What is in your hand?

18 Nov

What is in your hand?

 
Throughout the Bible, God asked people, “What is in your hand?” to show them that he uses the ordinary to do supernatural things.

Do you want God to do extraordinary things through you?

What ordinary things do you have in your hand today that He can use?

 
At the monthly Culpeper County Minsterial Association meeting on Tuesday November 15, Rev. Liz Danielsen shared a powerful devotional titled “What is in your hand?”

My spirit was stirred so much by that message that I asked Chaplain Liz to record her message later in the week to be able to create a video to share with the world. You are now a beneficiary of that obedience.

Rev. Liz Danielsen is a nationally endorsed healthcare chaplain. I knew Chaplain Liz when she was the former chaplain of Culpeper Regional Hospital in Virginia where I used to work.

She is the Founder and Director of Spiritual Care Support Ministries (SCSM), which provides support and education to those who are sick, grieving, experiencing personal losses, and those who journey with them. The ministry of SCSM is expanding.

In her devotional, Chaplain Liz shares a short, but important message about how God uses ordinary things and people to accomplish His extraordinary purpose.

Throughout the Bible, God asked people, “What is in your hand?” to show them that he uses the ordinary to do supernatural things.

Do you want God to do extraordinary things through you?

What ordinary things do you have in your hand today that He can use?

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Exodus 4:1-17 (NIV)

Moses answered, “What if they do not believe me or listen to me and say, ‘The LORD did not appear to you’?” Then the LORD said to him, “What is that in your hand?” “A staff,” he replied. The LORD said, “Throw it on the ground.” Moses threw it on the ground and it became a snake, and he ran from it.

Then the LORD said to him, “Reach out your hand and take it by the tail.” So Moses reached out and took hold of the snake and it turned back into a staff in his hand. “This,” said the LORD, “is so that they may believe that the LORD, the God of their fathers—the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob—has appeared to you.”

Then the LORD said, “Put your hand inside your cloak.” So Moses put his hand into his cloak, and when he took it out, the skin was leprous; it had become as white as snow. “Now put it back into your cloak,” he said. So Moses put his hand back into his cloak, and when he took it out, it was restored, like the rest of his flesh.

Then the LORD said, “If they do not believe you or pay attention to the first miraculous sign, they may believe the second. But if they do not believe these two signs or listen to you, take some water from the Nile and pour it on the dry ground. The water you take from the river will become blood on the ground.”

Moses said to the LORD, “Oh, Lord. I have never been eloquent, neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant. I am slow of speech and tongue.” The LORD said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the LORD? Now go; I will help you speak and will teach you what to say.”

But Moses said, “Oh, Lord. Please send someone else to do.” Then the LORD’s anger burned against Moses and he said, “What about your brother, Aaron the Levite? I know he can speak well. He is already on his way to meet you, and his heart will be glad when he sees you.

You shall speak to him and put words in his mouth and I will help both of you speak and will teach you what to do. He will speak to the people for you, and it will be as if he were your mouth and as if you were God to him.

“But take this staff in your hand so you can perform the signs with it.”

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God took Moses’ staff and with it led the Israelites through the Red Sea and the wilderness?

Throughout the Bible, God asked people, “What is in your hand?” to show them that he uses the ordinary to do supernatural things.

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1 Kings 17:10-12 So he arose and went to Zarephath. And when he came to the gate of the city, indeed a widow was there gathering sticks. And he called to her and said, “Please bring me a little water in a cup, that I may drink.” And as she was going to get it, he called to her and said, “Please bring me a morsel of bread in your hand.” So she said, “As the LORD your God lives, I do not have bread, only a handful of flour in a bin, and a little oil in a jar; and see, I am gathering a couple of sticks that I may go in and prepare it for myself and my son, that we may eat it, and die.”

1 Kings 17:13-15 And Elijah said to her, “Do not fear; go and do as you have said, but make me a small cake from it first, and bring it to me; and afterward make some for yourself and your son. “For thus says the LORD God of Israel: ‘The bin of flour shall not be used up, nor shall the jar of oil run dry, until the day the LORD sends rain on the earth.'” So she went away and did according to the word of Elijah; and she and he and her household ate for many days.

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1 Samuel 17:48-49 So it was, when the Philistine arose and came and drew near to meet David, that David hastened and ran toward the army to meet the Philistine. Then David put his hand in his bag and took out a stone; and he slung it and struck the Philistine in his forehead, so that the stone sank into his forehead, and he fell on his face to the earth.

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Do you want God to do extraordinary things through you?
What ordinary things do you have in your hand today that He can use?

What is in your hand?

 
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Blessings to release what is in your hand?

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