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Powerless to powerful

April 24, 2024

Powerless to powerful

Remember that you were slaves in Egypt and that the LORD your God brought you out of there with a mighty hand and an outstretched arm. Deuteronomy 5:15 (NIV)

There’s many things in life that I am literally powerless to do on my own, both due to lack of muscles and lack of expertise. For example, I wouldn’t even know where to begin if I had to remove and fill my cavities solo. I am powerless to contribute meaningfully to a basketball or flag football game. I am powerless to fetch the pacifier my toddler throws toward the back of the car while I am driving. My list could go on. Moreso, in the beginning of Exodus, we see the people of God utterly powerless, stuck in what looks like an impossible situation to get out of. They are in bondage to Pharaoh and are completely powerless to change anything about their way of life. But God! God miraculously delivered the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt in what seems like the most epic supernatural moment. It’s hard to fathom what it must have been like to physically walk away from an oppressive king through a large body of water split right in two! After Moses led the Israelites across the Red Sea, the waters folded back to their natural state, separating them from their old way of life. This Old Testament story points us to an even greater deliverance from an even greater oppression than Pharaoh: the oppression of sin and death. Jesus Christ, an even greater and more powerful mediator than Moses, delivers us out of our powerless state of being dead in our sin. The Spirit of God seals us, sanctifying us away from our old life. We could rephrase today’s Scripture verse like this: Remember, that we were once slaves in our sin and that the LORD our God brought us out of that bondage with a mighty hand and outstretched arms on the cross. May we never forget this truth, sisters. We were powerless and now the power of Christ which saved us, abides in us. God, we remember that we are powerless to deliver ourselves and we thank you for your gracious and powerful deliverance.

 

Meet our author, Jessica!


Jessica Bearden works as a Licensed Professional Counselor in The Woodlands, Texas. She is passionate about providing a judgment-free, hope-focused environment for her clients. Jessica enjoys theater, traveling, theology, and teaching the Bible! You will catch her drinking coffee every single day to keep up with chasing after her twin girls and toddler boy! She co-hosts Abide Women’s Bible Study retreats in TX to guide women to study Scripture with intentionality and passion. Connect with her on Instagram! @jessica_bearden If interested in counseling services, you can contact her and the True North team at www.truenorthtw.com (must be a Texas resident to receive True North services).





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