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By Faith, Part VIII

"By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh's daughter, choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward." Hebrews 11:24-26

    Moses was one of God's greatest vessels, prince of Egypt, murderer, vagabond, shepherd, deliverer and leader of all of Israel. It is amazing the people God chooses for greatness in His kingdom and how He molds them by trials and tribulations making them into instruments of righteousness.

    Here is a man chosen at birth from the mud pits of Egypt, hidden in a basket and set afloat, only to be rescued by the daughter of Pharaoh to be raised up in royalty and to one day become the greatest leader the world has ever known. In order for one to be used in God's kingdom, called into service, he must be heat-treated and tempered as a sword, beaten flat, and polished through trials in order to become that which God can use. Education is not enough, worldly experience either, only brokenness and the trials of life can prepare a true leader in God's kingdom.

    Most of today's leaders in the church of the Lord Jesus Christ are run through the assembly line of seminary, thrown into the youth ministry and made to climb the worldly ladder of success, finally becoming a Senior pastor in some obscure little fellowship or maybe broke out and went viral, only to become a superstar to be idolized by a backslidden brood of spiritually starved children devoid of the truth! But where are the men of faith, who were transformed under the intense pressure of God's refining fire, like Moses, men to whom the world was not worthy?

    By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible. Hebrews 11:27

Your servant in Christ, Tim Laughlin