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Today we are starting a new series based on the book of Exodus, that reveals God’s concern for His people.

The series is titled “The God Who Reveals Himself in Times of Need”

Today we are discussing The Possibility of Positive Thinking.


Exodus 3:11 (AMP)

11 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?”

Scripture Reading

Exodus 3:11-4:12 (AMP)


You may be living life rather pessimistically today.

If so, you can transform your negative thinking into positive thinking by looking at some ways God helped Moses to overcome his pessimism.

  1. God builds confidence.
  1. The lack of confidence.

Moses’ first objection to God’s call shows his reticence.

Exodus 3:11 (AMP)

11 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?”

Moses did not feel prepared, either by personal endowment or by previous experience, to undertake such a tremendous task.

Oftentimes our lack of service stems from lack of confidence.

We cannot serve God effectively without having a healthy and realistic self concept.

B. The building of confidence.

God built Moses’ self confidence with a promise.

Exodus 3:12 (AMP)

12 And God said, “Certainly I will be with you, and this shall be the sign to you that it is I who have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve and worship God at this mountain.”

Then the Lord followed with a sign.

God builds confidence with the promise of His presence.

Anyone’s confidence can be enhanced with the assurance of God’s presence and with reliance on the trustworthiness of God’s Word.

2. God reveals His name.

  1. The lack of knowledge about God’s name.

Moses’s second negative thought was that he did not know the name of the God who was sending him to Egypt.

Exodus 3:13 (AMP)

13 Then Moses said to God, “Behold, when I come to the Israelites and say to them, ‘The God of your fathers (ancestors) has sent me to you,’ and they say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”

Moses’ question was a desire to know what kind of God sent him to Egypt. 

The name represents a person’s attributes or character.

B. The revelation of God’s name.

God helped Moses’ negative attitude by disclosing His name, Exodus 3:14 (AMP)

14 God said to Moses, “I Am Who I Am”; and He said, “You shall say this to the Israelites, ‘I Am has sent me to you.’”

The Hebrew word has a rich background.

It is the word YHWH.

It was used in the Old Testament to describe One who is adequate for every situation.

The more we learn of God the greater will be the positive attitude.

3. God demonstrates His power.

  1. The lack of trust in the people’s response.

Moses’ third negative thought was that Israel would not believe that the Lord had sent him.

Exodus 4:1 (AMP)

Moses Given Powers

4 Then Moses answered [the Lord] and said, “What if they will not believe me or take seriously what I say? For they may say, ‘The Lord has not appeared to you.’”

Doubts fill the minds of many of God’s workers.

They fail to place confidence in what might happen when they present God’s message.

B. The demonstration of God’s power.

God met Moses’s negative mood by giving three signs.

A wooden staff was turned into a serpent.

Healthy skin was made leprous.

Water from the Nile was turned into blood.

These signs would have convinced the most skeptical. 

You can be a more effective servant by observing God’s power.

Read about the power of God in the Bible.

Observe the power of God in the lives of people today.

4. God will equip for assigned tasks.

  1. The thought of humanism.

Moses knew that his confrontation with Pharaoh would require convincing words.

This lead to a fourth negative thought.

Exodus 4:10 (AMP)

10 Then Moses said to the Lord, “Please, Lord, I am not a man of words (eloquent, fluent), neither before nor since You have spoken to Your servant; for I am slow of speech and tongue.”

Moses felt inadequate as an orator.

God’s call to service often overwhelms an individual.

At first glance we might recoil, thinking that we must face a task with human strength and wisdom.

B. The promise of divine equipping.

God responded to Moses’ reluctance with a promise of divine equipping.

God reminded Moses that He had equipped man with a voice.

If He equipped man with a mouth, God was surely capable of endowing him with the necessary gifts to serve Him.

A call to service means a divine endowment.

Look through the Bible and you will discover that when God calls a person to a task, He equips for the task.


God could be calling you for a service.

Is your attitude negative? 

Open your life and respond positively to whatever God wants you to do.

Until next time

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