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Okay, it’s not funny “ha-ha” but rather funny “peculiar.” In my devotions I am currently in the book of Exodus. Today I am at the place where God is bringing the plagues against Egypt. What struck me was for the first couple of plagues, after Moses (with God) produces a plague, the magicians of Egypt did the same by their “secret arts.” Think about this for a moment. God sends a plague, and then the magicians through their demonic powers show they can do the same. In other words, every time the enemy acts to show his power, the end result is it just makes things worse. This is pretty much the best the enemy can do, copy from God and make things worse. That’s funny at least to some extent.

Of course eventually even the magicians are brought to their knees by the plagues as well and then this struck me. The end result of the plagues was the passover and the freedom of the people. The passover was preparatory for the coming of Jesus and in this we see a major truth, even the punishing acts of God end up working for the good, because God is always good. That may not be funny, but it ought to put a smile on your face.

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1Vision is a tricky thing. There is nothing quite like having a vision for something. The goal looks beautiful but it looks far off and you feel short on resources and before long a beautiful vision beignets feel like an impossible dream. Don’t you believe it. If God laid it on your heart, he will help you to get where He wants you to be.

One reason people fail to see their visions materialize is because they dwell in the land of “if only.” You know, “I could do it, if only I had _____” or I could accomplish my goal if only ___.” Here’s a lesson we can learn from Moses. God calls Him from the burning bush and calls him to a mission. Other than getting on board, Moses begins to make excuses. What if they won’d listen? What if they don’t believe me? God stops him and says what’s in your hand? He’s holding his shepherd’s staff, basically a wooden stick. God tells him to throw it down and it becomes a snake. God took something natural and took it into the supernatural. I think God’s point here that he is totally limitless and can do anything. That all we have to do is trust God with whatever is in our hands and He will do the rest.

Next time you feel discouraged about the length of space between you and your dream, don’t focus on what you don’t have, look instead at what is in your hand. Take what you have, be faithful with it and rust God with everything else.

Next, many of us try to do the vision alone. This is very rarely how it gets done. No instead those of us who have a vision, have a responsibility to help others to see what we see and help them to come on board to help us to make the vision a reality. Most of us need a team. You might think, like Moses, what if they don’t believe me? What if they won’t follow me? Those who don’t get it will not necessarily be your team The best things to do is to find the people who resonate with your vision and move forward with them. They’re out there and the reality you will create together is worth the effort.

So share your vision with others and ask the question…
Do you see what I see?

It’s the first step toward taking visions into reality.


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I loved this quote when I heard it and to me it speaks to one of life’s great truths. Most of life is a choice. True we have God and true He has a plan and a purpose, but in a very real way the choice of whether or not we will follow, falls to us. We choose the path, and by our choices we choose our blessings and/or consequences.

When Moses was leading the Israelites, he laid the choice out for them.

Deuteronomy 30:11 Now what I am commanding you today is not too difficult for you or beyond your reach. 12 It is not up in heaven, so that you have to ask, “Who will ascend into heaven to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 13 Nor is it beyond the sea, so that you have to ask, “Who will cross the sea to get it and proclaim it to us so we may obey it?” 14 No, the word is very near you; it is in your mouth and in your heart so you may obey it.

15 See, I set before you today life and prosperity, death and destruction. 16 For I command you today to love the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, and to keep his commands, decrees and laws; then you will live and increase, and the Lord your God will bless you in the land you are entering to possess.

17 But if your heart turns away and you are not obedient, and if you are drawn away to bow down to other gods and worship them, 18 I declare to you this day that you will certainly be destroyed. You will not live long in the land you are crossing the Jordan to enter and possess.

19 This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live 20 and that you may love the Lord your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him.

The choices we make help to write our story. What kind of story are you living? You could live a better one. A Lot of it comes down to your choices.


Moses was an amazing man with an amazing relationship with God. The Bible says The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend but it wasn’t always that way. When God called Moses at the burning bush, Moses was terrified. You see Moses’ people the Israelites had been enslaved by the Egyptians for almost 400 years. The Israelites cried out to God. Exodus 3:7-9 says, 7 The LORD said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. 8 So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites. 9 And now the cry of the Israelites has reached me, and I have seen the way the Egyptians are oppressing them. This had to be great exciting news but in verse 10 God turned the corner and said to Moses, So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt.” You see Egypt was probably the last place Moses wanted to go. He had been raised there as a prince in Pharaoh’s household but one day Moses saw a slave driver beating an Israelite slave and he rose up to defend the slave killing the slave driver and Moses fled from Egypt, determined never to return.

Did you ever feel like you didn’t want to do what God was calling you to do? What did you do? I know what I do and it’s what Moses did. He made excuses. His first excuse was Who am I to do this? He feels unqualified. God’s response to him and us is I will be with you. When God sends us, He goes with us. It doesn’t all depend on us.

His second excuse Is what if they don’t believe me? What if the people I go to speak to, don’t believe that you sent me? He’s saying what we sometimes say, I don’t have enough. Whether it be education, resources, power, whatever, God’s answer to Moses is once again the same as it is to us. What’s in your hand? Moses had a staff a simple wooden stick and God used it to do miraculous signs. Forget about what you don’t have, look at what you do have and use it faithfully. God will take care of the rest.

Moses’ third excuse dealt with his inability to speak. We all do this. We start to say it’s not that I don’t have enough, it’s that I’m not enough, I don’t have what it takes. God says I know everything about you and exactly how I made you and if you’ll trust me. I’ll bring you all the way through and give you the help you need.

And finally Moses said send someone else and God said no. He says the same thing to you and me. His call on our lives is for us to complete. He doesn’t want someone else. He wants you.
You might notice in the painting Moses is facing away from the Burning Bush. You might think that’s wrong but it isn’t. God has answered every one of Moses’ excuses and wiped them all away. For Moses there’s only one thing left to do. Obey God and do what He said. Moses is leaving the bush and his excuses behind and heading to Egypt.

What’s your excuse? Trust God and leave it behind. The time is now to step into God’s call.


Doesn't he always make things worse?

Doesn't he always make things worse?


I had a few thoughts today during my devotions and I think they are at least worth considering especially for us as artists but also for anyone trying to follow Jesus. I was reading the book of Exodus where Moses is beginning to confront Pharaoh and call the plagues down upon Egypt. Moses throws down his staff and it becomes a snake. Pharaoh’s magicians do the same through their dark arts and theirs become snakes as well (only to be eaten by Moses’s staff). Then Moses turns the water into blood and Pharaoh’s magicians do the same through their dark arts. Finally Moses calls a plague of frogs against Egypt and Pharaoh’s magicians do the same through their dark arts.

My question is why did they do it? Think about it. Pharaoh and his magicians were in essence pitting the power of God against the powers of Satan, whether they realized it or not. They were trying to show that through their dark powers they could do what God can do. What did they accomplish? Well for starters they all lost their staffs and then in every case they added to their own misery. They made matters worse in each case, damaging their own lot in life and I believe they showed us something important.

In our own power we can accomplish some pretty amazing things. It’s not surprising really, we are the children of the Creator, but when we are defiant of God, when we misuse our power, when we go outside His will, the usual effect is we make matters worse. The reason for that is simple. When we walk outside God’s will we walk into the enemy’s will, whether we know it or not. We cannot outdo God and when we try, all we do is make matters worse. So in the words of Joshua, Choose today whom you will serve…

Bible Reading Guide
An important part of following God is knowing what He wants and a great way to know what He wants is to read His Word. Follow this plan and you will finish reading the Bible in a year.
Exodus 25, 26; Psalm 19
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