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Serving wins battles!

Scripture reading for January 26th:  Exodus 17-20, Matthew 20

Key Scriptures:  Exodus 17:10-13  “So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.  Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.  But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side.  So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.  And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword.”

Moses recorded this story of a battle with the Amalekites.   He and Aaron and Hur observed the battle led by Joshua.  As Moses would stretch out his hand, Joshua was winning.  When he lowered his had because of exhaustion, Amalek prevailed.  So Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands and seated him on a stone and Joshua prevailed in the battle.  This is a picture of corporate intercession and the power of agreement.

Matthew 20:25-26:  “But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them.  It shall not be so among you.  But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, for even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve and give His live as a ransom for many.”  

Prayer:  Father, help me to lift my hands in service of others.  Thank you for the example of Your Son and Aaron and Hur to show me the way.  In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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Love each other deeply!

Scripture reading for November 12th:  1st Peter 4

“The end of all things is near.  Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray.  Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers a multitude of sins.  Offer hospitality to one another without grumbling.  Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God.  If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength that God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ.  To Him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.”  (1st Peter 4:7-11)

Peter, at that time, was convinced that the end of all things was near!  That spiritual outlook is healthy for each generation as they await the coming of Jesus Christ.  When we live as if Christ could come any time, we look upon prayer as a necessity, not an inconvenience!  There are so many people that are needing salvation and only God can draw them!  We must appeal to heaven with a clear mind and vision of consequences for those not found in Christ!

Our treatment of others is deeply important to our Lord!  Peter encouraged the church to “love each other deeply”! Love covers sin, doesn’t expose and gossip about it!  Love offers hospitality and is generous because of Christ’s generosity to us.  Love also uses every God-given gift or talent to promote Jesus Christ and His Kingdom so that all may hear and be saved!  When we love in these ways, Jesus Christ is praised and receives glory, now and forever!

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