« It's not what you have but what you do with it »
For this study we returned to the Exodus 3; 2 which tells the episode where Moses had a discussion with God through the burning bush while the bush was on fire but did not burn:
"And the angel of the LORD appeared unto him in a flame of fire in the midst of a bush: and Moses looked, and, behold, the bush was on fire, and the bush was not consumed."
For some this story means the majesty of God, His power, His eternal fire and other things but I would like to ask you this question: How many times have we been on fire for God but deep within us it was not consuming?
In other words it is not the passion that we have for Jesus but what we do with this passion that is important. We can be on "fire" for God on the outside without knowing yet another spiritual level inside us. Do we have something in us that burns but does not consume us; something that burns-up but doesn't burn-out?
Are we praying for people even before they ask us? Are we praying in public places for people to heal physically and/or spiritually? Are we sharing our faith of our passion for Jesus with our families, friends, coworkers, neighbors and others or are we prefering to keep it all to ourselves?
It is not the work that we have, the marriage we have or the ministry we have that matters but what we do with our work, our marriage and our ministry that counts!
Some people will have a very ordinary job, a childless marriage and a small ministry, but they will be more successful in these areas than those who will have a breathtaking job, a marriage full of children and an international ministry. Why? Because they will have decided not just to burn on the outside but also on the inside.
Someone can take all possible ingredients and still make a horrible meal while a better cook who knows how to mix the ingredients can make a better meal using a minimum of ingredients.
It's not what we have that matters but what we do with it that counts!
Philippians 4; 13 tells us that WE can do all things through HIM, who strengthens us:
"I can do all things through Him who strengthens me"
Let's take a closer look at 4 important words in this verse: Can, Through, Him, and strengthens.
Can: Translated into Greek by "Ischuo" which means: Strong, Robust, Able, Dare
Through: Translated into Greek by "En" which means: In, By, With
Him: Translated into Greek by "Christos" which means: Jesus, Messiah, Son of God, the Anointed,
Strengthens: Translated into Greek by "Endunamoo" which means: Strong, Fortified, Increase in strength
So in summary, I can be STRONG-ROBUST-CAPABLE-DARE, IN-BY-WITH, JESUS-THE MESSIAH-THE SON OF GOD-THE-ANOINTED, who makes me STRONG-FORTIFIED-INCREASES MY FAITH.
What God is telling us is that He will help us do what we can not do but He will not do what we do not want to do.
Then, in the next chapter in Exodus 4; 1-4 Moses said to God that no one will believe him, and God changed the staff he had in his hand into a snake.
But after God asks Moses to seize the snake but Moses escaped hiding from the snake (See also the study "Face Our Fears"). In other words, God asks us to seize by faith the things we do not stop fleeing from.
Faith will never make our fears disappear but it will make us face them!
It's not the faith you have but what you do with it that matters. You may have faith to throw mountains into the sea and be convinced that God can do everything, if you will never put it into practice to bring the kingdom of God to earth, it is of no use to you!