Developing Our Hearts for God series on “What we are delivered from”- Believers can be “Judicially Hardened”

Believers are: Often judicially hardened
Ex. 4:21, Exodus 4:21 (NASB)
“21 The LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go.”
Joshua 11:20,” Joshua 11:20 (KJV)
“20 For it was of the LORD to harden their hearts, that they should come against Israel in battle, that he might destroy them utterly, and that they might have no favor, but that he might destroy them, as the LORD commanded Moses.”
God will use {carnal) believers who’s hearts are set to do their own will, or their interpretation of God’s will governed by their emotions, or by some tradition, whether it be a family, community or heritage; as examples of what His wrath can become if one is disobedient. Also these two verses clarify the fact that the devil gets the blame for events that he is not capable of defiling, which teaches believers that we are accountable for a whole lot more sin than we are willing to admit to ourselves and consequently never even try to repent from, although we may try and rebuke the devil, but since he was never in it, our prayer is of non – effect, why? Because it is God who hardens our heart to serve His purposes with His children!
“Moses fled to Midian, a desert country far from Egypt, probably east of the present-day Gulf of Aqaba. There he lived for 40 years, his culture and his pride worn away by the harsh, simple life of a shepherd. Moses abandoned his vision of himself as Israel’s deliverer (cf. Exodus 2:11-15). Now, meek at last, Moses was finally a usable man.
What lessons can we learn from Moses as we meet him in Exodus 2-5? Several.
* Use opportunities.
God placed Moses, of slave heritage, in the palace of his people’s oppressors. There he was “educated in all the wisdom of the Egyptians and was powerful in speech and action” (Acts 7:22). We too need to take opportunities to grow, and to develop within our own culture.
* Dream dreams.
Moses had a vision of himself as his people’s deliverer. When he killed the Egyptian taskmaster he supposed “that his own people would realize that God was using him to rescue them, but they did not” (Acts 7:25). Not all of us are called to fulfill our early dreams. But the desire to do great things for God, and to dare great things to help those for whom He cares, is admirable in us as well as in Moses.
* Accept discipline.
The Jews didn’t share Moses’ vision of himself as a hero. Pharaoh heard what he had done, and Moses fled. For 40 years he lived as a simple shepherd in a backward land. The image of the hero faded under the stress of repetitious toil. Finally Moses learned to accept himself as a “nobody.” We too need this kind of discipline. God does not want to break our spirits. But He cannot use pride. When we accept ourselves as nobodies, only then can we become somebodies whom God can use.
* Face limitations.
At the burning bush Moses carried his “nobody-ness” too far. At 80 God spoke to him, and announced that the youthful dream would be fulfilled. Now Moses hesitated. He saw so many reasons why he could not do what he had once planned to do.
“What if they do not believe me?”
“Lord, I have never been eloquent.”
“Lord, please send someone else.”
Each of these objections indicates clearly that Moses now was all too aware of his inadequacy. From “I can” he had swung to “I can’t.”
It’s important that we face our own limitations, and reject trust in our natural abilities. But we can be too overwhelmed by our weaknesses. We need to remember God, and shift our gaze from ourselves to Him.
* Accept God’s commission.
In the call to Moses, God had announced His purpose. “I am sending you . . . to bring My people the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10). For each objection, God had a promise:
“The elders of Israel will listen to you.”
“Go, and I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”
God is well able to do in us what He intends. With the commission of God comes the presence and power of God that enables us to fulfill it.
* Expect disappointments.
Moses did go as God commanded. And the Hebrews did welcome him. But, as God had also warned, Pharaoh did not listen. The burdens of the slave race were now increased. The people of Israel turned on Moses, and Moses turned to God. “Why have You brought trouble upon this people? Is this why You sent me?”
Every ministry knows disappointments. No path God asks us to follow will always be smooth. Learning to accept the disappointments and yet to always turn back to God is an important aspect of preparation for ministry.”
-The Teacher’s Commentary-
What are we to take away from these verses? The truth from God’s perspective! That God in His sovereignty can cross His own line in the sand when it suits Him, no! That When God assigns a calling or task to you, fix you attitude to be as obedient as you possibly can because as the above excerpt states, “with the commission of God comes the presence and power of God that enables us to fulfill it.”
Furthermore, what ought to be important to remember is that sometimes even pure hearted believers can go astray of God’s will for us. When we realize that we have strayed away, that is when we need to ask God in prayer if He is using us by hardening our hearts to His will or is it just disobedience? We know that sometimes we are absolutely certain about our calling, but sometimes the details get changed, confused or forgotten along the way, for that reason constant regular communication with God in prayer is the only way to avoid misinterpreting God’s plan for as time goes on.

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