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I was blessed to be able to stand at the Cape of Good Hope where the Atlantic and Indian Oceans come together. It is breathtakingly beautiful but has much turbulence! One of the most important parts of this trip was who I traveled with. My cousin and I flew 25 hours to spend three weeks with my daughter who was spending a semester at Nelson Mandela University. We are great travel partners because we encourage each other, give and take.

Isn't that how life is? Life can be so beautiful and then turbulent and stormy! It really matters who we are traveling with. Jeremiah 41: 1-10 tells us that 80 pilgrims were coming to Jerusalem for the Feast of Tabernacles. Ishmael was sly and wicked and because of this 70 pilgrims were slaughtered and 10 carried guilt and condemnation. The remaining people were taken captive including the king's daughters. As we journey to our eternal home we face opposition. You may be feeling it now.

The enemy loves all of this division but we must not let him outwit us. I never really thought about that. 2 Corinthians 2: 10-11, "Anyone you forgive, I also forgive. And what I have forgiven—if there was anything to forgive—I have forgiven in the sight of Christ for your sake, in order that Satan might not outwit us. For we are not unaware of his schemes." When we take offense by a brother or sister then we have been outwitted by the enemy! The enemy may have started the fight but he gets a lot of cooperation!! It is time for us to forgive. If we are not believing God's Word then we are paying tribute to the enemy.

When we align with God things will go better. We will see things differently and have more patience. Zephaniah 3: 9, "Then I will purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord and serve him shoulder to shoulder."

"Son, if you want peace, you must first rid your heart of the devil."

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