Monday, August 3, 2009

Lean On Me

“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…so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.” Exodus 17:10-13.

God never intended us to journey this life alone but rather arm in arm with the Body of Christ. In the above passage the victory could not have been attained by any one of them but only through the determination and cooperation of all of them.

We each have own God-determined gift given to us before we ever took one breath on this earth. (“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set your apart; I appointed you…” Jeremiah 1:5) It is our responsibility to surrender our hearts and minds to God so He can reveal our purpose and strengthen us to fulfill that purpose for the good of the entire family of God.

Sometimes we are called to the forefront of the battle such as Joshua but other times we are called to “stand down” and pray for the battle. When my sister was on the front lines of her battle with cancer many of those reading this today stood beside our family and held up our hands as we stood weary and exhausted. We knew the battle was fierce and the casualty would be great but with the support from the Body of Christ God we were reminded that we would be more than just conquerors.

Like the song states, “But if we are the Body, why aren’t His arms reaching, His hands healing, His words teaching, His feet running..." We must do our part performing as an extension of His hands, His arms and His feet through our gifts and actions.

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