Many Pastors and ministers face trouble in their own ministry. There will be at least one person who does not agree with them, who opposes them.
Moses’ and Jesus’ authority is challenged.
Numbers 16:3 ‘They came as a group to oppose Moses and Aaron and said to them, “You have gone too far! The whole community is holy, every one of them, and the Lord is with them. Why then do you set yourselves above the Lord’s assembly?”
Matthew 21:23 ‘Jesus entered the temple courts, and, while he was teaching, the chief priests and the elders of the people came to him. “By what authority are you doing these things?” they asked. “And who gave you this authority?”
Psalms 106:16 ‘In the camp they grew envious of Moses and of Aaron, who was consecrated to the Lord.’
Mark 15:10 ‘knowing it was out of self-interest that the chief priests had handed Jesus over to him.’
Exodus 15:24 ‘ So the people grumbled against Moses, saying, “What are we to drink?”
Luke 15:2 ‘But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Threatened by the people
Exodus 17:4 ‘Then Moses cried out to the Lord, “What am I to do with these people? They are almost ready to stone me.”
John 8:59 ‘At this, they picked up stones to stone him, but Jesus hid himself, slipping away from the temple grounds.’
Numbers 11:11 ‘ He asked the Lord, “Why have you brought this trouble on your servant? What have I done to displease you that you put the burden of all these people on me?’
Isaiah 53:3 ‘He was despised and rejected by mankind, a man of suffering, and familiar with pain. Like one from whom people hide their faces he was despised, and we held him in low esteem.’
Remember, leadership means pain!
Motherhood and fatherhood is also a leadership.
Here, Moses bore the pain of around 30 lakh people. But our God bore the pain of the whole world.
Amazing love for the people
Exodus 32:7-8 ‘Then the Lord said to Moses, “Go down, because your people, whom you brought up out of Egypt, have become corrupt. They have been quick to turn away from what I commanded them and have made themselves an idol cast in the shape of a calf. They have bowed down to it and sacrificed to it and have said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’
When Moses came down the mountain with the tablets bearing the Ten Commandments, he was so upset with the people that he threw down and broke the tablets on the ground.
But despite that, in verse 32 Moses cries out to God to forgive the people.
‘But now, please forgive their sin—but if not, then blot me out of the book you have written.”
Moses was a person who lived for the people. He cared for the people.
John 13:1 ‘It was just before the Passover Festival. Jesus knew that the hour had come for him to leave this world and go to the Father. Having loved his own who were in the world, he loved them to the end.’
Numbers 12:13 ‘So Moses cried out to the Lord, “Please, God, heal her!”
In Numbers 12 verse 1 onwards we can find Miriam and Aaron opposing Moses. And when Miriam is affected by a disease, Moses instead of agreeing to her condition as a curse from God, he pleaded with God to heal her.
1 Peter 2:23 ‘When they hurled their insults at him, he did not retaliate; when he suffered, he made no threats. Instead, he entrusted himself to him who judges justly.’
A person in leadership should have this quality.
Men of Prayer
All leaders should be prayer warriors.
Whenever Moses and Jesus had the chance, they would move to an isolated place and pray.
Numbers 12:3 ‘ (Now Moses was a very humble man, more humble than anyone else on the face of the earth.)’
Matthew 11:29 ‘Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.’
Hebrews 3:5 ‘“Moses was faithful as a servant in all God’s house,” bearing witness to what would be spoken by God in the future.’
Revelation 3:14 ‘“To the angel of the church in Laodicea write:
These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God’s creation.’
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Ps. Damien Antony
Born and brought up in a Christian family, Ps. Damien Antony possessed an unquenching quest for truth right from his boyhood days and eventually his relentless search led him to the Bible. He is a Revival Preacher, Bible Teacher, Leadership Trainer, Author and a Life Coach. He moves under the anointing for Prophetic, Healing, Deliverance, Inner Healing and Financial Breakthrough. God has also blessed him with an Apostolic Mandate to take the Universal Body of Christ to the next level of revelation and anointing.
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