2) Assemble [a team]
3) Ask [for help]
4) Formulate [a plan]
5) [Be] Peaceful
6) No Fear
Exodus 5:1 Afterward Moses and Aaron went to Pharaoh and said, "This is what the LORD, the God of Israel, says: 'Let my people go, so that they may hold a festival to me in the wilderness.' "
So....Moses was in a field, tending to his flock and minding his own business. Then, God started speaking with him through a bush that was on fire, although it didn't burn. In order to ask a powerful government and its leadership to stop what they are doing. God was asking Moses to get out of his comfort zone and leave his livelihood behind. Imagine what was going through Moses' mind after he came down off the mountain to tell his wife, relatives and others what he was supposed to do. I'm sure he thought, "Why would God want me to do this task? My wife will think I am crazy? Why not someone else? I like what I am doing - I provide for my family. I have a good life" ....etcetera, etcetera, etcetera.
The word "fear" comes to mind when thinking of what must have been swirling around in Moses' head. Fear of what would my wife say. Fear of going to Egypt. Fear of possible death from the hand of Pharaoh. Fear of failure.
Fear is defined as: an unpleasant emotion caused by the belief that someone or something is dangerous, likely to cause pain, or a threat. Fear is not of God.
We face difficult tasks seemingly each day in our lives. At times, those tasks seem as monumental as the one Moses faced. How many times have you succumbed to fear and not followed through because "people might think I'm weird" or "what would my best friend say?"
In the Scripture verse above, we know that Moses, despite the anxiety and fear that was more than likely raging through his mind, overcame that fear and went to Pharaoh and said, 'Let my people go.' He stared fear right in the eye and kept moving
If you believe that you are being lead to make changes or to merely begin dialogues that may someday change someone's heart, fear cannot be a part of your plan. Changing the direction of this nation will take a huge effort. Just don't let the enormity of that effort cause you to fear, otherwise, you will never follow through with your plan or your calling.
Believe that fear Incapacitates
Act by replacing fear with Faith
Serve others boldly and with Conviction