You've Got the Wrong Guy // Fear & Insecurity
[ECC Lead Pastor, Scott Moore, Covington Campus]
Fear and insecurity lead us to forfeit God's future.
How often do we question God by saying, “You've got the wrong guy?”
In the Bible fear is mentioned 441 times, afraid 167 times, tremble 101 times, and terror/terrified 121 times.
The story of Moses and his fear & insecurity:
Then the Lord told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live. Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them. (Exodus 3:7-9 NLT)
Moses had to be excited. He just heard God say that he would deliver his people. But then God throws him a curveball:
Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.” (Exodus 3:10 NLT)
WHAT!?! God is telling Moses that HE will be the one that leads them out. This makes Moses says..you've got the wrong guy, God.
But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?” God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.” (Exodus 3:11, 12 NLT)
At this point Moses is hiding in the desert for years because he had committed murder and was fearful to even go near the Egyptians or the Israelites. Fear and insecurity will lead you to dry desert experiences. Even hiding from God and his call on your life.
But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?” God replied to Moses, “I Am Who I Am. Say this to the people of Israel: I Am has sent me to you.” (Exodus 3:13, 14 NLT)
But Moses protested again, “What if they won’t believe me or listen to me? What if they say, ‘The Lord never appeared to you’?” But Moses pleaded with the Lord, “O Lord, I’m not very good with words. I never have been, and I’m not now, even though you have spoken to me. I get tongue-tied, and my words get tangled.” Then the Lord asked Moses, “Who makes a person’s mouth? Who decides whether people speak or do not speak, hear or do not hear, see or do not see? Is it not I, the Lord ? But Moses again pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else.” (Exodus 4:1, 10, 11, 13 NLT)
Moses was not being humble..he was afraid.
You know the rest of the story. Moses becomes an icon of faith and humility.
Often, we're not ready to be used by God until we understand how much we need God.
God's presence is our power and our peace.
God answered, “I will be with you.” (Exodus 3:12 NLT)
Even the leader that watched and learned under Moses, Joshua, was scared and insecure about taking command after Moses. Joshua also experienced fear & insecurity. So will we.
“Moses my servant is dead. Therefore, the time has come for you to lead these people, the Israelites, across the Jordan River into the land I am giving them. No one will be able to stand against you as long as you live. For I will be with you as I was with Moses. I will not fail you or abandon you. (Joshua 1:2, 5 NLT)
“Be strong and courageous, for you are the one who will lead these people to possess all the land I swore to their ancestors I would give them. Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the instructions Moses gave you. Do not deviate from them, turning either to the right or to the left. Then you will be successful in everything you do. Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do. This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:6-9 NLT)
It wasn't Joshua's battle, or his position, it was all God's. Like Joshua, we must put all of our faith and trust in God. Apart from God we can do nothing.
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. (John 15:5 NLT)
So you have not received a spirit that makes you fearful slaves. Instead, you received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” (Romans 8:15 NLT)
And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive him, because it isn’t looking for him and doesn’t recognize him. But you know him, because he lives with you now and later will be in you. (John 14:16, 17 NLT)
The answer to my fear and insecurity is the Holy Spirit, God's presence.
God's presence is our power and our peace.
Trust Him that he is leading you.
And trust Him that he will not leave you..he will empower you to overcome.