#14: The Thing In Your Hand Is Powerful

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#14: The Thing In Your Hand Is Powerful
We tend to underestimate the power of the simple that has been going on around us.
This is true throughout history. Moses thought he had little to offer to the cause of God. Just to clarify this arrangement God decided to use the most common item imaginable in Moses’ life—the thing he held in his hand—his old, worn out shepherd’s staff. This had been dead for decades. It had been cut from the limb of an almond tree. God told him to toss it to the ground. In obedience he did. It immediately became a powerful viper that frightened him. Then God told him to pick it up. As he touched it by the tail it was transformed back into a staff. From that point forward Moses’ staff was present in all of his leadership actions. It was a reminder that God’s presence was resting upon him.

He has in mind to pour out his Spirit upon your life. He will do it through common things you already have present. Look at what is in your hand. That is what God will likely anoint.


  1. Glenda Joy Clark on February 12, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    Thank you, Steve. That is a good reminder.
    We are ever in the eternal search for what we think we need, and completely overlook what is already in our hand. If the Kingdom of God is truly ‘at hand’, then we have more than we think we have, and His presence is closer to us than we realize.

  2. Melinda Nelson on February 12, 2011 at 2:25 pm

    “Simple acts of love change the world.” Mother Teresa

    She was no rocket scientist or brain surgeon, nor did she have money in the bank. But she looked at what she had in her hand- her heart- and she started changing the world.

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