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Synopsis of A Season to Arise
We’re about to slice a piece of the bread of life, the Word of God. And today’s slice comes from… EXO 17:8 While the people of Israel were still at Rephidim, the warriors of Amalek came to fight against them. 9 Moses commanded Joshua, “Call the Israelites to arms, and fight the army of Amalek. Tomorrow, I will stand at the top of the hill with the staff of God in my hand.” 10 So Joshua did what Moses had commanded. He led his men out to fight the army of Amalek. Meanwhile Moses, Aaron, and Hur went to the top of a nearby hill. 11 As long as Moses held up the staff with his hands, the Israelites had the advantage. But whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites gained the upper hand. 12 Moses’ arms finally became too tired to hold up the staff any longer. So Aaron and Hur found a stone for him to sit on. Then they stood on each side, holding up his hands until sunset. 13 As a result, Joshua and his troops were able to crush the army of Amalek. 14 Then the LORD instructed Moses, “Write this down as a permanent record, and announce it to Joshua: I will blot out every trace of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar there and called it Jehovah Nissi, which means “The LORD Is My Banner.”
There are two important areas of significance that I believe are keys for the season ahead:
1. That we must break through religious mindsets for the new season that is upon us.
2. This is a season where the leaders will be led with new instruction, but also –
and this is very important – the Aarons and Hurs will hold up the arms of their leaders.
Now, I am fully aware that many of God’s chosen ministers have been serving their leaders faithfully. However, in this season, there is a fresh breath of life being released from God’s throne to empower everyone called as an Aaron and a Hur! I believe that God is even calling forth Aarons and Hurs to hold up other Aarons and Hurs! This is because many have been weary and under demonic assignment, causing fatigue and even passivity due to physical and spiritual exhaustion.
The Amalekites were known to specifically wait behind a moving camp and prey upon those who lagged behind for one reason or another. Their goal was to take the stragglers captive. We need to be aware there is an evil spirit desiring to take us captive!
As long as Moses held out the rod (symbolic of God’s Banner) so all could see, the Israelite warriors became encouraged and would rise up with great faith for victory. Moses’ arms grew weary and his arms began to fall to the point that Israel could no longer see the rod extended. Therefore, the battle would turn in the favor of the enemy if they could not see Moses extending the rod! What that says is that when the army simply perceived that God’s banner, Moses’ Rod, was up their God was with them. They acted upon what they perceived.
Friends, what does this tell us? First, that there are many leaders who need the Aarons and Hurs to rise up and hold up their arms. And, secondly, the enemy would like nothing better than to destroy leaders who are called to serve.
Please keep in mind that a leader in the Body of Christ is not limited to a five-fold minister, (Evangelist, Prophet, Pastor, Teacher.) A leader might be a Sunday school teacher, a praise team leader, or a leader of any type of team.
I also want to include marketplace ministers, Christians in their work, as part of God’s leadership team. One mindset that we must overcome is to believe that someone needs a pulpit in order to “lead” someone to Christ!
There are many doors of opportunity that are opening to us. The leaders need to lean more to Jesus for direction, but they must also have the Aarons and Hurs following them and encouraging them. These doors of opportunity could and very well may oppose religious doctrines and religious mindsets! We must be willing to allow the Lord to breathe afresh upon His Word and be expecting fresh revelation. Friends, to believe that we “know it all” and “understand it all” right now is to remove ourselves from under the cloud of His glory!
It has always been amazing to me how much people desire to protect their doctrine – even if it opposes a move of God. I believe that my being “right” about something is not as nearly important as my doing the “right” thing for now. This means I must let go of what I “think” I know…. and be willing for the Holy Spirit to teach me something a little different (maybe a lot different!). Either way, my connection to my destiny lies in complete surrender to Him. Don’t allow a door of opportunity to pass you by! Be willing to learn something new, go a different route, and enjoy new scenery along the way.
Jeremiah 29:11-13 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you seek Me with all your heart.”
Lets talk about things beyond our perceptions. I’ll start with…. What does it feel like when you miss something that was right in front of you? Our human nature often misses what can seem painfully obvious later. Our Lord is the God of surprises. Recall that even on the road to Emmaus Jesus was unnoticed until He broke bread with them, then He was gone from their sight in an instant. At least at the end of their encounter with the living God, they recognized who was with them. In these crucial times ahead, we will need to increase our sensitivity and expectation of the holy presence of God showing up.
We spoke earlier of Jehovah Nissi. How about: Jehovah “Sneaky,” who loves to surprise us.
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