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17/12/2020 03:00 - 18/12/2020 02:00

“When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze” - Isaiah 43:2 (NIV)

Followers of arguably the most successful English football club, Liverpool, are always encouraged by their anthem, “You shall never walk Alone!” The chorus that roars through their stadium, Anfield, before any game, is always an inspiring moment to the team and its worldwide supporters.  It is a comforting experience for anyone on any journey to know that he is not alone but surrounded by well-wishers, some quite obviously closely around while others maybe in the far distant, around the globe.

Followers of Christ too, are most privileged that they are not walking alone! Immediately around them there are brethren who give them hope and comfort. Believer’s lives are also surrounded by mysterious beings, angels, cheering them along in their walk.

But then what are angels? The word angel means “Messenger” and there numerous instances when God uses angels to deliver a message to His people. An angel of the Lord told Mary, “And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a son, and shall call his name Jesus” (Luke 1:30-31). Angels are “ministering spirits sent forth to minister to those who will inherit salvation” (Hebrews 1:4).Angels do defend, protect and deliver believers when trapped in some knot. Psalm 34:7 says, “The angel of the Lord encamps around all those who fear Him, and delivers them.” Further, Psalm 91:11-12 says, “For He will command His angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways. On their hands they will bear you up, lest you strike your foot against a stone”

Angels do strengthen believers when down. Luke 22: 43 says that when Jesus was tempted in the Garden of Gethsemane, “an angel appeared to him from heaven, strengthening Him.” As believers we are not walking alone, and what a comfort to know there are angels around, cheering us along the way.

Prayer for today: Lord Father God of Abraham, creator of heaven and earth, what a blessing to know that in my walk with you I am not alone but surrounded by the brethren to strengthen my faith and angels who protect and deliver me from all harm, to which I am full of thanks!

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    “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go” – ( Joshua 1:9).

    Moses has been described by some as the reluctant leader. When the angel of the Lord appeared to him and he was given the task to finally lead the Israelis out of bondage in Egypt, he protested.  “But Moses said to God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” ( Exodus 3: 11). Knowing how the script played out we can be kind to him and say that his reluctance was based on a premonition how difficult the job that awaited him would turn out.

    Once he set out, as a leader, it was constantly dragging a restless people, quick to find him at fault, and frustrate his job. When once he delayed up on the mountain, while seeking the face of God, the crowd was quick to throw him out. “When the people saw that Moses was so long in coming down from the mountain, they gathered around Aaron and said, "Come, make us gods who will go before us. As for this fellow Moses who brought us up out of Egypt, we don't know what has happened to him” ( Exodus 32:1).

    Aware of the challenges he faced, when the time came for Moses to pass on the baton to his successor, Joshua, he knew that that most important gift he could pass on to him was encouragement. “Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presence of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Lord swore to their ancestors to give them, and you must divide it among them as their inheritance.  The Lord himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged” ( Exodus 31:7-8).

    It has been said that it is lonely being at the top. When God gives us leaders, let us never hesitate to remember them in our prayers, especially where theirs is a special job of leading a restless people on to higher knowledge and experience of God.

    Prayer today: Lord Father God of Abraham, maker of heaven and earth, today I remember all the leaders you have chosen to lead your people to a deeper knowledge of you, that you refresh them with your abundant Holy spirit to be encouraged and remain steadfast, this I pray in Jesus’ name!