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The following is a devotion from my message series 10 Steps to Freedom. I hope these devotionals help you experience lasting freedom in Jesus!

STEP SIX: day 3

Do life together

When you look at the Old Testament, you see the stories of the heroes of our faith. Of the many giants that continue to inspire, perhaps no one stands higher than Moses, who led the Israelites out of slavery, who parted the Red Sea and who received the Ten Commandments directly from the hand of God. If anyone would have been exempt from needing help from other people, it should have been Moses. And yet we see that even Moses could not achieve victory without leaning into the power of together:

Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.” So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Exodus 17:9-13

Even the mighty Moses needed help. In the next chapter of Exodus Moses is seen trying to bear the responsibilities of leadership alone and his father-in-law Jethro rebukes him (Exodus 18:13-24). We’re not meant to do life on our own. We were designed from the beginning to do life together.

QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION

  1. Moses had a moment when he couldn’t continue on and his arms began to falter. What’s been a time in your life when your energy or motivation ebbed and people moved in to lift you back up?
  2. Who are your people currently? Who are the two people that are constantly lifting you up like Aaron and Hur? If you can’t name them, pray that you would find them.

You can read other devotional entries for 10 Steps to Freedom here.

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