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Previous Challenge Entry (Level 1 – Beginner)
Topic: Staff (01/31/13)

TITLE: THE STAFF, A SYMBOL OF AUTHORITY AND POWER
By prashanth jayaraj
02/06/13


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What can a staff signify but a shepherd’s stick? But when used properly, it could be used as a means of self defense. It could be used as a means of supporting the body weight when leaned upon. It could also be used to strike an object and possibly break it. When analyzed according to the bible, it was a mere rod in the hands of Moses, the prophet of God. What Moses did not realize was that it was not just a rod that he was holding but an anointed rod when God decided to use Moses. We have to realize that when God
decides to use a person, everything that man touches is anointed. The rod or the staff is a symbol of authority. God placed that authority on Moses, but he had to use his faith to release the power into that staff. Of course, when he used his faith, it was God’s power acting upon that rod. When Moses threw
the rod down, it turned into a snake instantly. Although, there were other magicians around who could do the same trick, it turned out that the rod or staff of Moses was superior in power because when Moses used the rod, it was God’s power in action. It is the same with the believer. Paul, the apostle, stated in the book of Ephesians 1:19, “And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe,
according to the working of his mighty power.” Here, this exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe is nothing but the power of faith. Peter made a declaration of faith when he said in Acts 3:6, “Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth
rise up and walk.” ‘Such as I have’ denotes immense power. Another place which talks about the power of faith is in Gal 2:20, I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me. Notice here, it says, ‘faith of the Son of God’. In Col 2:12, again we read, “Buried with him in baptism, wherein also ye are risen with him through the faith of the operation of God, who
hath raised him from the dead.” The reason why I am emphasizing on faith is that this faith can be likened to the rod or staff of Moses, which is a symbol of the authority and power of God at work when used effectively. If we read in Mark 11:11-24, we see that Jesus was hungry and found a fig tree that had not borne any fruits at all, and so he cursed the fig tree. There is a principle of faith used in this bible
story. Jesus went on to say that if we had the faith of a mustard seed we could command the mountain to be removed and be cast into the sea, and it would be done if we believed and had no doubt in our hearts. What a powerful statement. Similarly, Romans 3:27 talks about a law of faith. This law states in James 1:6-7 that let the believer ask in faith, not wavering. And he goes on to say that let that man, who is
double-minded, think that he will receive anything of the Lord. Romans 14:23 again states that anything that is without faith is sin. The bible states that the just shall live by faith – Hab 2:4, Rom 1:17, Gal 3:11,and Heb 10:38. The staff, as I mentioned earlier is a symbol of power and authority, but it is useless without faith. In us, we have untold power on the inside of us. We have Jesus on the inside of us through faith – Eph 3:17. Everything is about faith. This can be illustrated easily in the same story of Moses when he faced Pharaoh and his army on one side, the Israelites on the other, with the red sea in between. We see that Moses made a bold declaration challenging the Israelites to be still and see the salvation of God, and
how God then instructs Moses to stop crying to Him and stretch out his rod over the sea – Exo 14:13-16. What a great victory it was. It was the Staff of Moses.


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Camille (C D) Swanson 02/08/13
Lovely. Thank you for this devotional. God bless~
Shann Hall-LochmannVanBennekom 02/11/13
I enjoyed this slightly different take on the topic. It's always good if an article makes the reader stop and really think and pray over the piece. I think you did a great job of doing just that