Keep Lifting Your Hands, Part 2of2, by Evans Olang

Exodus 17:1-16, “And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed”

Exodus 17:8, “Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim”, many nations were afraid of Israel because God was with the Israelites. The bible says that every land they passed through, they won the battle for God was with them. With God with you, you can win battles you couldn’t win by yourself. No wonder in one of the chapters Moses tells God, “If Your presence is not going with us, do not move us from this place“, and in Isaiah 26:4 we are told, “ Trust in the LORD forever,For in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength”.

Exodus 17:9, “And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: tomorrow and I will stand on top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand”. It’s good to have a leader who is hearing from God and who knows what to do when situations arises. Here we see Moses delegating responsibilities as a leader to Joshua who will be driving force on the offensive side and Moses will go up the hill to be on the defensive side. In our lives we have our Joshua the word of God as our offensive weapon in the battle ground, Hebrews 4:12, “The word of the Lord is living and powerful, sharper than double edged sword…”. On the other hand Moses is the faith (defensive) weapon standing up on the hill believing God for a breakthrough. Moses goes up the hill with Aaron and Hur, the people who later ministered to him as he was up the hill.

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”. As long as Moses faith stood still, Israel was winning but the moment his hands went down, Israel was losing. Moses hands got tired at one point, Exodus 17:12, “But 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 one side, and the other on the other side, and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun”. In as much as Moses could raise his hands, there came a time when his hands got tired and he felt like bringing them down. The moment that his hands started coming down, Israel was losing but thanks be to God for Aaron and Hur who I could say were the type of grace and strength to help him keep his hands up for Israel to win, 2Corinnthians 12:9, “My grace is sufficient for you, my strength is made perfect in weakness“. Aaron and Hur were there at the right time to minister to Moses. We can keep our hands up with the help of God’s grace and God’s strength. We can have our offensive troops on the fore front and we can have faith on the defensive side and with God’s grace and strength, we can keep the faith lifted up that we may win our battles. The Lord gave the Israelites victory for there was a man lifting up his hands all the time.

Are you tired of lifting your hand? call on grace and strength from above to help you make it, the Lord says, “My grace is sufficient for thee, My strength is made perfect in weakness!! Blessings Ev


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