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Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV 
2019-12-15Written by Bob and Debby Gass
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God has a unique purpose for our lives. He has things He has created us for individually. But that doesn't mean we don't need other people. When God calls us to do a job, He calls others to stand alongside us. So we need to be asking Him who belongs in our lives. In Exodus chapter 17, as long as Moses held his hands up, Israel's armies prevailed in battle, but when his hands grew tired the battle went the other way. So Aaron and Hur stood by Moses and held up his hands until victory over the Amalekites was complete. We need people who know how to hold up our hands, strengthen us, and encourage us. Paul wrote, 'I have no one else like Timothy, who genuinely cares about your welfare. All the others care only for themselves...But...Timothy has proved himself' (Philippians 2:20-22 NLT). In fact, Paul took an entire chapter of the Bible to acknowledge and thank all those who made it possible for him to succeed in his calling. He writes 'they once risked their lives for me. I am thankful to them, and so are all the Gentile churches' (Romans 16:4 NLT). Some of us can struggle to ask for help, or allow others to come alongside us. We want to do everything on our own. But we all need people who will encourage us when it gets tough, and celebrate with us when we are successful. The Bible says: 'Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labour: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up' (NIVUK). When God sends gifted people into our lives, let's acknowledge, respect, and thank them.
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