Sr. Pastor Darrell G Vaughn
                                                        Faithfulness - A Key Step to Happiness
June 6, 2010                             "What's in your hand?"

Sun Am Worship                         

Text: Ex 4:1-20 (King James Version)

 "Father, I am your servant, willing and desiring to be used to bless your people."

Exodus 4:1   And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee.

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

Exodus 4:3   And he said, Cast it on the ground. And he cast it on the ground, and it became a serpent; and Moses fled from before it.

Exodus 4:4   And the LORD said unto Moses, Put forth thine hand, and take it by the tail. And he put forth his hand, and caught it, and it became a rod in his hand:

Exodus 4:5   That they may believe that the LORD God of their fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, hath appeared unto thee.

Exodus 4:6   And the LORD said furthermore unto him, Put now thine hand into thy bosom. And he put his hand into his bosom: and when he took it out, behold, his hand was leprous as snow.

Exodus 4:7   And he said, Put thine hand into thy bosom again. And he put his hand into his bosom again; and plucked it out of his bosom, and, behold, it was turned again as his other flesh.

Exodus 4:8   And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe thee, neither hearken to the voice of the first sign, that they will believe the voice of the latter sign.

Exodus 4:9   And it shall come to pass, if they will not believe also these two signs, neither hearken unto thy voice, that thou shalt take of the water of the river, and pour it upon the dry land: and the water which thou takest out of the river shall become blood upon the dry land.

Exodus 4:10   And Moses said unto the LORD, O my Lord, I am not eloquent, neither heretofore, nor since thou hast spoken unto thy servant: but I am slow of speech, and of a slow tongue.

Exodus 4:11   And the LORD said unto him, Who hath made man's mouth? Or who maketh the dumb, or deaf, or the seeing, or the blind? have not I the LORD?

Exodus 4:12   Now therefore go, and I will be with thy mouth, and teach thee what thou shalt say.

Exodus 4:13   And he said, O my Lord, send, I pray thee, by the hand of him whom thou wilt send.

Exodus 4:14   And the anger of the LORD was kindled against Moses, and he said, Is not Aaron the Levite thy brother? I know that he can speak well. And also, behold, he cometh forth to meet thee: and when he seeth thee, he will be glad in his heart.

Exodus 4:15   And thou shalt speak unto him, and put words in his mouth: and I will be with thy mouth, and with his mouth, and will teach you what ye shall do.

Exodus 4:16   And he shall be thy spokesman unto the people: and he shall be, even he shall be to thee instead of a mouth, and thou shalt be to him instead of God.

Exodus 4:17   And thou shalt take this rod in thine hand, wherewith thou shalt do signs.

Exodus 4:18   And Moses went and returned to Jethro his father in law, and said unto him, Let me go, I pray thee, and return unto my brethren which are in Egypt, and see whether they be yet alive. And Jethro said to Moses, Go in peace.

Exodus 4:19   And the LORD said unto Moses in Midian, Go, return into Egypt: for all the men are dead which sought thy life.

Exodus 4:20   And Moses took his wife and his sons, and set them upon an ass, and he returned to the land of Egypt: and Moses took the rod of God in his hand.

What do you have? What's in your hand" I am not talking about what's in your wallet!
What is available to you, at your disposal, in your possession?

This rod was nothing special of itself, it was just a rod (a ordinary stick).

What was significant about this stick was: It was what Moses had.
God did not ask Moses what he didn't have.
We could all make a long list of what we don't have.
*We don't have enough money
*We don't have a good education
*We don't have a high social standing
The list can go on and on

But God never directs our attention to what we don't have, but to what we do have even though it seems small.

Note: God gave us everything we needed to do the job

Even though what we have seems, small, weak, insignificant, This is on purpose, because God has designed it so that what we have must be connected to him to work.

The difference is the power of God.
It is not your ability, your knowledge, your talent, or the size of your gift or the beauty of your gift that matters.

All that matters is: How much of God is in your stick.

Ps 62:11 God hath spoken once; twice have I heard this; that power belongeth unto God.
Ps 21:13 Be thou exalted, LORD, in thine own strength: so will we sing and praise thy power.
Mt 28:18 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

God is a God of power, might, dominion (There is nothing he cannot do) He can bring rivers of water out of a rock, divide the red sea with the breath of his nostrils, he can cause the sun and moon to stand still, He can calm the raging storm with a word,

And he can burn cancer out of a body, and he can open blind eyes, and he deliver the drug addict and the alcoholic, He can replace diseased lungs, he has no problem with arthritis.  He can restore broken marriages, All things are possible to him that believeth.

I think we could stop here and say that we are in agreement that our God is a God of Power and of Might.

(It's not by might nor by power but by my Spirit sayeth the Lord of Hosts).


We can sing about it, preach about it, talk about it teach about and shout about it, and still people remain slothful, cold and indifferent, But Gods power changes everything : a visitation, revelation and manifestation of the power of God causes the heart to do willingly what it had done grudgingly, When the power of God shows up people pray willingly, sing willingly, give willingly, attend church, read the bible willingly.

(Power)= Strength, might, Energy, Ability.
The ability, strength energy to make a difference to change a situation.

There are all kinds of power: solar, nuclear, atomic, hydro, steam, electrical,
Power is the ability to change things, make a difference

We can tell the world we have power, talk about the Holy Ghost and even speak in tongues, but if it hasn't changed our lives and made a real difference between us and the world it's just plain talk.


Power is not power until it makes a difference.
A power saw is useless until it is plugged in. A blender won't blend until it is powered up.


Your stick represents that which you have that you have fully surrendered to God.
When God gets in it, it's enough It powers up!
When God gets in it, It will surprise you (Moses fled from before his rod when it turned into a serpent).

The anointing is the supernatural power of God operating through the natural to produce results that are humanly impossible.

We need to ask God to get in our stick.
That is to say the great need of the hour is God in our song, God in our preaching, God in our marriage, God in our business.
God in our gift, God in our talent. God in our Health.

When God gets in a thing it is not the same.
When God gets in a thing it can scare some people.
Just like Moses who had never seen his rod do anything like that before.

*God got in a rock and caused a river to flow out of it that quenched the thirst of 1to 3 million Israelites.
*Got got in a donkey and caused it to speak and rebuke a rebellious prophet.
*God got in an axe head of Iron and caused it to swim up to the top of the water so the prophet could reach out his hand and take hold of it.
*God got in a little pot of oil and caused it to multiply till it met every need and provided an abundant overflow.
* God got in a rooster and used it to convict a backslidden Cursing Disciple!

 God got in an Upper Room and caused to turn the world Upside down!

God got in a box, and they called it the Ark of the Covenant.
They placed this box inside the most Holy Place of the tabernacle (The Ark was made out of wood, but it was covered with Gold,) This is symbolic of the natural and the supernatural, the human and the divine nature of Jesus.
The Most Holy Place from the inside was covered in gold but from the outside the tabernacle was covered with badger skin.

No one would know by looking at the outside, that there was such a valuable treasure inside

A young Colombian Girl who received a new testament in her school. She read the new testament until one day her father caught her reading it…and told her not to read it anymore because it was full of lies and fantasy..
But the girl kept on reading until one day her father came home unexpectedly found her with the NT grabbed it from her hands and put it in his pocket.
The father went off to work where he was a mining engineer. Several hours later sirens went off in the community there had been a cave in at the mine. The father was trapped in the mine. The rescue workers took 5 days to finally reach the men, but it was too late. All 31 men died including the father of this little girl
Curiously, workers found the man clutching the NT between his praying hands.
When they opened the front cover they read a note
"To my daughter" Keep reading this NT, it is true and right, and I will see you one day in heaven.
Then they turned to the back page where the father had signed the commitment card after having said the sinner's prayer.

But that was not the end of the story,
Turning the page there were signed the names of the other 30 workers.
In similar fashion Today God has chosen to place his presence and glory in human tents;


 I may indeed look the same today but can I testify. Looks can be deceiving!

Our bodies are the temples of God.
2 Corinthians 4:7 But we have this (treasure in earthen vessels,) that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.
When God gets in something it is never the same!

Moses rod symbolizes something that is weak, it has no life or energy of it's own, It can only do what the natural human power of Moses enables it to do.
Until the power of God got in it.
Like the story it can take the most vilest sinner and turn them into a saint!

So In like fashion: We are weak, we have no life or strength or power of our own.
You can never be good enough to merit God's amazing grace even on your best day!
It was only as Moses released "Surrendered" his rod to God, that Gods power came into it.
It is only as we surrender ourselves to God that his power will be manifested through us.

Too many times we are unwilling to give up what we have.
We want to hold on to what we know, what we understand, what we are comfortable with, what we have leaned upon and had control of for so long.

God is wanting to give us something new, something greater, (but you have to be willing to let go of what you have).

Trust God with your stick.

Before God could fulfill his promise to Abraham that all the nations of the earth would be blessed in his seed, He asked for his seed back.
Abraham trusted God with his seed Isaac and God gave him Jesus and everyone who trusts in his blood to save us.
We are today the seed of Abraham because Abraham was willing to give what he had to God.

The rod of Moses became the rod of God.
That rod became the symbol of Gods authority and Power, The instrument by which God's word and will were enforced.
So it is today: It is through you and I who carry the Spirit and the Word in us that Gods will is enforced in the earth.

God told Moses what he was going to do, and how he would deliver Israel But he still had to stretch out the rod.

In like fashion God's word reveals his will to us, but we still have to Speak it, (Stretch out the rod).

Jesus said we had mountain moving power, but he said in order for the mountain to move we have to speak to it.

Everytime Moses stretched out the rod it was a type of speaking the Word out of a believing heart.

Just as Moses and the rod were Gods instruments for bringing his Power against Egypt and setting the Israelites free, we today are God's instruments to afflict satans kingdom, to bind the enemy of the souls of men and women and set them free.

One of the greatest problems we have as Believers is we have a tendency to underestimate what we have.

Like the widow of Zarephath
I have just enough meal and oil for one little cake said the widow.

I have just a little pot of oil, said the widow woman who was in debt and in danger of losing her sons to a life of slavery.
Then There is a lad here with two fish and five loaves of bread, but what is that among so many asked Philip a disciple of Jesus.

But in each case their little bit was enough.
When they put it in God's hands it became more than enough.
When Samson was assaulted by the philistines there were no superior weapons of quality design to be found,
He started looking around him for something, (anything that he could use)
He found the jawbone of an ass and with it slew a thousand men.
By the way this is still a great weapon of Choice even among believers!
But what made this jawbone Samson's weapon of choice?
Answer: It was there, It was available, It was within reach.
Dear brothers and sisters God is not looking for greatness, (any old stick, any old bush will do), (All God needs is for you to make what you have, make yourself available to him). Put it in his hands.

Romans 12:1   I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.


When Samson looked at that jawbone of an ass, he saw something no one else saw, ( he saw an instrument of mass destruction) and that's what it became in his hand.
Had he despised that jawbone and thought that it was too weak, or too insignificant or too foolish, he may have died at the hands of the enemy.

I believe many of Gods people have been defeated in life because we have allowed the enemy to cause us to despise our gift, or our talent, Like the servant who went out and buried his one talent, many have buried their talents because it seemed so weak, so small, so insignificant.

But the Holy Spirit is saying to us: It's time to take the harp off the willow tree, dig up that hidden talent and put it in the masters hands.

Look what God did with a stick
Whats In Your hand?


Mt. 15:32-38  Little is Much when it is all you got!

Little is much when God is in it. God can take that which is insignificant and small and weak and despised and work miracles.