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A Time To Confront A Challenge – Exodus 17:8-16

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powersc of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God,a so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. (Ephesians 6:12-13)

On their way to the Promised Land, the first enemy they faced was internal – they had a complaining attitude. Now they would face an external enemy. This attack would teach them that God is in control even when they face a challenge and difficulty. The battle truly does belong to the Lord.

The battle they fought was one skirmish that must be seen in the context of the great cosmic battle between God and Satan. This is a battle that has been won by Jesus Christ (Colossians 2:15). Even though the war is won, the battle still rages. Our struggles must also be seen in light of this larger battle. The true nature of the battle is seen in the quiet of our own hearts where two powers are fighting for control.

After God gave them the victory, Moses built an altar and called it, “The LORD is my banner.” The word “banner” speaks of a signal pole around which troops would rally. God must be the source of their identity, security, and significance.

God must also be the marker in our lives. He must be our security and significance that we cling to in the midst of challenges. He must be our hope and our banner. Join us as we probe the lessons the Israelites learned as they faced this challenge in the wilderness.


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