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You Are Not Alone So Don’t Act Like It

Exodus 17–19

Soldiers - Mighty Men - PawnsBrothers, I’m afraid I’m pulling an all-nighter for work so my comments will need to be brief in the extreme.  I did read today’s passage and I will make one short comment but first let me address an issue that was just brought to my attention today.  Evidently the daily email containing the daily post has not been going out over the last couple of days.  I hope this problem is now fixed and apologize for the error.  I’m not really sure what happened.  I use Feedburner to manage the email subscriptions and it usually handles things without a problem and without any input from me.  If you did not get this post in your inbox please let me know and I’ll go back and work on it some more.

In today’s passage a theme that stood out to me is our need for Christian fellowship.  Moses got weary holding his arms up for God’s blessing during battle so Joshua and Caleb stood beside him supporting his arms so the battle would go well for the family of Israel.  Later Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro, sees him struggling to handle all of the daily disputes coming from over a million people.  Jethro advises Moses to find able men who fear God, who are trustworthy and hate a bribe, to help him in administering justice.  If fact, Jethro tells Moses that trying to do all of that work without help is wrong.

Exodus 18:17-18 ESV

“[17] Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “What you are doing is not good. [18] You and the people with you will certainly wear yourselves out, for the thing is too heavy for you. You are not able to do it alone.”

Okay so he didn’t say what Moses was doing was wrong but rather “not good”; we’re splitting hairs.  Many an immature Christian has said “I don’t need to go to church; I can worship God anywhere”.  This is an ignorant statement and I’m afraid it is one that I actually made myself many times when I was younger and more foolish.  Of course, not only can we worship God anywhere, we should worship Him everywhere and at all times.  The problem is few actually do this.  Still the point of attending church isn’t simply to worship God but to also fellowship with fellow followers of Christ.  The Bible says that iron sharpens iron.

Satan and his minions rule this fallen world; do you really think you can take him on single handedly and win?  Oh, I know you have Jesus and if you are in right relationship with Him you can indeed stand against the world.  The problem is that most of us need to do some considerable maturing in our relationship with Christ before we are ready for such a monumental task.  No, like Moses we are to lean on each other and encourage each other to continue the race God has put before each of us.  We are not alone.  We are not supposed to act like we are alone.  We should not act like we are alone.

Be an encourager to your fellow followers of Christ, and seek encouragement from them.  Do not fight against this world like you are an army of one.  You are part of an army of billions!  Support others and get support.  I highly recommend that each Christian have an accountability partner and if possible a mentor.  Your accountability partner and mentor can be one and the same person, but often these tasks are performed by more than one person.  Bottom line, you are not alone so don’t act like it.

Have a blessed day!

Your brother and servant in Christ,

Bill

Dying to self, living to serve!

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