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February 15th, 2012 – Winning the Wars of the Lord

“Then Amalek came and fought with Israel at Rephidim. So Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose for us men, and go out and fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.’  So Joshua did as Moses told him, and fought with Amalek, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword. Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Write this as a memorial in a book and recite it in the ears of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.'” Exodus 17:8-14

Devotional Thought For The Day

This was the first of the battles Israel fought against the nations of “Canaan” following the Exodus.  It is interesting that in Numbers [21:14] reference is made to “the Book of the Wars of the LORD.” This gives us great insight not only into that period of the history of God’s people of faith, but also into all of human history. The principle issue, one that stuck in God’s craw, was that Amalek had no fear of God, no respect for God, as evidenced in their eagerness to attack His people of faith, attempting to exterminate them. God considered these “wars” His own – and the victory came not because of the military skills of Joshua’s ragtag ad hoc “army,” but rather by means of the Lord’s power and blessing, as revealed in the matter of Moses’ wielding of “the staff of God.” Not that the actually “warring,” the means of victory, was unimportant, but it is interesting, how the prophetic office, those charged with speaking the Word of God, played the decisive role, even though they were not directly involved in the fighting.

So what application does this have for the life of God’s people today?  We should not think that God has any less interest in the good and welfare of His people of faith today, even though we do not constitute a political entity or occupy a specific common geography. It still arouses His wrath and anger when people have no respect for Him, and demonstrate this by attacking and abusing His dear people of faith – whether by actual physical attacks or by means of various spiritual attacks, by urging and imposing false beliefs and immorality upon the church, either from within or without. We should have no doubt whatsoever that God views such enemies of His kingdom as He did the Amalekites – whom God doomed to eradication. We may have to endure their attacks, and we may be forced into “warfare,” but God will have His way with such wicked, rebellious, and violent unbelievers. The war is His.

Those who are in the “office” of Moses, who exercise the “prophetic” office of the ministry of the Word of God, should understand their important role in this “warfare.”  It is the Word of the Lord that prevails, that endures forever, that gains the victory for God and His people. The pastors must insure that they strengthen God’s people in their faith in Jesus Christ, for it is not genetic or ancestral lineage that matters, but rather “he that believes the Son has everlasting life, but he that does not believe the Son shall not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.” [John 3:36] This was true back in Moses’ time, and it remains true to this day, that whoever believes God’s Word, God “accounts it to him as righteousness.” [Gen. 15:6] So also we are implored to “take up the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God.” [Eph. 6:17] We may be ragtag soldiers, but we must train in this warfare so that we are “rightly handling the Word of Truth” [2 Tim. 2:15], and so that we may train God’s people to do likewise. Our prayers, our presence, and our pronouncements of God’s Word are also the means of God’s victory.

I’m sure this whole skirmish in the wilderness was disorienting and frightful for Moses, Joshua, and the children of Israel. The warfare today is also disorienting and frightful for God’s people of faith, the true church and Israel of God. [Gal. 3:7] So let us take account of the dynamics of “the wars of the LORD,” and understand His position, His posture, His power, and His pronouncements. It will be no different, until the end of time, as it was in this encounter with the Amalekites. The war is the Lord’s.  Praise be to God!

Prayer For The Day

Dear Lord Jesus, we often succumb to fear and intimidation when the enemies of Your Word of truth, those who hate You, attack us. Remind us that You are with us always, that You take up our battles as Your own, and that You have promised and decreed the defeat and annihilation of those who attack Your Word and Your people of faith. Make us good soldiers, strong and true, by Your Word, that by Your bidding and decree we too may gain the victory. Amen.

Prayer Concerns

  • All those mourning the passing of loved ones
  • American military personnel serving in harm’s way around the world
  • Those displaced and mourning from natural disasters – to be given strength of faith
  • Those in war-torn areas to be able to trust God and resume normalcy to their lives
  • Christians throughout the world suffering for Christ
  • All Christian missionaries and all missions of mercy and love to those in need
  • Those struggling with the loss of jobs and financial catastrophe

I will be paring down our list a bit. Please renew prayer requests if I have removed a critical prayer concern!

  • Pastor Chris Davis – doing quite well in recovery, may begin radiation soon
  • Kaye Christiansen – LMS, a rare form of cancer; beginning experimental chemo
  • Char de Serta Gilliland – spinal surgery successful, long recovery
  • Bobby Marble – Leukemia, still good news after 3rd round of chemo, starting final
  • Shirley Muntz – great news, cancer free; more chemo to make sure
  • George Malich – cancer found throughout his body
  • Betty Wetzel – non-Hodgkins lymphoma
  • Travis Carr – B-cell lymphoma
  • Jan Short – acute leukemia, chemo
  • Jerry Carr – recurrent lung cancer, chemo and radiation
  • Bob – prostate cancer, has spread, more treatment required
  • Kathy Jacob – type 2 diabetes, unsuccessful back surgeries, much pain
  • Barry Jacob – 4th stage lung cancer
  • Janet Reardon – very serious breast cancer
  • John – struggling with the demons of obesity
  • Melissa Weber – recovering from breast cancer surgery, starting chemo
  • Carol – for continued eyesight in the face of glaucoma
  • Bob Heaston – struggling with PTSS, sorrow, and depression
  • Kitty – non-Hodgkins Lymphoma is back, perhaps terminal – for God’s healing and faith
  • Mary Ann – becoming crippled from RA

“Pray continually.” [1 Thessalonians 5:17]