Posts Tagged ‘Moses’

“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.”  (Exodus 17:8-13)


“Keep your hands up!”  This was a thought that was strongly impressed upon me as I was washing dishes one morning.  I was going through a very trying time and at that moment I was thinking about everything that was going on and praying to God for a resolution.  Then I heard those words in my mind.

I immediately thought of the story of Moses holding up his hands during a battle against Israel and one of their enemies.  When Moses’ hands were held up, Israel started winning.  But when Moses’ hands got tired and he let them down, the enemy started winning.  Then two other men came and helped him keep his hands up in the air and eventually Israel won that battle.

I perceived that God was telling me that as long as I keep my hands up (i.e., praying to, praising, and worshiping Him — I believe with my hands held high), then He would give me favor in my battles, just like He did for Israel when Moses kept his hands up.

God got me through that particular battle victoriously.  There have been others since then, and He’s always gotten me through.  And I expect there to be more in the future.  I will continue to keep my hands held high to God in an attitude of prayer, praise, and worship to Him – in and out of the spiritual and physical battles that I face.

I hope this encourages you, the reader, to do the same.  Be blessed!


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Tree of Life

“This day I call heaven and earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and your children may live.” ~ Deuteronomy 30:19


This seems like a no-brainer.  Right?  If given the choice, most people would choose life over death.  Likewise, most would rather be blessed than cursed.  So why did Moses feel the need to tell the people to choose life?

The Israelites were a pretty rebellious and stubborn bunch.  They continuously sinned against God by adopting other nations’ religions and ways of doing things which were contrary to what God told them to do.

People today are no different.  Most live their lives totally oblivious to the fact that there is a God in whose image they were made.  And of those who do claim to acknowledge that there is a God, most have no clue that it takes more than just believing in God to be “okay” with Him.  James 2:19 says, “You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble!” And we all know that demons are not “okay” with God!  Also, Jesus Christ makes a very sobering statement in Matthew 7:21.  He says, “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven.” This is very sobering, indeed.

In the first passage above, Moses didn’t just end by saying “choose life.” He went on to say, “so that you and your children may live.” This statement was made because the people’s actions had a direct effect on their lives, as well as the lives of their children.  It’s the same today.

Those of us who are parents have more influence over our children’s lives than anyone else.  We are responsible for teaching them right and wrong, good and bad – basically everything they will need in order to grow up to be well-balanced, responsible, and conscientious adults.  So it’s important that we know the truth so that we can pass correct information on to them.  We don’t want any erred beliefs we may have to cause them dire harm in the future because we taught them wrong things.

Ever since humans were created, we have had an adversary, Satan the devil.   He tricked the first humans, Adam and Eve, in the Garden of Eden and he’s had almost 6,000 years of experience to continue deceiving and manipulating the human race to disobey God’s commands.  He knows fully well that the penalty for sinning against God is eternal death and separation from Him in hell, and he does all he can to deceive us into going against God.

But God provided a way for us to have life.  He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, into the world to pay the penalty for the sins of mankind.  By the blood of His sacrifice, we are able to have “death” pass over us and to have life eternally!  (“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” John 3:16)

So how exactly do we choose life?  We do this by accepting what Jesus Christ did for us on the cross.  He gave His life so that we may live.  The Apostle John said of Jesus, “In Him was life, and the life was the light of men.” (John 1:4) Also, Jesus said of Himself, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.” (John 14:6) So when we choose Jesus, we choose life!

Some of you reading this may be thinking, “I don’t believe this stuff!”  You may be following along with the great majority of people who don’t believe that Jesus Christ is the only way to heaven.  If this describes you, I would encourage you to study the Bible for yourself to see if these things really are true because time is very short!  You can’t afford to be wrong about this!  You owe it to yourself – and your children.

May God bless everyone reading this, and may we all make the decision to choose life! Amen.

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