I’ve decided to make a special offer on ‘frank’, my second youth devotional. If you buy 10 copies of ‘frank’ all you have to pay is £10! At £1 each that’s a real bargain (RRP £6.99). So, for example, if you want 15 copies to use in your Youth Fellowship or Bible Study Group all you have to pay is £15- simple. Drop me an email and we can try and arrange pick-up, otherwise postage and packaging will be on top of that.

I hope you can grab this oppertunity!

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I AM enough

Try and imagine the scene. Moses is out in the desert shepherding his father-in-laws flock and as he nears the mountain of God He appears to His servant in flames of fire. As the burning bush wasn’t consumed Moses went over for a closer look. God called to him, “Moses! Moses!” (Exodus 3:4 NIV). His response was “Here I am” (Exodus 3:4 NIV), but in a matter of minutes Moses probably wished he could take his words back, all because he felt inadequate. Moses doubted himself. He doubted that God could use him. But God knew that Moses was the man for the job.

God has a heart for His people. When Israel cried out in that day their cries didn’t fall on deaf ears. When they cried out for freedom from their oppression God moved on their behalf. Our God saw their suffering and longed to set them free. God had one man in mind when it came to setting the captives free, and that was Moses. The children of Israel were to be enslaved to the Egyptians no longer. Listen to this, “I’ve taken a good, long look at the affliction of my people in Egypt. I’ve heard their cries for deliverance from their slave masters; I know all about their pain. And now I have come down to help them, pry them loose from the grip of Egypt” (Exodus 3:7-8 The Message).

But, Moses didn’t feel man enough for the mission. Moses knew the feeling of inadequacy all too well, this is why his response was a resounding no. When God commanded Moses to deliver His people from slavery he refused without a second thought. When God said “GO!” Moses was just as stubborn in answering “NO!” That one word spelt trouble. When God commands something of us we have to deliver it or else we’ll have Him to answer to on that Day. When God asks something of us it isn’t a question, it’s a command.

Do you ever feel inadequate? I do. All the time. But does that have a thing to do with it? I doubt it. Sometimes I feel that the task is intimidating, maybe you do too? We should remember than when we feel we’re never enough we’re right. We’re never enough on our own, we need God by our side. The promise God gave to Moses still stands, “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12 NIV). What more can we ask?

Excuse after excuse followed Moses’ refusal, he was resistance to His Will. Here’s what Moses had to say, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11 NIV). Instead of asking “who am I?” Moses should have reminded himself “whose am I?” It was true that he had nothing to offer, but he had forgotten that all God needs is someone who is willing to allow Him to work in his life. It’s in our inadequacy that God finds what He’s been looking for. But Moses refused to accept this, he pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else” (Exodus 3:13 NLT). God knew Moses far better than he knew himself. He knew the two of them could handle it together.

We all use excuses, and we should stop. Failures shouldn’t exclude you from service, you aren’t an exception. Unfortunately for Moses he hadn’t grasped this fact when he shot back at God, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The LORD has not appeared to you’” (Exodus 4:1 NKJV). He didn’t stop there, “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” (Exodus 3:10 NLT). After he had listed all the reasons why he felt God was making a mistake asking him to take charge of this mission he pleaded, “Lord, please! Send anyone else” (Exodus 4:13 NLT). God wasn’t too pleased. In fact, He was angered.

Forget about your failures. If you’re holding on to your failures they’re holding you back. Drop your excuses and hold on to Him instead. God continues to help His people to this very day, just like He did in the past. Accept Him at His Word, its plain to see that our inadequacy qualifies us. Believe that He can use you because of your inadequacy, not in spite of it.

Just like Moses journeyed to acceptance we should too. In the end Moses accepted that in his weaknesses a hidden strength was found. Once he accepted that he was inadequate his eyes were opened to the fact that God is more than adequate. Wait until you hear this, God’s name, I AM, is an expression of who He is. His identity is hidden in His name, Yahweh, it can be interpreted as I AM WHO I AM and I WILL BE WHO I PROMISED I WILL BE. When Moses was asked who sent him he was to reply that I AM sent him to bring deliverance to the people. His strength is sufficient for us, wherever we find ourselves. This will never change. God will always enable you to carry out His commands. The message that this brings is that I AM adequate. I AM enough. I AM all you need, both now and always.

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