Summary: God is able to help you defeat whatever enemy you are facing.

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Exodus 17:8-12

I Corinthians 15:57

I John 5:4-5

Topic What happens when you have God on your side

Subtopic: If you want the victory over you enemies, you need God on your side

In these passage of scriptures, we read about how the Israelites had defeated the Amalekites when Moses had raised the Rod of God above his head while watching the war upon the hill. The children of Israel had just been delivered by God out of the Egyptian slavery where they had been slaves for 400 years. The children of Israel had narrowly escaped Pharoah’s army by crossing the Red Sea on dry land by the powerful hand of God. God had just fed the children of Israel with manna, bread from heaven to satisfy their hunger. God had just satisfied their thirst with water coming out from a rock. But yet while the children of Israel were in the wilderness on their way to the promise land in Caanan, the scriptures says in Exodus 17:8 says, “Then came Amalek and fought with Israel in Rephidim.” In other words the Amalekites ambushed the children of Israel, and started a war with the children of Israel.

Now notice something. After the children of Israel was delivered from slavery,

After they were fed with manna from heaven,

After they were given water coming from a rock

A nation, the Amalekites came and fought with the children of Israel.

Now there is a lesson that we can learn right here. And the lesson is that usually after you get saved, after you get delivered from something, after you get tremendously blessed by the Lord, that is when the devil usually tries to ambush you with problems, and tries to pick a fight with you.

Now notice this. Notice that the Amalekites never picked a fight with the children of Israel while they were slaves in Egypt because they were not a threat to the Amalekites nation. But as soon when the children of Israel was delivered and freed from the Egyptian slavary by the powerful hand of God, when they were now walking in a new land, Rephidim, walking as free men , free women, and children on their way to the promise land, that is when the Amalelikes came upon Israel to fight.

And this is how Satan operates. You see when you are in bondage in sin, when you are in bondage in drugs and alcohol, when you are in bondage to gang violence, when you are in bondage to sexual immorality, or whatever, the devil doesn’t bother you. But the moment you make up in your mind to repent of your sins, give your life to Jesus Christ to be saved, the moment you decide to live according to the word of God, the moment you decide that you are going to be a witness for Jesus Christ, the moment the Lord starts blessing you over and over again, that is when the devil is going to pick a fight with you. And always remember that the fight that the devil picks with you is not a physical fight, but rather a spiritual fight. For Apostle Paul says in Ephesians 6:12, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkeness of this world, against the spiritual wickedness in high places.” And because we are fighting a spiritual warfare against the devil, we are instructed in Ephesians 6:10, to put on the “whole armour of God so we can stand against the wiles of the devil.”

Now notice what does Moses does when the children of Israel are ambushed by the Amalekites. Exodus 17:9-10 says, “And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men and go out, fight with Amalek; tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill and with the Rod of God in mine hand. So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses and Hur went up to the top of the hill.”

Now there is a lesson we can learn right here. And the lesson is when you get ambushed by the devil, don’t quit and give up on life, but rather retreat and go back fight!!!! No matter how far you may have fallen, pick yourself up, and get back into the fight. Don’t never let the devil get the best of you just because you may have fell down in the fight because Greater is HE in you than he that is in the world, and you are more than a conqueror in the Lord Jesus Christ. Yes, we all fall down, but we get up!

Now notice what Moses tell Joshua. He tells Joshua that he will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in his hand. In other words, Moses was telling Joshua that while you and rest of the men of Israel are fighting this battle with the Amalekites, I am going to be on the hill making intercession for you in prayer by holding up the rod of God above my head so God can help us defeat the Amalekites because if God can open up the Red Sea with the rod of God, certainly He can gives us victory over the Amalekites.

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