Sunday 18th November 2007 “God Builds your Character”


Dear Friends,

Have you realized your purpose in life?

When you get a call or you hear of a sermon or church thing-a-majig somewhere… and you get that freakin feeling that you need not go, just pick yourself up and go. You will be shocked to find that that message was meant for you. This was Mama Tj,s message to the people this Sunday. Oh mama Tj is Mrs. Carol Kiamah AKA wife wa pasi.

Exodus 2:1-10 (NIV)

The Birth of Moses

1 Now a man of the house of Levi married a Levite woman, 2 and she became pregnant and gave birth to a son. When she saw that he was a fine child, she hid him for three months. 3 But when she could hide him no longer, she got a papyrus basket for him and coated it with tar and pitch. Then she placed the child in it and put it among the reeds along the bank of the Nile. 4 His sister stood at a distance to see what would happen to him. 5 Then Pharaoh’s daughter went down to the Nile to bathe, and her attendants were walking along the river bank. She saw the basket among the reeds and sent her slave girl to get it. 6 She opened it and saw the baby. He was crying, and she felt sorry for him. “This is one of the Hebrew babies,” she said.

7 Then his sister asked Pharaoh’s daughter, “Shall I go and get one of the Hebrew women to nurse the baby for you?”

8 “Yes, go,” she answered. And the girl went and got the baby’s mother. 9 Pharaoh’s daughter said to her, “Take this baby and nurse him for me, and I will pay you.” So the woman took the baby and nursed him. 10 When the child grew older, she took him to Pharaoh’s daughter and he became her son. She named him Moses, [a] saying, “I drew him out of the water.”

Moses was born to deliver the Israelites out of Egypt , he was born at a time when istael was oppressed, multiplying fast and being enslaved.

Moses knew he was a deliverer of Israel but the Israelites did not like that version of the story. This was because this was not Gods Plan for Moses at that time. When Moses went out and killed the Egyptian soldier, he was expecting praise from his own people but all he got was mockery and was reported so he had to flea to the desert to hide from prosecution.

Exodus 2:18-23 (NIV)

Moses Flees to Midian

11 One day, after Moses had grown up, he went out to where his own people were and watched them at their hard labor. He saw an Egyptian beating a Hebrew, one of his own people. 12 Glancing this way and that and seeing no one, he killed the Egyptian and hid him in the sand. 13 The next day he went out and saw two Hebrews fighting. He asked the one in the wrong, “Why are you hitting your fellow Hebrew?” 14 The man said, “Who made you ruler and judge over us? Are you thinking of killing me as you killed the Egyptian?” Then Moses was afraid and thought, “What I did must have become known.”

15 When Pharaoh heard of this, he tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled from Pharaoh and went to live in Midian, where he sat down by a well. 16 Now a priest of Midian had seven daughters, and they came to draw water and fill the troughs to water their father’s flock. 17 Some shepherds came along and drove them away, but Moses got up and came to their rescue and watered their flock.

18 When the girls returned to Reuel their father, he asked them, “Why have you returned so early today?”

19 They answered, “An Egyptian rescued us from the shepherds. He even drew water for us and watered the flock.”

20 “And where is he?” he asked his daughters. “Why did you leave him? Invite him to have something to eat.”

21 Moses agreed to stay with the man, who gave his daughter Zipporah to Moses in marriage. 22 Zipporah gave birth to a son, and Moses named him Gershom, [b] saying, “I have become an alien in a foreign land.”

23 During that long period, the king of Egypt died. The Israelites groaned in their slavery and cried out, and their cry for help because of their slavery went up to God. 24 God heard their groaning and he remembered his covenant with Abraham, with Isaac and with Jacob. 25 So God looked on the Israelites and was concerned about them.

This was not Moses’ plan, it was Gods plan. God wanted to physically and psychologically prepare Moses for the task of rescuing the Israelites.

Below are a list of lessons that Moses learnt in the desert…

1. Leadership 101

Moses was a leader in Egypt, a leader made easy with a command of chariots, great people skills, the best education money then could buy, but he forgot God. On that same note, do you have all th above skills, a great degree etc but unable to find a job? God has not forgotten you, He is just operating at his pace which I tell you is not the pace of man.

basically Moses was kicked out of Egypt by God to go to the Midian desert to learn a few lessons on life the God way. He was demoted from a leader of People to a leader of Sheep so that he could be humbled. So that he could be prepared to deal with stuborn and sometimes ignorant people and not be a toothless dictator.

2. Obscurity – Insignificant, vague, remote from observation

Moses was demoted from a Chariot leader to nothing, he had to learn that God was the source of all leadership and not man. He maxed in the desert bored… that is why he probably noticed the bush that was on fire.

Yes, Moses felt the downside of the change of lifestyle but God wanted to take that opportunity to build his character.

When you are feeling totally qualified and ready to be in a great job and you don’t get it immediately and you had in plan, just rest assured that it is God who is building your character. When you think you are ready is not when God thinks you are ready.

3. Waiting

Moses was in a hurry to get his job done while he was a young man in Egypt. He know he was connected. He had army connection and government connections etc. but he forgot that he needed a go-ahead from God.

When you think you are getting old and time for you to do certain things is running out, e.g. you are over 25 and still jobless, you are over 30 and still single with no prospects of marriage, you have no savings and retirement is round the corner… God does not operate on that time line. So long as you have your trust in Him, when He thinks the time is right, you wish will be His command.

Friends you need to suffer to be a true member of Gods kingdom. God taught Moses patience so that he could go and handle the hardened Israelites.

You know you are gifted but alter call after alter call you never receive your calling. Well God is watching you and will not leave you and will call you at His convinience.

4. Loneliness

You need to go through a period of loneliness where God can take time to speak to you. He will not of course leave you totally alone but you will not have your regular friends. Moses was taken away from his friends in Egypt but was given Zipporah and a son Gershom.

Are you struggling with feelings of if you are doing the right thing or not? Well worry not, feelings are not bad and are not evil. Feelings are a communication especially if you commit them through prayer. Don’t worry if time seems to be going too fast.

Moses felt like a failure, he had lost his family, his friends in Egypt, wouldn’t you? Many of us are suffering from failures, we are in an emotional desert. God is taking us through a stage of CHARACTER BUILDING.

Romans 5:1-3 (NIV)

Peace and Joy

1Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we[a]have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we[b] rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. 3Not only so, but we[c] also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance;

Thank you all and have a marvelous week.

Jonathan Kathukya

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