PILOT KNOB LUTHERAN COMMUNIQUÉ
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As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. Exodus 17:11-13
There was a war in the OT between Israel and the Amalekites (a type of devil) and how Moses (spiritual leader) was assured victory as long as he held up his staff with his hands. Moses’ arms became very tired, as would anyone holding up a ‘walking stick’ for hours. When his arms became tired the enemy prevailed. However, when Aaron and Hur (church member type) held up Moses’ arms, the Israelite’s prevailed and won the war. Wouldn’t this be great on today’s battle field if the chaplains held up their hands and there would be victory?
This event is not recorded to show us how to win military battles. It is told to show us that the devil is at war with the church. The pastor (Moses) and church members (Aaron & Hur) must engage in a spiritual battle to achieve victory. This battle never ends here on earth and every church and every Christian needs to view themselves in such a spiritual battle on behalf of their pastor or priest. Without this discernment and intercessory (on behalf of others) prayer the devil can weaken and discourage the pastor. Your pastor is a forgiven sinner just like all true believers. However, since God has called him to deliver and teach his word Satan works all the harder to discredit and discourage him or compromise God’s truth.
The best thing anyone can do as well as the most important activity is to pray for your pastor and family on a daily basis. While Sunday morning is important, it is even more important to pray during the week when study and preparations are made, while helping others, knowing God’s will and protection for his family. To be honest, I personally don’t want to work and especially preach without people lifting me up in prayer, I can’t do it alone. This work is God’s work not man’s and you as a Christian are called to surround your pastor and family in prayer. Will you commit to praying for him each day?
Pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. Eph. 6:18
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling. . . 2 Thess. 1:11a
By The Way:
Wednesday 5, 3:00 NO Confirmation.
Sunday 2, 9:00 A.M. Morning worship. Sermon: First Sunday In Advent
10:15 Sunday school.
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