Morning
January 30

Exodus 3:11-12 (NIV) 11But Moses said to God, "Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?" 12And God said, "I will be with you."


Indeed, who is anyone that we should be sent by Almighty God as His messengers? That is a great wonder to the humbled servant of God, that God could use a person like me. The Apostle Paul understood it as much as anyone when he said that God chose him, the worst sinner, to demonstrate the greatness of God. We can say with Moses and Paul, "Who am I?" Sinners saved by grace! It demonstrates that God can use anything when He uses us.

We must not stop in just seeing our weakness, but must go on to look upon God's all-sufficiency. What does it matter that I am limited? God is not limited! And if He has sent me, then He must empower me. Moses explained to God (as if God was unaware) that he was not a gifted speaker. God answered, "Who made man's mouth!" We can credit Moses with being humble, but obviously he needed to learn some lessons in the ability of God to use our physical being as His instrument (Romans 6:13).

"But Whom shall I say has sent me?" Moses asked. God answered, "Tell them I Am that I Am has sent you." The 'I Am' in Hebrew is Jehovah, the eternal God. He is the One to Whom the past, present, and future are always now. It seems strange for man to question the Eternal God, yet how typical of man. We want to know how God will do it. We want to know ahead of time how to face situations, because we have so little faith. We fear we will be embarrassed.

Consider:"I will be with you." Isn't that enough for you to trust Him for the outcome?


Evening
January 30

Matthew 5:1-3 (NIV) 1Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2and he began to teach them, saying: 3"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.


Jesus had a different approach than many ministries of today. Instead of going for numbers, He sought to train a small group who could teach others. God wants to work through us. He has always desired to include us as co-laborers.

Everyone is immersed in a society that has a way of viewing the world. Without even realizing it, our thinking is shaped by our culture. Jesus was from a heavenly culture. Those who followed Him on up the mountain were about to be taught the heavenly way of thinking. God's ways are very different from the cultures of man. One of the Christian's chief areas of growing into maturity is learning the mind of Christ. If we want to go on with Him, He will teach us the difference between worldly thinking and godly thinking.

This passage is called 'The Beatitudes'. Each phrase begins with the word 'blessed'. The Greeks saw this word as applying to complete satisfaction in the hereafter. Jesus applied it to the present fullness when a person enters the kingdom of heaven. We could call the Kingdom, "the place where the King reigns." The first idea He presented is basic to entering into the Kingdom. Here are a few paraphrase versions that try to catch the full meaning of this rich expression: 3"You're blessed when you're at the end of your rope. With less of you there is more of God and his rule. (Message) 3"Humble men are very fortunate!" he told them, "for the Kingdom of Heaven is given to them. (TLB) 3"Those people who know they have great spiritual needs are happy, because the kingdom of heaven belongs to them. (NCV) Begin by realizing you are unable to help yourself. Then you will find the fulfilling joy of Christ reigning in you. How opposed to the world's view!

Consider: Have you come to that heavenly realization? You have to start there. Climb on up the mountain and hear Him.