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Learn to depend on the Lord totally!

Scripture reading for February 17th:  Mark 6

Key Scriptures for over-comers:  Mark 6: 7-11  “Calling the Twelve to Him, He sent them out two by two and gave the authority over evil spirits.  These were His instructions:  “Take nothing for the journey except a staff–no bread, no bag, no money in your belts.  Wear sandals but not an extra tunic.  Whenever you enter a house, stay there until you leave that town.  And if any place will not welcome you or listen to you, shake the dust off your feet when you leave, as a testimony against them.”  

Jesus sent His original twelve disciples out in pairs on a mission to preach the message of repentance and to confront the domain of Satan.  They were not to take anything with them to sustain themselves–except one set of clothes, sandals and a walking stick.  They were not to take bread to eat or money to buy anything or a bedroll to sleep on. They must seek out a home in each town they visited where someone would welcome them and then accept their hospitality for food and shelter.  If no one would welcome them, then they were to shake the dust from their sandals as a witness against that town and move on to the next place of ministry.

Jesus kept it very simple!  These instructions required great humility, cooperation, and no fear of man’s rejection.  They had to walk by faith and follow instructions in each village.   They must work together.  The results were totally up to God and the people’s heart condition to accept or reject them and their message.

Observations for over-comers:  Disciples must learn to depend totally on the Lord to guide them and supply their needs.  Working in pairs, they learned to help each other stay focused.  “Two are better than one, because they have a good return on their work:  If one falls down, his friend can help him up.   But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!”  (Ecclesiastes 4:9-10)

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