We are valuable
Be careful what you put in your heart because it will come out your mouth.
“And Moses took the tabernacle, and pitched it without the camp, afar off from the camp, and called it the Tabernacle of the congregation. And it came to pass, that every one which sought the LORD went out unto the tabernacle of the congregation, which was without the camp. And it came to pass, when Moses went out unto the tabernacle, that all the people rose up, and stood every man at his tent door, and looked after Moses, until he was gone into the tabernacle. And it came to pass, as Moses entered into the tabernacle, the cloudy pillar descended, and stood at the door of the tabernacle, and the LORD talked with Moses. And all the people saw the cloudy pillar stand at the tabernacle door: and all the people rose up and worshipped, every man in his tent door. And the LORD spake unto Moses face to face, as a man speaketh unto his friend. And he turned again into the camp: but his servant Joshua, the son of Nun, a young man, departed not out of the tabernacle. And Moses said unto the LORD, See, thou sayest unto me, Bring up this people: and thou hast not let me know whom thou wilt send with me. Yet thou hast said, I know thee by name, and thou hast also found grace in my sight. Now therefore, I pray thee, if I have found grace in thy sight, shew me now thy way, that I may know thee, that I may find grace in thy sight: and consider that this nation is thy people. And he said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest.” (Exodus 33:7-14 KJV)
People will see what you do and praise your earthly father, it is the same with your heavenly father.
The number one management principle is that people do what people see. We are all copy cats, think “the wave”.
You are being watched, you are being read.
Prayer is not natural for us, that is why we don’t pray.
1. Regularly – Separate yourself regularly v.7
You can overcome through prayer. Go outside the camp. The deeper relationship is in private. Seek God in every thing. “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.” (Mark 1:35 KJV) “And he was withdrawn from them about a stone's cast, and kneeled down, and prayed,” (Luke 22:41 KJV) “Arise therefore, and get thee down, and go with them, doubting nothing: for I have sent them.” (Acts 10:20 KJV)
2. Privately – Seek God with all your heart v.7
Seek truth over popularity. Moses sought the Lord. Take time to wait on God (LISTEN). What we look at is what we think about and what we become. When Samuel showed up people paid attention. When he spoke people listened.
3. Sincerely – He was watched by the public v.8
Moses realized that he didn’t have the answers. When God told Moses that he would not go with them Moses said then I will stay here with you. Not ashamed of spouse, don’t be ashamed of God. “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord. And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.” (Luke 4:18-20 KJV)
4. Powerfully – Listen & Obey God’s voice.
Prayer should be a mighty habit. Let Him talk. He already knows who you are and what you need. Are we going to believe in the world more than the word of God? Learn to listen and obey.
5. Covenant – Enter covenant partnership with God. v.9
Are we faithful? Don’t give up. We will reap in due season. He desires us more than our talents or works. Mary versus Martha.