Defining Moments

Series: Encounter

May 01, 2022 | George Clash

Defining Moments Message Description:


In scripture a defining moment is an encounter with God that leads to a radical transformation in a person’s life. This kind of encounter is often the catalyst to a great move of God in the earth. While revival has both personal and corporate dynamics we will be looking at the personal touch of revival that happened in the life of Moses. Moses can be seen as a model and prototype for what God desires to do in all of our lives.


2 So I have looked for You in the sanctuary, To see Your power and Your glory.


Ex 3:1-17 One day Moses was tending the flock of his father-in-law, Jethro, the priest of Midian. He led the flock far into the wilderness and came to Sinai, the mountain of God.2 There the angel of the LORD appeared to him in a blazing fire from the middle of a bush. Moses stared in amazement. Though the bush was engulfed in flames, it didn’t burn up.11 But Moses protested to God, “Who am I to appear before Pharaoh? Who am I to lead the people of Israel out of Egypt?”12 God answered, “I will be with you. And this is your sign that I am the one who has sent you: When you have brought the people out of Egypt, you will worship God at this very mountain.”13 But Moses protested, “If I go to the people of Israel and tell them, ‘The God of your ancestors has sent me to you,’ they will ask me, ‘What is his name?’ Then what should I tell them?”14 God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM. Say this to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you.”15 God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—has sent me to you. This is my eternal name, my name to remember for all generations.16 “Now go and call together all the elders of Israel. Tell them, ‘Yahweh, the God of your ancestors—the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob—has appeared to me. He told me, “I have been watching closely, and I see how the Egyptians are treating you.17 I have promised to rescue you from your oppression in Egypt. I will lead you to a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.”’3 “This is amazing,” Moses said to himself. “Why isn’t that bush burning up? I must go see it.”4 When the LORD saw Moses coming to take a closer look, God called to him from the middle of the bush, “Moses! Moses!” “Here I am!” Moses replied.5 “Do not come any closer,” the LORD warned. “Take off your sandals, for you are standing on holy ground.6 I am the God of your father—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob.” When Moses heard this, he covered his face because he was afraid to look at God.7 Then the LORD told him, “I have certainly seen the oppression of my people in Egypt. I have heard their cries of distress because of their harsh slave drivers. Yes, I am aware of their suffering.8 So I have come down to rescue them from the power of the Egyptians and lead them out of Egypt into their own fertile and spacious land. It is a land flowing with milk and honey—the land where the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites, and Jebusites now live.9 Look! The cry of the people of Israel has reached me, and I have seen how harshly the Egyptians abuse them.10 Now go, for I am sending you to Pharaoh. You must lead my people Israel out of Egypt.”


Theophany Defined:

This instance in Exodus ch.3 is referred to as a Theophany.


THEOPHANY (θεοφάνια, theophania). A visible appearance of God to humans.


Theophany takes varied forms in the Old Testament, functioning within narratives as a demonstration of divine revelation, in which God’s presence is made visible to both individuals and groups.



Other examples of this:

Abraham and the three visitors- Genesis 18

God meeting with Israel- Numbers 16:19

Balaam, the donkey, and the Angel of the Lord- Numbers 22



With God’s self-revelation comes a revelation of self

Your personal encounter with God is directly connected to those He is calling you to reach

Ex 2 11-12 Many years later, when Moses had grown up, he went out to visit his own people, the Hebrews, and he saw how hard they were forced to work. During his visit, he saw an Egyptian beating one of his fellow Hebrews.12 After looking in all directions to make sure no one was watching, Moses killed the Egyptian and hid the body in the sand.

Acts7 24-25 He saw an Egyptian mistreating an Israelite. So Moses came to the man’s defense and avenged him, killing the Egyptian.25 Moses assumed his fellow Israelites would realize that God had sent him to rescue them, but they didn’t.


5 Signs of a Genuine Encounter with God


  • God will call you by name
  • God will turn a common place to a holy place
  • An encounter with God is always connected to your purpose
  • God will instill a revelation of Himself that will mark you
  • Unmistakable signs that what is happening comes from God


Defining Moment Progression:






Processing Questions

Read these other encounter passage:

Isaiah 6:1-13

Jeremiah 1:4-19

Revelation 1:9-20


What are some consistent themes in each on of these passages in connection to Exodus 3?


Have you had a defining moment with Jesus yet?

What was the moment like for you?

What did God do to make Himself known to you?


If you haven’t had a moment like that begin to ask God for an encounter. Hebrews 11:6; John 14:23


Have you identified your calling?

Have you identified your gifts?

Do you know the people God has called you to yet?


Think through these questions and begin to journal about what God has already revealed to you.

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