“ By faith, Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter,  choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.”
First, let’s look at this part: “Moses…refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter.” i got to thinking about that. Called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. Pharaoh’s daughter. He was a part of the royal family. Pharaoh ruled in Egypt. They had riches and fame. All kinds of treasures that someone like Moses would only dream of. There’s the kingdom, the palace, they had servents. He could have all that and be livin what we would call today the “American Dream”. He could have had it all. He would be living the life. Yet, he refuses to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter. He rejects- everything that would come with being the Pharaoh’s daughter. He gave up the riches and the pleasures of the world for the greater things- the eternal things. He gave up the riches and pleasaurable life saying that it is better to be in disgrace, affliction, and suffering for the sake of Christ than to live a life of sin. In the Amplified verse 25 & 26 reads “…Because he preferred to share the oppression [suffer the hardships] and bear the shame of the people of God rather than to have the fleeting enjoyment of a sinful life.  He considered the contempt and abuse and shame [borne for] the Christ (the Messiah Who was to come) to be greater wealth than all the treasures of Egypt… ” Choosing Affliction over Riches? Suffering over Treasures? Disgrace over Royalty? He esteemed Christ over the world. Affliction, oppression, disgrace considered greater value and wealth than the treasures of Egypt. Wow…
No compromise…Moses chose a life of no compromise. He was weak, a sinner, messed up, and broken like me and you but chose to not compromise himself nor Christ. As a result of his decision to live a lifestyle of no compromise, Moses leads a people out of Egypt and into the promise. He liberates a people. He takes them out of Egypt into the promise land. Sean just mentioned thie past Wednesday about liberating the people. We did an outreach this past saturday that he called “operation liberation”. The whole point is that we go out and liberate people. I just know that this is the Lord’s heart for Dothan. We must get rid of every compromise in our lives. Bob Sorge says “You forfeit authority to confront that which is done in excess if you yourself practice the same thing in moderation”.
Exodus 3:7-10 the Lord says “I have surely seen the oppression of My people who are in Egypt, and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters, for I know their sorros. So, I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians, and to bring them up from that land to a good and large land, to a land flowing with milk and honey…Now therfore, behold, the cry of the children of Israel has come to Me, and I have also seen the oppression…Come now, therefore, and I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring My people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.”
As I read this last night, I can just hear this for Dothan. It’s time we storm hell’s rusty gates crying out like Moses did “Let my people go!!” It’s time we go out into our workplace, the marketplace, the schools, even the Church, and the city to liberate the people. To take them from Egypt [the kingdom of darkness] into the Promise land [the Kingdom of Light]. For such a time as this….
Oh God, that you would send us out like You did Moses to liberate a people out of Egypt into the Promise Land.