The power to overcome…inexperience

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God is not concerned with a lack of credentials, but does need your obedience to stack your resume.

One of the most ironic things about believers is that we always have to appear as if we have things under control. Today’s church has gotten so caught up in positive confessions that it sometimes ignores reality. Christians seem to carry this façade that everything is perfect, even to the extent of convincing themselves.

In particular, pretending to know something that we do not know is problematic. It is more than okay to be inexperienced in an area, because we do not come out of the womb with sufficient knowledge and understanding. Gaining new knowledge and partaking in new experiences is how God stretches us and allows us to grow.

Inexperience is apart of life. We will always have new territory to tread in this journey, but we have comfort knowing that God is our guide. What we cannot do, however, is allow inexperience to be an obstacle that hinders us from what God wants us to do. It is in these areas of vulnerability that God wants to reveal himself.

Second Corinthians 12:9-10 states, “But [Jesus] said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.”

God’s will is not that we wallow in our weaknesses, but that we embrace them and prepare for his strength to come forth in us. Through our inexperience, God wants to show us that his grace is truly sufficient and that he is an ever-present help (Psalm 46:1).

Inexperience has actually been a prevalent quality in some of our most notable biblical heroes.

When the time came for the Israelites to be delivered from Egypt, the Lord called on a man named Moses. After receiving his commission, Moses said this to God:

“Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:11)?

God’s response is found in Exodus 3:12:

“I will be with you. And this will be the sign to you that it is I that sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God on this mountain.”

The first thing that God told Moses was, “I will be with you.” (Honestly, that is enough for me right there.) God also gives us the same assurance when he says, “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you” (Hebrews 13:5).

The Lord does not stop there, though, as God tells Moses that he will come back to the same mountain to worship—after he has completed the task! God’s very own words confirm that Moses will be successful on his journey.

This did not stop Moses from raising his objections.

Exodus 4:10-17 outlines the dialogue between God and Moses before Moses’ return to Egypt.

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.”  

11 The LORD said to him, “Who gave human beings their mouths? Who makes them deaf or mute? Who gives them sight or makes them blind? Is it not I, the LORD? 12 Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”  

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

14 Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and he will be glad to see you. 15 You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth; I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. 16 He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him. 17But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

It must be insulting to God when we express doubt concerning the task he has assigned us, especially when he assures us of our success. This is why the Lord is angered with Moses, and is displeased with us when we do the same. Fortunately, “The LORD is compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love” (Psalm 103:8).

As believers, however, we have to be willing to overlook our lack of expertise. Eventually, even after expressing doubt, Moses followed the Lord’s instructions and went to Egypt.

We must realize that our inexperience does not disqualify us from God’s call. God qualifies us by placing an anointing on each one of us to function in a certain area.

First John 2:20 declares, “But you have an anointing from the Holy One, and all of you know the truth.” The truth is, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13).

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~ by christianballenger on June 20, 2011.

2 Responses to “The power to overcome…inexperience”

  1. Amen, we should never let our inexperince keep us from serving the Lord. He will equip us for all task. Love you blog! God bles you.

  2. This is awesome……………………..just what I needed at this very moment. Love ya

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