Here is an old post from another blog I had. There are a few more posts I'm planning to upload eventually when I have a bit more time.
Pharaoh in his stubbornness and pride refused to listen to the Almighty, he refused to let his people go. Pharaoh's magicians at first encouraged Pharaoh's refusal to free the people. They convinced him that they with their magic could do the same as Moses. But later on their thinking changed. They saw "The finger of G-d" was the only answer to the entire phenomenon. Sadly, despite believing this, it wasn't enough and they would later have to face G-d's judgment like the rest of Egypt. Only those willing to obey were able to be spared. By the end and throughout the signs, G-ds people were manifest to all.
Today we too are faced with the same decision. We have to decide whether to believe like the magicians or obey like Israel when preparing for the Passover. Can we get by with just believing with our mind?
Maybe for now we may believe so, but eventually G-d's children will be made manifest. G-d's children hear and obey Him. Those that think believing is only a matter of the mind, better think twice. What terrible thing to let these sins separate us from G-d. Sometimes even as believers we become captive to these sins. Erroneously we deceive ourselves thinking all we need to do is believe. We are saved by grace, no doubt. But like Israel in the days of Moses, we are required to take action. So many times we read in his word "If you love me, keep my commandments"; But do we actually believe this. Love goes hand in hand with action; it's much more than a feeling. If it were not so, how could we be commanded to love G-d with all our hearts, soul, and might? We are undoubtedly to use all our resources. In other words, our lives must be evidence of what we believe.
Finally remembering that not all who call him L-rd will be of his kingdom we should then walk in obedience. Obedience to G-d is not in order to earn something. We can never win our salvation. But when we are truly his children, it will indeed be evident in our lives. We will not be living like the rest of "Egypt”.