Morning by Morning, October 8 - Authority and Power in our Hearts and HandsGood morning, Lord Jesus. Put Your thoughts in my mind and Your desires in my heart, as You lead me in the path of Your ways today. ... "The Lord said to (Moses), 'What is that in your hand?' He said, 'A staff'" (Exodus 4:2). When You called Moses into the next season of his destiny, he found himself feeling guilty of his past failures and afraid of failing again. He felt unworthy and unqualified. What if people remembered he was the one who killed the Egyptian and ran away? What if people wouldn't believe he had been with You and was sent by You on their behalf? What if his problem of being slow of speech would keep him from speaking the words that would inspire them to follow him where You was leading them? But after You'd heard all his questions and seen all his fear and feelings of unworthiness in his heart, You told him to look into his hand. Instead of letting him get stuck thinking on all the things he didn't have, You led him to see the thing he already had. That staff in his hand represented the power and the presence of God. That staff in his hand spoke of the authority You entrusted to him to fulfill the responsibility You required of him. With that staff in his hand, he would see wonders of God. With that staff in his hand, he would see the judgment of God against his enemies and provision of God for his people. With that staff in his hand, he would learn along with everyone around him that You gave him authority to fulfill every responsibility, that he was a man who had been with You and that You were a God who was always with him (Exodus 4:5). That piece of wood in the hand of Moses pointed to the cross of wood that held our Savior. Through the victory of the cross You empower us with all the authority we need to fulfill every responsibility You require. Through the victory of the cross, the same Spirit who raised Jesus from the dead is the same Spirit who arises within us, who speaks through us, who moves in the power and with the authority of Christ in our hearts and through our lives in the mighty name of Jesus (Romans 8:11). None of us are Moses. But everyone of us have places of influence and measures of responsibility where we're called to be Your salt and light in the midst of our world. And like Moses, we don't go alone. Like Moses, we don't go empty-handed. You are with us and Your Spirit is within us. As we listen to You and look to see all You've already imparted to us, there's no feeling of fear or unworthiness that can hold us back from being fully alive to all You've created us to be. You've given us power and authority in the name of Jesus (Luke 9:1). You've put the keys of the kingdom of heaven in our hands (Matthew 16:19). You've sent us to enforce the victory of Your cross in the power of Your name (Romans 16:20). And now You send us out into every place, into every relationship, and into every encounter with the authority we need to fulfill the responsibility You require to be like Jesus in this world everywhere we go (1 John 4:17). You are the Staff in our hands. You are the Spirit in our hearts. And by the power of the grace of God, we will fulfill our destiny in every season of our lives. Your grace is sufficient for us and Your power is mighty for us. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
I pray you will know the authority and power our mighty God has put in your heart and hands to be fully alive to your identity and completely fulfill your destiny, in Jesus' name. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!