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At any dance party the DJ might have you wave your hands in the air and wave them around like you really don't care. When ever I teach or preach I have the audience wave either their Bible's or their hands in the air and wave them around like they really DO care. I've always thought words matter. and how you decide to use them is always important.
I have the awesome privilege of teaching 3rd and 4th graders the Bible on Wednesday nights at my church. I've been in ministry now for 25 years, teaching and preaching the Word to people from all walks of life. From adults, to teens, to children, it's been a joy and great responsibility God has given me. I find it amazing though, that when you are in a certain season or semester of doing one particular gift God has given you, some individuals assume that's all you can do. Isn't it great that sometimes God gives you more talents and abilities then the world sees or maybe wants to see. What ever season or semester you are in, use the gifts and talents God has placed within you. There is purpose in the season you're in. Seize every opportunity you have to share the Love of Christ. It is never wasted.
This week I taught the kids about the Lord being our Banner. There is a story in Exodus about the children of Israel giving God the name "Jehovah Nissi", the Lord is our Banner. I told them the story of how the Israelites went out to fight the Amalekites as they attacked. Moses told Joshua to choose some men to go out and fight. Now remember, these were former slaves, They had no fighting experience, no battle ready training, no chance against an army of warriors. They needed help, and God was ready to do that very thing. But, there was something Moses had to do.
I told the kids the Bible says Moses and 2 of his friends, Hur and Aaron, went up a mountain so they could see the battle and Joshua could see them. When Moses would lift his hands Israel would gain the advantage, but when Moses got tired and his arms went down they would start losing the battle. Moses's friends saw what was happening and decided to help a brother out. The battle dragged on all day and Moses wasn't a young buck, so Aaron and Hur took him over to a rock to sit down and helped hold his hands in the air. I asked the kids what do you think this represented, Moses holding his hand up so the the Lord would fight for Israel. Right then, a little girl shouted, "He was Praying!" I told them that was exactly right. I went on to explain that prayer is how we battle the enemy today, and God always hears us and fights for us. The battle raged all day, but with God on their side and friends there to lift Moses up when he got tired, the Israelites won the battle. It's the same thing for us. Do you have friends that help you when you need it? Are you praying for them and them for you? Remember, we are more powerful together, then when we do things on our own. I also told the kids, and I believe it's for someone today, that "The Lies Inside My Head, Can't Overcome The Savior That's In My Heart!"
Now you can wave your hands in the air like you really DO care! How ever you raise your hands, either in victory or surrender, let it always be in PRAYER! Pray to God the Father for what ever you need. Pray for Breakthrough, Pray for Victory, Pray for your Family, Fight the Battle in Prayer against the enemy that wants to kill, steal, and destroy your life. God is always at the ready to Fight For You. He is Jehovah Nissi, the Lord our Banner!