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September 5, 2022 6:00 am
Pastoral author and Bible teacher when you praise God. There is something powerful spiritual is happening I cannot overemphasize this to you, and were not just singing songs are engaged in a spiritual battle. It may not look like were fighting, but all is the way we fight we turn on the praise and the joy of the Lord become our strength. Allen right welcome to another message of good news will help you see your life in a whole new light excited for you to hear the teaching today. Get our series called Moses is presented for an older church in North Carolina not able to stay with us throughout the entire program to make sure you know how to get our special resource right now. Yours for your donation this month to Allen Wright ministries so as you listen to today's message. We encourage you to go deeper as we send you today special offer. Contact us at pastoralan.org that's pastor out and.org or call 877-544-4860 that's 877-544-4860. More on this later in the program but now let's get started with today's teaching here is Alan Wright when you see Moses lifting up his hands like this is that the staff is 10. This is the staff that that was cast down to the ground became a state depicted Optima staff again so the symbol of God's miraculous power sign wonder is the staff that struck the Nile. The source of life to Egypt and turned to blood. So it is that it is the picture of the ultimate judgment of God is the same staff was held up in the Red Sea parted so the people God could expand his unmerited favor and then the enemies of God could be swallowed up in this is the staff that struck the rock and brought symbolically judgment down upon the rock but then water that just sprang forth miraculous like a river in the desert.
That's the staff and all that. Everything that staff is lifted.
Moses remembers that the people remember that he's got his hands up like this is a step when when a Hebrew man lifts up his hands like this. This is a picture really could be three different things. It's a picture of prayer we think about the posture prayer be maybe like this for hands or folder to put your hands in your lap and phone is not the way the Hebrew people try to put their hands up like this, but is also a picture of praise is a picture of lifting up lifting up holy hands to the Lord, what would you do if you're new to this. You wonder why you see people lifting up their hands will because in the first place. It's up it's a picture of intercession, but when we worshiping the Lord is like my hands lifted up.
It's like there's something is being lifted up its assemble. It is a expression of lifting up the Lord is it's like a single child lifting up hands to my father. I love being held by you. It's a picture of surrenders all of those things with the picture of prayer, and it's a picture of praise, but there's 1/3 thing that this symbolizes and that is that is.
This is the way that the priest would would have the posture of his hands when he would bless the people this is why when I see the Lord bless you and keep you, Lord, be kind and gracious, you can have my hands lifted like this because what that symbolizes is that what I really wish I could come and lay hands on everyone's shoulder, but when there's a crowd together you do it symbolically and put your hands like this because it is if I'm laying my hands on each one of you to impart blessing. So prayer and praise and blessing are absolutely instrumental in the spiritual battle and we see this all throughout the Old Testament. So Moses is up there. First, as the prayer warrior lifting up his hands is the intercessor what is an intercessor. And intercessor is someone who literally goes between and that's what Moses was for the people he went between the people and God and many times will see Moses interceding for the people. What is this essentially this is essentially saying someone who had more faith than the people and more righteousness than the people when interacting with God on behalf of the people I and would come to God claiming the promises of God on behalf of the people. So Moses was an intercessor he was intercessor the way he lived his life with this moment he's up there, interceding. He is another word for this, is an advocate. He was an advocate and an advocate is what you need when you have been accused.
I had a little situation come up in Virginia not too long ago I was on unfamiliar highways.
I was unfamiliar with the speed limits. I they were changing those speed limits every five minutes they were changing them.
This was not related to the fact that I was talking to Bennett and eating popcorn. It was not related to that, and I had a friendly visit from a deputy sheriff there and in in Virginia and that we had a very pleasant conversation and he left me a little piece of paper. Sort of a keepsake from our visit and I II To that, but I I decided to hire an advocate in that county in Virginia who would go and plead my case for me which did not include. I'm sorry I was distracted by eating popcorn and talking to my son and included some other strategies of the advocate knew better. And so the advocate went and interceded for me and wrote me back and was glad to report that my offense had been reduced to a nonmoving violation of faulty equipment and it's a very old car and it's just got faulty equipment all over it so it's an intercessor.
Thank God for advocates and so that's what Moses was doing. He was advocating. My arms are advocating for the people of God by Ms. op is holding up the varieties holding up the staff, which is the symbol of the covenant until promises and power of God.
What was Moses doing up and I knows that I met you doing this God lift up my hands to you, and I remind you as we fight this battle that you spoke a promise to your servant Abraham did. We are the sons and the daughters of Abraham, and we live and we move in the promises that were given to Abraham and Lord.
Your word cannot come back to you boy and so I bring back the promises that you have given to us, but we would be a nation. Your treasured people and that we would have a promised land. Lord we can have a promised land that the Amalekites wipe us out today so bless this people, O Lord God move on their back.
I imagine he just pray like that staff anytime he does lifted up just lifting back up here is your promise to me.
Remember the day that you told me to throw it to the ground and it became a snake and then I picked it up and it became a staff again and you reminded me that I have power over the enemy by your grace and your Majesty, Violet needs prying like that. Something like that. 70s lip is a phrase there advocate so he is up there interceding for them and when he intercedes, they win the war when is not interceding something happened so, but he's also a picture of praise. He is a picture of a lifted hands symbolically to heaven. The staff is also a reminder of all of God's supernatural presence with them. It is a reminder that God you done wonderful things.
So when you lift up your hands and you lift up these lifting up the staff of God what's going on in his heart was coming out of his lips is also best and I praise you, praise you because you're the one who brought us out of Egypt with a mighty outstretched hand.
I praise you because I remember your faithfulness to us what we came for the Passover and then passed the waters. I praise you Lord, because you provided manna for us in the desert you provided water from the rock. Thank you God that you have sustained us all this time are now sustaining the people in battle. I think in advance for the victory. This being one today and I just praise you and I thank you and I worship you and I praise you, and what's happening as he praises God the people, women. I cannot over emphasize to you the power that is in praise if I would tell you just what's one thing right now, you could do when you're up against the spiritual battle find somebody little praise God with you and just praise God with all your heart, recounted all of his mighty deeds and let your soul save bless the Lord, O my soul and all that is within me, and bless his holy name.
Forget not all of his benefits. When you praise God.
There is something powerful spiritual that is happening. I cannot over emphasize this to you.
We come in, were not just singing songs we are engaged in a spiritual battle. It may not look like were fighting, but also as a way we fight we turn on the praise and the joy of the Lord will become our strength and talent right will have more teaching moment from today's important series like something is holding you back as if you lack an important scene that could change everything.
Is there someone you love to sing stack well. What's missing blessing on the vision spoken over you can learn how to embrace who practice a blessing to Pastor Alan writes new book, it's a blast, which became an enzyme number one best seller. After 370s until now the hardcover book has only been available through retail sales this month right ministries once send you the I thank you for your demos make your gift today and discovered the power to bless the gospel is shared when you get talent right ministries. This broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support.
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Today's teaching now continues once again is and then he's up there blessing the people you know how much I love this picture. Moses I don't know if he's more the intercessor more the praise leader are few more just blessing the people I got my hands raised Moses the Lord.
I just I thank you for these people.
I just blessing. Bless you Joshua you mighty man of valor.
Bless you the strength of your hands and the sword may be sharpened to and to the target and then I bless this people that they remember who they are and just blessing this blessed blessing blessing the people and every time that they look up on the hillside they see Moses hands raised.
They remember that he is blessing them. They remember he's interceding for them. They remember that there God's people, just knowing that your blast fills your heart with strength to face the spiritual battle. This is a mystery but it is just so so powerful that when you get a sense that your blast it changes your capacity to be a blessing. This is how you overcome the flesh awareness and infilling of the blessed blessing of God mentioned several years ago study that just absolutely blows my mind, but absolutely foundational study. They were years ago, wanting to see how just the general benevolence and kindness of people would would would manifest if a woman on a public sidewalk drop some folders and papers. How many people would would stoop down and help her pick up the papers and the setting for this was that they would drop the pet the woman dropped the papers just outside of a phone booth. If someone is stepping out of the phone booth your phone booth is ancient structure that is like a cubicle that's upright and there was a device and they're hooked up to a cord and you could put coins in there and push a button or two and call somebody.
So at the end of the phone call they'd hang up the phone stepped out of the phone booth and there. This lady suddenly drops the papers. How many people will stop and help her pick up those papers and what they found was an astonishing dismal 4% of people 4% of the people after they stepped on the phone but haven't made a phone call. [The notice something else accidentally in their study about human behavior.
They noticed that almost 100% of the people would do something before they left the phone booth.
They reached their finger into the coin return to see if there was a dime so somebody had the idea. Let's let's kind of morph our study and they started leaving time in the phone booth coin return so that after their phone call they'd reach in and find the time and they wanted to see if finding a dime right before you encounter a woman whose dropped papers would make you more likely to stoop down and help the lady pick up the papers and what they discovered was credible. If people found a dime in the phone booth. They were 87% of them would bend down and help her pick up the papers people were 22 times more likely to be kind to someone because they found a dime. Are you kidding me. You just find it dime and you go is a good day. Life is good. Can I help you really this is a true study which goes far to explain why it is that the kindness of God is what leads us to repentance, which goes far to explain the transformation in a Christian's life who discovers the inexpressible gift of God that is been given in Jesus Christ. If your life could be impacted and you overcome the selfishness of your flesh simply because you find a dime. How much transformation could happen in a manner woman's life, who finds that they been given Jesus Christ himself. So this is what happens when you are blessed and you know that your blast it changes everything about the way you live your life. It changes the way you win the battle over the flesh. The battle over sin and selfishness and it changes the entirety of the spiritual battle the whole spiritual battle depends upon the forces of darkness, seeking to convince you that your unblessed and condemn, but when you're confident that you are blessed and forgiven and made an heir with Christ himself. The enemy voice become silence and loses all of its power. What is all this pointing to this is pointing to the gospel.
Most of the sermons that you ever hear on this text from the battle against the Amalekites would generally go in one or two directions.
It will generally say so here goes. Christians you need to pray more. If you just pray more than you know, the people would win the battle more and so it becomes kind of a heavy thought but maybe the reason that life is going well is because I hadn't done enough.
I hadn't prayed enough.
My hands got weary the way that preachers love to use this is that they'll say this is a picture of the pastor, your church in his hands are wary and so you need to hold up his hands more and you only because more. I need to give more needed to serve more and and and and and and plus I need some homegrown tomatoes. But anyway this is not the point of this story because all of the Old Testament is pointing Jesus Christ and the story of Moses and the narrative Moses pointed to the gospel of Christ is done for the story really is about is ultimately about the reality that comes in Jesus Christ, who becomes our intercessor.
What the Scripture says is first John, my little children, I'm writing these things to you so you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world, and by this we know that we've we've come to know him.
We keep his commandments what he is saying is the capacity for you to be to keep the commandments and have assurance of your senses to note that Jesus Christ died for the propitiation of your said that all your sins would be exposed from your record.
But he would make God also propitious toward you meeting favorable towards you because Jesus Christ is been raised from the dead. He's ascended to the heavens.
And Paul says what then shall we say that these things Romans 831 to 30.
Not if God is for us who can be against us. You do not spare his own son but gave him up for us all, how will he not also with him graciously give us all things shall bring any charge against God's elect is God who justifies the condemn Jesus Christ as the one who died more than that he was raised was at the right hand of God, who is indeed interceding for Jesus as our Advocate. Jesus is interceding for us. Jesus is praying for you.
So there's a heavenly courtroom scene that the Bible conveys figuratively before our eyes, and that is is Satan himself. God sees the accuser of the brother and he said he said this is a God said, I accuse Alan Wright because of his sin.
He doesn't deserve to be blessed he should name be anointed to build or preach a sermon, they shouldn't be able to to have a long life he should be able to remain how you should have anything good come in because look at all of his sin and there in the courtroom advocate says that's usually your honor, but I have to ask for the dismissal of these charges. Why, because this crime has already been paid for.
I already died and suffered the ultimate punishment. It would be unjust for you to punish two people for the same crime. Therefore, Alan is free. The judge said fraid not guilty every single time the view that the accuser's voice, this is the picture that should come to your mind, Jesus Christ the righteous advocate interceding for you in his hands do not grow weary prayer warrior praying for you and he is the praise leader, the victor wearing the victor's crown and he is the one who blesses you and imparts blessing upon blessing upon blessing. In other words, Christ figuratively speaking. He is the Moses only hill and were fighting a real flight and it doesn't matter whether we win or lose.
When you see Christ high and lifted up, you know you went and asked the gospel on right and Moses intercedes for the battle.
Blessing your life grayscale vision for your rights, free grace and encouragement. Alan writes a daily blessing. It's free. Just a click away. Pastor I got away feel like something is holding you back if you lack an important scene that could change everything.
Is there someone you referencing stock health and well what's missing blessing on the vision spoken over you can learn how to embrace the practice of blessing to pastor Alan writes new book, it's a blast, which quickly became an enzyme number one bestseller after 370s until now the hardcover book has only been available through retail sales this month right ministries once send you the I thank you for your demolition, your gift today and discovered the power to bless gospel is shared when you get to Alan Wright Ministries. This broadcast is only possible because of listener financial support. When you get today. We will send you a special offer. We are happy to send this to you as I thanks from Alan Wright Ministries, seven 877-544-4860 877-544-4861 come to our website pastor out.work canal in the application. I think here for our lives is again to keep our eyes on Jesus and the you the battle you don't look at Jesus and see perspiration on his upper lip and he's not bothered, and that gives us hope is a wonderful wonderful vision in the sea and in your heart see Christ as your intercessor see him as the one who is in that heavenly courtroom and one who say no charts can be brought against you, because the debts been paid pleading justice. Therefore, on your behalf. Seeing Christ your prayer partner in the heavenly's Christ the victor, who's made a public spectacle of the of the forces of darkness in the heavenly places in Christ who is risen and blesses you and others when you are going through a difficult battle. Fix your eyes on Jesus is the author and the finisher of your faith and he's with you and he is victorious on your behalf. I think the other thing is understand that the these we call the plagues, but they really should just become miraculous signs God was showing that he is powerful and he is doing a redemptive work for his people right and so all things that were made through him and if he let things unraveled. That's what you see in the plagues, but ultimately what he did was when he went to the cross. He let all order in all creation unravels the ultimate chaos and punishment was visited upon the righteous one so that then we would experience his grace. So even in these stories of the plagues we see often the distance, the picture of Jesus upon whom the ultimate plague fell so that we would not experience it, and the plague of our own sin all the punishment due us. Jesus, today's good news production. Alan Wright Ministries