What’s in Your Hand?

Message by Dave Patterson – August 21, 2022

Today’s Question

Today: What God Wants to Know: What’s in Your Hand?

(A God Who Empowers)

 Answering Our Objections

Excuse #1 – Who am I? (Ex 3:11) … I am not capable!

God answers: I will certainly be with you. (Ex 3:12)

… the promise of the presence of God 

 Answering Our Objections

Excuse #2 – What’s His name? (Ex 3:13) … I don’t know you!

 God answers: I am who I am (Ex 3:14); the LORD, the God of your fathers (Ex 3:15)

He is the God of unrelenting relationship

 Answering Our Objections

Excuse #3 – They won’t believe me! (Ex 4:1) … I need proof!

God now asks a question: What is that in your hand? (Ex 4:2)

 God answers: poof!

God provides proof of His power with 3 signs

Discovering our Equipment

 Discovering Our Equipment

We have His Spirit

2 Tim 1:7 – “For God did not give us a spirit of timidity (fear), but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.”

 Discovering our Equipment

We have our Savvy (talents, gifts, abilities, passions, perceptions)

Eph 4, 1 Peter 4, 1 Cor 12, Rom 12

Rom 12:6 – “We have different gifts according to the grace given to each of us.”

 Discovering our Equipment

We have our unique Situation

Phil 4:12-13 – “I know what it is like to be in need and I know what it is like to have plenty. I have learned the secret to being content in any and every situation.”

Discovering our Equipment

We have power through our Weakness and Shortcomings – “Me too”

2 Cor 12:9 – Jesus said: “My power is made perfect in weakness”


Overcoming our Obstacles

Overcoming our fears – doubt, failure, burnout, opposition, …

Psalm 34:4 – “I sought the Lord and He answered me; He delivered me from all my fears.”

Isaiah 41:10 – “do not fear for I am with you … I am your God.”

Overcoming our Obstacles

Overcoming our propensity for sin

Rom 12:21 (and 1 John 5:4-5) – “Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.”

Overcoming our Obstacles

Overcoming our blindness (especially to what we have in hand)

1 John 2:11 – “whoever hates…walks in darkness … darkness has blinded him…”

2 Cor 4:4 – “the ‘god’ of this age has blinded the minds of unbelievers”

 The Pain of Disuse

  • With what has God empowered you?
  • What is He asking you today?

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