BY REV. DR. PHILIP CRAIG
Greater Springfield Community Church
Scripture: Exodus 4:10-11 – 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.” 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.”
In the physical realm of things, what we know about laryngitis is that it is an illness brought upon by inflammation in the larynx that makes it very difficult for one to talk due to the pain it produces when you attempt to speak. Therefore, it is safe to say that pain can sometimes produce fear in a person that will limit their ability to fully function the way laryngitis limits us with our speech.
In the spiritual world, we see this too often. People are marginalized and set themselves to a standard that they don’t belong due to their fear of failure. We sometimes limit ourselves in accomplishing great things in life because we may be fearful of the pain it may produce or simply because we look at ourselves and don’t see the greatness within us that is able to overcome, produce and bring forth prosperity. When we only concentrate on our flaws or handicaps in life, we will never see past failure and we box ourselves into a corner by not visualizing that we are a born winner.
Moses was a born winner. He never realized it and just looked at himself as an ordinary man. Therefore, when God called him to perform a task, he was hesitant and all he could dwell on was what he thought would be a hindrance to the mission. When God asked Moses to lead his people out of Egypt into the promised land—in Exodus 3:11—Moses replied, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” And as the conversation continued and God said, “Go speak to the people,” Moses once again—in Exodus 4:10—allowed his insecurities to rise within him and told God, “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.” Then again, in chapter 6 verse 12, after God told Moses to tell Pharaoh to let his people go, Moses continued to try and hold onto his spiritual laryngitis and said to the Lord, “If the Israelites will not listen to me, why would Pharaoh listen to me, since I have faltering lips?”
It is evident that Moses had a bad case of spiritual Laryngitis. Although he was called, he was afraid to speak to power and fearful to open his mouth to lead a people since he was focused on his power and forgot that God said, “I will be with you,” “I will help you speak” and “I will teach you what to say.” We are living in a time when we must depend on God more than ever before. We are in a time where the righteous are needed to open their mouths and speak against evil, against oppression, against principalities and against corruptness.
Proverbs 16:23 says, “The heart of the wise makes his speech judicious and adds persuasiveness to his lips.” When Moses chose to trust God and lose his spiritual laryngitis, he not only dropped his fear of not being a good leader or speaker, but he also obtained power and might through his faithfulness and his words brought forth freedom, prosperity and fruitfulness to himself and the entire Israelite community.
How many of you think you’re just an ordinary person? Wrong! You have been set aside like Moses. Your role is vital in the mission. You are important in the eyes of God and in the lives of those who will depend on you to accept the challenge with confidence in yourself and not give in to fear. You losing your spiritual laryngitis will allow you to open up new doors you never thought would be possible. Moses was constantly amazed at the miracles that followed him throughout his life when he began to speak on God’s behalf.
Become that miracle today. You have been silent long enough. God needs you to speak light to dark powers and truth to lies. Your words in agreement with others come together to form a force of faith that speaks to people and positions of power that will change the circumstance and shift the paradigm in which we see it now. Lose your spiritual laryngitis today and speak up on behalf of the goodness of the Lord and watch the power of God work before your very eyes.
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