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.
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).
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.
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.
May you set your feet into your destiny this year. Wishing you a prosperous happy new year!