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Developing the mind of an Intercessor
Surviving A Dry Period
Moses, Gods Intercessor
An Intercessor of God, must be convinced that it is the will of God that all men be saved and come into the knowledge of God.They must pray in faith believing that the God of Abraham, whom he has allowed to circumcise his heart, will answer his petitions as he stands in the gap for the nations.
For, the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, and it’s the intercessor's job to let the earth become a pleasant thing unto the Lord, and that the Truth of the Messiah would be preached, as was promised to the Jewish nation. An Intercessor knows that God's mercy is extended to all nations regardless of their religious convictions.
Today, people are looking for a move of God that is genuine. One that is able to “take a licking, and keep on ticking”.
Not one that was developed out of frills and glamor but a dynamic move of God, like the one in which he used Moses; this as we could see took years in its development. Moses had to spend 40 years in the desert under the priest of Midian, in comparison to his early life in the palace of Pharaoh in which he had been raised.
God had taken Moses from a luxurious life as a prince of Egypt, to becoming a desert shepherd and brother-in-law to Jethro, son of Reuel, the priest of the land of Midian
In Exodus 2nd chapter, we see Moses arrival in the land of Midian and as God would have it, he settled down to begin his preparation training for his deliverance ministry as the Lord’s intercessor. The one who would intervene in the life of the nation of Israel, a people that had spent the last 400 years in bondage.
And Exodus 2:21, 22 tells us;
21And Moses was content to dwell with the man: and he gave Moses Zipporah his daughter.
22 And she bare him a son, and he called his name Gershom: for he said, I have been a stranger in a strange land.
Moses could not go back to Egypt and as a man under penalty of death from the Pharaoh; a hideaway in the Midian desert seems to have been sent by God.This was to be the beginning of 40 years of adjusting to life as a desert dweller, a shepherd, a husband and a servant as he yielded to God’s relational transformation.
God sent Moses to the “school of humility” for the needed change in his personality
- Moses, the intercessor, must possess the character of love and so God will deliver him over into the “Potters house”, so that love can be perfected in him.
- The intercessor will then be commissioned and declared to be God's servant-deliverer for an oppressed people. The deliverer must then go through preparedness for an unprepared people.
- God would use the Intercessor to redeem the oppressed from Egyptian bondage
Moses was a type of the Christ in the sense that;
- He took off Egyptian royalty to dress with the royalty of God,
- His reputation was taken away to function as a man of God
- He became a servant to deliverer Israel but only after God had changed his mindset
- He lead them towards their promised position.
- He interceded for Israel (the servant of God, people of God)
Jesus, as the servant typified in Moses, sent from heaven to be Israel's shepherd, led his “sheep” into good pasture, the land of Canaan, as promised by the Father. Philippians 2:7-8, tells of Jesus,
“But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: 8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross”
Moses was a changed man after 40 years with the people of Median. He had lost his reputation as a prince of Egypt. Now he had been transformed into God's intercessor. He was not very enthusiastic about being in the service of God. The position and the responsibility were evidence of his call. But Moses counted up the cost and seemed to have been overcome by the task which awaited him
God will always provide the Intercessor with;
- A life changing word/rhema (That’s why we have the prophets to minister the intention of God)
- A Promise to meet the need/ logos; words of consolation for the afflicted soul
God will place His delivering word in the mouth of the intercessor, to declare and decree them and upon speaking God’s intention by faith, expect change to God's vessels, for the battle is not theirs but the Lord’s!
First meeting on the Mount
However, on their first meeting on the mount with the burning bush, Moses was distracted,
i. He began to think of the splendor of Egypt
ii. Of the bureaucracy of Egypt
iii. Of Pharaoh himself
Moses began to deliberate with God, who in his estimation considered this a job for an expeditionary force and not just one man. To assign just one man against the kingdom of Egypt was an impossible feat. It would need an expeditionary force, not a single man.But Moses was failing to see that God had changed him; the man who had previously had a ministry to Pharaoh's Egypt.
Principle: God is the God of the impossible
Moses had missed the intent of God, for all God wanted Moses to do, was to carry a message to Pharaoh, saying, “Let my people go!
For God had said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain”.
God was giving Moses a word that no god could forbid, he said, "You shall serve God upon this mountain". God was telling Moses that if they kill you I the Lord will raise you again. If they cut you in pieces and cast you to the uttermost parts of the earth, I the Lord God will command the four winds and they will bring you together again!
If I had been the Satan listening to God speak those words to Moses I would "hang up my gloves" and go home. Boxing enthusiast know of the famous words mention in the ring by a fighter who had gotten in over his head.
It had been the boxing match between Roberto Duran and Sugar-Ray, which fight ended shortly after in had began with Roberto having no way of defending himself against the furious assault of Sugar-Ray, pleaded with the referee to end the fight, saying, "No mas, no mas!
God said to Moses,
“Surely, I am not sending you to Pharaoh, all alone, but I the lord God, Jehovah Adoni, the Master and the completely self existing one, will be with you”.
This meant that the covenanted glory of God was at the disposal of Moses
What God was in effect saying is, “I will take your weakness and cover it and I will give you power against Pharaoh and the gods of Egypt.”
God will take the weaknesses of an Intercessor and cover them, that way all the enemy sees is God. This puts me in mind of a well known wireless cellphone advertisement in which the wireless Company shows the entire corporation involvement with the customer at all times, all making sure that the covenanted partners or customers, will get exceedingly more than acceptable quality in the entire spectrum of customer service and care.
So when the Lord says, He will be with you, it means that;
- He has taken it upon Himself to call the armies of the Kingdom of Heaven, to amass a force, against the opposition.
- That the Holy God as called His network together, to which, everyone working together, achieves God’s intent.
- The network of God is tremendous, for it includes; the Holy Spirit, the Lord Jesus Christ, then Cherubim's, Seraphim's, warrior angels, and on earth, the fivefold ministry of the Lord Jesus Christ, Intercessors and a heavenly host of innumerable proportion ; it is God.
- He will strengthen you by making you mentally and physically alert; he will give you spiritual encouragement that will make you to increase in wisdom so that you will prevail against all the wiles of the enemy. Glory to God!
- He will help you by surrounding you with his favor and His protection.
- He will be your rear-reward, following close after you to sustain you.
God makes the promise a surety, He guarantees the network.
How can this Be
Yet Moses in his ignorance would ask, “Who are you really, what is your name when your people should ask me? Exodus 3:13. Moses was still thinking human and he wanted a name. He wanted to know, "what you be called? Sometimes we find our selves at this same place where unable to handle the enormity of God we tend to deal with him by names; Jireh, Sabboath, etc.
Moses was looking at the battle while His covenant partner was looking at the victory.
Moses was hoping that he would get through days one through 6, God was already at day seven. Day seven represent the Sabbath, the day of rest, the sign of God’s completed work. Exodus 3:12 (KJV) And he said, Certainly I will be with thee; and this shall be a token unto thee, that I have sent thee: When thou hast brought forth the people out of Egypt, ye shall serve God upon this mountain
The Hebrew word meaning “token” is “owth”, it means sign, evidence, miracle.
Listen, King Hezekiah was sick unto death and after the prophet Isaiah had delivered the message that he would die, the king turned to the wall and started to recall his evidence of the things he had done for God's glory and before the prophet was gone out of the house, God stopped him and said go tell my servant he got fifteen more years.
God said to Moses, in the author’s translation, “This shall be a sign unto thee, I know you are having trouble in grasping what is being said to you at the moment, but I will work such a miracle in your presence which will be even more evident when Israel has been delivered and worship me in this very mount on which you stand”.
Note here, that when God appoints a man or woman to a assignment, and after God gives the assignment, He considers the assignment accomplished; in the mind of God, it is done. Hence, God saw the finished work of Jesus Christ, His death, resurrection and ascension before it physically occurred on Calvary.
That’s why He was able to tell Moses that, ‘when you have brought them out of Egypt, you shall serve God upon this mountain’.