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Apr. 3 Devotion:

Letting Others Dictate Your Walk

Exodus 3:15 And God said moreover unto Moses, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath sent me unto you: this is my name for ever, and this is my memorial unto all generations. Exodus 4:1 And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The Lord hath not appeared unto thee.

Here in chapter 3 of our text we see Moses is in the process of receiving instructions from God on how to lead the people. Then as we get to the beginning of chapter 4 we find Moses begin to make excuse for why he can’t fulfill this. If you read on in chapter 4 you’ll find Moses make multiple excuses on why the people won’t listen or follow Him. Too often we allow what we think others might say or do dictate what we do for the Lord. We walked into mens service at jail yesterday and had 7 men in service. Three of them came up to have church and the other four said they were just there for rec and was going to just stay in the back of the room. My first instinct was to tell them we were there to have church and if they didn’t want to join then we could push the button and have them leave. I decided we’d sing a few songs and see what happened. During the singing we had around a dozen more guys come in. Two of them went to back, but the rest came up to have church. It was at this point I decided I wasn’t going to ask for any of them to be taken out. I was just going to make sure I preached louder than any of them might try to talk. I’m not saying it would’ve been wrong to have asked for them to be taken out. However, we are there to preach the Gospel and not expect everything to just go the way we want. Those that didn’t want to sit up front might not ever hear the Gospel again. Sometimes we want everything to go too smoothly with no problems or we don’t think we can share the Gospel with others. A lost world isn’t always going to be interested in what we have to say. I’m not saying we have to be rude or loud about it. However, staying silent or giving in to them shouldn’t always be an option also. As you talk about church or talk about Jesus this week there’s a good chance there are going to be some that might not want to hear what you have to say. Ask the Lord to lead you in those situations. Should you just walk away or should you get out of your comfort zone a little and still share with them the Gospel? Don’t allow their reluctance dictate what God has led you to do.

God bless you today! Bro. Josh Richardson

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