“Have you been released”

Ex 18:13-16- Moses handling disputes for all the people. Jethro asks him why he does this. Moses says that he is trying to inform the people of God’s decrees and instructions.

In these scriptures, Moses was playing a role put on him by the people, so much so that he began to believe that was his role as well.

1. Be released from others
Mark 10:46-52- Jesus and Bartimaeus.

Bartimaeus doesn’t care what anybody thinks about him. He hears that Jesus is near and grabs the opportunity. He didn’t let what others thought about him keep him from Jesus! How many times DON’T we do what God wants us to do because of what others think or might think of us? Bartimaeus threw down his coat and ran to Jesus.

That coat was his life, so when he cast it aside, he was leaving his life behind, leaving his role behind, casting all aside to follow Jesus. He didnt know that Jesus was gonna heal him, but he cast aside everything by faith, believing that there is something better for him that Jesus has.

What is the one thing that has kept us in spiritual darkness?
Why are you holding on to it?

If Bartimaeus had not seized the opportunity, he probably would have died. We can’t let what others think of us decide who we are. Jesus has better for us.

2. We have to be released from ourselves.

Moses probably thought he was doing the will of God, but Jethro set him to the truth. His solution freed Moses up to lead the way that God wanted. Its the same with us. We put pressures on ourselves to earn Gods favor.

Romans 3:25- For God presented Jesus as the sacrifice for sin. People are made right with God when they believe….

Oftentimes we think we need to be a certain person for God to accept us. We don’t need to fix ourselves up before God.

Heb 12:1-2- Therefore, since we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses…. 12- take a new grip with your tu red hands amd strengthen your weak knees. Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong.
Stop worrying about our past sins amd failures. Focus on Jesus and run toward Him. When we become released from the things that have kept us from God, we become released TO God. Then God can reveal Himself to us. Once Moses was free from the expectations of the people, God revealed Himself at Sinai in Exodus 19.