Michael Moulson - South Africa Convention - Sunday Afternoon, March 8, 2020

I count it a great privilege to have been invited to come to South Africa. Your brothers and sisters in Christ in Alberta, Canada send their greetings, and so it’s very nice to be with you. 

A verse in Proverbs 30:15, “…The horse leach hath two daughters, crying, 'Give, give….'” The leach, I looked it up in the amplified, I think we all know what a leach is, those revolting creatures that live in stagnant water and if you happen to go swimming, they attach themselves to you and they remove some of your blood. They are not nice creatures. I think you have them here. I know we have them in our country.

“…The horse leach hath two daughters, crying, 'Give give…'” When I think of those two words, "Give give," it is a picture of not being satisfied. It will take everything you have and if it finds you have a bit more to give, it will take that, too. A leach takes everything you have.

“The horse leach has two daughters…,” the legitimate daughter and the illegitimate daughter. In our life, there are legitimate things like blood, give us our strength, and that’s our strength. You know if you start to lose blood and you lose enough, you start to get weak and if you lose too much you die and that’s our strength. There are legitimate things in this life that take our strength, but there are also illegitimate things in this life that we don’t want to give one ounce of strength to. Just thinking of these legitimate things and we should probably spend more time on them but legitimate things, I look across this crowd and I see men and women, I see couples and you couples, in your life there are things that take your strength. Your spouse requires some of your strength, your family if you have a family requires your strength, you have to give your strength to your family. Your job, your home, even to care for the health of your body, requires strength, it takes strength to prepare a meal. You can eat that meal to give your strength, but it takes strength to prepare that meal. To look after your home, these are legitimate things in your life. In one place in the Bible, it says that a man that does not take care of his family is worse than an infidel. These are legitimate things that you have to give your strength to. 

Us in the harvest field, us in the ministry, there are legitimate things that we give our strength to, our co-worker, our companion. Well, maybe I take more strength from my companion, that he takes from me, I hope it’s not always that way but sometimes that’s the way it feels. Our companion, we give our strength to making that relationship work. There is the needs of our field that we give our strength to. There is contacts, those strangers that are coming to listen to the Gospel, we give our strength to them. These things require strength, they are legitimate things. There are many more things, that the ministry has to give its strength to, legitimate things. Our own health, take care of our health, we are required to look after it so we can continue to go on, it takes our strength. You know, like the leach, these things will take all our strength and if we find we have more, it will take even that. These things require our strength and we have to give it to them. There is a list of times that I enjoyed and each one of these times requires strength, too and they are legitimate things in life:

Ecclesiastes 3:1-8:

“There is a time for everything,

    and a season for every activity under the heavens;

    a time to be born and a time to die,

    a time to plant and a time to uproot,

    a time to kill and a time to heal,

    a time to tear down and a time to build,

    a time to weep and a time to laugh,

    a time to mourn and a time to dance,

    a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,

    a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,

    a time to search and a time to give up,

    a time to keep and a time to throw away,

    a time to tear and a time to mend,

    a time to be silent and a time to speak,

    a time to love and a time to hate,

    a time for war and a time for peace.”

All these things are things of life, you know it takes your strength to sow but it also takes strength to reap the harvest that has been sown. It takes strength to build, but it also takes strength to tear down. It takes our strength. But you know in all these times, there is one thing that is not mentioned that is very important, what about the time to serve God? You know, we have to make time to give our strength to God, there is no convenient time for that, we have to make time and God is not like the leach, He is not demanding. But we have to go and give and if we don’t give any strength to Him, He is not going to say anything, but we have to give our strength.

I like what it says in Mark 12:30, “And thou shall love the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul and with all thy mind and with all thy strength, this is the first commandment." Love the Lord thy God with all thy strength. Well now that sounds very contradicting to what I just said, now how are you going to give all our strength to God and still give strength to your family, your spouse, your job? Well you know, the Lord helps us with our strength.

I was thinking of that verse about the parable of the sower and the seed, and the thorny soil. Jesus likened that to the cares of life and the deceitfulness of riches. Well you know, the cares of life require our strength and you have to go out to work so you have money and riches, so that you can have a house and you can support your family, it requires your strength to get those riches and it requires your strength to keep those riches, too. But these things can easily choke out the word of God, these things can take and take and take and rob us of what really matters but if we first give our strength to God, He helps us keep these things in its place. He knows you have to go and work, He knows you have to look after your family, He knows you have to get bread, He knows you have to keep the home and raise the children, He knows that and He wants you to. But you just give Him the strength and He will help you. One thing He does is put everything in order in our life, there is an order. First of all, you have to have your relationship with God, that’s number one and when you got that first, the rest will fall in place. Then there’s with your spouse and then there’s the relationship with your children, that’s number three, and then there is also those you work with, your neighbours, that’s the last. In the ministry, there’s our relationship with God and that has to be first and if we give our strength to God, He can help us give our strength to our co-worker, and then the needs of the field and then the contacts. But there is a proper order to all this but first it has to be God and He helps us give our strength as we should. 

Sometimes in life there are real busy times. I think of times growing up on a ranch in Southern Alberta, there is calving season, and that is an extremely busy time, especially for my dad. Sometimes, he is getting up all hours of the night to check those calves. Busy time, and the Lord knew that was part of living. I even think of Noah, I am sure there were times that Noah wasn’t able to work on the ark because he had to get the harvest in, so that he could get bread to feed his family, and bread that he could get strength to continue to work on the ark. I am sure there were days that he perhaps didn’t work on the ark because he had other things that were very important. But first he had to give God his strength and the Lord would have helped him to see that this needs to be done, he needs to look after this. What is our purpose? It’s to do the will of God. There are times where maybe we feel that we have no strength left, there are so many demands in life. I think of some of you mothers, you have a couple of children and an infant, and you know how it gets when they get sick and the husband has to come home from work and you have to get supper and the house is a mess. I hope sometimes maybe you are more considerate around here but sometimes the workers call up and they want to come over for a few nights and all this is happening and you feel, "How am I going to look after all this," and your strength is gone. 

I am sure Jesus felt just like that at times in His life. I think of Him when He sat by the Well in Samaria. Why did He sit? Because He was tired. He got to the end of His natural strength, He was thirsty, and then that lady came, and He preached the Gospel to her and His disciples they went away to get bread and they told Him that He must eat some bread, but He said, “….I have bread that you know not of…” He had bread from Heaven, He had strength from heaven and that strength from heaven helped Him, it gave Him strength when His own strength was finished.

 I think of our elderly in the care home, and their strength is gone yet they have a cheerful smile. At times, it isn’t easy but they are happy, well, that’s because of the strength of God. Well, maybe when we feel we don’t have any physical strength, we feel that we have given all, but God then can step in and make the difference up with His grace, His power, His help. But we have to first put God first, we have to first give it to Him, so that He can help us do as we should. 

Now there’s the illegitimate daughter, the illegitimate things that we don’t want to give one ounce of strength to, the works of the flesh, we don’t want to give one ounce of strength to the works of the flesh, because it will rob us. When we give our strength to that, God doesn’t give us strength anymore and the order of those legitimate things falls out of order and it hurts our family, it hurts those we love and those we are close to, when we give our strength to the flesh. It hurts us, it robs us. There is the world, and the world with all its glory and glamour and praise. If we are living for the praise of men and not the praise to God, it will rob us, and that’s something we don’t want to give one ounce of strength to, is to seek the praise of man. The glory of this world, it’s empty promises, we don’t want to give over to that. Then there is Satan with his lies, we don’t want to give one ounce of strength to the lies and temptations of Satan because that will rob us and it’s the prayer of my heart that I would give my strength to God, that He could help me, to keep in order the legitimate things and to do as I should with those things and to have that strength from Him to resist the illegitimate things, the wrong things, so that I could be right before Him, that I could know victory in my life and I hope it is the same for you.