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Lifting Up Holy Hands

The Apostle Paul says in 1 Timothy 2:8 – I will therefore that men pray every where, lifting up holy hands, without wrath and doubting.

  • When we lift our hands to heaven, we are presenting everything we are, everything we have done, everything we have to God.
  • When we lift our hands to the Lord we are lifting up our families, our loved ones, our relationships, our work, our money and everything else to God.
  • When we lift our hands in praise and worship we are saying, Father, we adore You, we love You!
  • When we lift our hands in prayer and song we are saying, we exalt You; we praise You; we trust You; we surrender to You.
  • In fact, holding up your hands is and was a sign of complete surrender and dependence. You can’t touch your weapons when your hands are lifted.

Paul specifically said he wished all men everywhere would pray in every place, public and private and that they would lift up holy hands. The word “holy” is the Greek word “hosios” which describes something that is consecrated or dedicated to God. So when Paul wrote of lifting up holy hands he was expressing his deeply felt longing that men everywhere would present themselves as dedicated and consecrated to God. Pure from all known sin. Lifting up holy hands without wrath. What is wrath? Is it anger? Every temper or emotion of our soul that is not according to LOVE – is wrath. And then also Paul said, lifting up holy hands without doubting – which is contrary to faith.  When you lift your hands to heaven, what does God see?

  • When we lift up our hands it is an act of thanksgiving.

According to Strong’s no 8426 the word “thanksgiving” (todah) is derived from the verb “yadah”.  It means to hold out the hand, an extension of the hand, especially to revere or worship with extended hands. It is to thank and praise God with one’s hands extended. The word for hand is “yad” and in 2 Chronicles 5 when Solomon had finished building the temple and it is time to dedicate it, the ark of the covenant is brought in, singers begin to sing, instruments begin to play. King Solomon stands to pray the prayer of dedication…and pictures depicting the scene have the priests (4000 of them) standing all around with their hands raised (their YADS raised) and the king says, “Hallelujah! For He is good!” and the entire company of Levites proclaims in unison, “and His mercy endureth forever!” And God blessed them by giving them the Shekinah glory. It was so bright that the priests could not minister.

  • Holding up your hands means you have put all your faith in the Most High God/His plan.
  • Holding up your hands, whether you know it or not, is an admission of weakness and that you have no power apart from the power of His Holy Ghost and His anointing.
  • Holding up your hands means you have VICTORY!!!

A great example of this is when Moses’ hands were used to win a war in Exodus 17. I love this. Moses’ hands were used to combat physical war and spiritual war. When Moses lowered his hands, the enemy won. That physical sign of keeping his hands in the air no matter how hard it was for him revealed his devotion to God and that he knew he needed God’s help.

I love this because sometimes when I put my hands up in worship they suddenly feel like lead. So heavy, but I remember Moses and his devotion and I pray to the Lord for His help because I am ever so aware that I can do nothing unless He helps me, even keep my own hands raised up in praise and surrender. When you raise our hands we are are praising God and both publicly and physically demonstrating to Him that we know we need Him.

Moses kept his hands raised with help from others during this great battle and it was then that God revealed Himself as JEHOVAH NISSI – THE LORD IS MY BANNER. What is the purpose of a flag or a banner? The most important thing is that it identifies you. (OLYMPICS) But a banner also is a mark of victory. It is well understood that the conquering army in any battle has the right to remove the defeated country’s flag and replace it with their own, usually in the highest spot possible for all to see. The country with the conquering flag has won and now they are in control. Now remember this as you read EXODUS 17:11-16.

11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 12 But Moses hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. 13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven. 15 And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah Nissi: 16 For he said, Because the Lord hath sworn that the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.

We can be victorious by lifting our hands in worship! Here instead of raising a flag, Moses shows us that He raises God HIMSELF. After the victory instead of raising a flag at the highest point, Moses built an altar because, in those times, an altar was often used as a place of remembrance or marking an important event. Here Moses called God, Jehovah Nissi because he understood the revelation that GOD HIMSELF is our banner, GOD HIMSELF is our victory. He is the one who won Moses’ battles. He still winning our battles today. When Moses wrote that story down for Joshua, he was also writing it down for our benefit so that we will remember it as we go into battle. When you gather under Jehovah NISSI as your banner, trust Him that the outcome of your battle will be the same as it was for Moses and Joshua at Rephidim. As long as we are on this earth, there will always be war; don’t be surprised by it. Because we are also reminded in this passage that – Our GOD, JEHOVAH NISSI, HE IS ALWAYS THE WINNER!!!

What is your battle right now?

Drugs? Bitterness? Loneliness? Sickness? Jealousy? Depression? Hopelessness? Bankruptcy? Injustice? The list goes on and on…if I didn’t name yours, you can fill in the blank. You know what you are at war with and you know that in the heat of battle it is hard to see the victory at the end. BUT Remember JEHOVAH NISSI. Call upon JEHOVAH NISSI. Raise your hands in prayer the way Moses did. Don’t give up. Ask others to hold your hands up if you get tired. God is faithful to fulfill his Word.  When your battle is over you will have the right to replace your enemy’s flag with your own. Why? Because HE IS ALWAYS THE WINNER….and we know today that if YOU are in Christ Jesus you already have the victory too….so lift your hands and set your banner on high for all to see that Jehovah Nissi is your God. He has secured your victory.

God bless you today!!!

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He Hideth My Soul

We pray a lot of prayers and I am sure that as Moses led the children of Israel he prayed many and many kinds of prayers as well. But this prayer of Moses that we read here stands entirely alone – a category to itself. No other request can be compared to it. God’s glory is the sum total of who he is. It is God’s power plus his wisdom plus his justice plus his plus his holiness plus his love plus every other attribute of his character. God’s glory is the shining forth of who God is.

Moses had just spent 40 days on Mount Sinai communing with the Lord. During those days on the mountain, God revealed to Moses his law and wrote the Ten Commandments on the tablets of stone with his finger. While Moses was with the Lord, the children of Israel grew restless so Aaron gathered gold earrings from the people and constructed a golden calf and the people offered sacrifices to the golden calf. The Lord knew all about it and told Moses that he was going to destroy Israel and start over with a new nation that would worship Him and not turn to idols. But Moses interceded with the Lord for his people and reminded God of the promise he made to Abraham. So the Lord relented.

Then Moses came down from the mountain. When he saw the people and what they were doing, he threw down the stone tablets in anger. He burned the golden calf, ground it to power, mixed it with water, and made the Israelites drink it. Then he called for those who were still loyal to God. The Levites stood with him, and at his instruction, they went through the camp killing the idolaters. Three thousand died that day. The next day Moses pled with God for forgiveness for his people. He even asked God to blot his own name out of his book in order to save the people of Israel. God told him to lead the people away from Mt. Sinai and toward the Promised Land, but with one significant condition: “I will not go with you, because you are a stiff-necked people and I might destroy you on the way”

 

Isn’t that our greatest fear too? —that when we go, the Lord will not go with us. So Moses intercedes again and says, “If you don’t go with us, we’re aren’t going to go.” Leaving God behind wasn’t an option for Moses. If the Lord has led you out of Egypt…you’d better not leave him behind at any point along the way and especially at your Mt. Sinai. You need Him & definitely are going to need his help to make it thru the wilderness.

Be encouraged today. In a time of crisis and probably feeling very weak as a leader, Moses dared to pray a magnificent prayer to the Lord. He asked for more than any man had asked for before, and he received more than any man had ever received.  Isn’t it powerful that the prayer and also the answer came in a time of crisis through a revelation of Moses’ own weakness?

Your trials are not meant to destroy you. God intends that you should use the hard times to draw near to him. Today whatever trial you face or struggle you are feeling…if you are willing to be made weak, you will learn things about the Lord that you never could know in strength and success. This is always God’s way. The strong think they have no need of God. But the weak are hidden in the cleft of the rock—and they are the ones who truly see God. Amen.

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Pray for the Persecuted Church

Hebrews 13:3 – Remember that that are in bonds as bound with them, and them which suffer adversity as being yourselves also in the body.

Prayer points

  • Protect them and deliver them Lord
  • give them the right words and help them to know how to share the Gospel; give them wisdom and understanding Lord; help them live the joy of the Lord before their persecutors
  • help them to make Christ known
  • that they will see your grace as sufficient and your power perfected in their weakness
  • keep them safe and strengthen them Lord; help them to endure
  • when necessary Lord help their praises to You to fall on deaf ears; when for Your glory – help their praises to draw all men unto YOU.
  • Increase their faith Lord and we pray that they would know the hope You alone give.
  • Help them to rejoice in sharing in Your sufferings Jesus and to love YOU more than life itself; bring to remembrance Your promise of their unbelievable future glory
  • Help them to trust You completely
  • Help them to love their enemies
  • Help them to have real manifestations of Your love for them

 

  • make a way for them to have Your Word; give the access to a Bible
  • give them the courage to remain in their homelands for the sake of the Gospel
  • keep their families safe and focused also on You; provide for their needs Lord
  • for those that have been rejected by family and friends, surround them with a new Christian family to loves and supports them
  • give them jobs and safe places to live
  • for those that can’t feed their families today Lord, provide for their needs
  • we ask for deliverance and mercy for those who are being persecuted for Your Name’s sake
  • for those facing death today give them grace to finish well
  • let your light shine through into the darkness as you shine through Your servants today
  • make them brave and courageous; bold and fearless and full of unspeakable JOY!

 

  • Help us to not forget them Lord; help them to know they are not forgotten
  • Help us to remember that each persecuted Christian is a person just like us. Help us to remember to pray for them.
  • Let the persecution of Christians weigh heavily on our leaders both in our country and our churches and that they might lead the fight in prayer
  • Help us to see that persecution against any Christian anywhere is persecution of the entire body of Christ.
  • Help us to wake up to the needs of our brothers and sisters here and across the world and to speak out and pray as one. Unify us Lord.
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Walk as Jesus Walked

1 John 2:6: He that saith he abideth in Him ought himself also so to walk, even as He walked.

Some see salvation as a gift that enables us to barely make it through life and into heaven, but Scripture tells us over and over that there is so much more. It tells us that in Christ we are empowered to live as Jesus did.

How did He live? Jesus lived in extraordinary holiness, godliness,  and power. He walked in wisdom and creativity and He influenced His society. In His earthly life, there were many things He did but the one way He lived that I want to focus on today is that: He met the needs of the world around Him.

Throughout His time on the earth, Jesus healed the sick, cleansed the diseased, delivered people from bondages, opened blind eyes and deaf ears, make the mute to speak and the crippled to walk. He multiplied food to feed the hungry and He even raised the dead.

Says in John 10:10b, “…I am come that they might have life and that they might have it more abundantly.”

Jesus was sent to bring abundant life and while He was here, anywhere He went that He saw that lack or devastation threatened, He brought restoration. We may know this and we may hear the teaching of it and celebrate it even but we often miss or we ignore the charge to believers that follows those teachings.  One of these is in John 20:21 says: Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you.

We are empowered and commissioned to carry the miraculous power of God into our world. There are so many who hurt and who are suffering around us and there are many people praying for healing and deliverance or a breakthrough to meet their needs. Many, many times the Lord answers those prayers through us. WE are the response to their prayers and WE are God’s response to their needs.

How are we supposed to do this? The first step is obedience to do what He tells you or you feel He is leading you to do. But the outcome is all on Him and whatever outcomes they are they are through the free gift of God’s grace!

The Bible records of the early church in Acts 4:33 says: and with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus: and great grace was upon them all.

They did what God asked them to do BUT it wasn’t in their own strength or power or provision…it was God’s grace that was given to them to carry out and walk in obedience. It is the same with us. He might ask us to step out and do some things but He supplies to us too with the strength, the power, the provision and even the FAITH to believe!!!

All throughout the New Testament, we read of God’s people walking in His power to bring wholeness to the broken. This same power is available to you if you are a believer and it is available to me. Whether those we meet along the way face physical sickness, bondages, an addiction, mind battles or spiritual distress, God wants us to see ourselves as the carriers of HIS redemption…and to walk even as He walked, by His grace.

What would our world, our communities, our churches, our homes look like today if every believer acted on His promises that go along with this commission? What would our own lives look like if we took the commands of scripture seriously? Such Scriptures as

 

Matthew 10:7-8: And as ye go, preach, saying, The Kingdome of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.