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Getting out of Midian

This is not our destiny!

Midian is not our destiny!

There is a powerful story in Scripture about Moses running to the land of Midian. It happens after he kills an Egyptian who had abused one of his Hebrew brethren (Ex. 2:11-15). In this circumstance Moses expresses a common feeling… what most of us feel in the midst of injustice.

In verse 12 it states the problem… “He looked this way and then that; when he realized there was no one in sight, he killed the Egyptian and buried him in the sand”. The spirit of strife arose inside of Moses to such a degree that it blinded his heart… forsaking the command of God in regards to murder.

Choices are the fruit of a heart’s focus!

Raised an Egyptian and coming to grips with the Hebrew heartbeat was like standing in an intersection and not knowing which way to turn. Moses’ wrong choice released the confusion that resided in his heart and created an enormous backlash among his brethren. The next day he went out to find two Hebrew men fighting. He spoke to the man who started it: “Why are you hitting your neighbor?” The man shot back: “Who do you think you are, telling us what to do? Are you going to kill me the way you killed that Egyptian?” Then Moses panics… “oh no, word’s gotten out; people know about this”. Secrets are often difficult to shake free from. Pharaoh hears about it and tries to kill Moses, but Moses gets away to the land of Midian. He sits down by a well with his confusion and there receives the call to be the “hand” of deliverance for God’s people (Ex. 3:1-4).

Midian is not the place Moses chose to go…

But God would meet Him there. Interestingly the word Midian means “striving” or “habit” and the Midianites were the descendants of Ishmael, Abraham’s son from another season of bad choices. Oddly enough its very rare that one generation’s poor choices do not become a crucible for our life later, but that is another blog topic. Yet now, in order to escape punishment for killing the Egyptian, Moses runs away to Midian, a place of habitual strife. He finds himself face-to-face with… “himself”.

Sounds like God’s intervention…

Running away takes Moses to a burning bush… with a broken heart.  Moses became a stranger in a strange land, separated from his home and family… and he needed a new identity. It took many years after this incident for Moses to be ready to serve God. The good news is that Moses did trust God (Heb. 11:27) and leave Midian. Moses found the God who transforms our identity!

We must recognize the God who transforms us as quickly as possible and allow His priorities to shape our life choices. If not, we may find ourselves visiting the land of strife. Leaving Midian can only happen when we have felt the crushing reality of God’s intervention in our character. Yet it must happen if we expect God to use us, bless us, or prosper us.

Character transformation is the defining reality of what makes a leader attractive to those who follow.

When I find myself on edge, offended or bitter toward others, there is a good chance that I am hanging out in “Midian, the land of strife”. There are spiritual realities that effect my thought life, choices and behavior patterns. God takes us into places that test us and show us what resides within our hearts. He does this for our good, as His way of chastening His children.

God chastens those whom He loves and accepts! (Heb 12:4-11)

The Christian attitude toward anger and strife should be consistent with God’s heart. There is just no room for angry outbursts or strife ridden behavior in the processing of Christian relationships. We should call it sin and repent of it or we give place to confusion. Like Moses, we could wind up in the land of Midian until it gets burned out of us.

Here is what the Bible says: (Ps. 37:8)(Prov. 19:19)(Prov. 27:4)(Eccl. 7:9)(Gal. 5:19-20)(Eph. 4:31).

Living in Midian is like living next door to a volcano that only explodes once every couple of months. I believe many folks live in Midian, a land cursed by a spirit of strife and although the erruptions only occur every few months; life is lived in confusion and fear, waiting for when and how destructive the next outburst will be. This must not be our legacy, because it is most certainly not our destiny.

Getting out of Midian is as easy as recognizing the sinful behavior and repenting of it. Ask the Holy Spirit to deliver, then begin to rest upon the Truth that God is faithful to meet you in Midian with the power to transform your heart.

Valiant Christianity

“But you, O man of God… pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called, and have confessed the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” (1 Tim. 6:11-12)

To be a Christian is to be a warrior! The good soldier of Jesus Christ must not expect to find ease in this world… it is a battle-field. Neither must he rely upon friendship with the world; for that would be enmity against God. His occupation is war.

To fight for the Truth!

We fight for righteousness, holiness, and purity. We fight for holy convictions. We fight for peace of mind in a crazy world. We fight for love and joy. We fight for our right to pray. We fight for truth and doctrine. We fight for revival. We fight for a move of God. We fight for our Lord Jesus Christ! We fight for our God!

To fight for the Cause of Christ – His Church!

We fight for our families, our heritage and legacy… children, Grandchildren. We fight for our loved ones, friends and neighbors. We fight to see people saved, healed, delivered, and filled with the Holy Ghost. We fight for the Kingdom. We fight for advancement. We fight for the ministry. We fight for the hope of the Church.

To fight against sin.

We fight against worldliness. We fight against compromise. We fight against heresy. We fight against spiritual dullness, deadness, dryness and decay. We fight against backsliding, gossip, bitterness, and strife. We fight against an invasive world system. We fight against religion. We fight against a form of godliness that denies the power of God. We fight against wasted time, wasted energy and wasted anointing. We fight against the world, the flesh, and the devil.

“To fight the good fight of faith!”

The Apostle Paul said at the end of his life, “I fought the good fight of faith” (2 Tim. 4:7). Imprisoned, deserted and often betrayed; the one time persecutor of the Church, was carrying an eternal perspective. He was saying… “I have never backed up, backed down or backed off. I have never hidden the Truth! And now I am ready to hear the reward of valiant Christianity… Well Done!”

Friends we may be weary, bruised, and bleeding; but we must not stop fighting until we hear – “Well Done!”

Just Like Jesus

Give me your best smile

Looking mighty sweet

I often hear well meaning Christians say, “I want to be like Jesus”… although I would agree, I also believe most do not truly know what that would look like for themselves. I think lots of us have a vague understanding of the character of Jesus, His ministry and His life focus.

 What is the legacy of Jesus… why did He minister the way He did and is it a real goal to be like Him?

 Since Jesus came to Earth as the Son of God, and God is love, you can say that Jesus was consistently focused out of His love for His Heavenly Father and compassion for humanity. Jesus was patient, kind, and humble. He was not envious, boastful or proud. He was not rude or self-seeking or easily angered. He kept no record of wrongs. He did not delight in evil but rejoiced with the Truth. He always protected, always trusted, always hoped, and always persevered (1 Cor 13:4-7).

 Since Jesus released an exact copy of Himself (the Holy Spirit) to dwell inside of us; once you received His gift of salvation, you can say that you are all of those things as well. As a “new creature” in God the life of Christ released by the Holy Spirit can become your life.

 You might wonder why you still get jealous… or why are you still envious, boastful or proud? That’s because we are not yet fully perfected. The writer of Hebrews says “let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfector of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Heb 12:1-2).

  •  Jesus is our beginning and our end… it is not unrealistic to want to be like Him; yet could I propose the most accurate goal is to become who you were meant to be.

 We start with Him when we are saved… He is our focus just like the Father was Jesus’ focus. He takes us through the changes we need because we have a proper focus and a platform of love. We might still struggle with the habits of our “old” self but we need to believe the truth that we are “new creatures” (2 Cor 5:17). It may not manifest instantly in our lives; nevertheless it is the truth that needs to become our identity.

 Having Jesus as our Savior sets us free to be who God designed us to be!

  •  God made each one of us as individuals.

 “For You created my inmost being; You knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” (Ps 139:13-14).

  • He has a plan and purpose for each one of us:

 “I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jer 29:11).

 Our life’s plan and purpose is individually unique, because of how God created us. We can be certain of one fact; you and I were designed to glorify God as our Father… just like Jesus.

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