What is in your hand?
Moses was groomed as a child to become a prince of Egypt. However, he knew that God had also called him to lead the Hebrews out of Egyptian bondage. At the age of forty, he killed an Egyptian who was abusing a Hebrew. The next day, he tried to break up a quarrel between two Hebrews, but they questioned his authority to interfere. In fact, the Hebrews revealed that they had seen him kill the Egyptian the day before. Moses fled from Egypt and became a shepherd on the back side of the desert. He lived there for forty years. He had come from living a palace to living in a tent or cave. He had lost his grooming and eloquent speech. He had been "somebody", but now he is a "nobody".What is in your hand? Are you willing to cast it before the Lord?
It is now that God meets and speaks to Moses out of the burning bush. God begins to renew his call upon the life of Moses. However, Moses' response is, "Who am I that I should go? I am just a nobody. Furthermore, the people won't believe me." Moses was AFRAID because he was looking at his past efforts in the flesh to deliver Israel. Then God asked him, "What do you have in your hand?" Moses responded, "A rod". Reader, it was more than just a rod, it was Moses' rod. It represented everything that Moses was, a poor shepherd. Moses had most likely cut the rod from a tree and shaped it to fit his hands. He probably had his name carved in it. Therefore, when God told him to throw it down .... it meant that he was throwing his life down before God. When Moses did throw, it became a poisonous snake. Moses fled from it. (Our life in our own hands is like a poisonous snake.)
Then God called him back and told Moses to pick it up by the tail, leaving the action end open. For Moses to obey God, it meant that Moses had to put his "life" into God's hands. It was a matter of total trust. If Moses had picked serpent up before God told him to do so, the serpent would have bitten Moses and he would have died on the spot. However, at the word of God, Moses picked it up and it became the "rod of God" in his hands. It was no longer just "a rod" or even "Moses' rod", but the "rod of God" representing the power and authority of God in the hand of Moses. When Moses went before the magicians of the Pharaoh, the rod of God devoured the rods of the magicians. Later, God called for Moses to initiate the various plagues upon Egypt often using the rod. When Moses led the Hebrews out of Egypt and came to the Red Sea with the Egyptian army hot on their trail, God told Moses to raise the rod. When Moses raised the rod, the Red Sea parted, and the Hebrews crossed on dry land. After Moses crossed the sea, Moses again raise the rod and the sea closed upon the Egyptian army, destroying them. When Amalek, an warring tribe, came against the Hebrews, Moses held up the rod to gain victory. When the people needed water, Moses struck a rock, and a river of water came out. Over and over again, we see the rod as a symbol of the power and authority of God.What is in your hand? Are you willing to cast it before God and not to pick up again unless or until God tells you to do so?
This is what Paul said about his life: "For we are the circumcision, which worship God in the spirit, and rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh. Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews; as touching the law, a Pharisee; Concerning zeal, persecuting the church; touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless. But what things were gain to me, those I counted loss for Christ. Yea doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them [but] dung, that I may win Christ, And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith: That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death; If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead. Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus" (Philippians 3:3-12).How do you see your life in the flesh?
Paul was an highly educated man under the well known teacher, Gamaliel. He may have spoken as many as five different languages. He was of the strictest religious order of the Pharisees. He went to great lengths to obey the law of Moses. He was a Zealot in every way. However, he said that he saw all that he was in the flesh as a pile of manure compared to knowing who he was in Christ.
Jesus said, "Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 5:3). Here we can see 3 D's.
1. Destitution = The roof in caving in, the walls are falling down, and the floor is giving away. Every thing that is bad that could happen, seems to be happening.When we walk through these 3 D's, then we experience "kingdom" living. We come to see the power and authority of God working in and through our lives. We step into the supernatural realm.
2. Detachment from self = We have come to the end of our rope and there is nothing more to hold on to. We give up.
3. Dependence upon God = He becomes our only hope and salvation.
Have you given up on self?
Here is the conclusion:
In whatever way you filled in the blanks on the test is your life, your rod. God wants you to EXCHANGE your life for His life in Christ. To do this we must daily throw down our lives and consider ourselves crucified with him, but also pick up the resurrected life of Christ. "And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me" (Luke 9:23).
You can exchange your life for a resurrected life in Christ! Amen!
"I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me" (Galatians 2:20).
If this Galatians 2:20 is true for you:
1. Go back to the bottom of the test and hit the "Clear all entries" button.
2. Then you may highlight and copy the statement: "I exchange my life for Christ".
3. Now paste "I exchange my life for Christ" in each blank and print the test.