Exodus 10:3 Refusing To Be Humble

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So Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said to him, “This is what the LORD, the God of the Hebrews, says: ‘How long will you refuse to humble yourself before me? Let my people go, so that they may worship me.’ Exodus 10:3

Humility is putting other people before one’s own self. It is allowing someone else to be above self. The world does not believe in humility. Starting with Satan and going through every person, life has always been about self. Man wants to be in absolute control of every area of his own life. He wants to be the one who sits on the throne of authority.

People want to receive the honor and praise for everything that happens. This even includes many who are in the church. Pride is allowed to be a part of the life of a person, pushing God back or completely out of the picture.

God asked Pharaoh how long he would refuse to humble himself before Him. Pharaoh believed that he was the one in control and even above God, Himself. He refused to let the people go, even though God was proving over and over that He had the true authority and power over Pharaoh and his people.

There are many believers who are also guilty of not humbling themselves before God. They feel as though they are the ones in control. It is all about their ministry, their work, their power, their authority and God is not allowed to be on the throne. In word, they say that God is the King and in control, but in reality, it is all about how they look to others. It is about self.

Humbling yourself means that you will allow God to be the one in control of your life. It means you know that in yourself, you have no control or power. The only control you have is humbling yourself and letting God have the control.

Do not be like Pharaoh and allow the sin of self-pride to rule your life. God had to crush both Pharaoh and all of Egypt to get them to realize that He was in control. As with Pharaoh, it is not about you, but about God and others.

Who are you putting on the throne of your life? Is it God? Or is it yourself?

Humble yourself before God today and let Him be God of your life.

I pray today that you will know the authority God has; that you will humble yourself before God; that you will let God rule your life; and that you will point all people towards God and not towards yourself. 

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Exodus 9:21 Ignoring God’s Word

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But those who ignored the word of the LORD left their slaves and livestock in the field. Exodus 9:21

Ignorance is something that a lot of people like to have. They like to ignore the rules and commands that are given. Many will think that they are above the law or it does not affect them.

This action can often be seen in cities near the ocean when there is a warning of an incoming hurricane or major disastrous storm. The government will give a warning for people to leave the area for safety. Most people will leave, but there are some who do not fear the storm and think that they can weather it out safely. They refuse to follow the instructions to leave the area. Many times their homes are destroyed, some will lose their lives because they chose to ignore the command.

God had given a warning of an incoming hail storm over all of Egypt. Those who listened to God and feared Him, brought in all their slaves and livestock to safety. Those who ignored God, did not bring them into safety. The storm did come and destroyed a lot in its path, just as God had warned.

People often ignore the words of God, hoping that His word will not really occur as He said it would. For those who are not believers, this can be expected, however, many believers do the very same action. They ignore God’s word.

This can be seen in believers who choose to continue to live in sinful way. They continue to pursue a sin that God has warned them not to do. They don’t even attempt to stop sinning in a given area of their life. This is ignoring God’s commands to stop sinning and to turn to Him.

Sinning like this, is often done because they believe God will have grace upon them. Yet, the sin is done on willful purpose, ignoring God’s command.

Take a moment to examine your life and see if you are guilty of ignoring God’s commands. Where are you allowing sin in  your life on purpose, refusing to change and live for God?

There is a coming judgment. If you fear God, you will know that His word is true. You will take the time to strive to turn from all sin. You will allow God to change you.

Are you ignoring or following God’s commands for your life?

I pray today that you will know what God’s commands are for you; that you will live your whole life for God; that you will not live in sin against God; and that you will not ignore any of God’s commands. 

Exodus 6:9 Discouragement Overcomes

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Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and harsh labor. Exodus 6:9

Discouragement occurs when things go bad on a consistent basis and don’t ever seem to get better. People try and try to change the situation, but it does not change. If it keeps up long enough, people get discouraged and want to quit. They cannot believe in the possibility of things getting better. They begin to expect hardship and turmoil.

It is difficult to encourage someone who is discouraged. All the person can see is the mountain and trouble in front of their eyes. His eyes are blinded to the truth or any change than can occur.

The Israelites had been under slavery for 400 hundred years. All they, their parents, their grand-parents and great grand-parents have ever known is slavery. They had been crying out to God for a rescue. When God began to answer, the enemy doubled down on the fight to hold them.

Through Moses, God told them that He would release them. Yet, they would not listen to that word, because they were discouraged. Everything was going from bad to worse. How could anything get better? It appeared that God and Moses had made things worse. They were discouraged.

Many people in this world and some believers have this type of view on life. They cannot see beyond the troubles that are in front of them. They allow discouragement to overcome in their lives and keep them down, rather than allowing God to come in and strengthen them and release them from the hands of the enemy.

The enemy will not release a person quickly or easily. The world does not want to lose anyone to God. So the world will fight back. Satan will double up on holding a believer or non-believer down.

There may be times you attempt to encourage someone who is discouraged and being beaten down or you may be in that place yourself. Look up to God and trust His word to you. God has great plans for you.

No matter what the world can throw at you, God will win in the end. In the end you will be brought into the promised land–heaven for all eternity with God.

Do not allow yourself to get discouraged and stop hearing God’s word for your life. Do not let discouragement win, but let God’s word in your life win.

I pray today that you will know God’s word for your life; that God will remove discouragement from your life; that you will allow God to pull you through the troubles of this life; and that you will live in victory through Jesus and God’s Holy Spirit.

Exodus 5:21 Being Unpopular

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and they said, “May the LORD look on you and judge you! You have made us obnoxious to Pharaoh and his officials and have put a sword in their hand to kill us.” Exodus 5:21

Being liked is something most people want. They want to be liked by the people they are around. Some even desire to be very popular. They would like to be like some celebrities, whom every one knows who they are no matter where they go.

In order to be popular with the people, many will do whatever it takes. Often personal standards are compromised or completely tossed out. People will do what everyone likes, just to make them happy and be popular. When a person speaks, they will say what the others want to hear, in order to be loved and popular.

This type of action has also occurred in the church. There are different preachers who will only speak good words and refuse to talk about sinful acts and God’s coming judgement. They want to be popular.

However, doing God’s will is not always the most popular thing to do. Moses was told by God to go before Pharaoh to demand he let the Israelites go. Instead of releasing the people, he made their life harder. This made Moses unpopular with the people.

Even though he was unpopular, Moses continued to do what was God’s desire for him to do. He did not bend under the pressure to be liked or popular with the people.

Doing what God wants is not always the easiest or most popular thing to do. It goes against the ways and desires of this world. Even inside the church, many people don’t see it as God’s will and fight against a person. They will talk bad about the person or even walk away.

As a believer, God may call you to do some work for Him that may not be popular with the people. It may turn both believers and non-believers against you, because they are refusing to see God’s will.

Yet, just as Moses did, you must continue to do what God has called you to do. Popularity will not get you into heaven. It is faith, trust and obedience that will get you to heaven. Obedience is what will allow God to say you have done well, good and faithful servant.

How well are you doing God’s will today?

I pray today that you will know God’s will for your life; that you will do God’s will for your life; that God will give you strength to do His will; that God will protect you from the people; and that God will use you to build His kingdom.