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    How Did Moses Live By Faith?

    Today I want us to look at Moses and consider why God chose to use this man for His glory. I believe the Lord provides glimpses of why Moses was picked in His Word.

    “By faith Moses, when he had grown up, refused to be known as the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He chose to be mistreated along with the people of God rather than to enjoy the fleeting pleasures of sin. He regarded disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt, because he was looking ahead to his reward.” -Hebrews 11:24-26, emphasis added

    We don’t know many details about Moses’ youth, but we can assume his mother—as the maid for Pharaoh’s daughter—told him about the Almighty God even while Moses was part of the Egyptian royal family.

    Despite unknowns surrounding his story, we do know faith motivated Moses to make a colossal decision that would change the course of history and his life forever. Moses could have been the next Pharaoh, the richest and most powerful man on Earth. It was his for the taking.

    Instead, Moses: 

    • chose not to be called the “son of Pharaoh's daughter;”
    • chose to walk away from the wealth of Egypt;
    • chose to be mistreated along with the people of God;
    • chose the disgrace for the sake of Christ;
    • and chose not to fear the King’s anger.

    Scripture is clear that all of these choices were made “by faith (Hebrews 11:23-28).”

    Moses probably didn’t have as much information about how God works as we do today since there was no written Word when he made those huge decisions. He had little information, but he took a huge risk, determining that the God of Abraham could be trusted.

    The choices Moses made are almost mind-boggling. He went against everything that the world tells us is important—power and wealth—to identify with Christ.

    Our problem today is we have a huge amount of information and great access to the truth of God, but we are only willing to take small risks. I fear, brothers and sisters, we value the opinion of our friends more than the opinion of God.

    Oh, that we would learn to believe God and live daringly.

    Oh, that our Lord would find those who long for their hearts to be completely His so He might show His presence and power today. 

    Oh, that the Church would be willing once again to say, “I am going with Jesus,” and, “May He be glorified.”

    Moses saw the Lord so clearly and trusted Him so deeply that he was willing to go from the throne of Egypt to the lowly fields of a shepherd. In that moment, God raised Moses up to be the most important man in the Old Testament.

    So, I encourage you to aim for this Moses-like faith. Live courageously today for His name’s sake and the sake of the gospel, no matter what!


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    John Maisel

    John's travels for ministry behind the Iron Curtain led him to found East-West Ministries International in 1993. John and his wife, Susie, live in Dallas, Texas and have a grown daughter and two grandchildren.