February 27, 2018

Exodus 10:1–2 (NLT) — 1 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Return to Pharaoh and make your demands again. I have made him and his officials stubborn so I can display my miraculous signs among them. 2 I’ve also done it so you can tell your children and grandchildren about how I made a mockery of the Egyptians and about the signs I displayed among them—and so you will know that I am the Lord.”

You have no testimony without a test. Some of the first plagues like the blood, frogs and lice came upon the Israelites to. Our willingness to stick close to the Lord comes through the things we experience as we live for him. We need to see that God has the ability to bring us through tough times. That he is truly able to keep us strong as we go through the test. That he is truly able to deliver us. Our obedience to the Lord doesn’t keep us from all trouble but it does keep us from giving in to the trouble. Now we have something to pass on to our kids and grand kids.

Pastor Jon Courson, “God’s intent in baring His arm and raining plagues upon Egypt was not only that the Egyptians would see His power and superiority, but that His own people would know that He was indeed who He claimed to be to such an extent that they could pass this knowledge on to their children and grandchildren. They could learn a portion of this lesson by observing God’s dealing with the Egyptians through the hail that fell upon them and the flies which tormented them. But the other part of the lesson could only be learned firsthand as they themselves experienced the effects of water turned to blood, of frogs swarming their houses, and of lice covering their bodies.
There’s no testimony without tests. A vibrant, passionate, and authentic walk with the Lord does not come from secondhand theology. It only comes through the things we experience personally.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!