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24th November 2006

Hi Guys,

We talked about 'furlongs' in the last email ('A seal in their forehead').

We saw that furlongs in greek means 'stadium', a place for running.

We'll just hinge unto that point for today.

The scriptures say we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses, and that because of this we are to run with patience the race set before us. Heb 12:1.

We are not alone! We are never alone! There is a crowd that cheers us on and that helps us on. They are not just spectators, but they are members of the squad.

When we seem alone in that house, in that heart; as we take the kids to school; as we shop in that shopping centre - we are not alone!

For in our dire moments, the angels strengthen us. In our weakest time, the saints beyond, cheer and prod us on. Matt 4:1. 1Kings 19:5.

Let it be known that we have come unto the heavenly Jerusalem, the general assembly and church of the firstborn and to Jesus the Mediator of the New Covenant. Heb 12:22-25

So when the mind goes awry; when things around and in you fall apart; when your sunk the lowest that you can ever sink: there they stand - ready to help you on your way.

Rev 21:12- 17.
You will remember that the wall of the city is 144 cubits, the measure of a man. A heavenly Man. You will remember that the 12 tribes are written on the gates (identified on the entrances to city) of the wall and the 12 apostles are written in the foundations of that wall. 12 tribes. 12 apostles. 144 cubits. 12x12.

Know that our defense and foundation is the God of Israel and of the apostles. Know that the foundation of God standeth sure. This is the seal (the imprint) : God knows them that are His! For those that are His are human - these He has bought by His blood. 2Tim 2:19.

As in the Old testament God chose to reveal Himself as the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of Israel; so in our day He has extended that - the God of the apostles!

No other foundation can any man lay but that which is laid - Jesus Christ Himself. 1Cor3:11. He is the Wall. He is the Foundation. He is the Measure.

For sure, He uses a 'reed' - greek - kalamos -a writer's reed - a pen. For as He measures He inscribes His very nature! He has not asked us to get there by our strength. He has asked us to allow Him 'inscribe'. A willingness to 'walk this way'; a willingness to take up the cross and 'follow ME'.

Such is the love of our Saviour and the wonder of our God!

Stay blessed in Him,

Tony A.

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