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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