INSPIRATION FROM THE EMPOWERMENT MOSES- LIBERATION FROM NOBODY TO SOMEBODY: Young people have a lot to learn from Moses. To start with, Moses was a youth when God choose him to liberate his people. He grew up in the house of Pharaoh, the oppressor of his people. He enjoyed all the rights and privileges of a prince. Yet, he was not comfortable with the way the Egyptians were treating his fellow countrymen. He did everything humanly possible to make a difference in the life of his people. He went as far as killing an Egyptian who was maltreating a Hebrew (Exodus 2:11-12). That was the beginning of his liberation mission.
The first thing the youths must learn from the life of Moses is the spirit of patriotism which is lacking not just among the youths but also among our leaders. They value foreigners and foreign products more than Nigerian products. Our leaders trust foreigners more than their fellow Nigerians. Most of the major contracts are awarded to white men and Nigerian youths are meant to work under them. Moses was proud of his nation. Even when they were in bondage, he did not deny his identity as a Hebrew. He identified with his suffering people.
Nigerian youths are fed up with the nation. That is why most of them are trying at all cost to run away from Nigeria. Running away to a more developed nation can never solve the problem in Nigeria. After all, somebody developed those nations where you are running to. Moreover, there is nowhere in this world you will enjoy the kind of respect and freedom you have in your own nation. “East or West home remains the best.”
Selfishness and self-centeredness is a common disease in Nigeria. Few young people are enjoying while so many young people are suffering. The lucky ones don’t even care about the welfare of others. Most of them are even going about singing the praises of corrupt leaders. No one wants to make sacrifices that can benefit the common good. Moses denied himself lots of pleasure. He even denied himself the position of a prince. He preferred to suffer with his fellow countrymen than to be a party to injustice and corruption.
Nigeria have so many young visionaries like Moses. Unfortunately, the nation seems to have more vision-destroyers than visionary promoters. There are some people who have vowed that they will never live to see any change. They want those in bondage to remain in bondage; the poor to remain poor forever whereas the rich are getting richer. True transformation cannot take place in an environment where people’s visions are not respected and even promoted. Transformation can never take place in a nation where leaders are working with evil informants.
The youths in Diaspora has a lot to learn from Moses. Like most immigrants, Moses departed from his homeland to a foreign land where he was looking for safety and greener pasture. However, when the appointed time came for him to go back to his people; he did not hesitate. God spoke to him while he was still in the foreign land that he should go back to the land of Egypt, where he came from. The freedom he was looking for cannot be found elsewhere except in his homeland.
This same God of Moses is inviting all the Nigerians in Diaspora through the ALL DREAMS FOUNDATION AND NIGERIAN YOUTH EMPOWERMENT AND LIBERATION INITIATIVE, to come together for the liberation of our nation and for the empowerment of the young people in Nigeria. It is not just enough to criticize the government and the leaders. From what you have learnt from other nations you can contribute to the development of your nation. God is inviting you back home. What you are looking for outside is within. God has blessed the nation with lots of natural resources. Nigeria is among the few nations with a fertile land for agriculture. We should not pack our eggs in one basket. If the prize of oil drops, agriculture can never drop.  With required equipments, through agriculture we can feed the nations around us.
This was exactly what happened in the case of Moses. One day, as Moses was keeping the flock of his father-in-law God called him and said to him “Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring forth my people, the sons of Israel, out of Egypt” (Exodus 3:10). Moses could not believe his ear. It was like a dream. He asked the Lord “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the sons of Israel out of Egypt?” Unlike Joseph, he never dreamt of it. He was not trained for it and he had no ambition for it. He could not even believe that God could use an ordinary shepherd like himself to deliver the Israelites from bondage.
One thing that was obvious in the empowerment of Moses was what I may call divine location. Moses was in the wilderness looking after his father-in-law’s flock when God located him. He was not in any political party. He was not even nominated by his people or by any political party. His calling was directly from God. Child of God, if you are a star, no matter where you may be, God must surely locate you. Even if you are in a poor rural area, when the time comes the Lord will surely locate you and He will use you for His glory and for the good of humanity. Again, you don’t necessarily need human approval or qualification before God can use you to deliver your nation. When God called Moses, he saw himself as nobody from human perspective. For him, it was just impossible because of his poor background. Child of God, in the sight of men, you may be regarded as nobody but in the sight of God you are somebody.
When Moses complained that he was nobody, the Lord assured him, “I will be with you” (Exodus 3:12). This is the most influential word of empowerment. With this you don’t need any other weapon or authorization. One with God is majority! If God is on your side victory is on your side, authority is on your side; and in fact, the majority is on your side.   The Lord even promised to send His angel to guard the Israelites on their way: “Behold, I send an angel before you, to guard you on the way and to bring you to the place which I have prepared. Give heed to him and hearken to his voice, do not rebel against him, for he will not pardon your transgression; for my name is in him” (Exodus 23:20-21). Child of God, you are not alone. The Spirit of the Lord is upon you – No Shaking!
Throughout their journey to the Promised Land the Lord God journeyed with the Israelites. “The Lord went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead them along the way and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, that they might travel by day and by night; the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night did not depart from the people” (Exodus 13:21-22). The presence of God was the most empowering and the most encouraging thing that happened to the Israelites. With the Lord on their side they had nothing to fear and nothing to worry about.
When the Egyptians pursued the Israelites Moses assured the Israelites, saying, “Fear not, stand firm, and see the Salvation of the Lord, which he will work for you today; for the Egyptians whom you see today, you shall see no more. The Lord will fight for you, and you have only to be still.” Very soon in this nation, most of the calamities and insurgencies you see today, you shall see them no more. Even the Boko Harram, the kidnappings, and even the poverty, you see today soon and very soon you shall see them no more. The same God that delivered Nigeria from the spirit of Ebola will deliver this nation from all the problems surrounding it today. If you believe shout Amen!
As the Egyptians were matching forward to attack the Israelites; Moses stretched out his hand over the sea and the sea divided into two. The Israelites went into the midst of the sea on dry ground. The water covered the Egyptians with their chariots.  Note, when Moses saw the Egyptian army he did not cry to the world super-powers he cried out to God in prayer. The psalmist prays, “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From whence does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth” (Psalm 121:1-2). It is only God that can deliver our nation from bondage. As we join Moses in stretching out our hands in prayer what happened to the Egyptians will soon happen to the enemies of this great nation