While at the Cancer Treatment Center this past weekend from out of nowhere the Holy Spirit put this scripture from Exodus 17 below in my head, and I heard the Holy Spirit say, “This is the path to victory! Tell the people what you have learned.”
Exodus 17:11-13 As long as Moses held up the staff in his hand, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he dropped his hand, the Amalekites gained the advantage. Moses’ arms soon became so tired he could no longer hold them up. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side of Moses, holding up his hands. So his hands held steady until sunset. As a result, Joshua overwhelmed the army of Amalek in battle.
As long as Moses arms were raised, his army was winning, but as soon as he grew weary, and his arms began to lower, their enemy began to overtake them. So Aaron and Hur helped him raise his arms back up, and their army won the battle.
So, what does this have to do with us? When we are in the midst of our own battles, it is crucial that we keep our arms lifted in praise to our God, not necessarily physically, but spiritually. It’s called praising our God in the midst of our storm. You’ve heard it said, “We will praise Him in both the good times and the bad.” Well, that’s exactly the key to victory, and how we have been able to withstand this 1,436-day battle we have been in.
But, probably the most important thing we have done is surround ourselves with Prayer Warriors who, when we are tired and weary, and our arms begin to lower, as soon as they hit their knees in prayer, our spirits begin to rise, and our arms are once again lifted high in praise to our God. I just wish you could see what I see sometimes. I will see Janice so down she just wants to cry, and in a single moment, she is up ministering to whoever happens to be in her presence; showering them with compliments, making them feel good about themselves. When this happens I just smile, because I know there are people on their knees right then, calling on our God to strengthen her, and He just did.
The absolute worse thing we can ever do is go to battle alone. This is why I have chosen to allow you all to take this journey with us. You get to see the good, the bad, and the ugly. It is a battle, not a walk in the park. I learned a long time ago, to check my ego at the door. There is no room for pride when we are seeking help from the saints of God. You will NEVER hear me say, “I have an unspoken prayer request.” I want you to know our needs, so you can hit your knees, and pray specifically. You see, I KNOW where our strength comes from. Our help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth! (Psalm 121:1-2) So keep crying out saints of God, and we WILL one day, just like the army of Moses, emerge from this war in VICTORY.
From my heart to yours!