Message-“The Power of Shared Lives”
Scripture Reading: Exodus 17:8-15
Memory Verses: Ecclesiastes 4:9-12
9 Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: 10 If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. 11 Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? 12 Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.
What Does Scripture Say
The Children of Israel had been rescued by God from 490 years of slavery in Egypt. He had opened up the Red Sea so they could cross on dry land, He had destroyed the Egyptian army, He provided clean water for them to drink by making the bitter springs at Marah clean, He had provided manna for them to eat each day, and when they wanted more variety, He provided quail for them to eat, and in the middle of desert He provided water from the rocks for them to drink. Each time the Children of Israel realized they could not make it alone, they cried out to God and God rescued them, always reminding them of both their need for Him and how well He would take care of them. Now as they approach Mt. Sinai, they were attacked by the Amalekites.
The Amalekites were attacking the back of the lines of the Israelites
Joshua let the warriors against the Amalekites
Moses went on the top of the mountain and lifted his staff
[his hands to God]
When Moses hands were up, the Israelites prevailed, when his hands were down, the Amalekites prevailed
Caleb and Hur, sat Moses down on a rock and each one lifted one of Moses’ Arm and held them all day until the battle was won
How Can I Use This Today?
The task is shared between people, the power and encouragement is shared, life’s challenges are dealt with together, bonds are made that last a lifetime.
We are wired from creation to need each other and as we develop different levels of relationships, we learn on a practical level how to relate to God and how He relates to us. Our relationships with each other teach us how to love, careful, invest in, spend time with, relate to and in some case distance ourselves from various people.
As we experience these relationships God molds us in ways He can both relate to us and ways in which He can use us. He gives us various gifts/talents and opportunities to invest in each other and He surrounds us with people to invest in us.
One of our greatest challenges is to be able to look past the things about each other that get under our nerves and to see each other with the same value that God sees them.
1. What gifts and talents has the Lord given you to use to build up His kingdom?
2. How can you use those gifts and talents to minister to someone this week?
3. Who can you join together with to help you share the load?
4. Who can you join together with to help share the load that they are caring?
Additional Bible Verses to Consider
And I am sure of this, that he who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at the day of Jesus Christ.
2 Timothy 1:12
which is why I suffer as I do. But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.
1 John 5:14-15
And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.
You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock.
Thus says the Lord: “Cursed is the man who trusts in man and makes flesh his strength, whose heart turns away from the Lord. He is like a shrub in the desert, and shall not see any good come. He shall dwell in the parched places of the wilderness, in an uninhabited salt land.
For what does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him as righteousness.” Now to the one who works, his wages are not counted as a gift but as his due. And to the one who does not work but believes in him who justifies the ungodly, his faith is counted as righteousness,
For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you may abound in hope.
The Lord is on my side; I will not fear. What can man do to me? The Lord is on my side as my helper ;I shall look in triumph on those who hate me. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in man. It is better to take refuge in the Lord than to trust in princes. Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be moved, but abides forever.
5. How can the Lord use our church to be a greater witness or have a deeper impact for our Lord in our community