Summary: Moses had confidence in God. We also can have confidence because God "is", He "was", and He "is to come".

Have Confidence in God

Exodus 3:13-22

- We’re continuing our study through the book of Exodus, and as we study, we’re asking, “What can I learn about honoring God from this passage?”

- Last week, we looked at what it means to trust God’s call.

- In order to trust God’s call, we first need to be listening for God’s call.

- Then, we need to remain humble as He calls us.

- Moses learned this as he stood before the Angel of the Lord, Jesus Christ, in the form of a Burning Bush that wasn’t consumed.

- Today, we find him still standing before the Angel of the Lord, listening and ready to do His will.

- One of the things he was going to need, though, was confidence; not in himself, but in the Lord.

- Years ago, I tried to share the Gospel with a gentleman who was in the automotive department at Wal Mart.

- I wasn’t sure if I should say something, when he asked me what I was reading.

- If I remember correctly, it was a book for Bible College, and had to do with the history of the Jewish people.

- So I started to tell him about the book, and began to give him a long, drawn-out lesson on the Jews and the law of Moses, and the sacrifices of the Old Testament.

- I could tell I was losing this guy, but I kept going because I didn’t know how to stop.

- I was hoping to get to why Jesus came, and how He replaced the animal sacrifices through His sacrifice, but I didn’t get there.

- Before I could finish my lesson, this gentleman said, “Excuse me, my car is ready, have a nice day”, and that was it.

- I never saw him again after that.

- I’ve always had a hard time sharing the Gospel with strangers, one on one, and the big reason why is because I’m not confident in my ability to do so.

- But you and I shouldn’t worry about what level of confidence we have when it comes to sharing the Gospel.

- No, you and I need to remember that we can have unshakeable confidence in God.

- So what are 3 reasons why we should have confidence in God?

- I believe the answer can be found in Revelation 1:8 which says, “I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,” says the Lord, “who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty.”

- We can have confidence because God is, and He was, and He is to come!

- Moses learned and understood this, and we can too.

I.) Have Confidence because God “Is”- Vs 13-14

- Military Chaplains are a very important part of our military.

- They go onto the battlefield with our troops and provide spiritual and moral support, even when bullets are flying.

- During the Vietnam War, there was a great need for Chaplains.

- One minister who answered the call was Chaplain Merle D. Brown.

- He was a Lutheran Chaplain and was assigned to work with an infantry unit.

- On April 11, 1971, Chaplain Brown was killed in action.

- The Sunday on which he was killed was Easter, and obviously, that’s one of the most important Christian holidays that we celebrate.

- He knew his duty was to go out and bring Easter service to the trenches.

- So he flew out in a helicopter to see some of his guys who were in the thick of the fighting.

- Unfortunately, a lot of the infantry personnel were out on remote bases and were without a Chaplain much of the time.

- That’s why it was so important for Chaplains to be willing to fly out and visit them as often as possible.

- After having the Easter Service with the men, they shared a hot meal together, and enjoyed fellowship.

- It was a good way for the troops to forget that they were in a war zone, even if it was just for a moment, and celebrate the Resurrection of our Lord.

- After his faithful service to those men, he boarded a helicopter to return to his base.

- Sadly, it was hit by several RPG’s, and the helicopter went down in flames.

- Chaplain Brown did not survive.

- I tell you that story because Chaplain Brown is an example of a person who had confidence in God.

- You don’t volunteer to go out to the dangerous battlefield without a weapon if you don’t have confidence in the Lord; it’s not possible.

- No, Chaplain Brown knew that even if he died, God was in control, and he was confident that the God he trusted in would welcome him into Heaven immediately upon death.

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