Fresh Manna© by Pastor Tim Burt
Supernatural Change Part Two
1 Cor 2:12 “We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us.”
If you want to think of change, New Years resolutions, and transformation, go read the story of Moses and God’s people in his day. It was a time of pain and suffering longing for change. The people of Israel were hurting – suffering as slaves under Pharaoh’s rule. There was a cry on everyone’s part for a change of life.
Moses like us all, had something on the inside of him that knew life was supposed to be different than it was in its present state. He had learned of his roots and knew deep within that what was going on around him – the suffering of God’s people, was not right nor God’s best for his or their lives. Like anyone of us might do at some point of frustration, he tried to do something about it. He was a failure in his efforts. Exo 2:11-15 “One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.” When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian…”
Moses wanted to respond to help those around him but he failed. Consequently he quit, he ran, and he hid to start over when no one would know him. The world is filled with people that have done this or at least considered it at some point in their life. What we all find out over time is there no hiding from God. God is love and His love searches for us no matter where we are. It cries out to encourage us no matter how hard hearted from discouragement we start to become. It works to kindle the pilot light of hope that we really don’t ever want to go out.
God had a plan for Moses as He does for each of us. God’s plan for Moses was more than just about Moses. It was about a transformation of the life of Moses that would then lead to the transformation of all those God would give him to lead. That is the same God wants for us. Our life’s purpose never has been and never will be just about us. But, it starts with us! It starts with letting God transform us. God knows that when our life’s purpose becomes greater than our own life, we become fired up at living life. If it was just about us, too many of us wouldn’t care. Many people don’t care about their own life any further than just getting through another day. That is a shame. God has got an exciting life filled with purpose for everyone. When we come to the revelation that our life can positively be used of God to bring hope, blessing, and life transformation to others, and we dare to lean on God to help us discover all that means, life will never be the same.
When people discover and begin to believe that God has got a greater plan for their life, they often want to take the big leap and do something profound. Moses did that, failed, and ended up on the back side of a desert for a very long time I’m sure, mulling over his failure.
In practical application God wants us like Moses, to believe in His participation to help us represent Him by serving others. He just doesn’t want us to take a leap. Moses, had most likely learned of his Hebrew roots, his forefathers and their supernatural stories, and harbored hope within his own life for God’s to work through Him. He had a desire to do something about his people’s human suffering. That is a very good starting place. From there he should have cried out to God. “God what do I do with my life and how do you want me to help change this situation?” “What steps do I take right now?” God could have spoken to him through a burning bush right there. He didn’t have to figure out things for himself or take steps without God’s leading. Moses made mistakes but God would have us learn from them so we don’t start with a leap of failure but instead start with a sincere pray, “God show me how to change by learning to be a blessing to others each and every day.” God wants to speak to and lead you today and He’d love it if His word was so alive that it burned within you like a burning bush. This is the heritage and God given right we have through Jesus Christ – to hear from and be taught by God’s Spirit.
1 Cor 2:9-13 “However, as it is written: “No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him”– but God has revealed it to us by his Spirit….no one knows the thoughts of God except the Spirit of God. We have not received the spirit of the world but the Spirit who is from God, that we may understand what God has freely given us. This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom but in words taught by the Spirit, expressing spiritual truths in spiritual words.”
The beginning of transformation starts with a sincere cry to God from the heart. More tomorrow…