Rev. Virgil Jones
By Rev. Virgil JonesPastor, Calvary Baptist Church
Scripture: Exodus 3
It is a certainty that God desires for us to live a victorious life. A victorious life is one of fellowship. Fellowship means that one lives peaceably with God and with one another.
A victorious life is one of faith. Faith means that one trusts God and Him only. Faith worships God in spirit and in truth. With faith we are able to walk not by sight. With faith, we are able to move mountains.
A victorious life is one of favor. Favor is tied to fellowship and faith. When we have right fellowship and faith, our life will overflow with blessings. Men will give unto our bosoms pressed down, shaken together and running over. The windows of heaven will open up so that whatever God pours out, we will not have room enough to receive it. The sun shall not smite us by day or the moon by night. We shall not be in want or lack anything.
A victorious life is one of fruitfulness. Fruitfulness is tied to fellowship, faith and favor. When we have right fellowship, faith and favor, our life will be fruitful. A fruitful life is one filled with love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance.
A fruitful life is one filled with thinking on the things of God. ‘And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.'
A victorious life is one of freedom. A free life is one absent of shackles, bondage, addiction, forced servitude. Freedom is when one has the ability to live, move and be without someone else hindering or ruling us. Freedom is living as God designed us to live without restriction.
God intends for us to be free. Where the Spirit of the Lord is there is liberty. ‘He whom the Son sets free is free indeed.' Yes, God desires fellowship, faith favor, fruitfulness and freedom for us.
In our story today, we find a man named Moses. He is a fugitive from the law. The reason Moses is a fugitive is because he killed a man. An Egyptian was beating an Israelite. Moses' anger got the best of him and he killed the Egyptian. To escape punishment, likely the death penalty, he fled. Moses was not always a hothead.
Moses had a preserved life. He was born at a time when all Israelite males were to be killed. When he was born, he was too precious to kill, so his mother made a basket and placed him in it and sent him up the river. When Pharaoh's daughter found him, she raised him as her own. She called him Moses because she took him out of the water.
Moses had a privileged life. He lived in the lap of luxury. He was educated by the best instructors. He wore the best clothes. His play dates included a social network of only those of high-ranking officials. He dined sumptuously on the highest cuisine.
Moses had a purposed life. Even though he lived luxuriously, he knew he was out of place. He was an outsider living on the inside. When he killed the Egyptian and ran away, history's wheels began to spin for what can be known as the Moses Mission.
The Moses Mission would be God's Mission to free God's people from bondage. To be continued...