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Diocesan Newsletter – September 2013

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“But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it.” Numbers 14:24

The Need for a Different Spirit

My dear friends,

When God’s people left Egypt and travelled to the promised land, Moses send twelve people ahead to see the land they were about to enter. Ten came back with a report that although the land was wonderful and rich, it would be too difficult for us to enter and possess it. They said “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we”.

The other two reported “The land we passed through to spy out is an exceedingly good land. If the Lord delights in us, then He will bring us into this land and give it to us.”

We can see two different attitudes here. The first is logical and is based on the real facts on the ground. The land is good, but the people are much stronger than us and it will be difficult for the people of God to defeat them. The second attitude is based on  trusting in God’s promises. As we know, the two men that gave the second report are Joshua the son of Nun and Caleb the son of Jephunneh. This story reminds me of the proverb ”Two people behind bars. One saw the mud and one saw the stars.”

God examines the hearts of human beings. After listening to these reports he decided that out of all the people of Israel, Caleb and Joshua would be the ones who would enter the promised land, because they have “a different spirit”.

The circumstances around us are not easy. The economic situation is dire, there is a lack of security, there were attacks on churches, and many terrorist attacks, especially in the Sinai. The government is doing its best, but fighting terrorism is a very difficult task. Some people see that the future is very grim. They want to leave Egypt and emigrate to another country.  However there are other people who have “a different spirit.” They see the situation through eyes of faith. They trust that the Lord will guide us to the best place where we can witness for Him and glorify His Name.

In a time like this as the Middle East goes through turmoil we need a different spirit. A spirit of trust and faith in God’s promises.

May the Lord bless you!

+Mouneer

 

 

 

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