God delights in using broken things ...
It was an arid day. The dry, balmy breeze cooled the lonely shepherd as he
sat quietly upon the grassy knoll watching his flock graze lazily in the
by Rose Weiner
It had been forty years now. So long ago and yet it seemed in one way just
like yesterday. At times the memory of Pharaoh's courts was like a story so
far in the past that he could scarcely remember the detail. At other times
it seemed so vivid he had to pinch himself to be sure he wasn't still there.
How could he have ever thought that he would be able to deliver his beloved
people from the cruelty of Egyptian slavery! Sometimes at the thought his
heart would still break in sorrow because of his people's suffering. At
other times the circumstances of his shepherd life, the remoteness of the
wilderness, the cares of his family, the peace of the pastoral scenes that
surrounded him caused such thoughts to be so remote that they were virtually
Today the memory replayed vividly in the sanctuary of his mind. Just now he
was thinking of the times when as a boy he would slip away from the palace,
without Pharaoh's daughter knowing it and visit with his father and mother,
his brother and sister. There he would sit and listen for hours of the story
of his birth and his miraculous escape from certain death in the Nile River.
"Why was I in the Nile River in a basket, mother?" he would ask again and
again. Over and over his mother would give him the same answer.
"The Hebrew people had grown mighty in number since they had been in the
land of Egypt, "she would explain. "In fact they had become so great that
Pharaoh was afraid that if war broke out we might join his enemies and
escape from Egypt. So Pharaoh ordered that all the male babies be thrown
into the river. I could not bear to see that happen. So I hid you as long as
I could, then I made a little basket, put you in it and put it in the reeds
along the bank of the Nile. When Pharaoh's daughter came down to bathe, she
saw the basket and opened it and found you. She couldn't bear the thought of
you being left to die, so she took you home to Pharaoh's palace to be her
own son. "
"Never forget, my son, the deliverance of God. I am sure that He saved you
for a purpose. The time is drawing near for the fulfillment of the promise
that God gave to our father Abraham."
"What was that promise, mother?" Moses would always ask in boyhood
"Our father Abraham had been speaking with God all day when toward the end
of the day he prepared an altar unto the Lord and laid the sacrifice upon
it. As the sun was setting Abraham fell into a deep sleep, and a thick and
dreadful darkness came over him. Then the Lord said to him, 'Know for
certain that your descendants will be strangers in a country not their own,
and they will be enslaved and mistreated four hundred years. But I will
punish the nation they serve as slaves, and afterward they will come out
with great possessions.' Then when the sun had set and darkness had fallen,
a smoking fire pot with a blazing torch appeared and passed between the
sacrifice. On that day the Lord made a covenant with our father Abraham and
promised to give his descendants a land flowing with milk and honey."
He didn't know why, but when his mother told this story his heart would
always burn within him so that he scarcely could contain himself. Even now
as he recalled her words that same fire seemed to blaze again within his
soul. She would always add, "Moses, that 400 years of slavery is just about
up. It is the time of deliverance for God's people. Don't you ever think
that you alone were spared from all the other Hebrew boys and that you are
living in Pharaoh's palace as his own son by accident!"
As he had grown up to manhood he somehow couldn't shake his mother's words.
Perhaps that is why I am here, he had thought. Perhaps that is why I am
being schooled in all the wisdom of Egypt, perhaps that is why I am becoming
an expert in all the martial arts of war and leadership. Perhaps that is why
I am next in line to Pharaoh's throne. I am the one God has ordained to
deliver Israel. As he meditated upon these thoughts his soul seemed to
become engulfed in flames.
One day after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were
and watched them at their hard labor. He became enraged as he saw an
Egyptian beating a Hebrew. Quickly he looked around and seeing that no one
was around he struck the Egyptian and killed him and hid his body in the
Sure, he had been a little nervous when he had returned to the palace, but
he had consoled himself in the miraculous events that surrounded his life
and in his certainty of God's call upon him as deliverer of Israel. God
would surely protect him now. As for the Hebrews, perhaps they would begin
to realize that he was their ally who at the right time would overthrow
Pharaoh and bring them deliverance.
The next day he had gone out and seen two Hebrews fighting one another. "Why
are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?" he asked.
The man said, "Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of
killing us as you killed the Egyptian?"
He could never forget the terror that struck his heart when he found out
that his deed had become known. Learning that Pharaoh was trying to kill
him, he had fled from Pharaoh and the land of Egypt and had gone to Midian.
There he had befriended Jethro the, priest of Midian, and had married his
Well that had been 40 years ago and now he wondered why he had ever in his
wildest imagination thought that he, the boy of a Hebrew slave, could have
ever stood alone against the most powerful Pharaoh and army in all the world
and overcome them. The thought of all these things grieved him deeply. As he
sat on the grassy knoll watching his sheep in the evening sunset he wondered
why after all these years the memory on this evening came back so vividly in
all its agony and glory.
As Moses drifted back to reality, he realized that he must be up and going
before it got too much darker. Calling his sheep unto him, Moses turned once
again toward the rocky path toward home. As Moses came near Mount Horeb, a
strange sight suddenly captured his attention. A bush appeared to be on fire
but was not burnt up.
"Now this is unusual," Moses thought. "I'll go over there and see why this
bush is burning but is not being consumed by the flames." As Moses
approached the burning bush there seemed to be an unearthly Presence that
pervaded the whole mountain side. He wanted to draw closer, and yet wanted
to run away all at the same time. But the closer he got, it seemed as though
an irresistible magnetic force drew him toward the flames. It was then that
a Voice called to him from the flames and said "Moses, Moses!"
The Call of God
Somehow in the deepest recesses of his soul Moses knew that this was the
Voice of God. At first Moses was so overwhelmed that he could not find words
to speak. Finally he was only able to stammer out, "Here I am."
God answered with a voice that was so majestic that it caused every fiber of
Moses being to vibrate with awe. "Don't come any closer. Take off your
shoes, for the place where you are standing is holy ground." Moses took off
his shoes and knelt before the Holy Presence in the bush.
God spoke again. "I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God
of Isaac and the God of Jacob." An absolute Holy fear engulfed his whole
being and Moses hid his face because he was afraid to look at God.
"I have seen the misery of my people in Egypt, " God continued. I have heard
them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about
their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the
Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good land into a good
and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey. And now the cry of
the Israelites has reached Me. I have seen the way the Egyptians are
oppressing them. So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people
the Israelites out of Egypt."
"What? Me?" Moses thought. "Me? When I was young and full of energy and well
versed in all the wisdom of Egypt maybe then I could have done it , but now
... now I am an old man. I have forgotten just about everything I have
learned. I have no power, no army, nothing but a few docile sheep here on
the backside of the desert. Surely God must be mistaken! No, I could never
Finally Moses was able to to get out a few words, "Who am I, Lord, that I
should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?"
Now we see the self confident spirit of Moses completely broken as he
realizes his own inadequacy for the job.
God answered, "I will be with you ... Tell them Moses, I Am has sent you to
This is the key that led to Moses success. He was only a man with a
shepherd's rod but through God's anointing, through obedience to God's
commands, he was able to bring down the mightiest empire in the world.
In essence, God said, Moses it really doesn't matter who you are. It is who I
Am that really counts. I Am that I Am. It was not who Moses was that
mattered at all, it was who God was that was all that mattered! For God
promised Moses that as he went forward at God's command, all the power of
heaven would back him up.
It was basically this same confession that Moses made at the burning bush
that God had wrung from the lips of Job so many years before. During a great
period of immense suffering, trial, and hardship, forsaken and misunderstood
by all who had loved him, Job maintained the confession of his
righteousness. But when he saw God, he cried out, "My ears have heard of you
but now my eyes have seen you. Therefore I despise myself and repent in dust
It was the same realization that Peter came to when before Christ's
crucifixion, he had boldly proclaimed, "Lord, even if all fall away on
account of you I never will. I am ready to go with you to prison and to
death!" But Jesus answered and said, "Peter, will you really lay down your
life for me? I tell you the truth, before the rooster crows twice you will
disown me three times?" And sure enough, as Peter stood outside the palace
of the high priest, denying that he ever knew Jesus, that his eye caught
sight of the Master, the rooster crowed for the second time and he went out
and wept bitterly.
It was the same confession God evoked from Isaiah when in the midst of his
ministry, after he had pronounced many judgements and woes to Israel, that
He saw the Lord high and lifted up with his train filling the temple.
Seraphim stood above Him who was so Holy that even these Holy and worshipful
creatures could not look upon Him, but covered their faces with their wings
and cried out, "Holy, Holy Holy is the Lord of Hosts, the whole earth is
full of His glory".
As they cried out with a sound so grand and glorious that the door posts of
the temple began to move and shake, the glory of the Lord began to roll into
that temple like a cloud until the whole house was filled with smoke from
His glory! When Isaiah beheld the Lord in such glory, he cried out
confessing his sin and the sin of his nation saying, "Woe is me! I am a man
of unclean lips and I dwell among a people of unclean lips!" That confession
brought an angel with a coal from off the altar to touch and cleanse him.
And brought an invitation of future service from the Lord.
These kind of experiences are unusual in America today. We live in a nation
in which the mind set in the church and nation emphasize the need for
self-esteem, a better self image, and an easy going quest for self
preservation. Alan Bloom observed in his book Closing of the American Mind,
"A few years ago I chatted with a taxi driver in Atlanta who told me he had
just gotten out of prison, where he served time for peddling dope. Happily
he had undergone therapy. I asked what kind. He responded, "all kinds -
depth-psychology, transactional analysis ... He said that he had found his
identity and learned to like himself. A generation earlier he would have
found God and learned to despise himself as a sinner."
The Men and Women God Uses
There has always been personal revival before public revival in the men
and women God uses. This revival has always produced basically the same
effects. It convinces man of his total inadequacy and insufficiency before
God. It convicts man of his self-life, of his own efforts. It reveals to man
God's glory, majesty, and power. It calls man to service, but at the same
time convinces that man or woman that there is no way to perform that
service apart from intimate fellowship and empowering from the Lord.
The men and women God uses have always had the testimony of a close walk
with God and and have longed for a holy life. They are men and women with a
sensitive conscience. John Wesley declared in 1734: "My one aim in life is
to secure personal holiness, for without being holy myself, I cannot promote
real holiness in others."
Without exception they fear God and sin, and above all else fear losing that
sense of God's Presence. The Person of Christ is their center, their focus
and He is pre-eminent in their thoughts and hearts. Men and women who God
uses in revival know that sin will grieve and quench the Holy Spirit. Their
zeal for God is equaled only by their fear of offending Him.
These revivalists were men and women who did not bring messages about God or
salvation from Bible texts alone, but they were men and women who brought
messages from God. Their messages moved men and women to repentance and a
changed life. They did not preach about Christ; they preached Christ. And
they held forth the cross as not only the path to salvation, but the only
path to a deeper walk with God.
They were men and women who loved God's Word. George Whitefield, revivalist
of the First Great Awakening, wrote of his love for the word of God, "I
began to read the Holy Scriptures upon my knees, laying aside all other
books and praying over, if possible, every line and word. This proved meat
and drink indeed to my soul. I daily received fresh light and power from
above. I got more true knowledge from reading the Book of God in one month
than I could ever have acquired from all the writings of men."
These were not extinct volcanoes whose celestial fires had gone out. They
were men and women whose inner fires erupted and engulfed the world around
them in flames. They gave God the honor in everything He did through them.
George Whitefield wrote in his diary, " I Pray that I may be very little in
my own eyes, and not rob my dear master of any part of His glory." Those
used in the revival in Scotland in 1921 were said to have "A humble idea of
their own ability."
A New Vision of Jesus Christ
Douglas Brown wrote, "Revival begins with a vision, and the vision begins
with a new sense of Jesus Christ." It will be noted that in each of these
men's lives they had come back to Christ - the true Center of everything. It
was not their vision, not some aspect of the truth, not to some particular
doctrine, but their inner being had returned to an all consuming vision and
relationship with Jesus Christ. Many Christians are preoccupied with mere
things. Some are leader centered, some message centered, some problem
centered. It is God's desire that we become centered upon the Person of
Jesus Christ. It is God's desire not that we come to know truth, but that we
come to know the Person, the living Person of Jesus Christ who is all truth.
And to be consumed with love and worship for Him.
Here is the test. What are you occupied with? What has become central? Is it
some leader? Some system of truth? Is it some church and its ministry? Is it
some experience we can obtain? It is possible to have been seeking all kinds
of things, but to have missed Him. Our motive in praying for revival cannot
be because we want to improve our reputation, vindicate our theology, have
the biggest church in town, or just want an exciting experience.
Revival is returning to Christ as the true Center. It is setting aside all
our hectic schedules, our better management, our better structures, our
extravagant claims and glittering showmanship and admitting our true
condition. And seeking instead that seeming unproductive and unnoticed sweet
hour of prayer in which we seek our First Love and seek to be brought into
intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. Are we willing if necessary to
break every habit, cancel every magazine or newspaper, sell our television,
burn our novels, in short, to rid ourselves of everything that keeps us from
drawing near to God in prayer and fellowship and make seeking God the
greatest aim of our lives?
God Answers Prayer
When Israel cried out because of their bondage and oppression God
answered in the "Burning Bush." When Isaiah saw the Exalted Lord of glory
and cried out in conviction of sin, God answered with a coal of fire from
off the altar, and a new calling and anointing. When Job beheld the All
Glorious One, he repented of his self righteousness, forgave his friends,
and God restored the fortunes of Job and gave him twice as much as he had
before. The latter end of Job's life was greater than its beginning. When
Peter caught a glimpse of his beaten Savior in the courtyard of the high
priest, he went out and wept bitterly. The resurrected Christ appeared to
him in forgiveness and cleansing and commissioned him to shepherd and feed
On the Day of Pentecost 120 people had been crying out in desperate prayer
for ten days in obedience to the commandment of the Resurrected Christ. God
answered with tongues of fire and a mighty baptism in the Holy Spirit. As a
result 3,000 were converted in a single day. When God's people become
revived, when Jesus becomes the true center of their lives, and when
worship, commitment, and the whole life is unto Him, then the ungodly are
converted, regenerated and transformed. R.A. Torrey observed, "Drunkards
become sober, impure men and women become pure. Thieves become honest men
and industrious citizens; and lazy people get down gladly to hard work. A
true revival always begins in the hearts of Christians but it never ends
there." It extends outward to bring a lost and dying world unto God.
The Beauty of Jesus Christ
It wasn't who Moses was, who Isaiah, Job, Peter, George Whitefield, or
John Wesley was that really mattered at all. It was Who He was and is that
is all that really mattered.
Who was He? He was the One who Daniel saw whose garments were like white
snow, the hair of his head was like pure wool. His throne was ablaze with
flames and a river of fire was flowing out before Him! He is the One whom
the Apostle John saw on the Isle of Patmos as he was exiled for the gospel,
Whose eyes were like a flame of fire, Whose feet were like burnished bronze
as when it is caused to glow in a furnace, Whose face was like the sun
shining in its strength.
Who was He? He is the One who said, "I am the First and the Last. I am He
that lives and was dead, and behold I am alive forever more and I have the
keys of hell and of death!"
Who was He? When John saw the heavens opened, He was the One who was seated
upon a white horses whose eyes are a flame of fire. He is the One whose name
is called Faithful and True who in righteousness judges and wages war. He is
the One upon whose head are many diadems, for all the kingdoms He has
conquered. And He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood and His name is
called the Word of God, and the armies which are in heaven follow Him on
white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword so that with it He may
smite the nations and He will rule them with a rod of iron with which to
rule the nations and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of
Almighty God. And on His robe and on His thigh he has a name written - King
of Kings and Lord of Lords!
He is the One who is crying out in Communist lands and in places that were
once the great spawning grounds of atheism and the great breeding grounds of
anti-Christian thought saying, "The time has come to gather all nations and
tongues, and those who have not heard of My Name shall come and see My
glory. For I will pour out My Holy Spirit on all mankind, and your sons and
daughters shall prophesy and all mankind shall come and bow before Me."
He is the One who is knocking at the door of the churches in America and
crying, "You are rich and have become wealthy and have need of nothing, and
you do not know that you are wretched miserable, poor, blind, and naked. I
counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich;
and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your
nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve that you
may see. As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and
repent. Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and
opens the door, I will come into him and fellowship with him and he with
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Church Is The True Church Of God?
The one true church of God is comprised of various individuals from
every walk of life, who live in a multitude of places stretching from
one end of the earth to the other. Each of these individuals is a part
of the body of Christ, and the very Spirit of Jesus Christ resides in
God is more than "present." He is very present. More present than the
nearest friend can be, for He is in us in our trouble; more present than
we are to ourselves, for sometimes we lack presence of mind.
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