Stirred in Faith

In Exodus 34-35 we see the account of when Moses received the covenant from God on the stone tablets, and we see Moses presenting the covenant to the Israelites. One of the things the Lord highlighted to me as I was reading this passage was how the people’s hearts were stirred after listening to Moses. 

In Exodus 35:20-22(NKJV), “And all the congregation of the children of Israel departed from the presence of Moses. Then everyone came whose heart was stirred, and everyone whose spirit was willing, and they brought the Lord’s offering for the work of the tabernacle of meeting, for all its service, and for the holy garments. They came, both men and women, as many as had a willing heart, and brought earrings and nose rings, rings and necklaces, all jewelry of gold, that is, every man who made an offering of gold to the Lord.”. 

The people of Israel heard what Moses spoke to them regarding what God said about the renewal of the covenant. The people were stirred to contribute to the building of the Tabernacle. The people of Israel could not see the ended result of what Moses spoke to them, but they were stirred of heart and acted by faith to contribute to the building of the Tabernacle as God had ordained. 

In the remaining portion of Exodus, we see the people of Israel diligently building the Tabernacle. The people of Israel knew that Moses was chosen to speak directly with God. Moses was a willing vessel to be mightly used by God in the Old Testament. The people knew Moses encountered the Lord because his face would shine after he spoke with the Lord. Exodus 34:29 (NKJV) tells us, “Now it was so, when Moses came down from Mount Sinai (and the two tablets of the Testimony were in Moses’ hand when he came down from the mountain), that Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone while he talked with Him.”. 

Moses was a man who was marked by experiencing God’s presence. God’s presence is what empowered Moses to speak boldly to the people of Israel concerning the covenant. The mark of God on his life resulted in the people being stirred in the heart. This then resulted in the people of Israel contributing to the Tabernacle. 

How often do we yield to the presence of God in our daily walk? Do we seek to be marked by the presence of God or do we seek to be marked by our own traditions? Too often in the church world, we get caught up with traditions that don’t even line up with the Bible. As believers, we should be marked by the presence of God and His power operating through us for His glory. The people of this world should be able to tell there is something different about us they can’t explain with human standards. This will open the door for us to witness to people and to stir people up to repent and turn to the solution for sin, which is Jesus Christ. We as believers need to be stirred up to walk in the Great Commission as Jesus said in Mark 16:16-17 (AMP), “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name, they will cast out demons, they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink anything deadly, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will get well.”. Jesus did not say, ‘these signs will follow the first-century church’. Jesus said ‘these signs will follow those who believe’. Jesus didn’t say ‘these signs will only follow televangelists who ask for you to sow a $1,000 seed’. Jesus said, ‘these signs will follow those who believe’. 

God is calling His people to wake up to the call He has called us to. Jesus isn’t coming back for a bride that is praying to be taken out of this fallen world, He is coming back for a victorious bride that brings glory to His name. Jesus is coming back for a bride that casts out the kingdom of darkness and expands the Kingdom of God on this earth. It is time we get over our man-made theology and put ourselves in agreement with God’s Word. The world needs revivalists who are strong in faith, like Moses and the many others listed in Hebrews 11. 



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