“And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.”
—Exodus 17:11 KJV
The battles followers of Christ engage in on a day-to-day basis may seem never ending and can sometimes be overwhelming. We see in scripture how the enemy tried to wear out the saints with his many strategies and devices. He’s doing the same today. His objective hasn’t changed. He comes steal, kill, and destroy (Jn. 10:10). Here’s the thing though, although we’re in this battle, we are not alone. Not only that, the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but MIGHTY through God to the pulling down of strong holds (2 Cor. 10:4). That just got me excited! That word translated MIGHTY in this scripture means “strong” or “immensely powerful.” So our weapons are powerful!
Sunday during praise and worship, I sensed the Lord saying, “I am giving you strength unlike before.” (You would have to know my most recent battles.) Holy Spirit brought to my remembrance the story of Moses, Aaron, and Hur. In Exodus 17 we see how the Amalekites came with a surprise attack against the nation of Israel. How dare they? The Israelites had just left Egypt, watched God bring forth water out of the rock, now they were facing an attack launched by the Amalekites. I marveled at what Moses did! He commanded Joshua to gather up men to fight and on the following day he went to the top of a hill to pray. Instead of fighting at that moment, Moses took the time out to pray! How crazy does that sound? You see, when you receive the revelation of who God is and what He can do, you’ll more than likely be ready to approach His throne when the enemy comes pecking on your door. You’ll know that He is mighty to save and more than able to protect us!
“And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.” (Exodus 17:9)
How many times do we find ourselves in situations where we can go forth in battle on our own and in our flesh rather than going to God first and seeking His face and salvation in the matter? It happens though. But Moses knew the God he served. So Moses stood on that hill with the rod of God in his hands lifted toward the sky.
“It was customary for the Jews to lift up their hands when they prayed and since Moses held the staff of God in his hands, he was confessing total dependence on the authority and power of Jehovah. It wasn’t Moses who was empowering Joshua and his army; it was the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, “the Lord of Hosts.” As long as Moses held the rod up in his hands, Israel prevailed, but when he brought his hands down, Amalek prevailed.” —The Wiersbe Bible Commentary p. 176
How do you fight your battles or do you fight at all? You know sometimes it seems easier to be passive and just allow what’s happening in your life to continue. NO! God has not called us to be passive! We have the Spirit of the LIVING GOD residing in us and we have POWER and AUTHORITY over the enemy. We don’t have to sit back and allow him to do whatever he wants. No!
“Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” —Luke 10:19 KJV
So, my question to you again is this: Just how do you fight your battles? Do you take the time to pray? Is worship your weapon?
When you can’t seem to do anything but worship, you’re fighting. You’re turning your focus from what the enemy is doing or trying to do, to the Almighty God. Keep your head, heart, and arms lifted to heaven and watch God move on your behalf. You can then tell the enemy, “this is how I fight my battles.”
Let us not forget the One who fights for us!
“Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt; How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God. Therefore it shall be, when the Lord thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the Lord thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.”
—Deuteronomy 25:17-19 KJV