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Summary: God ask Moses what do you have: He says a rod? Later the a ROD becomes THE ROD OF GOD? Explore the difference in A ROD & THE ROD.

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FORGETING THE TOKENS OF THE PROMISE?

FINDING THAT PLACE NEAR THE HEART OF GOD?

By Wade Martin Hughes, Sr. Kyfingers@aol.com

I have two rods before us, can we see the difference in them?

Jill : 11/15/14

I have learned a lot in the last 20 months since Jeff has been sick...

Things that I thought mattered or material things do not mean nothing!!!

I was really bad to sweat small stuff...

For you see, in the end none of that small stuff matters...

Please keep in mind, friends, there is always a lot worse stuff going

on around you ...

My brother is dying and there ain't nothing I can do about it!!!

This is the kind of stuff that matters...

I don't wish anyone this kind of pain...

I. MOSES HAS HAD A TWISTED JOURNEY...

NOTHING HAS GONE AS PLANNED...

1. THE FIRST 40 YEARS--- I AM HOT STUFF, With family, in the palace...

2. THE SECOND 40 YEARS--- I AM NOTHING... back side of the desert..

3. THE THIRD 40 YEARS--- GOD IS EVERYTHING... leading God's plan...

Exodus 4:2 And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.

II. PEOPLE ARE THE FICKLED FINGER OF FATE AWARD:

WHAT MIRACLE? MARKED BY THE LACK OF STEADFASTNESS, CONSISTANCY,

OR STABLITY?

A. WHAT MIRACLE?

3,000,000 (3 MILLION PEOPLE?)

x 3 Meals a day?

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9,000,000 (9 Millions meals A DAY)

X 365 days (A YEAR)

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3, 285,000,000 (3 1/4 BILLION MEALS A YEAR)

X 40 YEARS

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131,400,000 (13 1/2 BILLION MEALS IN FOOD YEARS)

B. All in the desert and wilderness, think of the miracle...

C. HOW BLIND CAN WE BE?

SEEMS ALL REFUSED TO SEE THE MIRACLE...

III. TROUBLE: WHEN IT WAS MOSES ROD... my rod --- trouble...

Numbers 20:8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy

brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and

thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation

and their beasts drink.

9 And Moses took the rod from before the LORD, as he commanded him.

10 And Moses and Aaron gathered the congregation together before the rock, and

he said unto them, Hear now, ye rebels; must we fetch you water out of this rock?

11 And Moses lifted up his hand, and with his rod he smote the rock twice: and the water

came out abundantly, and the congregation drank, and their beasts also.

12 And the LORD spake unto Moses and Aaron, Because ye believed me not, to sanctify

me in the eyes of the children of Israel, therefore ye shall not bring this congregation into

the land which I have given them.

13 This is the water of Meribah; because the children of Israel strove with the LORD, and

he was sanctified in them.

IV. FACING THE SOUL'S CONFLICTS...

MOSES HAD BIG PROBLEMS AND THERE WAS NO ONE OR NOTHING THAT COULD

THE HEAVINESS UNDER WHICH HE LIVED DAILY...

HIS LOT WAS HOPELESS AND HELPLESS...

A. What can I do?

Frustration on every side?

Hope seems to fade under the pressure of little menial daily junk?

Exodus 17:12 (KJV) But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under

him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side,

and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

Exodus 17:12 (MSG) But Moses' hands got tired. So they got a stone and set it under him.

He sat on it and Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on each side. So his hands remained

steady until the sun went down.

B. DAILY DESCISIONS?

ALL OF MOSES' PROBLEMS, HOPELESSNESS, AND EXTERNAL AND INTERNAL

BATTLES DROVE HIM TO THE PLACE NEAR THE HEART OF GOD...

C. Moses learned the SWEET SPOT: MIGHTY PRAYER...

D. Not only did Moses depend on his PRAYER LIFE, so did all His generation and

the next generation...

E. What did prayer do?

1. Calmed the storm...

2. Prayer accomplished more than JOSHUA was capable of doing...

3. They faced the enemy the best they knew how, but NEVER FORGET THE

GOD FACTOR...

F. HUR & AARON become a type of the HAND OF GOD'S SUPPORT...

V. IS IT POSSIBLE TO FORGET THE TOKENS OF GOD'S PROMISE?

WE ARE IN A FRUSTRATING CONFLICT AND WAR... I HAVE A ROD...

MY ROD BECAME THE ROD OF GOD...

WE WRESTLE THROUGH THE NIGHT... WHERE IS THE LIGHT?

A. Sure, we know we are in a battle, HOW SHALL WE FIGHT IN THIS BATTLE...???

B. THE ROD BECAME A TOKEN OF THE PRESENCE OF THE HOLY, ALMIGHTY GOD...

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