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Exodus 5:22-7:25

We are a people of comfort and status quo. No matter how miserable we are in a comfortable place, we find comfort in our misery. I believe the plagues and Pharaoh’s stubbornness were needed to challenge the Egyptians’ gods but also to set up both Egypt and Israel to disengage from each other. Israel had to become a stench in the nostrils of Egypt and Israel needed to become reacquainted with the power of their God. God was making sure bridges were being burned.

Being oppressed and or being in slavery destroys self-initiative because a hopelessness sets in and then one develops a sick heart (Proverbs 13:12). When your heart is sick, blood circulation is hindered and the “body” doesn’t “act” the way it is suppose to. So, not only was it necessary to bring Egypt to her knees, Israel had to move from the mindset of a slave to one of freedom. Freedom isn’t free and requires a purchase price of responsible mind. But freedom means you become aware of your value to yourself, to others and most definitely your value to God.

Moving from welfare/dole, being enslaved or dependent on the government requires one to believe that there are gifts, talents, and abilities inside that can make one sufficient. Many times that means one has to get in touch with God to discover the gift God has placed within and how to use that gift in the market place. I know about moving from welfare to work and what it takes to cross that divide, courage. However, usually, that courage comes by way of crises.

Grace and peace,
Ramona

It's interesting that you would ask for our thoughts on divorce and relationships based on Matthew 19 today because before this year I would have never operated in love and forgiveness and acceptance as I do to this day and maybe others won't see this as clearly as I do, and that's ok..in verse 11 of chapter 19 Matthew: Jesus replied, "Not everyone can accept this word, but only those to whom it has been given. 12 For some are eunuchs because they were born this way; others were made by men; and others have renounced marriage because of the kingdom of heaven. The one who can accept this should accept it." Our preacher preached similar to this story but he was talking about love in our world and how we react towards others, and how each decade or year, or trend, we look at others as a scapegoat, as someone who is untouchable, defiable(spelling) and who doesn't deserve the kingdom of heaven, 2000 years ago, it was lepers, 200 years ago or not even that long ago, it was a thing of color, race issues, and 21st century it is gays/homosexuals..Our pastor gave a phenomenal message, about when you receive the least of these in my name, you receive me, and when you refuse the least of these in my name, you refuse me. Who is your scapegoat? Who are you refusing that is giving God a bad taste in his mouth for the attitudes of his children. After all, sin is sin..after the cross, Jesus looked on each and every one with his mercy and precious love, He said, come unto me all who are heavy laden and burdened and I will give you rest! He loves us not because of but in spite of it all!!! He LOVES US!! red,black, yellow, white, gays, straight, blind, sightful, men, women, sinners, forgiven's, he loves ALL! I'm sorry and I know it kind of went off of the divorce thing..but it was just something I felt needed to be shared! Be blessed!!

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