WINNING THE BATTLE

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 Exodus 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

12But Moses’ hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. KJV

By: Gary L. Rodgers

A BLESSING PATTERNED AFTER NUMBERS 6:24 & 25

May the Lord bless you, and keep you.  May the Lord make His face to shine upon you and may God Himself be gracious unto you. May you know from the word of God that when your hands are up, you win, but when your hands are down, you lose.  So, today, lift your hands in praise toward the Lord; celebrate His goodness, and the power of the Highest will bring you to the victory.  In Jesus’ name, go with this blessing. Blessing from Pastor John Hagee Ministries

Know that when you lift up your hands to the Lord in an attitude of surrendered will and prayer that you will always win the battle of putting the world behind you. Your dependency upon the Lord is not a sign of weakness but a sign of victory and strength. When you have your hands down in self dependency you will always lose.

In scripture I have read this story in Exodus 17 where the children of Israel went to battle against Amalek in Rephidim. As long as Moses held up his hands Israel prevailed in battle and whenever he lowered his hands Amalek prevailed. Aaaron and Hur sat Moses on a rock and they came alongside and supported the Arms of Moses until the going down of the sun. Upon defeating Ameleck Moses then built an altar unto the Lord and called it Jehovahnissi (Jehovah is my banner or standard).

WHO STANDS IN THE PULPIT OR BREACH FOR HIS PEOPLE

From the pulpit we have a man of God who goes to the Lord for all of us and as long as he holds up his hands unto the Lord in prayer for his ministry he and his church will have victory over Satan and over sin. But we as the members of this army of soldiers for Christ need to support our leaders and be a part of the victory through prayer and support to our Pastors and church leaders. It is not for them to stand alone, but we are to stand with them. The battle is just as much ours and we too are responsible to see it progress unto the day when the Lord takes us home. Our Pastors and teachers cannot do it all alone they need our support in prayer and our willing attitude of that of a servant.

In thinking upon this story of Moses holding up his hands I think of other verses in scripture where hands have been held up to the Lord. I think of Moses parting the Red Sea for the children of Israel to cross over on the other side. Crossing over from the world and the bondage of sin that held us captive! Crossing over from the old life into a new life with Christ as our Savior Redeemer!

I think of Solomon in 1 Kings 8:54 holding up his hands in prayer in the temple unto the Lord; And in 2 Chronicles 6:13 he spread his hands apart toward heaven before the congregation of the Lord

I think of what David said in the Psalms:

In Ezra 9:5 & 6 we read – “And at the evening sacrifice I arose up from my heaviness; and having rent my garment and my mantle, I fell upon my knees, and spread out my hands unto the LORD my God, And said, O my God, I am ashamed and blush to lift up my face to thee, my God: for our iniquities are increased over our head, and our trespass is grown up unto the heavens.

In Nehemiah 8:6 – “And Ezra blessed the LORD, the great God. And all the people answered, Amen, Amen, with lifting up their hands: and they bowed their heads, and worshipped the LORD with their faces to the ground.

In Lamentations 2:20 “Arise, cry out in the night: in the beginning of the watches pour out thine heart like water before the face of the Lord: lift up thy hands toward him for the life of thy young children, that faint for hunger in the top of every street.

In Lamentations 3:41 “Let us lift up our heart with our hands unto God in the heavens.

In 1 Timothy 2:8 the Apostle Paul tells us “I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

I think of the publican in the temple who smote upon his breast and would not so much as lift up his eyes as he cried out Lord be merciful to me a sinner. In my minds eyes I picture him with his head bowed in humility and his hands raised in prayer unto the Lord.

SHOULD WE BE ASHAMED WHEN LIFTING UP OUR HANDS TO THE LORD

I did a little study on the lifting up of the hands and found an interesting article on the internet regarding the matter. http://mickeythibodeaux.com/Is_Lifting_Hands_to_the_Lord_Scriptural.htm I liked what this man said in his first three opening remarks.

  1. “The lifting of hands in praise to the Lord has caused a lifting of eyebrows and a raising of questions in the minds of many born again believers, especially in our Baptist Churches. Many fear that the “lifting of hands” identifies them with the “Charismatic movement”.
  2. First, let us be aware that the “lifting of hands” in prayer, praise and worship of the Lord, did not originate with any denominational movement, but founded its origin with God and is taught in both the old and new testament. It was practiced by David, Solomon, Ezra and the Apostle Paul. It is not a major doctrine, but is no less a vital part of the word of God.
  3. 3.      The lifting of hands was never intended to be an act of legalism, or an act of the flesh; nor was it designed to be identified with any “movement”. As shown in scripture, it is an act of sincere prayer, praise and worship of the Lord; and if it has any mark of identity, it should identify us as Saints of God and “Joint heirs with Jesus Christ.” By Mickey Thibodeaux

INTERCEDING FOR OTHERS

In Psalms 106 we read that had not Moses stood in the breach between the children of Israel and God, that God would have destroyed them because of their stiff necked attitude and wicked disobedience.

Repeatedly Israel erred in their following and serving the Lord. I can picture Moses standing with his hands held up before the Lord interceding for the children of Israel and seeking the Lords forgiveness for them.

Exodus 32:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people: **(Stiffnecked – A stubborn, difficult, obstinate people; It is used figuratively of an apostate people)

10 Now therefore let me alone, that my wrath may wax hot against them, and that I may consume them: and I will make of thee a great nation.

11 And Moses besought the LORD his God, and said, LORD, why doth thy wrath wax hot against thy people, which thou hast brought forth out of the land of Egypt with great power, and with a mighty hand?

12 Wherefore should the Egyptians speak, and say, For mischief did he bring them out, to slay them in the mountains, and to consume them from the face of the earth? Turn from thy fierce wrath, and repent of this evil against thy people.

13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, thy servants, to whom thou swarest by thine own self, and saidst unto them, I will multiply your seed as the stars of heaven, and all this land that I have spoken of will I give unto your seed, and they shall inherit it for ever.

14 And the LORD repented of the evil which he thought to do unto his people.

15 And Moses turned, and went down from the mount, and the two tables of the testimony were in his hand: the tables were written on both their sides; on the one side and on the other were they written.

16And the tables were the work of God, and the writing was the writing of God, graven upon the tables.

WHO WILL STAND FOR US

Sometimes I wonder to myself, how many times have the Pastors of this nation stood in the breach for their people, pouring their hearts out to the Lord and staying God’s hand of judgment?

As I read the above verses there are some specific things that came to mind. First I believe that the holding up of our hands show that we carry no weapons in our hands and that we are displaying an act of total surrender to our God. Secondly when we spread our fingers apart as we raise our hands to the Lord I look at my fingers and count five fingers on either hand and am reminded that in 1 Samuel 17:40 that David chose five smooth stones as he prepared to confront the Giant Goliath. True that it only took but one stone to defeat the giant; but why did David choose five stones. In scripture the number five stands for grace and I believe that David was reminded that whenever we go in the name of the Lord through the leading of the Holy Spirit that the grace of God goes with us to carry us through every trial that we face.  If you want to have victory in your life then the Lord needs to be a part of your life.

THE INVITATION

If you are lost in your sin I want you to know that Jesus loved you beyond all of your faults. When He went to the cross you and all of your sins were future. Well my friend the future is now here. You need to decide for yourself. This will be the most important decision that you will ever make in your life. No one can make it for you, but it is a decision that you must choose for yourself. Will it be for the Lord or will it be for the world? If you have made a decision to ask the Lord to save you then I invite you to follow along in this prayer and say with a sincere heart.

Dear Jesus, I know what sin is, and I know that I am a sinner. I ask that you would please forgive me and wash away all of my sin with the blood that you have shed for me. Please send the Holy Spirit to come too live in my heart to teach me and guide me in righteousness. I know that you personally died for me, and that you were buried in a tomb and rose from the dead for me. I believe that you are now seated at the right hand of the Father in Heaven. I put my complete trust in you alone as my Lord and Savior and I am trusting in you only to get me to Heaven. In your Holy and Precious Name I pray. Amen!

If you made a decision to pray and ask Christ to forgive you, and to wash away all of your sin with His blood, and to come into your heart to be your Savior, then we praise God for you.

Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

You should write down the:

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Time: __________________________

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Record this information in your Bible, it is part of your testimony.

Please contact us through Myerstown Baptist Church, 59 N. Ramona Road, Myerstown PA. 17067 to let us know that you have made a decision for Christ so that we can pray for you and rejoice with you. We would like to send you some information to help you get started in your Christian walk.

May you be blessed and encouraged in your Christian walk!

Brother Gary L. Rodgers