Summary: How to impact our culture.
James O. Davis is the founder and president of Second Billion (TM). You are invited to learn more about Second Billion by visiting www.billion.tv.
TEXT: Exodus 3
TOPIC: The Burning Bush
THEME: How to impact our culture.
THE BURNING BUSH CONFERENCE
1. I want to invite you to the Burning Bush Conference. At this conference you will have a one-on-one confrontation with Almighty God.
2. Moses was schooled in all of the learning of the Egyptians (Acts 7:22).
He studied at the temple of the Sun. He learned reading, writing, trigonometry, geometry, science, mathematics, astrology, music, art, military science, and the religions of his day.
3. However, God took Moses to a brief, life changing seminar. It was the Burning Bush Conference. Moses learned more in a matter of moments, than all of the years of his life before. This conference changed the course of history.
T.S. I believe if we will journey to the Burning Bush Conference, to the Bush that is burning, but is not consumed, and learn and apply the absolute truths there, our lives will be changed forever.
I. GOD HAS A PASSION FOR US (Ex. 3:4)
Moses’ self confidence has been shattered. His ambition has been abandoned. He had ceased contending for the cause. He had surrendered to the adverse circumstances around him.
40 years earlier, Moses had risked his life for his people. Then, he was rejected by his people. Fear gripped his life and he fled from the wrath of Pharaoh.
He became a shepherd of his father-in-law’s sheep. Moses owned nothing. Shepherds were an abomination to the Egyptians (Gen. 46:21). In the eyes of Moses’ world, he was now a failure.
When Moses first son was born, he named him Gersha ("driven, thrust out"). This expressed the feeling and beliefs of Moses. 40 years of failure, loneliness, desperation, exhaustion, and frustra- tion.
Suddenly, Moses saw a Bush that was burning in the desert. Moses went over to the bush. The first words, he heard from the bush were "Moses, Moses." God knew his name, address, location, and shattered dreams. God knows who you are, where you are, and what you are.
ILLUSTRATION: Robert Schuller’s Daughter
Lost a leg because of a horrible skying accident. Learned to walk all over again. After she returned home from the hospital, Schuller plucked a Rose from his rose garden and began to play He loves me and he loves me not with his daughter. Schuller had planned to end with he loves me. However, before he could finished, his daughter grabbed a rose and said this is to my heavenly Father, He loves me, He loves me, He loves me....."
II. GOD HAS A NEW POSSESSION FOR US (Ex. 3:2)
Moses has been in the wilderness for 40 years and he has seen a zillion Acacia bushes. These bushes are scrawny, ugly, snagley looking in the desert. They has distorted twisted limbs. There has not been one day that he has rushed home to wife, Zipora and said, " I have seen a Acacia bush."
The Acacia bushes were so ordinary and so common in the wilderness. They were insignificant to everyone. They were never the conversation around the table.
However, when the glory of God filled that Acacia bush, it was transformed into something extraordinary, a beautiful sight to Moses. That night when Moses came home he told his wife and family what he had seen in the wilderness that day. He told about the bush that was on fire, but was not consumed.
Our lives are ultimately insignificant in the world, until the glory of God fills our lives. You may feel your life is ugly, worth less, useless, and uninteresting.
However, I am here to announce to you if you will come to the burning bush conference and let God transform your life, you will make a eternal contribution for the Glory of God.
The world looks at the Church without God’s power. They say that it is nothing more than a thorn bush. We cannot build a building ornate enough, have music beautiful enough, land spacious enough, the grounds landscaped enough to attract the world to it.
However, when the Church begins to burn, but is not consumed, people will come to God. The ordinary becomes the extraordi- nary when God is in the middle of it.
III. GOD HAS A NEW PERSPECTIVE FOR US (Ex. 3:3-5)
It has 40 years since Moses has been intellectually challenged. Moses believes that someone with high enough education could analyze and figure out what is going inside the burning bush.
So, Moses walks up with all of his educational degrees, plastered on his shepherd’s cloak. He tries to figure out the phenomena. Then, God speaks to Moses and commands him to take off his shoes because he was on holy ground. God de- manded a holy reverence for what God was doing even though a Moses could not explain what God was doing.