Moses derived his personal identity from who he was told to be—a Hebrew child. His identity resulted in his actions. As we see throughout the book of Exodus, life did not always go the way Moses expected. He had to flee Egypt. His actions did not achieve his intended results. His people did not respond the way he expected. The “I” of Moses wanted to achieve things for God and fulfill His purpose. The result was forty years camping out in the desert! Fallen human beings can never accomplish God’s purposes, however great their intentions might be. Good intent is not God intent.

Saul’s plan to offer a sacrifice to God was extremely logical but unfortunately not very spiritual (1 Samuel 13). What is right in the mind is often not right in the spirit. Using the mind to follow the principles of the Spirit is religion. Allowing the Spirit to transform the mind, resulting in the transformed mind, enabled and empowered to follow the leading of the Spirit, is relationship. An untransformed mind can try to follow the principles of the Spirit, and that is when Christianity becomes deeply emotional, locational, circumstantial, and burdensome.

Fallen human beings:

  • Confuse good intent with obedience
  • Think that working for God is more important than obeying God
  • Believe that doing for God is more important than becoming like Jesus 
  • Rationalize the things of God in the mind and body