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Exodus 4:10-17 (The Message)

10 Moses raised another objection to God: “Master, please, I don’t talk well. I’ve never been good with words, neither before nor after you spoke to me. I stutter and stammer.”

Can you guess what we are talking about today?! We are going to address the Self-Deprecating Tongue. This is speech where you think or speak of yourself as being of little or no worth and eventually minimizing the value of what you “bring to the table” or have to offer. A lot of us struggle with this. We shy away from the gifts that are within us. This is often disguised as a form of humility, but in reality, it is a rejection of the Word of God. Remember? We were told in Philippians 4:13 that we can do all things through Christ that strengthens us. You must watch the negative labels you put on yourself. People will always have something to say about you or a name to give you; but what you name yourself or call yourself is most important.

Have you had an experience that you have allowed to define who you are? For example, have you struggled with your weight and you call yourself “fatso” or “chunky”? Do you call yourself a failure, loser, victim? It is time for you to abandon these words and redefine yourself! God is not pleased when we self-deprecate ourselves. In the scripture above, Moses was not sure he was capable of fulfilling his assignment, take a look at God’s reaction:

Exodus 4:10-17 (The Message)

11-12God said, “And who do you think made the human mouth? And who makes some mute, some deaf, some sighted, some blind? Isn’t it I, God? So, get going. I’ll be right there with you—with your mouth! I’ll be right there to teach you what to say.”

13 He said, “Oh, Master, please! Send somebody else!”

14-17 God got angry with Moses: “Don’t you have a brother, Aaron the Levite? He’s good with words, I know he is. He speaks very well. In fact, at this very moment he’s on his way to meet you. When he sees you he’s going to be glad. You’ll speak to him and tell him what to say. I’ll be right there with you as you speak and with him as he speaks, teaching you step by step. He will speak to the people for you. He’ll act as your mouth, but you’ll decide what comes out of it. Now take this staff in your hand; you’ll use it to do the signs.”

Your MUST reject the spirit of inadequacy. Without God, you can do nothing; with God you can do all things. Because His Word is true and real, we can walk in confidence–not in ourselves–but in the grace of God that empowers us!

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