Leadership Lessons on Moses

Principles in Moses’ life that impact ministry today

  • What are the lessons?
  • How does it relate to the ministry that we do?

1. Remembering the importance of Humility – Jethro

  • Moses has a lot of success going for him here…he has people lined up day and night to see him…he was very successful.
  • When we are very successful, we tend to not ask for help…
  • In your area of greatest strength must be your area of greatest teachability.
  • Jesus talked with Peter about fish because Peter understood fish.
  • Whatever your area of strength is, that is the area where you will be tempted to rely on yourself more but this is also the area where God wants you to depend on him the most.
  • Even when you are functioning well and successful, God is watching your flexibility and humility.
  • We can save ourselves a lot of lows and increase successes if we will listen to God and depend on him.
  • Could it be that God allows low times to hit so that he can get your attention for the future?
  • Look at how someone handles success and this tells you more than how they handle failure.
  • Could it be that some people never experience great success because their character can’t it?
  • Could it be that you wouldn’t listen to a Jethro if God sent one to you?
  • Anyone who doesn’t submit their great success areas to God will be a story of one who fell.
  • Any area of strength that you will not allow to be Spirit controlled will be a pitfall for you.
  • Many pastors could not handle this system of leadership that Moses adopted at Jethro’s advice because of their own insecurity.

2. Growth – Moses was afraid to go to Egypt but ended up strong in delivering the message and plagues

  • Moses was very afraid to go back to Egypt.
  • He took Aaron with him…Aaron spoke to Pharaoh on the first 5 plagues, but the verbiage changes at plague 6 when Moses spoke to Pharaoh.
  • In Moses’ fear, he makes a decision to not rely solely on God but to ask for Aaron to come too.
  • Aaron becomes a liability though on a few occasions.
  • When God asks you to do something and even if you are afraid, be careful about the conditions that you put on God’s plan.
  • That thing or those things can become your Achilles heel.
  • Abraham was supposed to take his wife and leave…he brought Lot and 400 people…lot would become a problem.
  • God doesn’t want you dependent on Aaron or Lot or your family…he wants you dependent upon Him!
  • You do not need to fix what God has called you to do with your own ideas and people.
  • You can’t get from people what you need for what God has called you to do.
  • No amount of people or things will take the place of what God has said to you.
  • If God calls you to a new ministry assignment and you think that you need bring your 30 closest disciples…be careful.
  • When God counters your argument of why you can’t go with “I will be with you” and “look what’s in your hand”…that is enough.

3. Obedience – Strike the rock vs. speak to it

  1. Wrong impressions:
    • It wasn’t a big deal.
    • God seems overly harsh in His response.
  2. But…to whom much is given, much is required.
    • The more you know, the more is required.
    • No one would know more than Moses so no one would be required more.
    • God said he talked to Moses as a friend talks to another.
    • God dealt with Moses not on par with Miriam and Aaron or anyone else…but as one who was elite in his experience and knowledge.
  3. Look at how Obedience ties in with relying on own strength – he killed an Egyptian on his own in the beginning and later struck a rock on his own.
  4. Increased blessing is okay with increase dependency on God – without your increase in dependency must happen to handle God’s increased blessing.
    • There is no “must we?” when the only answer is clearly “must God?”
    • He included himself with God but had no place to do so.
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