We need to refuse something in order to overcome the world, and we need to choose or put on something.
Hebrews 11:25 – “Choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God, than to enjoy the pleasures of sin for a season;”
There is no such thing as sitting at the fence; we need to choose.
“And if it seem evil unto you to serve the Lord, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” (Joshua 24:15)
A Christian needs a life of sacrifice, humility, and focus.
“And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23)
Note: Suffering is a part of life (Genesis 3:17-19).
Man’s life is full of troubles (Job 14:1). But in a Christian’s life, troubles are not meant for nothing, but they are tools to purify us. “For unto you it is given in the behalf of Christ, not only to believe on him, but also to suffer for his sake;” (Philippians 1:29).
GOD’S judgments are written decisions. If we choose his commandments (Psalm 119:127), we will overcome everything (Proverbs 24:16; Ecclesiastes 7:18).
1. MOSES CHOSE TO SUFFER AFFLICTION FOR CHRIST BECAUSE HE WAS TAUGHT BY HIS MOTHER THAT THEY ARE THE CHILDREN OF GOD (EXODUS 2:5-10; PROVERBS 29:15) – Moses was able to recognize his true race because he was raised by his mother the right way. Mothers can affect the future choices of their children, depending on the way they nurture their children.
Moses’ choice was to suffer with his people. He had the authority to choose whether he would obey GOD or not. It is our own choice if we choose to obey GOD to preserve our own land (Genesis 18:26).
“The righteousness of the perfect shall direct his way: but the wicked shall fall by his own wickedness. The righteousness of the upright shall deliver them: but transgressors shall be taken in their own naughtiness.” (Proverbs 11:5-6).
GOD wants us to choose to depart from evil and touch no unclean thing (Isaiah 52:11). He instead wants us to correct evil from the people close to us, so that we can save them from death and sin (James 5:19-20); and we should not fear when we do the right thing. “Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.” (Isaiah 41:10-11).
2. MOSES WAS TAUGHT BY HIS MOTHER THAT THEY WERE A CHOSEN RACE TO EVANGELIZE THE WORLD – Moses’ mother taught him the fear of the LORD (Psalm 34:11); as a result his days were long (Proverbs 10:27), and he was able to choose GOD’S way over Egypt.
If we are saved, GOD also chose us to go to our loved ones who do not know yet the gospel. He also called us to put off our old and corrupt self (Ephesians 4:22). We have the responsibility to open gates so that we can open others’ eyes and turn them from darkness (Acts 26:18).
In today’s case, each one of us are chosen to have a responsibility to support our local churches, because we are part of evangelizing the world as our mission. “Be it known therefore unto you, that the salvation of God is sent unto the Gentiles, and that they will hear it.” (Acts 28:28).
“For so hath the Lord commanded us, saying, I have set thee to be a light of the Gentiles, that thou shouldest be for salvation unto the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:47).
We already experienced the great things the LORD has done to us because he already forgave us when we confessed our sins to him personally.
“I acknowledge my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the Lord; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.” (Psalm 32:5).
Therefore we who are still alive are the ones commanded to go to our friends to tell them the great things Jesus has done for us and will do for them.
“Howbeit Jesus suffered him not, but saith unto him, Go home to thy friends, and tell them how great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath had compassion on thee.” (Mark 5:19).