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The Importance of Enduring Storms with Our Brothers and Sisters

The enemy has gone to great lengths to distract us into dwelling on our problems rather than trusting God through the process. In times of peril, we often seclude ourselves and feel as if we are fighting alone. Ephesians 6:10-17 illustrates how the believer is in spiritual warfare. Similar to the battles in the Old Testament, God fought Israel’s battles and would give the enemy into their hands when Israel was obedient. The believer draws strength from the indwelling Holy Spirit and doesn’t depend on his or her own ability to be victorious.

Within the body of Christ we have many members who function differently, yet work toward the same purpose. We don’t have to fight our battles alone. A good illustration of this unity among the brethren is found in the Exodus 17:11-12 which reads; “And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.”

In this scripture, we see that as long as Moses had his hands lifted, Israel prevailed over Amalek. When Moses let his hands down, Amalek prevailed over Israel. I’ve noticed that when we take our mind off the problem and focus on prayer and praising God, we prevail in our battles. Sometimes we get weary though. It can become hard to muster up enough spiritual stamina to keep our hands lifted in the face of opposition. This is where good friends like Aaron and Hur are helpful. As we see in the text, they put a stone under Moses and stayed up his hands one on each side until Israel prevailed. When your hands get heavy who will help hold you up in battle through intercessory prayer and encouragement? A good friend will help bear your burden.

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About Charles Russell

Charles Russell is a minister from Daytona Beach, FL. & has been working directly with troubled youth as a counselor for 9 years. He has obtained a plethora of experience communicating the word of God to children and adults. With a strong zeal for study and mentoring, he is now walking into his true calling as a pastor and teacher. Charles has now learned how to efficaciously utilize his gifts of music, exegetical teaching, graphic design, public speaking, writing, and youth mentoring as platforms to herald the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Most importantly, he is a husband and father.

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