Do You Feel Like an Alien in Midian? ~ Reflections from Acts

“But when he was approaching the age of forty, it entered his mind to visit his countrymen, the sons of Israel. And when he saw one of them being treated unjustly, he defended and took vengeance for the oppressed man by fatally striking the Egyptian. And he thought that his brothers understood that God was granting them deliverance through him; but they did not understand. And on the following day he appeared to them as they were fighting each other, and he tried to reconcile them to peace, by saying, ‘Men, you are brothers, why are you injuring each other?’ But the one who was injuring his neighbor pushed him away, saying, ‘Who made you a ruler and judge over us? You do not intend to kill me as you killed the Egyptian yesterday, do you?’ At this remark, Moses fled and became a stranger in the land of Midian, where he fathered two sons.”⠀

Acts 7:23-29 NASB⠀

Last October, I released a word of prophetic encouragement about trusting ourselves with what God has placed within us. As I was reading this passage in the book of Acts again I was struck by Moses 40-year sojourn in Midian. The word I released, “Do You Trust Yourself?”, looked at the story of Gideon who ultimately defeated the Midianites with 300 men. (You can read this word here). The Lord revealed to me that Midian means “judgement and habit”. I had discerned a Midianite attack against the Body of Christ of false judgement, condemnation and falling into ‘old habits’. ⠀

Just like Gideon, Moses fell into this wandering place of condemnation and false judgement. Why? He had got ahead of the plan of God and allowed the accusing voice of the enemy to discourage him out of his destiny. He wandered for 40 years. The Lord wants to spare us this wilderness season if we simply bring our burdens to Him and shake off condemnation and false judgement. Don’t let the enemy dredge up the past. It is under the blood of Jesus. God has already forgotten it. You should too. Forgive yourself and quit being an alien in Midian. You don’t belong there…⠀

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