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Exodus 10:1-12:13

Some quick thoughts on today’s Old Testament reading.

And the Lord gave the people favor in the sight of the Egyptians. Moreover, the man Moses was exceedingly great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh's servants and of the people.
(Exodus 11:3 AMP)

Leadership can get you in trouble by the choices they make. Moses had favor in Egypt with the Egyptians but not the Pharaoh. Can the words in the above verse be made in your corporate organization, country, city, town, village, church and household about the effect and affect you are having on those submitted to you? Just change the name Moses, Egypt and Egyptians and then fill in the blanks. Those of us on this site who are in leadership positions should stop and ask themselves the question: How am I leading? What am I leading the people under me into? Am I being stubborn refusing to lead by way of the Master causing destruction and suffering by my decisions, or am I closely listening to the voice of God and truly serving my customers, citizens, and employees? Is there a Moses in your organization proclaiming warnings that the people respect but you are ignoring? Just something to think about. Hard hearts are not a phenomenon to Ancient Egypt.

And you shall eat it thus: [as fully prepared for a journey] your loins girded, your shoes on your feet, and your staff in your hand; and you shall eat it in haste. It is the Lord's Passover. For I will pass through the land of Egypt this night and will smite all the firstborn in the land of Egypt, both man and beast; and against all the gods of Egypt I will execute judgment [proving their helplessness]. I am the Lord.
(Exodus 12:11-12 AMP)

Hearing the voice of God and obeying immediately. Being prepared to escape from our captivity should be something we must always strive to maintain. There was a window of opportunity that was getting ready to open up and Israel had to be ready. I have known that voice of immediacy, sometimes followed it, and sometimes I didn’t. For the times I did not heed, I really do not know where that path to freedom would have led me. The text doesn’t say if any were left behind, but what left out of Egypt, as we will read, was a “mixed multitude (12:38).” Not only did those who the message was directed to taste that freedom, but the people who observed those given the message, those in the “mix” got in on the deal. So not only are we to listen to that “still small voice” (1 Kings 19:12), but if we fail to do so we need to keep an eye out for those who do.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

P.S. Could it be that getting into the Word, "Seeking First The Kingdom ..." is the key to staying in Balance? Hmmm

Matthew 20:10 The workers who had been hired first thought they would be given more than the others. But when they were given the same, 11they began complaining to the owner of the vineyard.


As I read this verse my thoughts turned to my own entitlement issues and priorities. A shift is occurring, my desire to put God first is increasing, yes, I’m even beginning to see fruit in this area but the entitlement battle never stops. The longer I go without feeding the belly of entitlement, the clearer the picture of the prize God has prepared for me. Spending time in God’s word each day, looking at the lesson He wants me to see, equip me for today’s journey. The path becomes abundantly clear when I humble myself before God.

It is really hard for me to balance life as I know it each day, with work school, kids,home, husband, school for me and for my kids, but one thing is for sure, I don't rest until my daily word is in. The Word is my Life! Sustenance to my bones! It is so good and so powerful. I can't go through the day without it. I might not blog on here each day b/c my day is filled with projects and such, but I know we have to be vigilant, Like it says in II Tim 3, these are vigilant times, and we have to be steady in the Word, because the enemy (like Mike said, is real) will come about like a roaring lion seeking whom "he" may destroy. I will not and am not going to stand by and let him do that. I wont to be the type of person whom when I get up in the morning, the devil says, Oh crap, she is up again! he should be the one scared afraid and running with his tail between his knees not us! Stay vigilant and active, my friends and God bless!!

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