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Unstoppable Reading Plan | Week 2 | Day 1



Prayer


As you come to spend time with Jesus, calm your mind and body until you feel fully present. Ask Him to teach you more about Himself today.

Bible Reading: Exodus 3:1-12


Read these verses three times slowly.

Now Moses was tending the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian, and he led the flock to the far side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. There the angel of the Lord appeared to him in flames of fire from within a bush. Moses saw that though the bush was on fire it did not burn up. So Moses thought, “I will go over and see this strange sight—why the bush does not burn up.”

When the Lord saw that he had gone over to look, God called to him from within the bush,“Moses! Moses!”

And Moses said, “Here I am.”

“Do not come any closer,” God said. “Take off your sandals, for the place where you are standing is holy ground.” Then he said, “I am the God of your father, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob.” At this, Moses hid his face, because he was afraid to look at God.

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. 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 and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and 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.”

But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

And God said, “I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

Reflection & Questions


This week in our Unstoppable series we are considering the Unstoppable Mission. The mission of God to spread the gospel to the ends of the world is unstoppable. It will happen. And He invites us to be a part. However, as we participate in the mission using the gifts and experiences that God has used to shape us, we find all sorts of pitfalls derailing us in the mission. This week in our readings we are going to consider five mission pitfalls that Biblical characters experienced – and how we are just the same!

Today, we consider the pitfall of feelings of inadequacy. It is the feeling of “I can’t do that….” or “Who am I to do that?” Amazingly, it is the mighty Moses, the one who stood up to Pharoah, the one who led the millions of Israelites out of Egypt, who underneath the surface struggled with feeling deeply inadequate.

There at the famous burning bush, God calls Moses. He tells Moses that He has seen the Israelites suffering, and commissions Moses to be HIs proxy: “So now, go. I am sending you.” You’d think that standing there at the burning bush, hearing the very voice of God, Moses’ response would be, “I’m in!” or “Let’s go!”. In fact, Moses had grieved for his people and he wanted to rescue the Israelites. And now, God is sending him to do just that. But, Moses isn’t in. He says, “Who am I that I should go?” As God calls, Moses’ eyes are on himself and all his weaknesses. God’s surely mistaken… “I’m not your guy God.” In fact, the rest of Exodus chapter 3 and 4 is a back and forth conversation where Moses tries to persuade God that he’s not God’s guy.

The incredible answer of God isn’t to tell Moses how gifted, strong, or equipped he is. God doesn’t try to build up Moses’ ego. God simply answers, “I will be with you.” When it comes to carrying out the mission of God, that is enough. If God is calling us, He will be with us. And we shouldn’t say “Who am I,” but “He is with me.”

      1. How do you feel inadequate for your mission?
      2. How can you remind yourself that the ability to accomplish your mission isn’t based on you, but that God is with you?

Develop Your Mission Statement


A mission statement is a powerful way to clarify what you believe God has put you on earth to do. You can use a devotional we’ve developed called, “God’s Call – Your Mission” to develop your own mission statement. Check that out here. Prayer

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Worship Song


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Ed Applegate

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