Summary: Shows the importance of partnering with the Pastor for prayer.

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Title: Partnering through Prayer

Theme: The importance of partnering with the pastor through prayer.

Text: Exodus 17:8-16

Amalek is a descendant of Esau the brother of Jacob the two sons of Isaac. Remember Esau, who cared nothing for his birthright, chose to sell it to Jacob. This disregard for the heritage of God affected his descendants who would follow after the flesh. You never know how your spiritual decisions will affect the generations to come.

They were probably watching the newly formed nation that just months before were slaves. They were waiting on an opportunity to attack. Waiting on a weak moment. It came when Israel was resting. We have to be careful when we are resting, many times our leisure times are our weakest moments. This is when the flesh will attack.

But our weakest and most dependant moments will also give God an opportunity to prove himself to us. Here is when we are totally dependant on God’s protection and his defeat of the enemy.

So the enemy attacked at Rephidim {ref-ee-deem’} Rephidim means "rests" or "stays" or "resting places"

Rod of Victory

Moses told Joshua. This is the first time that we find his name mentioned in the Bible. It is appropriate that the man who would conquer Canaan would be seen here as a military leader. God was preparing him. Not only for a time of war but also of faith.

The rod of the Lord spelt victory. Rod means power. Moses by using this rod was signifying that this victory would not come at the hands of the Israelites but at the hands of the Lord.

With the help of the Lord we can accomplish anything. What seems to be impossible can become possible with the Lord. What seems to be an incurable disease becomes curable with the Lord. What seems to be a lost battle becomes a victory with the Lord. I have seen the Lord turn sorrow into victory. I have seen the Lord turn sickness into praise. I have seen the Lord turn death into salvation.

“Greater is he that is in me than he that is in the world”, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheth me.” “With God we can have the VICTORY”

Even in our hardest moments we should still praise the Lord.

Job 13:15 Though he slay me, yet will I trust in him:

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful (or slow) to answer thee in this matter. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up. Dan 3:16-18

Notice Moses uses a staff. The staff of authority. But also the staff of dependence on the Lord. He was symbolizing to the Lord. God is in control.

As I draw closer to Lord it seems that God teaches me more and more about the importance of symbolism. Many times we must symbolize things in the Lord. This is a reminder to us about our relationship to God.

And Joshua did as Moses requested. Notice that Joshua went out to meet the enemy. When you have faith it is an assurance that the victory is secure. Faith

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