Let us know that when in the presence of God…we must know the power and authority of what’s in our hand; but more so, who is He that is holding our hand. We must know that we have the victory in Jesus Christ. Just as David went before Goliath, he knew what he had in his hand. Just as Daniel faced the lions in the den, he knew whose hand he was in. Just as Esther stood before the king and pleaded for her people, she knew whose hand she was in. We too are called to know what God has placed in us and the He has us in his mighty hand. God will slay our giants, our enemies…we have but to trust him and believe. The enemy seeks to sift us as wheat, but we are called to know that greater is He who is in us than he who is in this world. And as we go forth, we are called to put on the whole armor of God.
Exodus 17: 8-13 reads, ”The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”
10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
There is victory in the presence of the King. In the time of battle, we must first know that the we are not fighting against flesh and blood but against the spirits present in this world. It is not a time to give up but it’s time to dig in and go deeper in the Lord. We must ask God for wisdom and understanding as Solomon; not for material possessions and the appearance of the physical show of strength. It is here that we must find our quiet but powerful place in the Lord. It is here that we realize that weeping last but for a while; Joy is surely on its way. Let us speak life and victory over our circumstance. We are called to shut the mouth of the enemy, not to allow him to make us closed mouthed in the things of the Lord. We have and serve a God who is able…we are now called to exercise our faith and hope. We are called to believe.
Joshua and Moses, Aaron and Hur stood together against the forces of evil. Just as we are being called to do today. We must learn to stand on one accord in the Lord…proving that we cannot win this battle alone. We need each other in spirit and in truth. The battle with Amalek required the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual strength of Joshua and his army as well as that of Moses, Aaron and Hur. It was the prayers and faithfulness of each that sealed the victory. This story emphasizes the importance of being in the company of those who are like minded in Christ for they will go all the way with you…from the moment of conception until the time of delivery…the prayers of the righteous are there availing much.
These verses teach us of the love and care provided us by Jesus Christ as our Savior and of the Holy Spirit as our Guide. More so, it gives us revelation of the glory of the mighty God that we serve. In all that we do, let us know…Romans 8:26-28 “In the same way, the Spirit helps us in our weakness. We do not know what we ought to pray for, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us through wordless groans. And he who searches our hearts knows the mind of the Sprit, because the Spirit intercedes for God’s people in accordance with the will of God. And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” In conclusion, this battle is not ours…but it belongs to the Lord; and He is worthy to be Praised.