Exposed: Excuses: Inadequacy


MAIN POINTS

  • We live with a constant sense of being unfulfilled
  • Excuses are thieves (for the soul) – very dangerous
  • Excuses rob us from the fullness of life in Christ
  • inadequacy – possibly number 1 excuse
  • Inadequacy catch phrase: ‘Who me? I cannot do it/go there…’
  • Explore Moses’ excuses: 3:11; 3:12; 4:1; 4:10 – ‘me-centred’
  • Explore God’s response: 3:12; 3:13; 4:2; 4:11: ‘I’ – ‘God-centred’
  • This is not about self-esteeem/self-confidence but confidence in HIM
  • exploring the postive example of David: 1 Samuel 17:26,37

PRACTICAL

  • Discover Him (afresh) – listening to His voice: Scriptures
  • Dscover Him (afresh) – speaking to Him in prayer
  • Discover Him (afresh) – obeying Him – His commands/will

PERSONAL QUESTIONS

  1. Are there any excuses I have made that I need to repent of?
  2. In what areas of my life do I use the excuse of inadequacy?
  3. What made Moses uses these excuses? Do I usem them? In what context?
  4. How can I cultivate a heart like David’s? What was his relationship with God like?

EXTRA

‘Abraham was old, Jacob was insecure, Leah was unattractive, Joseph was abused, Moses stuttered, Gideon was poor, Samson was codependent, Rahab was immoral, David had an affair and all kinds of family problems, Elijah was suicidal, Jeremiah was depressed, Jonah was reluctant, Naomi was a widow, John the Baptist was eccentric to say the least, Peter was impulsive and hot-tempered, Martha worried a lot, the Samaritan woman had several failed marriages, Zacchaeus was unpopular, Thomas had doubts, Paul had poor health, and Timothy was timid. That is quite a variety of misfits, but God used each of them in his service. He will use you too if you stop making excuses.’       Rick Warren

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