Posted by: heisourstrongtower | March 4, 2012

Promised Land

“Moses and Aaron went from the assembly to the entrance to the tent of meeting and fell facedown, and the glory of the LORD appeared to them.  The LORD said to Moses, “Take the staff, and you and your brother Aaron gather the assembly together. Speak to that rock before their eyes and it will pour out its water. You will bring water out of the rock for the community so they and their livestock can drink.” 

 So Moses took the staff from the LORD’s presence, just as he commanded him.  He and Aaron gathered the assembly together in front of the rock and Moses said to them, “Listen, you rebels, must we bring you water out of this rock?”  Then Moses raised his arm and struck the rock twice with his staff. Water gushed out, and the community and their livestock drank. 

But the LORD said to Moses and Aaron, “Because you did not trust in me enough to honor me as holy in the sight of the Israelites, you will not bring this community into the land I give them.”  Numbers 20: 6-12 

We all know the story of Moses…where he was born, what his mother did through her faith in God, he was adopted by the Pharaoh’s daughter, he committed murder, he fled the country, he got married and had a son, he saw a burning bush, he was told to free the Israelite’s…I am not making light of his accomplishments but, I have an important lesson for you.  This lesson is all about what Moses, one of the greatest men of God in the Old Testament, was not allowed to do because he did not listen to God.  When Moses struck the rock twice instead of speaking to the rock, he was no longer qualified to fulfill the original destiny God had planned for his life.  He lost his right to lead the people into the Promised Land because he did not obey God.

Moses was the leader of a group of individuals and they were doing what people do; they were griping and complaining about their circumstances and, they were blaming their leaders; Moses and Aaron.  Now, Moses and Aaron started out doing the right thing, they sought the Lord’s enlightenment and instruction on how to handle the situation, just like they had 40 years earlier.  Only this time God’s instructions for getting the water out of the rock differed from His old advice; instead of striking the rock with the staff, Moses is to hold the staff in one hand and speak to the rock to get the water to flow.

Even though they went to God for help, when they left the Lord’s presence, they did not leave their anger at the people behind.  Moses gathered the people in front of the rock and not only showed his anger; he treated them like they had not been transformed from slavery to freedom.  Forty years ago they understood beating a rock because that is what they lived in their former bondaged lives.  But, they were no longer who they used to be and they were to be treated as free people, who no longer lived by the rule of the staff.  They had matured and Moses was being called by God to use the softer approach of “speaking” into their lives in his leadership capacity.

Moses limited his leadership because he did not “speak” to the potential of the people who were placed into his care.  Leaders are supposed to coach those who they are leading and help them get to the next level.  Just because Moses achieved the desired result…getting water from the rock, doesn’t mean he did it correctly.  We know he didn’t do it correctly because God took away his right to walk into the Promised Land.

“May these words of my mouth and this meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight,   LORD, my Rock and my Redeemer.”  Psalm 19:14

Our words have power…the power to speak potential or the power to speak division into the lives of the people God is calling us to lead; be it your children, your students, your employees, in your ministry…in whatever role you play in a leadership capacity, your words have power.

“And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to him must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who earnestly seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 

In order for us to be pleasing to His sight we have to have faith.  We have to believe that He exists and that He will reward us for earnestly seeking Him.  Works without faith are dead and Moses did not have faith and, even though he got water from that rock…his work was dead.

“Thinking faith thoughts and speaking faith words leads the heart out of defeat and into victory.”  Do not deny yourself what God has promised is yours.  We all need to remain faithful and obedient so that we are allowed into our Promised Land.

Dear Lord: 

I want to be exactly who you have called me to be.  I want to be the leader in my family and in my church and in whatever capacity that you need to use me for furthering your kingdom purposes here on earth.  I want to speak words and have a heart that is pleasing in your sight.  I want to have a faith that moves mountains and brings hope to the hopeless.  Thank you, Lord for your love, your grace, your mercy and your forgiveness.  And; thank you for loving us enough that you sent your Son to this earth to die on a cross to save the world from our sins.  In Jesus name I pray, Amen.




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