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The life of discipleship is filled with challenges and spiritual warfare. Indeed there will days when you’ll feel as strong as an ox, as big as a giant and as invincible as Hercules. And then there will be days when you’ll feel as broken as Job, as forsaken as Jesus on the Cross, as misunderstood as Jeremiah, as persecuted as Paul, and as vulnerable as David when he was being hunted down by Saul. But no matter what you are going through, you must be very careful to keep your faith and trust in the Lord at all times and let the praise of the Lord be continually in your mouth (Ps. 34:1).
Listen! Don’t let your circumstance determine your praise. Don’t let your adversities neutralize your faith. Don’t let your weariness frustrate your worship. The road of discipleship is a stony road filled with bitter sweet memories and unavoidable challenges. But the end result thereof is life everlasting with Jesus our Lord.
Setting the Stage
Our text this morning chronicles the victory of the Israelites over the Amalekites at Rephidim ( = "rests" or "stays" or "resting places"). A station of Israel in the wilderness between Egypt and Sinai. It is interesting to note that it is in the place of rest that war came upon the Israelites. After a Red Sea experience, after manna from the sky, after meat from the quails, and after water at Meribah, I’m sure the Israelites were moving confidently towards the Promised Land. So confident that they decided to hang out a little bit at Rephidim.
My brothers and sisters, there are a lot of us who have climbed the ladder of success, bought the dream home, paid all our debts, and think that we can put our lives on cruise control and coast our way to heaven without having to do any hard work. That is the furthest thing from the truth. For the enemy will attack you in your resting places. He will attack you in that dream home. He will attack your dream marriage. He will attack your dream job. He will attack your dream neighborhood. That’s why your hands have to always be lifted in prayer before the Lord at all times.
The truth in the matter is; there is no rest for the followers of Jesus Christ. We are always at war with the enemy. That’s why we have to cry out to God day and night. We have to be ready to fight the enemy whenever and wherever.
Thank God for the servant/leader Moses who was a man of prayer and faith. Moses did not stay in the valley of rest (Rephidim), but he went on the top of the hill and lifted his hands with the rod of God towards the heaven. It is here that we learn two things:
1. A disciple must always have his/hands
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