There are many things we are exposed to. The levels of darkness have increased, but to those who know Christ, so does the power of God which is greater than all darkness.
The war has already been won, but there are little battles that we fight daily. God is accelerating the preparation process for many people because he needs his warriors to have a clear vision and understanding of how he desires to use us. I know many of you know God has something for you, but you struggle with doubt, fear, or lack of knowledge. In spite of what we believe we can do, now is the time for us to arise!
The number one thing you’re probably wondering is how do we arise. What does it look like? In my time of prayer God gave me three steps:
1. Awareness of who God is
2. Acceptance of who we are through God
3. Application of God's word through obedience
Seems simple, but I must warn you that making it through these three steps is a process and will not take place over night. Let’s take a look at Moses who went through this process and arose to achieve something great!
For those who don’t know, Moses was a Hebrew born when the Pharaoh ordered all Hebrew sons to be thrown into the Nile River and killed. Moses’s mother actually put Moses in a basket and let the basket run down the Nile River. Amazingly, Pharaoh’s daughter found Moses and requested to raise Him. So, we see that Moses was raised amongst the people, the Egyptians, who had enslaved his people (Israelites-Hebrews). Exodus 2:1-10
Spoiler Alert: Moses was ultimately called to deliver the Israelites (Hebrews) from slavery, well if you pay attention, God placed a passion to deliver people within him well before he knew the plan God had for his life.
1. Killed an Egyptian protecting a Hebrew (His people) Exodus 2:11-13
“One day, when Moses had grown up, he went out to his people and looked on their burdens, and he saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his people. He looked this way and that, and seeing no one, he struck down the Egyptian and hid him in the sand.” Exodus 2:11-12
2. After running away to Midian, he saved a group of Midianite women Exodus 2:16-22
“They said, “An Egyptian delivered us out of the hand of the shepherds and even drew water for us and watered the flock.” Exodus 2:19
Take Away: God gives us glimpses of what he desires for us to do
Now back to our steps on How to Arise:
The first part of arising is gaining awareness of who God is. How he goes about doing this may vary for many of us, but he will make himself known. Moses came to know who God is during his burning bush experience.
“When the Lord saw that he turned aside to see, God called to him out of the bush, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” Then he said, “Do not come near; take your sandals off your feet, for the place on which you are standing is holy ground.” And he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God. Then the Lord said, “I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them.” Exodus 3:4-9
God reveals himself to Moses as holy and the God of his ancestors. Of course, God is more, but this is the level of awareness given to Moses to activate his journey to arise.
The next set of arising involves us accepting who we are through Christ. This step is often a painful process because we are purged of excuses and forced to realize that it is through our imperfections that God is able to use us beyond our own ability. I believe this may have been the hardest step for Moses and I can say it the step most of us get stuck in, but even with our battle with identify, God reminds us of who he is. Here are quite a few excuses Moses gave in attempts to not do what God asked him to do:
“But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” He said, “But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” Exodus 3:11-12
“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.’” The Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A staff.” Exodus 4:1-2
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.” 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.” Exodus 4:10-12
“But he said, “Oh, my Lord, please send someone else.” 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.” Exodus 4:13-14
I’ve heard many people give excuses and I’ve given them myself, but never have I tried to give as many excuses as Moses. The funny thing is with every insecurity-driven excuse, God brought security by reminding Moses of the power and authority he had within him.
The final step requires us to step out on faith and be obedient to God’s Word. After finally realizing who God is and who he was through Christ, Moses goes back to Egypt and becomes a true vessel of the Lord. From Exodus 4:18 through chapter 14, we see Moses consistently walk in faith, trusting God, and being obedient to everything God asked him to do.
When We Arise
Because of Moses’s obedience God raised him up and used him to free the Israelites. He was no longer the scared Hebrew man who feared Pharaoh. He had become the deliverer of the Israelites and faithful servant of the Lord.
“Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses.” Exodus 14:31
Like Moses, God wants to use us. He's already given you a glimpse of how he wants to use you, but fear, insecurity, shame, guilt or doubt have become stumbling blocks. Let God reveal himself to you, so that you can come into the knowledge of who he created you to be. At that point he will raise you up to be the light to all who have yet to experience his light. Because Moses went through the process of Awareness, Acceptance, and Application, God raised him up to be the light in the midst of darkness and the glory of the Lord was seen upon him. Now is the time for you to arise, so that you, too, can reflect the glory of the Lord!