Sunday 20th June 2010 – Part 3 – Mountain of Success (Jehovahnissi)
Exodus 17 8:16 – Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand. So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. 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. And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. 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. And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovahnissi: For he said, Because the LORD hath sworn [that] the LORD [will have] war with Amalek from generation to generation.
- to accomplish an aim / goal
- embark on something and in the process the outcome is favorable
- attainment of wealth, fame, popularity
- coming into an inheritance
- being able to get your own
Success in Gods’ dimension speaks about inheritance, ownership. All that we are and all that we have is through God, in the natural when we cannot attain God will take us to a place where we will. Related Scripture on the inheritances for Gods’ children – Psalm 2:8 Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Ephesians 1 10 – 11 That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him: In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Does God want his children to succeed? We serve a God of Success from the beginning of times to the very end, in the final battle between God and Satan where Satan is defeated.
Why does God want us to succeed?:-
1) Inhabit – take control of things which may have looked impossible, move into territories which the enemy has control of. (Deuteronomy 2:12,21,22) 12 The Horims also dwelt in Seir beforetime; but the children of Esau succeeded them, when they had destroyed them from before them, and dwelt in their stead; as Israel did unto the land of his possession, which the LORD gave unto them. 21 A people great, and many, and tall, as the Anakims; but the LORD destroyed them before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead: 22 As he did to the children of Esau, which dwelt in Seir, when he destroyed the Horims from before them; and they succeeded them, and dwelt in their stead even unto this day:
The Bible accounts the victory of the children of Israel over the enemy in any land they went into. God has given his children success to take back what the enemy has stolen and inhabit those places where the enemy controlled.
2) Inherit –Inheritance is something you come into possession of, one does not have to work to get it. As sinners we did not deserve Salvation but we have inherited it.
Ephesians 1:11 In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will:
Hebrews 11: 8 By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went.
3) Inhibit – to restrain, resist or prevent. 1 Kings 18 – the prophets were hid in caves from the slaying of Jezebel until it was time to reveal them…the account goes on to record the great victory of Elijah on Mount Carmel.
How can we be successful:-
Amalek and the Israelites were fighting and Moses told Joshua to choose the men to fight I will go to the top of the hill with the rod, Aaron and Hur.
1) Being able to see what God is doing and what the enemy is doing. At the top the view of the battle is different this gave Moses the vantage point. Sometimes in the heat of the battle we are not sure if we are winning or losing God will lift us up to allow us to see how far we are in the battle.
2) Vested & Vintage testimony – the rod was a testimony of the ministry Moses represented, a testimony of all the great things Moses did through each battle and it demonstrated the Power of God in the life of Moses. The rod defeated Egypt, Pharaoh and the Red Sea. When Moses stretched the rod it represented success. Moses went up with the rod knowing that God came through for them in the past and he was about to do it again. To be successful we must attach ourselves to proven, uncompromised ministry. God wants us to be successful in a credible ministry, where things are not questionable.
3) Stand with Faithful men around us – Victorious Vanquishers. Sometimes we cannot be successful because the people we surround ourselves with are filled with negativity. Moses stood with Aaron and Hur, men who knew what success was all about,. Joshua was leading the battle down on the valley because he knew what success was and what it meant. Stand on the hill of success with people who know what success is…there are people who will never be successful because they are committed to people and things which have made them unsuccessful and prevented them from accomplishing what God wants them to. Not everybody in your life understands what success is, they don’t understand what God wants you to accomplish. Joshua 1:8-9 This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the LORD thy God [is] with thee whithersoever thou goest.
4) Stand until the end – Vindicated Valor. Moses got weary, the rod was heavy but he didn’t give up. When Moses hands dropped Aaron and Hur realized Israel was losing, being men of one accord having the same mind and vision as Moses they held up his hands on either side to win the battle. Moses didn’t have to instruct them they stood there and held up his hands to the very end. Stand on the mountain and see to the end of the battle. In the end Joshua discomforted Amalek with the edge of the sword. Uplifted hands signify Praise. Never turn your back on the enemy, see the battle through to the very end, keep your praise, worship, keep your hands and your head lifted up. Matthew 24:13 But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.
5) Be faithful and obedient to God and he will give you the Mountain of Success. You cannot go up to the mountain on your own, God will station people around you to encourage you along the way, to lift your spirit until the enemy is dispersed and destroyed. The account of Gideon and the Midianites God eliminated those who were not worthy to go, those who knelt to drink the water were not aware of the moves of the enemy….Judges 7 4-7 And the LORD said unto Gideon, The people [are] yet [too] many; bring them down unto the water, and I will try them for thee there: and it shall be, [that] of whom I say unto thee, This shall go with thee, the same shall go with thee; and of whomsoever I say unto thee, This shall not go with thee, the same shall not go. So he brought down the people unto the water: and the LORD said unto Gideon, Every one that lappeth of the water with his tongue, as a dog lappeth, him shalt thou set by himself; likewise every one that boweth down upon his knees to drink. And the number of them that lapped, [putting] their hand to their mouth, were three hundred men: but all the rest of the people bowed down upon their knees to drink water. And the LORD said unto Gideon, By the three hundred men that lapped will I save you, and deliver the Midianites into thine hand: and let all the [other] people go every man unto his place.
You cannot experience the victory unless you go through the battle…God didn’t make his children defeated he made us to be more than conquerors. God wants to reposition us but we need to take our eyes off men and look to the Lord “I will lift up my eyes to the hills from whence cometh my help, my help cometh from the Lord – Psalm 121:1”
The battle is strong but we have the promise “The Battle is not yours, its’ the Lords’