  The mother made a special little floating basket for her baby and had the boy's older sister place him among the reeds along the banks of the Nile.  This allowed the baby to remain afloat and to not be taken with the current of the water.
     In God's perfect plan, a princess of Egypt came to bathe in the river at just the right time.  And Miriam, Moses' sister, was brave and opportunistic as this situation developed.  As soon as she saw the princess take pity on the baby, she quickly sprung to action and suggested allowing the baby to be nursed by a Hebrew woman for the princess.  This allowed for the baby to be adopted by the princess but to be raised for a short time longer by Moses' own mother.

Try to forget for a moment that Moses would become the man of God to lead Israel out of Egypt to the Promised Land...

     This was a lose/lose situation for Moses' biological family.  The baby boy was either going to be killed by the Egyptians, or he was going to be given a chance for survival by the building of a floating basket, but without any knowledge of what would become of him.  Neither of these options are really good ones.  This is what happens in a world under the curse and consequence of sin.  The family of Moses had to make a choice they felt would best follow what God would have them to do, but they were not looking forward to someone else raising their son either...it was just better than his death.  They sought the Lord and desired for God to intervene in what seemed like a hopeless situation.  
     Are you in a situation today which seems hopeless because of the sinfulness of this world (which includes us)?  I cannot possibly give an answer for every life situation which may be represented in the reader's of this post.  But, I can tell you this.  Whatever our situations may be, we must look to the Word of God and see what He would want us to do.  We must strive to do what would please Him most.  Sometimes this is a scary thing and the outcome looks gloomy regardless of what happens.  But, when we trust God's Word and do what is right, we can rest in His sovereign will and  take some comfort in knowing that He will work all these things together for the good of those who love Him and who are called according to His purposes.

Easy to say on a blog post...hard to live by.  The strength we need for these situations can only come from God.  Praise Him for his enabling power and the comfort of His Spirit.

Be encouraged today to do what is best and to trust God with the rest!
 
God had prophesied that Abraham's seed would be in captivity 400 years. God used this time to multiply the people and teach them many lessons.
1.  The Blessing of God
2.  The Bitterness of sin
3.  The Beauty of God's plan
God is a good master. Choose to serve Him rather than satan.  Recognize that God is always working in my life to accomplish His plan.

Walk with the Lord and remember God never wastes experiences!!!

 
Paul finishes this letter about the joy of the Christian life talking about giving. Paul shares at least four ways you find joy in giving.

1.  Edification - Paul was encouraged through their giving. 
2.  Expectation - They received a promise that God would supply their needs.
3.  Exaltation - God was glorified as the "giving" God.
4.  Evangelism - Some in Caesar's household were saved.

I should look for ways to experience the joy of giving today!

Walk with the Lord and find the joy of giving!!!