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by Brian Flewelling on August 09, 2022
“Moses reported this to the Israelites, but they did not listen to him because of their discouragement and cruel bondage.” Exodus 6:9
Oppression exposes the lies our hearts believe. Will I believe the thundering voice of hopelessness: nothing will ever change? Will I believe the lie that God will not deliver: he’s not going to be there when I need him? Will I believe the accusation that twists the truth: I deserve this?
Don’t lose hope. Just as faith is the fertile ground for obedience, discouragement is fertile ground for doubt and waywardness. If the enemy can get you to listen to pain and weariness instead of God’s plan of redemption, he has won. Discouragement sucks the oxygen out of the room and drains your muscles of strength. Then there is no fight left to seize the day.
Often God is just warming up his engine when we are running out of gas. What looked like “trouble” to the people in Exodus 5:22 looks like “redemption” to God in Exodus 6:6. He tells Moses in 7:3-4 that he’s about to multiply his miracles, and unleash his mighty acts of judgement.
Don’t give up. This may be the very moment God is about to break in. Jesus chided his followers, “when the Son of Man returns will he find faith on the earth.” Stay rested. When you’re weary you’re vulnerable. Stay surrounded. The isolated zebra is devoured by the lion. All of us have seasons we need to be warmed by the fire of someone else’ faith.
Brian serves as the Equipping Pastor at Petra. Brian also serves as part of the Sunday morning teaching team. You may also hear him teaching in various other ministry settings, using his Bible study and teaching gifts to bless others.
Before coming on staff at Petra in 2010, Brian and his wife Kristina served as missionaries for four years with Eagles’ Wings Ministry in Clarence, NY. Brian has a BA in Biblical Studies and studied at Jerusalem University College in Israel for a semester.
The Flewellings are thrilled with their three children: Ariana, Sophia, and Elliot. When not involved in ministry or family life, Brian enjoys hiking, reading, and relaxing with friends.
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