Journal Entry ~ 09/11/18

11 Whenever Moses held up his hand, Israel prevailed, and whenever he lowered his hand, Amalek prevailed.
12 But Moses' hands grew weary, so they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it, while Aaron and Hur held up his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side. So his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.
13 And Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the sword. - Exodus 17:11-13

I love the way this story ends: God tells Moses to write down what happened and tell it to Joshua, then Moses builds an altar and calls it The Lord is my Banner. 

Throughout scripture we are reminded to tell stories of God’s faithfulness in our lives. My life is full of stories of how I endured in a trial, working to keep my eyes fixed on Him, and He showed up to faithfully pull me through the battle on victory. One of my favorite parts of community is sharing and listening to these stories. God’s presence is most tangible in those moments that He is being glorified through the telling of stories of His goodness. When you hear testimonies of God at work, your faith is strengthened and your hope is restored. God uses the stories of others to remind you that He is at work in your life as well. When you share a story from your life, you give voice to the Holy Spirit dwelling within you. There are so many ways we quench and grieve the Spirit, quieting the voice of God that lives within us, sharing His stories is one of the best ways to strengthen His Spirit. If you’re struggling to find hope and you’re standing in that pit of despair, work to recall a story of God’s faithfulness in your life, then share it with someone else. You will be blessed beyond all measure. 

Moses didn’t just write this story down, he built an altar and named it The Lord is my Banner. He gave this story a title that shouts God is the identity that He lives under. A banner shouts your beliefs to the world, it proclaims the truths you love by and its should be easily read by those around you. We all have something on our banner that defines our lives - some people define themselves by their jobs, or their parenting, some define themselves by their success or accomplishments. Some people define their lives by the shame of their past, unforgiveness, or they write victim on the banner. Would the people in your life know what’s on your banner? I want the Lord on my banner. I want there to be no mistaking what and who defines my life to the people who watch me live. The Lord is my banner. 

Press on ~ you are loved 💗


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