Exodus – Chapter 17 – How to Win the Battle

Strategy to Win the Battle

To win the battle learn to depend on God. He is the leader who will bring you to victory. Do not complain. Rather praise Him and obey His direction.


  • Exo 17:1 – The children of Israel started their journey from the Wilderness of Sin and camped in Rephidim but there was no water.
  • Exo 17:2-3- Again they complained with Moses that they would die in the wilderness.
  • Exo 17:4-7 – The Lord said to Moses that He should take the elders of Israel and strike the rock of Horeb and water would come out of it.
  • Exo 17:8-9 – Amalek fought with Israel in Rephidim and Moses told Joshua to fight against them as he would stand at the top of the hill with the rod of God.
  • Exo 17:10-11 – Joshua did, and Moses with Aaron and Hur, went to the top of the hill and when Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed but when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed.
  • Exo 17:12-13 – So Aaron and Hur supported Moses’ hands until sundown and Joshua defeated Amalek.
  • Exo 17:14-16 – Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is My Banner.

The Complaining Syndrome

According to the usual pattern, as soon as they experienced some difficulties, instead of trusting God, the children of Israel complained about their “hopeless” situation and blamed God’s servant Moses. That was not the way to win the battle.

This should not surprise us because it happens even today with many believers.

Are You Tempting the Lord?

This is a way to express an idea that we need to clarify. At times it is translated as “tempting God” other times as “testing God” both in the Old and the New Testament, but we must reconcile this idea with other Scriptures that seem to contradict it:

  • God cannot be tempted, nor tempt anyone (Jam 1:3)
  • God does not change (Jam 1:17, Mal 3:6)

We often attribute to God what we do ourselves because we do not want to take responsibility for our actions and we want to blame somebody else.

Even without making it an exhaustive study, I believe that we can obtain a simple explanation of this topic from Jesus’ words in Mt 4:7. Tempting or testing God means that we do not trust His Word and put Him to test to see if what He said is true. We request that He performs for us to prove His Word.

This was one of the temptations that Jesus overcame at the beginning of His ministry. We can see from that account that these temptations did not come from God. “Tempting God” is not believing in Him and what is not of faith is sin.

The source of temptation is in the desires of our flesh (Jam 1:13-15).

Learning to Fight the Enemy

The Amalekites were descendents of Esau who were hostile to Israel. Here they are a type of the people of the world who opposes the children of God. The fight against them is not a fight against flesh and blood but principalities and powers (Eph 6:12) and cannot be won in our own strength.

Moses was the channel of God’s power and only when his hands were stretched towards heavens, the battle could be won. Even Moses’ strength was not enough. He needed Aaron and Hur to hold his hands up. Similarly, we cannot fight the battle alone. To win the battle, we need the support of our leaders and brothers and sisters in the Lord to overcome.

The Lord Is Your Banner!

To commemorate this experience Moses built an altar and named it “the Lord is my Banner” to remind the children of Israel of the source of their victory. This is one of the names of God that we also should always remember. He is the One who enables us to win the battle. When the spiritual battle is on, we should stretch our spiritual hands towards heaven and receive the supernatural power of God to lead us to victory.

Appropriating the Lessons

Are you going through some tests in your life? Are you experiencing difficult circumstances? Do not complain or blame God. Do not even blame yourself. Reach out to God and ask Him for direction. Ask in faith, for the power and anointing you need. If you start to feel tired, you can also ask others to join their faith with yours.

Prayer of Faith

Thank you Lord that You are my Banner. I trust in your direction and power to deal with all the situations I find myself in. Even Jesus encountered opposition in this world. His victory is also my victory because I trust in Him. I can do all things in Christ who strengthens me. I do not look at my circumstances but I look at Your Word and I receive it in my heart.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!       


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About Pastor Maurizio

Maurizio Mingardi, in 1972, had an encounter with God that totally changed his life. From a scientist doing research in Quantum Mechanics and an atheist, Maurizio became a believer and a disciple of Jesus Christ. Then a spiritual journey began. He was filled with the Holy Spirit and later started Mount Zion Church of the Firstborn in Ottawa, Ontario. Maurizio has been in the ministry for more than 30 years and is presently the Senior Pastor of Mount Zion Church. He has also filled a number of executive positions in public and religious organizations. He has been elected President of the Evangelical Church Alliance Ministerial Fellowship of Canada. His goal is to help people to know God, discover and use their gifts and fulfill their destiny.
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2 Responses to Exodus – Chapter 17 – How to Win the Battle

  1. CecileC says:

    I just went through a difficult situation and I must say it went accoarding to God ‘s plan. I cannot fight the battle alone, I do need the support of our leaders and brothers and sisters in the Lord to overcome. I also asked others to join their faith with mine in this situation. It is not always easy to admit for me that I cannot do it alone! If one thing I have learned recently is that I am certainly not alone when facing any situation. This time what I did different was to take the time to pray and listen to Holy Spirit in what I needed to do. Of course, one of the ways was I got into the Word of God for direction and kept silent and waited upon the Lord to see what He was going to do. In the past I did not wait, I took things into my own hands – and you know what (yep I complained about the outcome) – most of the time it did not turn out the way I wanted because I was in the way. This time I leaned on other people and waited upon the Lord (I shut my mouth and kept silent – this is not always easy for me to do) and “praise God” peace is back and this situation and it is so much better. Trust me this situation could of turned out really bad, but it did not. I have to give God all praise and glory for everything.

    Thank you Lord, I do trust your direction and power to deal with all situation in my life. Holy Spirit where you come in – is to get me out of the way so that God can do His work! Thank Lord for what you have done for me. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. Thank you Father for guiding my heart in the right direction, when I follow Your direction (my heart) things always workout for the good. In Jesus’ name I pray. AMEN

  2. Robyn says:

    I have read this book and chapter. Still looking for further understanding of some earlier questions . . . .

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