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Emmanuel! (God with us!)

Moses was used mightily by the Lord, yet we all know he had his inadequacies and limitations too. Still he was the vessel through which God chose to work through as He carried out the plagues over Egypt, divided the Red Sea and miraculously led and fed the children of Israel for forty years. That’s pretty big stuff. Can you imagine having to be Moses’ successor after all that? That’s exactly what Joshua had to do. I can’t even begin to imagine what Joshua was thinking at the time — How can I possibly live up to Moses? But the Lord comforts and reassures Joshua and says, “as I was with Moses, so I will be with you!”

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Do you like puzzles? Here’s one for you.

As members of the body of Messiah, we can be compared to pieces in a jigsaw puzzle. Each piece has protrusions and indentations. The protrusions represent our strengths (gifts, talents, abilities), and the indentations represent our weaknesses (faults, limitations, shortcomings, undeveloped areas). The beautiful thing is that the pieces complement one another and produce a beautiful whole.

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In these days … you have to listen (for yourself)!

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In the days of the wilderness wanderings, the children of Israel trembled in the sight of God … and said to Moses, “You go and speak to God for us; and we will listen to you”. However, in these days, we can’t be like the children of Israel and say to someone else … “Go and speak to God for me, and tell me what the Lord is saying!” And though we don’t ignore prophetic voices, (we test them), if we are born again and have His Holy Spirit, we can receive communication direct… from the Lord, Himself. With troubles and dangers on the rise, we each need to cultivate a sensitivity to His Spirit, the ability to hear His inner voice. No, I’m not talking (necessarily) about an audible voice, but a spiritual sensitivity that will navigate us around the landmines which surround us.

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Understand the Obligation of Love!

Here’s another interesting Hebrew word parallel. The Hebrew word for “love” or “affection”, “chiba”, is formed by the same root letters as the word, “chova”, “obligation”, “debt”, or “duty”. In Hebrew, the only difference between these two words is a few vowel points. But you say, “Isn’t love the very opposite of obligation !?” Well, yes and no. The Hebrew language has a wonderful way of relating concepts which seem incompatible.

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Expect More!

When Paul wrote to the Philippian church he spoke of pressing forward for the prize of the high calling. Though he was physically content whether rich or poor, [Philippians 4:11] the apostle was not content with his spiritual condition, but constantly seeking a deeper, more intimate and fruitful walk with the Lord…

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