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Great things seem complex and cause the nations to rush towards the minor things that seem easy to reach, hence, they perish. And again my memory echoes…my people die for lack of knowledge.
Publications by Blaise Tshibwabwa
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© 2012 by Blaise Tshibwabwa
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All Scripture quotations in this book, except those noted otherwise, are from the New American Standard Bible © 1960, 1962, 1963, 1971, 1973, 1975, and 1977 by the Lockman foundation, and are used by permission.
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The New International Version of the Bible (NIV), © 1983 by the International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.
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Tshibwabwa, Blaise K.
Moses, Elijah and You
ISBN 13: 978-1475160673
ISBN 10: 1475160674
Printed and bound in the
United States of America
Cover Design & Illustration: BlazoBlaze
This work is dedicated, with the outmost respect, to individuals who never give up.
Each and every one of us has the qualities of Moses, Elijah and many of the great women and men in the Bible.
I thank my God, the Lord Jesus-Christ upon every remembrance of you.
A Day, A bush, A need, and a Call
You, what’s in it for you?
The Red Sea opened; The Ten Commandments were given to us! That is the common statement nations across the globe voice when asked about Moses.
Moses! A man of selfless dedication. Moses is the individual who dazzled Pharaoh! Moses, a man of faith! He is the same individual who faced the Red Sea and conquered it.
One day or another, and that day may be today, tomorrow; in a few hours… are you ready to face your red sea? Is our faith up to speed to go forward believing in God or will you turn around and dwell on the past before the trial?
Why the mantle? What does it mean? The God of Elijah that answers by Fire, what does that mean? Who is Elijah?
I praise the Lord for these amazing Generals that paved the way for us. The intriguing, amazing and remarkable thing about Elijah is the fact that he lived courageously with his entourage and walked Humbly with his God. Elijah is the best role model any leader, women and men alike should take the time to study while assuming their tasks in their families, households, school, church’s, and place of employment…As for you and me, we are blessed women and men of God. The Lord gave us grace and favor. It is important to understand that the outpouring of His mercy, grace, favor and blessings go way back! I am very positive that we are all familiar with the 3rd day! Yes, on the 3rd day, Jesus-Christ rose from the dead and paid it all for us.
What do we mean by all?
Why for you and I?
When Christ spoke to Nicodemus about His crucifixion, He said, “Even so must the Son of Man be lifted up” (John 3:14). There was no other option for salvation but the crucifixion. John 3:16 doesn’t say that God so loved the world that He simply forgave us and that nothing more was required. Instead, He did something that would make forgiveness possible—He sent Jesus Christ to pay the penalty for our sins.
The death of Christ was necessary to accomplish God’s desires for mankind. The Lord has some wonderful plans for us that would be impossible without the cross. First, He wants us to be saved and become His children. Once we are, we gain a personal relationship with our heavenly Father and can spend our lives praising Him by living righteously.
A Day, A bush, A need, and a Call
Now Moses was pasturing the flock of Jethro his father-in-law, the priest of Midian; and he led the flock to the west side of the wilderness and came to Horeb, the mountain of God. (Exodus 3:1)
This is a very distinctive day, the day God broke a silence of over forty-years. There were no hints, no angels came down to alert Moses, it was a day like any other day to Moses but it was the day that God had appointed.
As Christians it is important to remember that God works in mysterious ways yet the simplest that mankind cannot understand till this day. Without any hints of warning, He speaks to ordinary people like Moses, Elijah and You on ordinary days.
You might be reading these pages after a long day at work, while on the ride to work, school, on a vacation trip, coming back from a job interview or simply relaxing home. That is your routine. It is your day unfolding itself; the same way Moses had his normal day unfold itself. It is on a normal routine day like this that God may chose to talk to you about things you have been longing to hear. Details with specific information on the unknown of your destiny.
Let’s take it back to Matthew 24:37-39 before we head on. The Bible says it will be just like the days of Noah. For s in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away.
It was a normal day, nothing felt different. It will be the same for us. I might be in a crusade somewhere on the planet, you might be saying your wedding vows, and it might be on the day your promotion at work was going to be announced to your co-workers.
And suddenly, the Son will come! There will be a shout, a flash in the sky, the staccato blast of a trumpet, and in the twinkling of an eye it will be all over. No rehearsal, no memo.
We humans are waiting for a thousand and one signs yet; God works by simply by acting on that ordinary day of our lives. On that day, He says what He wants to say! Look at it this way, the CEO of your company comes to our cubicle and says what needs to say and needs to be done. There is no negotiation, it is a decision form the highest authority of the institution and it gets done.
God comes in your life and says what He wants to say. Here is what needs doing, and you are the person who is going to do it, so get after it!
The angel of the Lord appeared to him in a blazing fire from the midst of a bush; and he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, yet the bush was not consumed.
So Moses said, “I must turn aside now and see this marvelous sight, why the bush is not burned up.”
(Exodus 3: 2-3)
The bush was there, like any other regular bush. Nothing major about it, not different or remarkable from any other bush, but what was happening to it certainly was different and astonishing. (I encourage you to make a mental note of this.) The scriptures states that the angel of the Lord appeared to him in the midst of the bush. The bush was not God; the bush happened to be chosen by God and was set on fire. The fire was inextinguishable. Nothing on earth cold turn that fire off. But this was just not your usual thing, this was something different! If you look over verse 2 again, it states that Moses did two things: He first looked; and then he said something to himself. I know I would have done the same thing and I am sure all of us would react equally. Let’s face it, a bush burning in front of you, yet it is not your usual fire, a fire that does not go out, I have three words: God is Amazing!
As you know, and if you don’t it’s okay. God has a special method of doing things. It is in our common lives, ordinary routines that He will suddenly show up and do something extraordinary. The unfortunate part in this is that we humans tend to call this a coincidence!
My, My, My! We all acknowledge of the amazing things God does for us. God uses extraordinary events and circumstances to halt us; he does so in order to grab our undivided attention. God will use something extraordinary to intrude into our life and speak to us.
Take a mental note of this – When something extremely unusual is happening in our life…Could it be God saying something to us?
I know we all agree when I say – Things do not just happen. Everything happens for a purpose, there is a God-arranged plan for this world, for our generation, for You. God is constantly seeks you. You could be having the most normal lifestyle today, no ups, no downs, just smooth. All of a sudden, life changes. The God who loves us and redeemed us uses those moments to advance His purposes. He is not silent, He is there.
God will not speak vocally from heaven, shouting down His word at you. God uses His book, He uses His people, and He uses events in your life. And through the blending of those unusual events, He says:
Listen to Me. Answer my call, and I will use you.
Nowadays, people think it is impossible to have such an amazing encounter with God yet all is needed is a hushed spirit and a listening heart. Moses possessed these; therefore he heard the voice of God.
When the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.” (Exodus 3:4)
It was until Moses turned aside that God spoke.
That is all God wanted to him to say. When the Lord calls you, he is checking with your humility, your willingness to listen, and your availability. When you acknowledge the call of the Lord, you are set for wonders.
We all go through rough situations; some of us might even be in a rough situation now, this very day. We, meaning, you, me and the rest of the world. From the smallest town you may have never heard of (such as Shinimicas, Nova Scotia in Canada) to the city where you currently reside. The first thing we conclude when something goes wrong is that it is unfair. It is a hard and harsh situation to handle. It is not headaches or migraines at that moment but heart aches, the world has no more meaning. I have been there, you have been there, Moses was there, the children of Israel were there. You, and I need to remember what the Lord said and says. I have surely seen the affliction of My people who are in Egypt, and have given heed to their cry because of their taskmasters, for I am aware of their sufferings. So I have come down to deliver them from the power of the Egyptians” (Exodus 3:7-8).
This is ultimate reassurance from the Lord. God made aware to Moses that the cries were not in vein.
I encourage you to be alert and always place God in the center of your life.
God knows your life to the smallest detail. He sees, cares and mostly He is aware. (Remember, He created you.) The Lord is Amazing. He comes in your life, and turns it around for a better outcome. Moses had no idea that he would cross the red sea; he had no idea that he would bring the Ten Commandments; he had no idea what was in store for him. Unfortunately, when things go wrong in life, the enemy of our souls starts to play with the mind, and begins to whisper how unfair it is. Those who don’t pray are making it fine. Yet, you don’t have a job to pay your bills, you can’t afford treats for the kids. What kind of God is that?
Believe it, the Lord is touched by your situation. He has a plan. As he told Jeremiah For I know the plans I have for you… plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. (Jeremiah 29:11, NIV).
It is important to understand that when God calls you, it is to give you His command. He speaks giving you precise instructions. It might be that you don’t have all the answers to accomplish what is required of you. Do not doubt or stand back because it is God giving you the mission. Moses did the same and asked what was he going to tell people when they’d ask.
God said to Moses, I AM WHO I AM; and He said, Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, I AM has sent me to you. (Exodus 3:14) When the Lord sends you, remember that you represent I AM, and you represent His unfailing promises.
If you still wonder who the Lord is, well it is okay. It is better to ask than remain in an unclear state. Isaiah wondered and he saw the Lord sitting on a throne, high and lifted up (Isaiah 6:1 NKJV). He fixed his eyes on the Lord, and, just that suddenly, his whole perspective changed.
An element Christians need to put into practice is Hebrews 12:2 – Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith.
This scripture is simple, clear and powerful. Fix our eyes on the Lord! It is do be done constantly. Not only when you are going through hard times, when people disappoint you, when life events turn against you, when dreams die, when doors close, no matter what it is you are going through, whether in joy or sorrow, my friend, fix your eyes onto the Lord.
John 6:68 states: Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life.
He is the great I AM, He is Yahweh. The Lord will never do what is unjust. He is always faithful, powerful, compassionate, and gracious, He has no limits.
Life in itself is a journey and one day or another you will reach a crossroad. It might be that you are standing at the crossroads right now and you are wondering, which direction is the best.
I am not a prophet; I am an individual like you. But there is something I can surely tell you.
Moses refused to compromise his commitment; so can we.
Moses willingly left the familiar to follow God’s call; so can we.
Moses did the unusual at God’s command, turning a deaf ear to the scoffers, critics, and so can we.
Moses’ life is a simple roadmap for people just like us and it will definitely help us in your lives.
It will help to have the discernment it takes to refuse the sinful. Faith must overshadow our feelings.
It will help to have the determination it takes to leave the familiar. Faith must be our security. If God calls you to pack up and leave for Bagdad or wherever…
It will help to have the discipline it takes to do the unusual. Faith must silence the critics. Critics are there and will always be there in this world. If you desire the kind of faith expressed by Moses, the kind of faith that enables us to forfeit the security of this world for the security God desires for us, we must develop a deep-seated, quiet confidence in Him who works all things after the counsel of His own will.
As Moses went with the judgment stick before him, that same stick today, to the Church, is Jesus Christ. If those Egyptians could've ever got that little simple stick out of Moses' hands, they'd have had him whipped. And when the devil could ever get the Deity out of the Name of Jesus Christ, he's got the Church whipped. But as the judgment stick went before Moses to take the judgment to bring the judgment, so does the Name of Jesus go before us to take our judgment, stands our judgment of sickness; stands our judgment of death; stands our judgment of trouble. Take the Name of Jesus with you, As a shield from every care, When temptations around you gather, Breathe that Holy Name in prayer.
When sickness begins to gather, breathe that Name of Jesus. What is it? It's God's representative of judgment: Christ already judged for your sins; Christ already judged for your temptation; Christ already judged for your sickness.
The Scripture says, "They that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as an eagle; they shall run and not be weary, walk and not faint."
You are right by holding onto the cross, not trusting your own ability, your own thoughts, just leaning on the everlasting arms. Claiming no intelligence, claiming no mind of your own, you're just opening yourself and let the Holy Spirit speak. That's the condition God wants His Church in. Get in that condition.
God tries you. Every son that cometh to God must first be tried, chastened, to see if he can stand chastisement. If we walk up and say, "I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He died for my sins and rose again the third day. He was wounded for my transgressions, bruised for my iniquities. The chastisement of my peace was upon Him, and with His stripes I am healed." When you say that with a confessed heart, all your sins and your iniquities, and your abilities, and all that you have, lay on the altar... Then there with nothing in your arm, Satan's going to shoot every dart at you he can. But then if you turn aside from that and say, "Well, maybe I didn't get saved; maybe I didn't get healed," then turn away from that, the Bible said you are illegitimate children and not the children of God.
God tests every son of Abraham like He did Abraham, for we are Abraham's seed. By being dead in Christ, we are Abraham's seed and are heirs according to the promise. Abraham's seed, that's the spirit that Abraham had. He had the promise given. And if our father trusted God and took a promise, an impossibility, and held on to it for twenty-five years before it was ever manifested, getting stronger all the time, his seed's just like the father. No matter what happens, when we're prayed for, it's settled. When we get everything out of the way, met all requirements, get everything out of the way, then ask God, and stand there knowing you're going to receive it.
God tested Job like that. When Job asked for mercy, offered a sacrifice for his children, the only thing that that prophet had was a burnt-offering, but that was all God required. God doesn't require an education and a lot of nonsense; He requires a surrendered heart to His will. He doesn't ask you to dress in a certain way, or go to certain things, or graduate out of certain colleges, with degrees. He asks for a humble, contrite, broken spirit, and a willing heart to receive Him. He tried Job, and see what kind of a reaction He would find in him. But when He took his sheep and took his ox, and took his camels, and took his children, "I'll see what Job says now." And he said, "The Lord gave and the Lord taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord." He found what He had told Satan He had in Job: "None like him, on the earth." Then the thunders begin to roar, the lightnings begin to flash. The Spirit come upon the prophet, and he screamed, "I know my Redeemer liveth, and at the last days He'll stand on the earth. Though the skin worms destroys this body, yet in my flesh I shall see God; Whom I shall see for myself, mine eyes shall behold, and not another."
He tested the Hebrew children to see what kind of a reaction they'd have. They'd confessed among the heathens that there was a living God, there was a Jehovah God, and that He was God of heaven and God of earth, and He held every soul in His hand. So God let them be tested. And they had met all the requirements; they had prayed up and got everything out of the way. And they would not bow down to the king's image. And he het the furnace seven times hotter than it ever was. And no doubt that Satan was trying to tell them this is the end of the road. I like the way they talked, "Our God is able to deliver us from that fiery furnace; but nevertheless, if He does not, we'll not break God's commandments. We'll stay true. Let our faith ring out through the years to come, that we stayed true to the promise of God."
"My God is able to heal me from this." Or, "My God's able to take me from this wheelchair. My God's able to do this. But I've accepted Him as my Healer. I've confessed my sins (my unbelief) and confessed that I believe that He is my Healer. Let come, let go what may. If I'm not well today, I will be tomorrow; if I'm not tomorrow, I'll be next year. The Lord gave and the Lord taken away, blessed be the Name of the Lord."
Privileged of being known as “the friend of God.” Moses lived for 120 years, a period divided into three sections of forty years each:
The first forty years—from his birth until the flight into Midian. As Pharaoh’s son, Moses learned how to be Somebody.
The second forty years—from the flight into Midian to the Exodus. In desert places he learned how to become a Nobody.
The third forty years—from the Exodus to his own exodus. As the leader of God’s hosts he learned that God was Everybody—the One he could speak to face to face as a man speaks to his friends.
The first time I ever heard of Elijah the Tishbite, I remained in silence. I ordered the tape with the sermon that my dear friend and Pastor John Simon (Good Neighbor Ministries) had preached and listened to it over and over again.
1 Kings 17:1 – Now Elijah the Tishbite, who was of the settlers of Gilead, said to Ahab, “As the Lord, the God of Israel lives, before whom I stand, surely there shall be neither dew nor rain these years, except by my word.”
Then one summer of 1999, as Pastor John Danquah was preaching to us back in Scarborough, Ontario at the Perfect Love Tabernacle, he said something that engraved itself in my mind till this day. The words of Pastor Danquah were “Youth, be humble, do not run too fast nor too slow. Look at Elijah and Elisha! Be humble”