Coming Out Of Your Desert Place
“Now Moses kept the flock of Jethro his father in law, the priest of Midian: and he led the flock to the backside of the desert, and came to the mountain of God, even to Horeb. And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him in a flame of fire out of the midst of a bush: and he looked, and, behold, the bush burned with fire, and the bush was not consumed.” Exodus 3:1-2 KJV
God can meet you at any point in your life’s journey, and reveal himself to you even in the back of a desert. It was in the backside of the desert where God met and Called Moses. It was in this place where Moses had become comfortable. It was in this place, where Moses was seeking safety and shelter from his adversary Pharaoh. It was in this temporary place where Moses had settled – God had a Bigger Purpose that trumped Moses’ temporary plans. While tending His Father In Law’s flock, getting married and having children Moses had made this temporary place of refuge a permanent place of habitation. God wanted to use him mightily but it required him to leave from the place of obscurity and into the forefront of a generation.
“And Moses said, I will now turn aside, and see this great sight, why the bush is not burnt. And when the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called unto him out of the midst of the bush, and said, Moses, Moses. And he said, Here am I.”
Exodus 3:3-4 KJV
Maybe, like Moses, you’ve gotten comfortable in a place that was meant for you to stay temporarily. Maybe, you were Called to confront your Pharaoh with God and change the world. Maybe, God is trying to get your attention at this very moment. It is your choice to either say “Here am I.” or stay in the place of obscurity. God is Calling you out of the obscurity of your desert and into the forefront of a generation to represent Him. You are His chosen vessel, you were created by God to be used by Him in a mighty way. Turn aside. Turn your ear to hear what’s your assignment.
Prayer: “Father God, In The Name of Jesus, I submit to Your Will. I will surrender to Your Voice. You are my Lord. Touch my heart and make my hands ready to do and to accept Yout assignment. I surrender to You in Jesus Name. Amen.”
Holy Ground – The Separation.
“And he said, Draw not nigh hither: put off thy shoes from off thy feet, for the place whereon thou standest is holy ground.”
Exodus 3:5 KJV
God separated Moses and placed Him as head of a generation and used him as His Representative. When God sets you apart, He’ll give you specific instructions to lead His People. You are His Chosen Vessel. You are marked by His Word and led by His Voice. It’s up to you to surrender to God’s Will or choose to walk by sight and forsake what He says. The place that He assigns to you becomes Holy Ground. He wants to transform your ordinary into the extraordinary – even in the desert, the boardroom, the classroom, the cubicle… Your present surroundings does not matter to God. He will use you and Call you at any point in time – even in your place of wilderness.
Breaking Generational Boundaries.
“Now therefore give me this mountain, whereof the Lord spake in that day; for thou heardest in that day how the Anakims were there, and that the cities were great and fenced: if so be the Lord will be with me, then I shall be able to drive them out, as the Lord said.” Joshua 14:12 KJV
Joshua, Moses’ successor, was charged by God to conquer the mountains, land and territory where God had originally tasked Moses to conquer and possess. Joshua, led the people into a Generational Breakthrough by conquering and inheriting the Promised Land. However, before conquering the land, Joshua chose to surround himself by men who followed God and was not influenced by the opinions of man – men like Caleb. It was Caleb who waited 45 years in the wilderness before making the proclamation, “Give me this mountain”, in Joshua 14:12. Joshua had Blessed Him to pursue. When you are coming out of the desert, surround yourself with Calebs – people who are wholeheartedly following God and are not afraid to pursue Purpose. Come out of your desert – follow God and be made whole.
This article was written by Vance Jackson who serves on the leadership team of Word of Life Christian Ministries in Detroit, MI. Vance is a successful businessman, speaker and writer and leads Bible studies on topics ranging from Marriage to Faith, Family, Business, Stewardship, Emotional Healing and Leadership.
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