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“I Have the Power”

Excuses | Devotion 1: “I Have the Power”
Pastor Jayson Combs

I am an eighties kid. I would turn on the TV and watch “StarSerach.” I would watch shows like “Double Dare” and “You Can’t Do That On Television.” Girls wore banana clips in their hair, and I had one of those cool wrist bands that you could slap on your wrist (that was until some kid cut himself with it and we lost them all). My favorite show though was “He-man.” If you come into my office today, you will see my childhood He-man figures on a shelf. He-man would transform from a cowardly man when he would say the words “I have the power,” while holding up his sword.  He would change into the great superhero that I loved.

At the beginning of Exodus, Moses has been told by God to go save the Hebrew people from slavery in Egypt. Moses basically turned to God and said I do not have the power to do that. In verse 1 of chapter 4, Moses says, “But behold, they will not believe me or listen to my voice for they will say, ‘The Lord did not appear to you.’” Moses felt powerless.

Through the next few verses, we see God showing Moses who actually has the power.  I know in my walk with Christ there are times I have been scared and felt powerless. However, it is in those times where we can really come to understand who has the power. God has called all believers to go into the world and preach the Gospel. There have been times when I have felt so powerless when giving the Gospel. God clearly tells in His words that it is not through the words that we have but through His power that people are saved. In 1 Corinthians 1:17-18 (NIV) it says, “For Christ did not send me to baptize, but to preach the gospel—not with wisdom and eloquence, lest the cross of Christ be emptied of its power.  For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”

Salvation was not because Paul was an amazing man with words. Salvation was and is because God moves with power. In 2 Timothy 1:7 (NIV), it says, “For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.”

I am so glad that God reaches down and through His power and uses me. I only have that power because of Jesus. Today when you feel powerless, remember to tune to Christ and ask Him for the power to live the life that He has called you to live.

The God of Promises

Burning Bush | Devotion 6: The God of Promises
James Mann

Exodus 3:13-22 gives us a promise that God has for His people. “I have observed you and what has been done to you in Egypt, and I PROMISE that I will bring you up out of the affliction of Egypt…” (verse 16). In our society, promises, and even people’s word, do not carry the same amount of weight as they once did. Everyone reading this can think of a time that someone made a promise that ended up not coming to fruition. This is difficult due to the fact we are imperfect beings. We are also limited in what we can actually accomplish. We have outside factors that may make it impossible to follow through with a promise. I think that we often take for granted the fact that we have a God that controls everything. This even goes for these outside factors.

We need to start looking at these promises that God makes with His people throughout the Bible and realize the weight that they carry. Joshua 23:14 tells us, “And now I am about to go the way of all the earth, and you know in your hearts and souls, all of you, that not one word has failed of all the good things that the Lord your God promised concerning you. All have come to pass for you; not one of them has failed.” This verse shows us just how powerful these promises are. As we read throughout the Bible, we can see all of God’s promises, whether they are about supplying what is needed, protection, or deliverance, and we can see them come true.

This section in Exodus is so important because it is God promising to guide His people out of Egypt. From the Israelites’ point of view, this probably seemed impossible. They had been under the control of Pharaoh for hundreds of years. They got to the point where they had lost all hope. God was able to provide them this hope. If we look through the Bible and remember the weight that His promises hold, we should be strengthened and encouraged during our times of struggle. One example I like to turn to is Isaiah 41:10, which tells us, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” These are the kinds of promises that God has given to us, which held meaning then, should hold meaning to us now, and will continue until long after we are gone.

Pass It On

Burning Bush | Devotion 5: Pass It On
Jen Combs

 “…This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.” Exodus 3:15

Reading this chunk of Scripture over and over, I kept coming back to this verse. I realize that Moses is having one heck of an experience on Mt. Horeb. He was simply taking his father-in-laws sheep to be fed when all of a sudden, the Lord is speaking to him in a burning bush. God said, “Tell them I AM who I AM sent you.” Moses was in awe, terrified, and I guess his jaw dropped. But still this verse kept going through my mind, “…this is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations.” It made me think. “What am I doing to make sure that the Lord is being remembered for generations to come?”

You see, I love moments or situations that the Lord uses me. I am amazed at the ways He teaches me. I enjoy that He gives me all of those God stories. But am I passing them on? Do I tell my kids about them? Do I share them with my friends and family? Normally I rush home and tell my husband. But is that where it stops?

I would hate for my kids to grow up and not remember the Lord because we never talked about Him and the ways He is working or moving in our home. Is the Lord something I make them just read about, or are we experiencing Him and talking about His works? I am intentional, so we can remember Him for generations to come.

I am a little way off from grandkids, but I want to be able to sit and talk with them about all of the ways I have seen the Lord be real in my life. How about you? What has the Lord done lately? Who do you need to share it with? It does not matter if it is big or small. I challenge you to share with someone today!

Answering Prayers

Burning Bush | Devotion 4: Answering Prayers
Pastor Gareth Volz

“Then the Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings, and I have come down to deliver them out of the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land to a good and broad land, a land flowing with milk and honey, to the place of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Amorites, the Perizzites, the Hivites, and the Jebusites. And now, behold, the cry of the people of Israel has come to me, and I have also seen the oppression with which the Egyptians oppress them. Come, I will send you to Pharaoh that you may bring my people, the children of Israel, out of Egypt.’ But Moses said to God, ‘Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the children of Israel out of Egypt?’ He said, ‘But I will be with you, and this shall be the sign for you, that I have sent you: when you have brought the people out of Egypt, you shall serve God on this mountain.’” Exodus 3:7-12

If someone were to ask you if you believe that God hears and answers our prayers, I am sure that just about everyone reading this devotional would say, “Amen.” However, have you ever stopped to consider the various ways God chooses to answer the prayers of His people? God’s people had been slaves in Egypt for 400 years. They had been crying out to God to deliver them, and God heard their prayers. Yet, He answered them in His perfect time and in His perfect way.

Moses was tending his father-in-law, Jethro’s sheep on the west side of the wilderness around Mt. Horeb, the mountain of God (Exodus 3:1). It was there that Moses had a new encounter with God. Out of a burning bush, God spoke to Moses and told him to go to Egypt and tell Pharaoh to let His people leave Egypt. This must have come as a shock to Moses because he had once been a powerful man in Egypt but fled to the wilderness because of a crime he had committed.

I heard a sermon a few years ago on God working upstream, and Moses is a prime example of this. As a baby, Moses was miraculously saved from a death sentence on all Hebrew male children age two and under and wound up being raised by Pharaoh’s daughter in Pharaoh’s palace. However, as a young man, he saw one of Pharaoh’s commanders beating a Jewish slave, so Moses killed the Egyptian, and then fled into the desert. Here he met Jethro, married his daughter, and worked for him as a shepherd.

Out of the burning bush near Mt. Horeb, Moses heard something I am sure he never expected to hear from God – that he was going to be used by God to answer their prayers for deliverance from Egypt. Moses tried to tell God that he did not have the ability to do what God told him to do. However, God replied that He would be with Moses.

Have you ever considered that God might choose to use you to be part of the answer to someone else’s prayer? I love the quote, “God doesn’t call the equipped, God equips the called.” Are you walking with God, studying His Word, and talking with Him each day? He may be using the things in your life to prepare you for His answer to someone else’s prayer. When He calls you, do not question Him – just submit and see what amazing things He will do that will bless you and answer the prayer of another one of His children.

Good, Better, Best

Burning Bush | Devotion 3: Good, Better, Best
Roger Allen

 “Then the Lord said, ‘I have surely seen the affliction of my people who are in Egypt and have heard their cry because of their taskmasters. I know their sufferings.’” Exodus 3:7

In the time of Joseph, a famine pushed Jacob (Israel) and his sons to the land of Egypt. It was a land where there was food and shelter. It was a place where they could feel secure from the famine around them. As they became comfortable with their new surroundings, the Hebrews grew and prospered. One day this would change abruptly when a new and fearful Pharaoh ascended to the throne. Life changed dramatically for them. Enslaved, they toiled under a new taskmaster. Yet, the Lord saw their affliction and heard their cry.

We often think of an oppressor as a person, political system, or structure that puts undue hardship on us. It comes across as unfairly treating us in a manner that keeps us from prospering and growing. Weighted, we desperately seek solutions to our position in life. Our afflictions come in many forms. Searching for acceptance, relationships, or feelings of inadequacy, we search for ways to fill that void within us. In our spiritual famine, we will retreat to our Egypt. It may be food, drugs, the lust of the flesh, or even our jobs, but we will feed our oppression. Our oppressor will eventually require all from us. We will sacrifice all in an attempt to fill the emptiness. For a brief time, we may even believe we have achieved the desired result. The Israelites felt and did the same thing.

In all our folly, the Lord sees our suffering. Whether by our hands or others, we need to be delivered from our bondage. As with the Israelites, God has sent One who will rescue us. He will intercede on our behalf as our deliverer, rescuer, and our salvation. In our brokenness, we will leave the “Land of Goshen” for the “Land of Milk and Honey.” His plans are designed to bring us out of oppression into life. He is Jesus.

Goshen met the need for a time. It was good, but good was not good enough. God offers better and even best.

Jeremiah 29:11 says, “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”



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