Sunday Mar 29, 2015 – 2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline. Exodus 3:10 – So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

The test of leadership: intimidation. This is how intimidation sounds in our head. “I have a negative view of myself”,”I am unsure of Who God is”,”There is nothing special about me”,”I don’t have the right skill or ability to perform the task”,”Someone else could do it better”, I haven’t prepared.” –Dwayne Terry

The Test of Leadership

Passing The Test, Part 5

1 Peter 4:12 – Dear friends, do not be surprised at the fiery ordeal that has come on you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you.

James 1:2-3 – Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance.

1 Peter 2:9 – But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.

 The test of leadership: intimidation.

2 Timothy 1:7 – For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.

Exodus 3:10 – So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.”

How Intimidation Sounds in Our Heads

 I have a negative view of myself.

Exodus 3:11 – But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?”

 I am unsure of Who God is.

Exodus 3:14 – God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. This is what you are to say to the Israelites: ‘I AM has sent me to you.’ ”

 There is nothing special about me.

Exodus 4:1-4 – Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” 2 Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. 3 The LORD said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it. 4 Then the LORD said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand.

Exodus 4:6-8 – Then the LORD said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous–it had become as white as snow. 7 “Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh. 8 Then the LORD said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first sign, they may believe the second.

 I don’t have the right skill or ability to perform the task.

Exodus 4:10 – Moses said to the LORD, “Pardon your servant, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.”

 Someone else could do it better.

Exodus 4:13 – But Moses said, “Pardon your servant, Lord. Please send someone else.”

 I haven’t prepared.

Exodus 4:24-26 – At a lodging place on the way, the LORD met Moses and was about to kill him. 25 But Zipporah took a flint knife, cut off her son’s foreskin and touched Moses’ feet with it. “Surely you are a bridegroom of blood to me,” she said. 26 So the LORD let him alone. (At that time she said “bridegroom of blood,” referring to circumcision.)