TAKE THIS ROD IN YOUR HAND!
"Going to church" is going to where God resides. And one of the things we're to expect during a church service is a rod that would put us in command of the challenges of life. Every time Moses went to meet with God, he always returned with a word that he could use to torment his oppositions.
Just imagine for a moment; if Moses didn't receive a word from God all those times he went to tell God his challenges, do you think Pharaoh would have released the people of Israel? I perceive that the reason why many church-going believers are not advancing is because they don't return with a word to confront their oppositions.
In Ex 4:17, God told Moses to "take this rod in his hand, with which he would perform miracles". Many believers go to church and believe God for a miracle; when the actual thing should be "listening, to receive a rod that would provoke the miracle they desire". The word of God is the rod of God; Isaiah 11:1 tells us that a rod will come forth out of the stem of Jesse, and we'd discover from scriptures that Jesus is that Rod.
As much as God wants us to live a victorious life, He won't force His word on us. There were many sick people at the Pool of Bethesda, but Jesus healed only one person. Just imagine how the others felt when they discovered that the man who could not move away from where he was suddenly began to walk – and the person who healed him was no longer there? Just imagine if blind Bartemaeus waited for another moment before he shouted? Jesus would have passed, and he'd remain blind.
Many people get carried away by worldly things – even while they are in the presence of God. Jesus had to educate Martha on how to cast worldly cares on Him whenever she is in His presence. If Jesus had put the responsibility to feed the five thousand people on His disciples, i'm sure many of those people would have starved to death.
Let me conclude with this; in God's presence, there is fullness of joy and pleasures for evermore. That means there'd never be a time when God will not have a solution to your problems. But be sensitive enough to receive the ROD for your miracles! May God give us understanding!
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