Living a Christian life by no means could be classified as easy. It is the practice of laying down desires that would conflict with what Jesus Christ would say is holy and righteous. Its trusting and moving in a direction that is not always clear and the pathways are not only always free of darkness. Christianity is about moving in obedience to the voice of God. It’s discerning the difference between the voice of good and evil. It’s trusting that God will lead us through whatever obstacles we will face, and even though we may not see any light at the end of the tunnel yet. By faith we keep walking, one step in front of the other, guided by the voice of the Holy Spirit. Our faith grows the most when we can move according to the spirit and know nothing of the future only that God says to go.
But all of us as Christians will most likely reach a point in our walk, and in the battles we face that we will need the help of others. No matter our devotion, or our sincerity our physical bodies and emotional well being can be bombarded with the artillery of the enemy. What happens when we reach a point in our life or a battle we face and find ourselves wore out and the idea of continuing just simply seems impossible. Please note: The greatest battles fought in this world were not won by individuals, they were won by partnerships, teams, and united groups of people working together for the same cause. Each person looking out for the others well being and moving as one mind and one body.
What do we do? Do we simply give up, of course not? We must be able to rely on other individuals within the body to hold us up and assist us when those times come. The battles we face will not stop no matter how exhausted we may become. It is in these times our fellow brothers and sisters must assist us in our fight. For this reason we must care for and look after each other. We must be ready to hold them up. Not necessary fighting for them, but like pillars to a building we stand by them preventing their fall. We should never be ashamed to ask for help. The enemy’s tactic for even the best warrior is to pour the battles on one by one unrelentlusly in an effort to tear down their strength and to beat them down.
I point to Exodus 17:8-13 – We see Moses a great man of God, and how even he when he became weary, needed the help of others around him to win the battle. It reads - The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 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.” So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.
The point of this message is to remind us that no matter how strong we are in the Lord or how great we think our pastors, evangelist or teachers may be, all of us need each other, and all of us get tired at one time or another. May the Lord bring up pillars in the church body that look after the needs of our spiritual leaders as these leaders do like Moses did and hold up their staffs in battle for us corporately. If we see a leader or even a nonleader that has fallen in their battle, may we as a body reach out our hand in mercy and grace and work to restore that which God had called. Today, as your leaders move to instill God’s standards in society and in our families think about standing with them. Hold up their arms and give them strength to continue.