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  • Who Do You Have?

    4 posts, 3 voices, 297 views, started Jun 27, 2010

    Posted on Sunday, June 27, 2010 by Denise Richardson

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      Who protects you? When the Christians in Jerusalem wanted nothing to do with the newly converted Saul of Tarsus, Barnabas acted as his advocate. You don't have enough voices. You need others to speak up for you.

      Who shares your tears? Mary of Bethany was the only person in the room who understood what Jesus was going through as He came closer to His hour of death. She alone shared His tears.

      Who's close enough to you to pick up on the signals, to sense when fears and tears need to be shared? Yes, there are times when we need a pep talk or a shot in the arm, but there are also times when we need to be encouraged to lie low, to process our emotions. Who does that for you? Who rebukes you?

      Even with 20/20 vision, one pair of eyes is not enough. You have blind spots. Satan is always ready to remind you of your good qualities. But a true friend is the one who exposes and challenges your self-seeking, self-pleasing and self-dependence, and helps you to restore to God the authority you've robbed Him of.

      Who plays with you? Does this sound unimportant, even carnal? No! You must never let the seriousness of life override your need for recreation, a word that's only understood when it's hyphenated, re-creation. Who seeks God with you.

      Praying together keeps us honest. It also keeps us dependent on God. We're reluctant to open up, to get real about our areas of struggle. Yet it's only in the honesty of shared prayer that we draw closer to God – and to one another.

      Scripture Of The Day: "Two are better than one." - Ecclesiastes 4:9 (NIV)

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