February 21, 2018

Exodus 4:3–7 (NLT) — 3 “Throw it down on the ground,” the Lord told him. So Moses threw down the staff, and it turned into a snake! Moses jumped back. 4 Then the Lord told him, “Reach out and grab its tail.” So Moses reached out and grabbed it, and it turned back into a shepherd’s staff in his hand. 5 “Perform this sign,” the Lord told him. “Then they will believe that the Lord, the God of their ancestors—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob—really has appeared to you.” 6 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Now put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand inside his cloak, and when he took it out again, his hand was white as snow with a severe skin disease. 7 “Now put your hand back into your cloak,” the Lord said. So Moses put his hand back in, and when he took it out again, it was as healthy as the rest of his body.

So Moses is arguing with God. Have you ever done that? God has asked Moses to go back to Egypt and lead his people out. And Moses is saying, “What if they don’t believe me that you sent me?” Then the Lord asks him to do the staff on the ground and hand inside the cloak thing. What was the point of these two tricks?

God can change us into whatever he wants. All he needs is our obedience. It is the one thing that he needs if he is to be able to use us. It doesn’t matter what we have (a staff) or who we are (a shepherd) all we need to do is obey and God will take what we have and turn it into what we need and he will take who we are and turn us into what he needs us to be. The key to living for the Lord is OBEDIENCE! Each of these two miracles took place after Moses obeyed.

Genesis 17:9 (NLT) — 9 Then God said to Abraham, “Your responsibility is to obey the terms of the covenant. You and all your descendants have this continual responsibility.

Are you a descendant of Abraham? If you are a believer in Jesus you are a descendant of Abraham and the only real responsibility you have is to obey God. That answers the questions of, “Why on earth am I here or what is my purpose in life or how can I be significant or what really is the will of God?” Christianity is really not that complicated is it?

This is Jesus’ version of Genesis 17:9 >

John 14:15 (NLT) — 15 “If you love me, obey my commandments.

Do you love Jesus? The answer to that question does not require talking it requires doing.

Psalm 112 tells us what happens to those who obey the Lord>

Psalm 112 (NLT) — 1 Praise the Lord! How joyful are those who fear the Lord and delight in obeying his commands. 2 Their children will be successful everywhere; an entire generation of godly people will be blessed. 3 They themselves will be wealthy, and their good deeds will last forever. 4 Light shines in the darkness for the godly. They are generous, compassionate, and righteous. 5 Good comes to those who lend money generously and conduct their business fairly. 6 Such people will not be overcome by evil. Those who are righteous will be long remembered. 7 They do not fear bad news; they confidently trust the Lord to care for them. 8 They are confident and fearless and can face their foes triumphantly. 9 They share freely and give generously to those in need. Their good deeds will be remembered forever. They will have influence and honor. 10 The wicked will see this and be infuriated. They will grind their teeth in anger; they will slink away, their hopes thwarted.

We all know what disobedience can do > see Adam and Eve. Why not give obedience a chance to show you what it can do?