Pastor E. A. Adeboye

Text: Exodus 3:1-5

Moses had been a fugitive for forty years; he was running from Pharaoh because of something that happened in Exodus 2:11-23. Moses went to see his brethren in Egypt and saw one of them tormented by the Egyptian and decided to help. In the process, he killed the Egyptian and then buried him. The following day he saw two of his brethren fighting and he said, ‘if the enemy is tormenting one of you, we can understand, how can the two of you be tormenting each other?’ One of them said, ‘who made you judge over us? You want to kill me like the way you kill the Egyptian?’ Moses said, ‘I thought the secret was hid but the news has spread’.

The Bible says Pharaoh then tried to kill Moses, but Moses fled and for forty years he was a fugitive. But now his time for repositioning has come, because Pharoah died.

I have good news for somebody here today, the one who has been making life unbearable for you, if he has not already gone before, he will be gone very soon.

David was a fugitive for thirteen years after God had anointed him to be king, but the father-in-law kept pursuing him for 30 years. In 1 Samuel 32:1-6, King Saul died and the years of running for David came to an end.

You see, there is always a set time, Psalm 102:13. After the Holy Ghost Congress of last year, the time to favour someone came and when your time comes nobody can stop you. In Genesis 41:46, the time for Joseph came at the age of 30. He was a young boy when he had a dream of greatness, what he was going to become. When you read Genesis 40:1-23, in spite of everything that he had been able to achieve in prison, the one who was supposed to help him forgot him. But when the time came, he was remembered. I have good news for someone here today, the time for the Almighty God to remember you has come.

You see, when God’s time to reposition you comes, you don’t have to worry about your enemies much further because the King of kings Himself will take care of the enemies. In 1 Kings 19:1-8, after God repositioned Elijah, on the same Mount Horeb where he repositioned Moses, Elijah never ran from anybody any longer. As a matter of fact, by the time you get to 1 Samuel 21: 20-24, the hunted became the hunter.

I have good news for someone here today, if they are wise, when they see you coming, they will run.

In Isaiah 54:15-17, the Almighty God stated clearly concerning you, He said if the enemies gang-up against you, they will fall. He said none of their weapons fashioned against you will prosper. He said even if they criticize you, you will rebuke them; that is in the Bible.

So, when once in a while you hear me say something that may sound a bit tough to you, it’s because it’s in the scripture. I want somebody to say loud and clear, ‘Enough is enough! From this moment onward anybody who criticizes me without cause, God will shut his mouth’.

One of my daughters shared a testimony with me; it is not a testimony you can share in a public. I think it was during the Congress that the word came that the one who has been tormenting the family will not see the end of the year. Both herself and her husband jumped up and said ‘amen’ because they knew who was tormenting their own family. She later came to me and said, “Sir, the tormentor ‘is gone’”.

I decree tonight, every tormentor of your family will not see the end of this month.

So, when God repositions you, the next thing you can expect is divine visitation. Moses moved the cattle to Mount Horeb; what was he doing on the mountain top? Grass is supposed to be on the plain for the goat and the sheep. God repositioned him. The Almighty God systematically works in our lives. You heard him saying the walls are down before he moved us to divine repositioning and now by the grace of God, we are on the mountain top. Whether the devil likes it or not, we are still on the mountain top.

Incidentally, being on the mountain top is another way of saying you are fasting. When you are on the mountain top, first thing you can expect is divine visitation. In James 4:8, the word of God made it abundantly clear that if you draw near to God, He will draw near to you. Whenever God wants to visit somebody, He will reposition the fellow first. For example, in Genesis 18:1-14, when God wanted to visit Abraham, He brought him out of the tent. When God repositions you, He will pay you a visit.

He will reposition you so that He can pay you a visit, so that prophecies can become a decree. You know the story of Abraham very well. God had been prophesying to him, this will happen, that will happen and all of a sudden, he changed the prophecies to a decree.

When David was where he was not supposed to be for divine visitation, God repositioned him. In 1 Samuel 16:1-13, David was to be anointed king, the man of God was there in the house where some pretenders were showing forth. God kept on saying ‘not this one’ until finally the man of God said, ‘are you sure these all your children?’ The father said, ‘well, there is one more, but he is not material for kinship’, and that’s why the man of God said ‘we won’t sit down until he comes’.

In 1 Kings 17:8-16, the Almighty God made sure that he repositioned the widow of Zarephath. She was outside there looking for wood and He repositioned Elijah who arrived just on time to see the widow; the widow got a divine visitation because God did some repositioning.

At times God will reposition you so you can see the unusual. When you are on the mountain top, you can see further than somebody who is in the valley. If you have ever been in an aeroplane, you will discover that the higher the aeroplane goes, the further you can see. When you are on the ground, houses will block your sight but as you go higher and higher, you will see more and more. In Genesis 13:14-17, the Bible made it clear that the more you can see, the more you can have. He told Abraham, don’t just stand on one spot, walk the length and breadth of the land; whatever you can see, you will get.

So occasionally, God repositions you to the mountain top so that you can see far, so that you can see what God is about to make available for you. In Matthew 17:1-9, the Lord took three people with Him to the mount of transfiguration to see what ordinary eyes could not see. They saw the Lord transfigured, they saw Moses who had been dead for hundreds of years, they saw Elijah; they saw what ordinary eyes could not see because the Lord repositioned them to the mountain top.

In Mark 5:35-43, when the Lord Jesus Christ wanted to show Peter, James, and John how to raise the dead, he repositioned them. In Jairus’ house, he kept the others outside and moved the three inside. They were there when he raised Jairus’ daughter. Years later, in Acts 9:36-42, when Peter was going to raise Dorcas from the dead, he followed the example shown to him by the Lord Jesus Christ.

God is repositioning you, particularly to the mountain top so that you can see the invisible that will lead you even to further promotion. In 2 Kings 2:9-15, when Elijah was about to be taken away to heaven, he asked Elisha what he wanted and Elijah said I just want a double portion of your power. The condition was, if you can see me, if you can see the invisible.

Why will God need to reposition you to the mountain top? He will, because occasionally, God needs to pull you apart for you to hear His Voice. He needed to pull Moses apart from the noise in the valley and set him apart.

Why do we need to fast? We fast because during the period of fasting, we don’t talk much, we need to conserve energy, and we have more time to pray and we have time to hear from God.

In 1 Kings 19:4-21, you read when God wants to speak to you, when He wants to tell you about your future, when He wants to speak to you about the rest of your destiny, He speaks in a small still voice. When God speaks in a crowd, He has to shout. In John 12: 28-29, when He spoke to the crowd, the people taught it was thunder but when He wants to speak to you alone, He always speaks in a small still voice. In Matthew 13:10-16, there are things that only blessed ears can hear; and it is not every ear that hears when God speaks.

When God is speaking, He speaks in a small still voice. I remember the first time I heard a word of prophecy; it was at the University of Lagos. I’ve just been born again and then someone took me to a fellowship, a gathering of brethren and we were worshipping God, praising Him. That time I didn’t know many of the choruses, I kept making a joyful noise and suddenly I felt somebody saying ‘shut up’ but all of a sudden, everybody became quiet. Suddenly, one brother began to prophesy; thus saith the Lord and he kept on going; and I hit the man that took me there, ‘when did God say that?’ He said to me, God is speaking. I said I didn’t hear anything. After that day, I cried to God that I want to hear from Him myself. If you can hear from God yourself, you don’t need any prophet to deceive you.

In 1 Samuel 3:1-9, when God was calling Samuel, the boy got up and ran to Eli. Eli was sleeping nearby but Eli didn’t hear, because the link between Eli and God had been broken. Eli said I didn’t call you go and lie down. the boy went and came again and the third time Eli realized that it was God that was calling, then he told the small boy, when he calls you next time say, ‘speak Lord, for thy servant heareth’.

Moses was on the mountain top when God paid him a visit; he saw the invisible. He saw fire burning and then he heard the voice of God because God opened his ears and he heard him. He heard his name being called. Moses was wondering who is calling me after forty years?

When you hear from God, it’s most likely you will hear the voice of destiny calling. In the case of Samuel that I mentioned earlier, 1 Samuel 3:1-end. After that calling, it wasn’t long the whole nation discovered that there is a new prophet in the land. If you read 1 Samuel 16:11-13 with understanding, you will see that Jesse sent somebody to go and bring David. I’m sure when that fellow got to where David was, it was with excitement that he called David. David would have said, ‘yes, what is happening?’ The fellow would have said there is a prophet in our house who said nobody will sit down until we bring you; call of destiny. In Acts 9:1-6, when Saul of Tarsus was on the road to Damascus, God repositioned him, knocked him down from his horse. He heard God calling ‘Saul, Saul’. I hope you are not afraid of God calling you; if you hear him calling your name, it can be the call of destiny.

And the Lord said to Moses, I can see now that I have gotten your attention but where you are standing is a holy ground. When God repositions you, it is to bring you into contact with Himself and there is one thing that God wants to be known for, it is for His holiness. In Isaiah 6:1-3, the angels are always crying ‘Holy, Holy, Lord God Almighty’. They could easily say ‘mighty, mighty, God is Almighty’, they could even be crying, ‘merciful, merciful, God is rich in mercy’ or ‘faithful, faithful, God is faithful’. But, why are they crying ‘Holy, Holy?’

Don’t let anybody deceive you, the master key to dealing, including contact with God, is holiness. Anywhere you hear about God, you hear about His holiness. Exodus 15:11 says, He is glorious in holiness. When he touches anything, that thing becomes holy, and before He can use anybody, He will purify the fellow. In Isaiah 6:4-8, when Isiah saw the Almighty God in all His holiness, he said, “Oh God, I’m done for”. Malachi 3:2-4 says, “He will purify the sons of Levi before they can serve Him acceptably”. If you want to be used of God, you must be ready for purification.

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