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In this message, Pastor John Lindell shares a powerful word titled, “No More Excuses.” Join us as we read about the excuses Moses brings before the Lord in Exodus 3:13-4:26 and hear life-changing truth about putting your trust in God. Our prayer is that you would turn aside from all excuses, follow God with passion, and watch Him move in power in your life!
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Scripture ReferenceExodus 3:12 - 4:26
No More Excuses
Exodus 3:12 - 4:26
Genesis 3:9-13 (NLT)
Then the Lord God called to the man, "Where are you?" He replied, "I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked." "Who told you that you were naked?" the Lord God asked. "Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?" The man replied, "It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it." Then the Lord God asked the woman, "What have you done?" "The serpent deceived me," she replied. "That's why I ate it."
1st Excuse: I don’t have all the answers
Exodus 3:13 (ESV)
Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?"
Exodus 3:13-14 (ESV)
Then Moses said to God, "If I come to the people of Israel and say to them, 'The God of your fathers has sent me to you,' and they ask me, 'What is his name?' what shall I say to them?" God said to Moses, "I am who I am." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I am has sent me to you.'"
1 Corinthians 2:4-5 (NLT)
My message and my preaching were very plain. Rather than using clever and persuasive speeches, I relied only on the power of the Holy Spirit.
Exodus 3:14 (ESV)
God said to Moses, "I am who I am." And he said, "Say this to the people of Israel, 'I am has sent me to you.'"
2nd Excuse: What if they don’t believe me
Exodus 4:1 (ESV)
Then Moses answered, "But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice, for they will say, 'The Lord did not appear to you.'"
Exodus 3:18-22 (ESV)
And they will listen to your voice, and you and the elders of Israel shall go to the king of Egypt and say to him, 'The Lord, the God of the Hebrews, has met with us; and now, please let us go a three days' journey into the wilderness, that we may sacrifice to the Lord our God.' But I know that the king of Egypt will not let you go unless compelled by a mighty hand. So I will stretch out my hand and strike Egypt with all the wonders that I will do in it; after that he will let you go. And I will give this people favor in the sight of the Egyptians; and when you go, you shall not go empty, but each woman shall ask of her neighbor, and any woman who lives in her house, for silver and gold jewelry, and for clothing. You shall put them on your sons and on your daughters. So you shall plunder the Egyptians."
Exodus 4:2-4 (ESV)
The Lord said to him, "What is that in your hand?" He said, "A staff." And he said, "Throw it on the ground." So he threw it on the ground, and it became a serpent, and Moses ran from it. But the Lord said to Moses, "Put out your hand and catch it by the tail"—so he put out his hand and caught it, and it became a staff in his hand—
3rd Excuse: I don’t have what it takes
Exodus 4:10 (ESV)
But Moses said to the Lord, "Oh, my Lord, I am not eloquent, either in the past or since you have spoken to your servant, but I am slow of speech and of tongue."
Exodus 4:11-12 (ESV)
Then the Lord said to him, "Who has made man's mouth? Who makes him mute, or deaf, or seeing, or blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall speak."
Luke 12:11-12 (NIV)
When you are brought before synagogues, rulers and authorities, do not worry about how you will defend yourselves or what you will say, for the Holy Spirit will teach you at that time what you should say.
4th Excuse: Others are more qualified
Exodus 4:13 (NIV)
But he said, “Oh my Lord, please send someone else.”
Exodus 4:14-17 (NIV)
Then the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses and he said, "Is there not Aaron, your brother, the Levite? I know that he can speak well. Behold, he is coming out to meet you, and when he sees you, he will be glad in his heart. You shall speak to him and put the words in his mouth, and I will be with your mouth and with his mouth and will teach you both what to do. He shall speak for you to the people, and he shall be your mouth, and you shall be as God to him. And take in your hand this staff, with which you shall do the signs."
5th Excuse: It will cause friction in my family
Exodus 4:20-24 (ESV)
So Moses took his wife and his sons and had them ride on a donkey, and went back to the land of Egypt. And Moses took the staff of God in his hand.And the Lord said to Moses, "When you go back to Egypt, see that you do before Pharaoh all the miracles that I have put in your power. But I will harden his heart, so that he will not let the people go.Then you shall say to Pharaoh, 'Thus says the Lord, Israel is my firstborn son, and I say to you, "Let my son go that he may serve me." If you refuse to let him go, behold, I will kill your firstborn son.'" At a lodging place on the way the Lord met him and sought to put him to death.
Exodus 4:25-26 (ESV)
Then Zipporah took a flint and cut off her son's foreskin and touched [Moses'] feet (Lit: cast it at his feet) with it and said, "Surely you are a bridegroom (relative) of blood to me!" So he let him alone. (Lit: So he let go) It was then that she said, "A bridegroom of blood," because of the circumcision.
Exodus 4:24 (ESV)
At a lodging place on the way the Lord met him and sought to put him to death.