SERIES – Wilderness University
Exodus 17:8-16 GNV
8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim.
9 Moses said to Joshua, “Pick out some men to go and fight the Amalekites tomorrow. I will stand on top of the hill holding the stick that God told me to carry.”
10 Joshua did as Moses commanded him and went out to fight the Amalekites, while Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.
11 As long as Moses held up his arms, the Israelites won, but when he put his arms down, the Amalekites started winning.
12 When Moses’ arms grew tired, Aaron and Hur brought a stone for him to sit on, while they stood beside him and held up his arms, holding them steady until the sun went down.
13 In this way Joshua totally defeated the Amalekites.
14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write an account of this victory, so that it will be remembered. Tell Joshua that I will completely destroy the Amalekites.”
15 Moses built an altar and named it “The Lord is my Banner.”
16 He said, “Hold high the banner of the Lord! The Lord will continue to fight against the Amalekites forever!”
Exodus 13:17-18 GNV – 17 When the king of Egypt let the people go, God did not take them by the road that goes up the coast to Philistia, although it was the shortest way. God thought, “I do not want the people to change their minds and return to Egypt when they see that they are going to have to fight.” 18 Instead, he led them in a roundabout way through the desert toward the Red Sea. The Israelites were armed for battle.
Genesis 36:12 GNV – 10 Esau’s wife Adah bore him one son, Eliphaz, and 11 Eliphaz had five sons: Teman, Omar, Zepho, Gatam, and Kenaz. 12 And by another wife, Timna, he had one more son, Amalek. 13 Esau’s wife Basemath bore him one son, Reuel, and Reuel had four sons: Nahath, Zerah, Shammah, and Mizzah.
Deuteronomy 25:17-18 MSG – 17 Don’t forget what Amalek did to you on the road after you left Egypt, 18 how he attacked you when you were tired, barely able to put one foot in front of another, mercilessly cut off your stragglers, and had no regard for God.
Exodus 17:5 GNV – The Lord said to Moses, “Take some of the leaders of Israel with you, and go on ahead of the people. Take along the stick with which you struck the Nile.
God’s power enables us to keep going when we feel like giving up.
God’s presence gives confidence when we feel overwhelmed.
Psalm 23:4 KJV – Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Philippians 4:19 GNV – And with all his abundant wealth through Christ Jesus, my God will supply all your needs.
God’s promise gives us the mental strength to overcome the fear of failure.
You never please God playing it safe.
Exodus 9:27-29 GNV – 27 The king sent for Moses and Aaron and said, “This time I have sinned; the Lord is in the right, and my people and I are in the wrong. 28 Pray to the Lord! We have had enough of this thunder and hail! I promise to let you go; you don’t have to stay here any longer.” 29 Moses said to him, “As soon as I go out of the city, I will lift up my hands in prayer to the Lord. The thunder will stop, and there will be no more hail, so that you may know that the earth belongs to the Lord.
Psalm 63:3-4 GNV – 3 Your constant love is better than life itself, and so I will praise you. 4 I will give you thanks as long as I live; I will raise my hands to you in prayer.
1 Timothy 2:8 GNV – In every church service I want the men to pray, men who are dedicated to God and can lift up their hands in prayer without anger or argument.
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