The Church’s potency and influence is contingent on the saints of God operating in the full potential of their giftings and talents that God has endowed them with. By the same token, the Church will remain weak and ineffective if God’s people are discouraged, unintentional, and poor stewards of their giftings and talents. Moses is one person the enemy tries to quench, nullify, and forfeit his giftings and talents.
“At this time Moses was born, and was well pleasing to God; and he was brought up in his father’s house for three months. 21 But when he was set out, Pharaoh’s daughter took him away and brought him up as her own son. 22 And Moses was learned in all the wisdom of the Egyptians, and was mighty in words and deeds.” (Acts 7:20-22)
Moses “Lost” his Mighty Words & Deeds
Moses grew up mighty in words and deeds. That was his testimony. That was who he was. He was confident, articulate, eloquent, a great communicator, and strong physically. It is amazing that the same Moses years later when God called him, would repeatedly give excuses for the same qualities and giftings that God had given him. He was about forty years old when he struck down the Egyptian and had to flee to Midian. For the next forty-years, he was a shepherd in the wilderness of Mount Sinai. And then the Lord encountered him powerfully in the burning bush (Acts 7:23-34). A long time had passed since Moses was “mighty in words and deeds.” We are about to see how far Moses had departed from an eloquent, mighty man to an insecure, stuttering shepherd in the wilderness.
Moses’ Excuses & Insecurities
When God called him to deliver His people from Pharaoh, Moses would give these excuses:
“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh, and that I should bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)
“What shall I say to them?” (Exodus 3:13)
“But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice…” (Exodus 4:1)
“O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; but I am slow of speech and slow of tongue.” (Exodus 4:10)
“O my Lord, please send by the hand of whomever else You may send.” (Exodus 4:13)
God Restored Moses’ Voice
Watch how the Lord began to breathe life to the very giftings that had become dead and buried; resurrect his hope and confidence; bring vision to his disillusionment; and speak promise into his prophetic destiny. God was speaking directly to the very places of strength that had become his weaknesses in Moses’ life. God was building up this man of God again. He was restoring the power of Moses’ voice:
14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.” And He said, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.’” 15 Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’ 16 Go and gather the elders of Israel together, and say to them, ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, appeared to me, saying, “I have surely visited you and seen what is done to you in Egypt; 17 and I have said I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt to the land of the Canaanites and the Hittites and the Amorites and the Perizzites and the Hivites and the Jebusites, to a land flowing with milk and honey.”’ 18 Then they will heed your voice; and you shall come, you and the elders of Israel, to the king of Egypt; and you shall say to him…’ (Exodus 3:14-18)
Now therefore, go, and I will be with your mouth and teach you what you shall say.” (Exodus 4:12)
God Restored Moses’ Mighty Deeds
2 So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?”He said, “A rod.” 3 And He said, “Cast it on the ground.” So he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from it. 4 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail” (and he reached out his hand and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand), 5 “that they may believe that the Lord God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has appeared to you.” 6 Furthermore the Lord said to him, “Now put your hand in your bosom.” And he put his hand in his bosom, and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous, like snow. 7 And He said, “Put your hand in your bosom again.” So he put his hand in his bosom again, and drew it out of his bosom, and behold, it was restored like his other flesh. 8 “Then it will be, if they do not believe you, nor heed the message of the first sign, that they may believe the message of the latter sign. 9 And it shall be, if they do not believe even these two signs, or listen to your voice, that you shall take water from the river and pour it on the dry land. The water which you take from the river will become blood on the dry land.” (Exodus 4:2-9)
And you shall take this rod in your hand, with which you shall do the signs.” (Exodus 4:17)
The Lord expects us to put our giftings and talents to work, not just to impact the Church, but to impact the world and the marketplace. The Body of Christ has lost her place of influence and power because of a passive and poor stewardship of the giftings and talents. Many believers have heard the call of God, have sensed His grace on the unique giftings and talents in their lives. However, due to circumstances in life over time, many have become jaded, discouraged, disillusioned, passive, lost their vision and passion concerning the very calling, giftings and talents that He has given to them. 2017 is a reset for a lot of people not just chronologically, but spiritually as well.
The Lord says, “I am going to speak to many concerning the giftings and talents that I have ordained over your life before you were born. Many of you have felt my grace and anointing in those areas. Many of you have stewarded well and I say ‘Well done, faithful ones.’ But many have stewarded poorly and have buried my giftings and talents over your life in the ground. You have been distracted and have lost the passion. You have been overcome by the cares of life that have shifted your focus and vision. But know this, my giftings are irrevocable. I am not taking back what I have given you. I am going to breathe life into your giftings and talents that have been shelved, ignored, neglected, and put on the back burner. I am resurrecting dreams and visions that you have buried. There is going to be spiritual realignment like a plumb line, in the new year. I am going to orchestrate things in your life where your giftings and talents will be brought to the forefront from the background. So be intentional and be diligent. As you steward your giftings well, I will bring you into places of influence, favour, and promotion. I am going to place godly ones over the strategic leadership positions in the top of the mountains of influence in society. Revisit the things I have spoken over your life. For many of you, I’m restoring your voice to impact your environment where you have felt muffled. I am restoring power and strength over your life where you have felt defeated. Mighty deeds will be done through many of your hands that will astound many, even yourself. Pick up that rod of faith and watch the miracles I am about to do in and through your life in the new year.”
For the sake of the Kingdom,