(17:9) Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”
(17:15) Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. (17:16) He said, “For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. The° LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.”
(33:11) The LORD would speak to Moses face to face, as a man speaks with his friend. Then Moses would return to the camp, but his young aide Joshua son of Nun did not leave the tent.
“Leaders have a contagious relationship with God”
“Moses allowed Joshua to represent him to others”-speaker
“Christianity was never meant to be a club”-Ron Luce
“Luxuries vs. Necessities”When you are at war, you don’t think about the trivial things- your focus is on the front lines. When at peace, you are likely to think about trivial things. God wants your heart first, but then he wants your lifestyle. If you call your weaknesses ‘problems’ instead of ‘sin’, you are not thinking like a soldier. A soldier doesn’t need an explanation to follow their orders, if they trust their commander, they won’t hesitate in battle. If you are a soldier, God’s got an assignment for you. Are you a clubmember, or are you a soldier? You can’t join the Military, you enlist. Enlisting means signing your rights away willingly to accomplish a necessary task. In church, many people visit the ‘recruiting office’ every week, and talk about the committment, but they never enlist- over and over. They wonder why the battle is being lost, and wonder why others are not enlisting.
(16:24) Then Jesus said to his disciples, “If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
You don’t need to deny yourself to join a club. You do need to deny yourself to follow Jesus. When will you ‘die’ to yourself?
..These notes were taken by Ezra J. Engle at Acquire The Fire in Sacramento last year.