Friday, January 27, 2017

January 27, 2017 ... No Lone Rangers

Berry Patch Devotions in 2017 - Day 27 

Devotional Song:  … GO TO THIS LINK …  Please take the time to take in a YouTube video of images and lyrics from Kari Jobe singing … I Am Not Alone … poignantly expressing the reality of our constant togetherness as Christians, with other Christians, but even more so in our relationship with the God of the Universe.

Highlight Verse[s]: Exodus 17:12 [NLT] … 
12 Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. 
… As with Moses, we need others to come along side us to help us do life TOGETHER. Lone Ranger Christianity just doesn’t cut it!!
Highlight Passage [context]: Exodus 17:8-15 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK
… Moses needed the help of Aaron and Our to hold up his hands in order that God would defeat the Amalekites.

Reference Passage #1 [NKJV] : … Exodus 18:13-22 [NLT] ... USE THIS LINK
… Moses learns a lesson in delegation and togetherness from his faither-in-law which we all need to learn to avoid trying to be a “Lone Ranger” Christian.

Reference Passage #2 [NKJV] : … Deuteronomy 31:6, 8 [NLT] … USE THIS LINK ...  
… God’s promise to never forsake His children. We are NEVER alone in Christ.

Reference Passage #3 [NKJV] : … Galatians 6:9-10 [NLT] … 
9 So let’s not get tired of doing what is good. At just the right time we will reap a harvest of blessing if we don’t give up. 10 Therefore, whenever we have the opportunity, we should do good to everyone—especially to those in the family of faith 
… Let’s do it together, especially in the family of God.

My Devotional Journal: Today's ODB author, Amy Boucher Pye, uses the lessons Moses learned in leading God’s people (see passages from Exodus 17 - 18 linked above) to illustrate how we must avoid trying to be “Lone Ranger” Christians in this life. These two scenes involving Moses really illustrate how we should seek out and rely on the help of others, especially fellow Christians, in getter our God-led purposes accomplished in this life. I especially like the illustration in the attached photo, illustrating this principle of Christians working TOGETHER to get God’s job done.

Yes, it is true that, in Christ, and as Kari Jobe sings in the linked song, … we are never alone. God is always with us and will never forsake us (see Deut. 31:6, 8); but at the same time, He never expects us to go it alone in this life. That’s why He established the “family of God, “ His Church, so that we could be His bride and take on life TOGETHER.

I’m afraid, all-to-often, I tend to try to let my pride (and Satan’s temptation) suck me into being a Lone Ranger Christian. However, I think, in my later years, I’m learning to lean on others and get help just as Moses learned from his father-in-law Jethro (see Exodus 18); and how Paul exhorted his fellow Christians in Galatians 6:9-10.

So, how about it, my friends? Let’s do life working together to accomplish God’s will.

My Prayer Today: Heavenly Father, … Help me to lean on the gifts and strengths of fellow Christians to get Your work done in my life. … Amen

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