THE BATTLE WAS WON WITH RAISED HANDS

When we worship, things happen.


Where two or more are gathered in Jesus’ name, things happen.


I was in a prayer group the other day when one of the ladies shared that they hadn’t raised their hands in worship recently, which saddened them. They then began to share that they were weary and exhausted because they were going through a rough time in their life.


So when we began to pray, God gave a vision to me. He brought into my mind the story of Moses raising his hands in order to win the battle, and when he became tired and weary, Aaron and Hur came alongside him to hold his arms up so the battle would be won.


“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.”

Exodus 17:8-13


So I got to thinking.


We are called to worship. But in some instances where the battle is raging, we can become weary and tired and feel that we don’t have much to offer.


Maybe we feel like giving up.


There’s a battle that’s raging constantly. A war to sway us over into believing lies.


Satan wants to isolate us in our dark valleys. He wants us to believe the lie that we shouldn’t share what we’re going through with others because we will be looked down upon or shamed. He wants us to become so weary that we have nothing left to give, no worship to raise to the Lord. He wants to silence us.


But God desires fellowship for us.


When Moses was on the hill, with his arms raised to win the battle, he could have told Aaron and Hur to leave him alone. He could have said “I got this” or “this is my job and I’m gonna do it by myself.” But instead, he accepted their help and saw the battle WON!


What battle are you fighting today?


The battle of exhaustion? Of addiction? Of shame or guilt? Hidden sin?


You see, Moses had to raise his hands in order to see a victory.


And you can imagine he was growing weary and tired. The burden on his shoulders was insurmountable. He couldn’t just pass it off to someone else but it was his own and he needed to see it through. But it did not mean he had to go it alone.


And you don’t have to be alone either.


Reach out to someone you trust if you’re in a dark valley. Don’t isolate but share what’s truly going on. You don’t have to go through your battles alone. You can share your burden with others so they can help carry you through it in prayer.


And not only be like Moses receiving help, but be like Aaron and Hur in raising up that friend who is hurting. That friend who smiles wide but you can see in their eyes that they are struggling hard to keep the happy façade going.


My friend, the battle wasn’t won alone.


Aaron and Hur didn’t hold sticks up to lift Moses’ arms.


They had to raise their arms as well.


The battle was won together, with raised hands.


~ Kissy Black



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