Face To Face Part 2: Moses
Exodus 33:11 (NIV) The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend.
1 Corinthians 2:3-5 (NIV) I came to you in weakness and fear, and with much trembling. My message and my preaching were not with wise and persuasive words, but with a demonstration of the Spirit’s power, so that your faith might not rest on men’s wisdom, but on God’s power.
Moses got to a place where he spoke to God as a friend, but he didn’t start there.
Exodus 3:1-5 (NIV) Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the desert and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight–why the bush does not burn up.” When the LORD saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush, “Moses! Moses!” And Moses said, “Here I am.” “Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.
FOUR OBSTACLES TO ENCOUNTERING GOD
1. Who am I? I’m messed up. You picked the wrong guy.
Exodus 3:11-12 (NIV) But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And God said, “I will be with you.
God redirects the conversation. It’s not about your worthiness, it’s about my goodness.
- Overcome condemnation. Stop focusing on what you’ve done and start focusing on what God’s done.
Titus 3:4-5 (NIV) But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy.
2. Who are you? Moses saw God as distant. Israel was enslaved, his life was messed up. He felt abandoned.
Exodus 3:13-14 (NIV) Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what shall I tell them?” God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”
- Overcome doubt. The next barrier we face is our view of God. The bigger the view, the more you will worship.
Jeremiah 32:17 (NASB) Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.
3. What if they? If we,re not careful, we will let what other people think keep us from experiencing the presence of God.
Exodus 4:1 (NIV) Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?”
- Overcome fear.
Romans 1:16 (NIV) I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes.
4. I have never. In order to encounter God you will have to do something you’ve never done before. You gotta take a leap of faith.
Exodus 4:10-12 (NIV) Moses said to the LORD, “O Lord, I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”
- Overcome reluctance. I know what I’m suppose to do, I’m reluctant to do it (small groups, pray, give, etc.). To experience God you have to move toward your “burning bush.”
Hebrews 11:6 (NIV) And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.