Exodus 17:8-13 describes how the Israelites defeated the Amalekites. As Joshua was fighting the battle, Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. Moses eventually became so tired that they took a stone and put it under him for him to sit on. Then Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
Grace Valley Ministries exists to help those on the front lines of battle, the Joshuas of ministry…those that are in the trenches of the battle…fighting with the sword of the Spirit. Although the Lord is with them, the battle is fierce and not without casualties. Phil, Sue, Cliff and Cheryl are being used by the Lord to win the battle. They are lifting their arms as they are ministering to the hurting and wounded.
Their arms will become tired. We are being called to hold up their hands. Although the ultimate victory has been won, the battle must be fought. Let’s become participants in the battle by uplifting God’s servants. How do we do that? How do we hold up their hands as Aaron and Hur held up Moses’ hands?
We pray fervently for Phil, Sue, Cliff and Cheryl. We encourage them by letting them know that we are beside them in battle…they they are not alone. We support them in tangible, monetary ways. Grace Valley Ministries may not have a physical structure at this point, but the ministry is in full swing. Phil and Cliff are meeting with pastor’s groups and pouring themselves into these men. Many are opening up in unbelievable ways. Healing is occurring. Sue is counseling one on one and seeing amazing results as the Lord restores and renews. Cheryl is continuing to seek God’s vision for this ministry while attending to the “behind the scenes” details. God is laying the spiritual foundation before providing any physical building. May we not only catch God’s vision, but see the need to lend financial support to what He is doing.
Ask the Lord how you can “hold up their hands”. God will show you practical ways to come along side Phil, Sue, Cliff and Cheryl. He will reveal how your strength can be infused into them. Galatians 6:9-10 states, let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all people, especially to those who belong to the family of believers. We have the opportunity. May we seize the moment and participate wholeheartedly in winning God’s battle by holding up their hands. To God be the Glory!