“And Moses said unto the Lord, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue. And the Lord said unto him, Who hath made man’s mouth? or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the Lord? Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say. And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send. And the anger of the Lord was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.” Exodus 4:10-14. Moses was not eloquent in speech but God called him, one man, to deliver 3 million Hebrews out of Egyptian bondage. The call of God on Moses’ life was irrevocable even though at times it was met with unbelief. Even after seeing the burning bush, his wooden rod turned into a serpent and back into wood and his arm made as a leper’s arm then healed, Moses’ still asked for God to send Aaron to be his mouthpiece. Moses felt safer leaning on Aaron for his mouthpiece than believing God to heal his speech, the very Aaron who would eventually build the golden calf…”And the anger of the Lord was kindled…” Exodus 4:14. I hear many dear brothers and sisters speak of spiritual covering and mentors. I pose this question to them, if God has brought us to the place to where we feel we need spiritual covering or mentors, why do we suddenly lean on man and not God? How do we know our mentors won’t be the very one’s building the golden calves? Wouldn’t our dependence on our mentors and coverings kindle God’s anger as well? Wasn’t Moses refusal to occupy the position God had called him to due to unbelief in God’s ability? Is it possible that God would have healed Moses’ speech if he would have continued to lean on Him, instead of requesting Aaron? Of course this is but a tiny piece in the story of Moses and Aaron. God continued to use both of these men in a mighty way. My point here is two fold. One, Moses lack of faith in needing Aaron and not depending completely on God and two, God’s call being irrevocable on the life of Moses. “And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.” Exodus 17:11-12. Aaron and Hur held up the hands of Moses when they grew heavy but he (Aaron) did not cause Israel to prevail. God caused Israel to prevail because of Moses obedience while Aaron and Hur exhorted Moses to be obedient. The definition of mentor is a trusted counselor or guide. “Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.” John 16:13. The Holy Spirit is jealous of those who are trying to do His job in the Believer’s life. Our dependence on our mentors hinders what the Holy Spirit has been commissioned to do…guide us into all Truth according to the Word of God. If our mentors are holding our hands up and exhorting us to praise God where we are, pointing us to the Word of God, and reminding us of what Jesus did on the Cross, they are not mentors but Brothers and Sisters in the Lord doing what Brothers and Sisters in the Lord should be doing…loving one another. On the other hand, if our mentors are pointing us to how “we” can overcome instead of how “He” has already overcome, we never overcome because our faith is in our “amount” of faith, our self will, and not God’s will. As I have said many times before, it is not the “amount” of faith but the Object of our faith – Jesus Christ and Him Crucified. If we believe in what Jesus did on the Cross, we understand there is no other answer. We understand Jesus Christ paid the price so we could be redeemed to God, the same God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob…the same God of Moses. We understand we don’t need Aaron to be our mouthpiece but to hold up our hands. If we are redeemed to God because of Jesus and what He did on the Cross, that means we don’t need an Aaron to lean on because of our weaknesses but we need the Aaron that will hold our hands up in praise to the Lord when we are weak. To occupy the position God has called us into, we are going to have to step out in belief of His power to see the promise land…or we may come face to face with a golden calf. Are you willing to give up your Aaron and his might to gain your God and His power? Believe. The Old Testament is full of testimonies of God’s power. The New Testament shows us how we are redeemed to the power of God and there is but one Way we are redeemed, It is straight and It is narrow but It is available to whosoever chooses – It is through the shed Blood of Jesus Christ. Do you believe? – Donna Warren.