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In Proverbs 12:25 we read, “Anxiety in a man’s heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad.”  Where can we find a good word?  If I only focus internally and look inside to my own strength and wisdom I will eventually find only depression and frustration.  But when I turn to what God has said in His word I can find a “good word” that will lift my heart even on the darkest of days.  Take Joshua 1 for example.  Moses has just died and we have every inclination from the text to believe that Joshua is afraid (Josh 1:9).  Notice the word from the Lord that lifts his heart: “Moses my servant is dead…just as I was with Moses, so I’ll be with you. I will not leave you or forsake you. Be strong and courageous…”  The present situation is acknowledged, a “good word” given and then a command is issued to press forward.  Take hold of this promise today or find another in God’s word that dispels your anxiety and brings a good word to your heart.


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We should never underestimate what the Holy Spirt can do and wants to do through us.  When I read Exodus and picture in my mind the exquisite designs of Bezzalel the master craftsman, I am also simultaneously reminded of what the Spirit's presence in our lives must mean for us now who are not only filled by the Spirit but indwelled by the Spirit!  John the Baptist was filled with the Spirit from birth and was, as Jesus said, the "greatest man ever born of woman".  Yet Jesus, says something to us if we have ears to hear it "…the least in the kingdom is greater than John"!  To be in God's kingdom, and to have His Spirit living within us, is likely at least one of many ways that it is true that every believer is greater than the greatest man who ever lived—who walked in the "spirit and power of Elijah".  God wants to empower us for tasks great and small, monumental and mundane through the Spirit who now permanently resides within us.  Will you seek today to be filled with the Spirit (Eph 5:19)?


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