Pastor Kirbyjon Caldwell Windsor Village UMC
Text: Exodus 17:8-16 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 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.” So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 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. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.” Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, “Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”
- Here in our text, the enemy attacked from the back.
- Only a sucka would attack the weakest in the group
- But the leaders of the group recognized what FELLOWSHIP meant, all of them were one together. Although they weren’t attacked themselves, they understood that they had a responsibility to fight for those who were attacked.
– Responsibility (to respond with your abilities)
- they called on REAL fighters; men who were competent and of character
- Moses said, “tonite I will stand in the tip of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.” He was fighting in the supernatural.
- To receive what God promises us requires obedience. Joshua did what Moses told him to do while, Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill to fight inn the supernatural
- When Moses had his hands up, he was praying to God and the power of the King was being released in the form of provision and protection.
- When Moses grew tired, Aaron and Hur helped him continue v.12
- Moses was the intercessor for the army, but he had enough sense he couldn’t do it alone so he took 2 others with him. Don’t grow weary in doing good, ask for help!
- Help that will help you help others! Get you some right Aaron’s and Hur’s in your life
- Who the hell do you think you are to sit on God’s blessings? You think you’ve got enough, but what God has for you is greater than your expectations, so keep going and be a blessing too!
– the beauty of Aaron & Hur is they wouldn’t let Moses quit.
– When Moses felt like throwing down the staff, they held him up and encouraged him. You need people in your life that will be your Aaron’s and Hur’s.
– You need some folks on your side who will remind you of who you are and whose you are
– You need friends in your life who will see you through, pray you through, help you through
– Don’t feel as though you don’t deserve it; God wants you to have it
– It’s clear you gonna need at least two folks in your life that will pray with you and for you
– The last thing you need are two “almost folks” they almost held ya down, but they gossiping about what they did to help you instead.
– Aaron & Hur held his hands steady from each side, understanding and recognizing that the prayers were for everyone.
– You don’t know the ramifications of God answering your prayers, so don’t quit!
– While Moses prayed to God with Aaron & Hur holding his arms up, Gods promises were activated
- when we pray, let’s lift our hands without wrath and doubting
- Don’t you know when you’re really praying for someone, pouring yourself out it can become a burden?
- Prayer is hard work. But you better keep going
- You get results when you pray. The more you pray, the more you will see
- New Testament, James… the prayers of the righteous availeth much
- If your prayers aren’t increasing you to the next level, you better get some folks in your life to help you pray
II. The Mindset of An Unfair Fighter
A. No (wo)man can stop me. Joshua 1:5
– no one can stop you or stand before you. God says he will not leave you nor forsake you
– Standing “before you” means tryna block you
– The only person that can block you is you; so get yourself outta your own way so God can bless you
B. No weapon can silence me. Isaiah 54:17
– If folks don’t appreciate or support you where you are right now, then uproot yourself and move to where you can grow.
– Remember, your gifts will make room for you!
– Find something that will fly above the floods that life may send your way.
– Fight for your blessings and against your enemies
– Prayer is how you fight unfairly!
- If you’re fighting and feeling defeated, remember Exodus 17:8-16.
- Rise & Soar in Jesus name