2018 Fasting Guide – Day Sixteen

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ALL IN – SOUL

Soul is the essence of a person. A conscious decision to love comes from the soul. It is not emotional love but a personal decision to prioritize the other person’s feelings. The soul is the life of the brain. It is the mind, will, emotion, intellect, memory, and the center of the senses. In other words, your entire being is to voluntarily go after God, nothing held back. He will not accept a person with a mind that mentally assents while spirit and body are in rebellion.
So let’s consider Moses today. He certainly didn’t start ALL IN. In fact, he was a murderer that ran away to save his own life. He had married and was shepherding sheep for his father-in-law when a “suddenly” happened that would certainly shake his intellect and his senses as well as his emotions. And eventually it would shake his will.

2 And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush. So he looked, and behold, the bush was burning with fire, but the bush was not consumed. 3 Then Moses said, “I will now turn aside and see this great sight, why the bush does not burn.”
Exodus 3:2-3 NKJV

 

Moses saw the supernatural and decided to check it out.

So when the Lord saw that he turned aside to look, God called to him from the midst of the bush and said, “Moses, Moses!” And he said, “Here I am.”
Exodus 3:4 NKJV

 

Notice that God was looking for someone who would be interested in seeing what was really going on. I wonder if Moses hadn’t turn aside to look, if God would have chosen him to accomplish so much? When he turned aside to see, God basically introduced Himself to Moses.

5 Then He said, “Do not draw near this place. Take your sandals off your feet, for the place where you stand is holy ground.” 6 Moreover He said, “I am the God of your father — the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look upon God.
Exodus 3:5-6 NKJV

 

His soulish response was fear. How was he supposed to act when God showed up? And what will you do when God shows up to you during this fast? Will you respond with your soul, with a little fear of what God really expects of you? What does ALL IN mean to you personally? And then it became even more interesting. Moses’ life was about to change.

9 “Now therefore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. 10 Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.” ALL IN all.
Exodus 3:9-10 NKJV

 

God was very aware of what the enemy was doing to His people, and He had chosen Moses to be part of the answer. Moses answered this flaming supernatural fire—that he knew was God—out of his soul.

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

 

His mind, emotions and memories told him he was certainly not qualified. And he answered GOD that way. We can see that under the circumstances that was kind of ridiculous. But let me ask you this, if God is asking us to be ALL IN with all the meanings of it, is it possible that we as a church—and individually—might answer out of our souls? Of course. One of the most wonderful parts of God that I love, is that He is insistent on what He knows is already in us to come out of us to help others.

12 So He said, “I will certainly be with you. And this shall be a sign to you that I have sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.” 13 Then Moses said to God, “Indeed, when I come to the children of Israel and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ what shall I say to them?” 14 And God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.”
Exodus 3:12-14 NKJV

 

Yes, God is and will always be WITH those He calls. And He will always be the great I AM. He can do anything He wants, anytime He wants, through whoever He wants. But I think I could add this from God’s perspective: “I am who I am and you are who I say you are!” God has placed a purpose and destiny inside each one of us. And the bigger picture will always include those we are supposed to save from destruction. And He will always be with us, but He needs us to change our minds, our wills and our emotions to line up with His. That free choice thing is also part of His plan. So God reminded Moses again of Who was sending him. No worries if you are sent by THE God, Creator of the universe and Lover of your soul!

Moreover God said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the children of Israel: ‘The Lord God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is My name forever, and this is My memorial to all generations.’”
Exodus 3:15 NKJV

 

Again, the soul part of Moses was not satisfied. Let’s just be honest that Moses is an example of all of us.

Then Moses answered and said, “But suppose they will not believe me or listen to my voice; suppose they say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.'”
Exodus 4:1 NKJV

 

God is so amazing, so loving and kind. He didn’t burn Moses to the ground or even pick another “more worthy” person. Nope. He just got practical with Moses. God was winning his soul over so Moses would give God first place in his mind, will and emotions. So the conversation continued:

So the Lord said to him, “What is that in your hand?” He said, “A rod.”
Exodus 4:2 NKJV

 

God took that which Moses was used to in the natural and turned it into a supernatural “convincer.” You know the story. Moses was told to throw down his shepherd’s rod and it turned into a snake. Then he was told to pick up the snake by the tail. (This is where my soul would certainly have gotten involved!) As Moses began to see, that which was already a tool in his hand would become a supernatural tool when God was moving through his hand.
We often forget that which is a “learned tool” for us is not ours by accident. When we submit it unto the Lord, He will take it and use it for supernatural results. Moses still argued with God a little bit more, but that is a whole sermon. This is the point: God worked with Moses through all his frailties, his natural arguments and his insecurities, until finally, Moses came to the place that He was the instrument God used to move people out of bondage. God worked through Moses to bring supernatural provision forth for His people, and to open the Red Sea that prevented them from receiving their Promised Land. And Moses became so ALL IN that he was called the “friend of God,” and God buried him with His own hand and then took him to be with Him forever.We are on a journey. God knows right where we are. He knows the issues in our minds, wills and emotions, and guess what? He will work with us until we are 100 percent ALL IN because He has a plan for us to reach others, to bring people out of bondage, and to take them into their Promised Land. And then we will be living in all of the promises He has reserved for us as well.Love the Lord your God with all your SOUL. It’s not only possible, it’s required. If there is anything in your mind holding you back–memories of your past. If there is anything in your emotions holding you back–feeling that it’s too scary or it’s for someone else. If you have determined that your will certainly isn’t to do anything that is challenging or uncomfortable, then that means you are in need of a little more God speak. He will keep convincing you as you spend time with Him. But at some point, you will have to face your Pharaoh. You will have to face the rejection of others falsely accusing you. You will have to be determined that once you are ALL IN, that GOD Himself will be ALL IN too. ALL IN you to work through you and it will affect the dwelling places of many … not only here, but throughout eternity. It’s worth it, now isn’t it?

 

Father,

 

You are the great I AM and I want to be a part of Your plan for me. Please help me get over any memories or trauma of the past. Help me not to focus on my weaknesses but on what You say I am capable of. And I believe that what You have planned for me will not only change others, but mostly change me. I don’t want to just know about You. I want You to be my Friend. Please let me know You in such a way that I will not struggle with my mind, will and emotions any more … but that I will conform to You and Your will.

 

In Jesus’ name, I ask. Amen

 

I know this first song is supposed to be Mary, and it would be very appropriate for her. But it is also very appropriate for each one of us. Please apply the words to your heart and soul right now.

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