Sunday, January 7, 2018

the Amalekite spirit

On one of those Friday nights, we were praying and I got an insight that I thought will benefit you as well.  Every other time God is calling us to a higher place. When you honor and and make the step into your destiny, you will face stiff opposition. This spirit that stands against you can be likened to the Amalekites who stood against the Israelite as they journeyed to Canaan.

The Amalekites are a tribe who were descendants of Esau. In Exodus 17, the Israelite had camped in Rephidim, a place that had no water. They had crossed the red sea, walked in the desert of sin and had been through several places. In Rephidim, God showed His faithfulness when Moses struck a rock and water came forth. The whole assembly drank from the rock. Paul in 1 Cor 10:4 tells us that the rock was Christ.

After this episode of God providing water, the Amalekites attacked the Israelite. This spirit waylays you when you are most vulnerable. It is a spirit that comes to delay, discourage and oppose. It seeks to destroy you so that you fail tot enter into your next level. The Amalek were defeated by Joshua's sword and Moses' lifted hands. 

Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this in the book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly wipe out the memory of Amalek [and his people] from under heaven.” 15 And Moses built an altar and named it The Lord Is My Banner; 16 saying, “The Lord has sworn [an oath]; the Lord will have war against [the people of] Amalek from generation to generation.”  Exodus 17:14 -16
It is interesting that you notice the last verse 16. The LORD will have war against Amalek forever. Even in my generation the LORD has war against the Amalek (the spirit). 

But the people who live in the land are strong, and the cities are fortified (walled) and very large; moreover, we saw there the descendants of Anak [people of great stature and courage]. 29 [The people descended from] Amalek live in the land of the Negev (South country); the Hittite, the Jebusite, and the Amorite live in the hill country; and the Canaanites live by the [Dead] Sea and along the side of the Jordan.” Numbers 13: 28 - 29
The spies who brought back the report of Canaan did not miss out the Amalek. This was a source of fear and intimidation for some of the Israelites, contrary to the word of God.  The Amalekite spirit creates fear and a feeling of inadequacy, hopelessness, despair and weeping.

After many years, God still remembered His covenant and promise that He will fight and destroy the Amalek. He commissions king Saul in 1 Samuel 15 to destroy the Amalek.

Samuel said to Saul, “The Lord sent me to anoint you king over His people Israel. Now listen and pay close attention to the words of the Lord. Thus says the Lord of hosts (armies), ‘I will punish Amalek for what he did to Israel, how he set himself against him on the way when Israel came up from Egypt. Now go and strike Amalek and completely destroy everything that they have; do not spare them, but kill both man and woman, child and infant, ox and sheep, camel and donkey.’” 1 Samuel 15:1 - 3.
But Saul was unable to defeat them. The Amalek can only be defeated by the sword of the spirit and with lifted hands of prayer. The journey to his destiny was aborted instantly. The Amalelite spirit prevailed over Saul. 

Many destinies have been aborted. Many have been unable to fulfill their charge. Many have succumbed to this spirit. Dreams have been abandoned as fear and discouragement took over. But God has promised to fight the Amaleks from generation to generation. Take the sword and lift your hands, this spirit must be defeated and destroyed. You must overcome this year 2018! If you want to lay hold of your possessions this year, you must fight your way through this opposition. May you not be a victim of sabotage by this spirit.
Balaam looked at Amalek and took up his [fifth] discourse (oracle) and said:“Amalek was the first of the [neighboring] nations [to oppose the Israelites after they left Egypt],But his end shall be destruction.” Numbers 24:20
May you set your feet into your destiny this year. Wishing you a prosperous happy new year!