The Power of Relationship

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The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. – Exodus 17:8-13

This past weekend, I spent some quality time with God’s people. It was a pilgrimage. Together we journeyed in discovering more about God. What did we discover? God’s great love for us expressed through each other. We found out that we needed one another not only through the weekend, but perhaps more after the weekend.

Gathering together in God’s name is a call. We were never meant to travel life alone. Yes, we have the Holy Spirit inside of us and I praise God for that, but there is another element needed in those God puts in our life. Sometimes the relationship is life-long and sometime just for a season, but they are both crucial for our spiritual makeup.

The power of God’s love and grace is dynamic when people that follow Jesus gather together. It must be experienced for it can never be fully described in words. I encourage you to make plans to get together with some friends and family who know what this means, and be ready to show others who don’t know the great bond they are missing.

Prayer: Lord, I thank you for the relationships you have brought into my life, especially my relationship with you. I pray that I demonstrate the power of your love to those I come in contact with today. Amen

Faith Tip: Consider the people God has placed in your life. How do they uphold you? What part do you play in supporting another?

Is the bride ready?

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Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. – Revelation 19:7

My husband and I attended a beautiful wedding this past weekend. The bride was beautifully dressed along with her bridesmaids. The groom was dressed handsomely in his tux as well as his groomsmen. The mothers, fathers, grandparents all had special clothing with corsages and buttoners. And the small children in the wedding were adorable in their fancy clothing and special tasks. When you consider all the details that make a wedding, you realize it is a lot of work and effort to be ready for the special day.

There is another wedding that will be coming up. The Groom is working out the details, while the bride, the church, is getting ready. Every day we have the opportunity to ready ourselves more for that day is approaching. We do not know the day of the wedding, but we know of the great love the Groom has for his bride, and we do not want to be caught unprepared for that glorious day.

Prayer: Thank you, Jesus, for the great love you have for me. I pray that I can continually prepare myself for that day when you will appear. Amem

Faith Tip: Considering all the preparation that goes into a wedding, what is one way today you can prepare for the wedding of the Lamb?