God had Moses go to the top of the mountain, and he took Aaron and Hur with him. God instructed Moses to hold his staff high above his head during the battle, and as long as the staff was raised and his arms were stretched out right toward the heavens, Joshua and his men would have the upper hand in the battle.
The Israelites had been wondering for a long time and started to question if God was even real, even after God provided manna from the sky and had water flow from a rock – they still questioned and were uncertain – so God had Moses perform a physical activity so that the power of God could be seen.
As long as Moses’ arms were held upright toward heaven, toward God, Joshua was winning. But if his arms fell, Joshua started to be defeated in battle. This carried on until the sunset and Joshua was victorious.
SOMETIMES GOD COMMANDS US TO DO A PHYSICAL ACT FOR SPIRITUAL RELEASE!
1 Timothy 2:8 (NLT)
Paul writes – in chapter 2 – instructions about worship…
PRAY WITH HANDS LIFTED TO HEAVEN!
- I feel like I love God, so why show it?
- I feel like I am humble, so why bow on my knees?
- I feel like I have the Holy Spirit in me, so why shout amen, why clap my hands, why walk to the altar to pray?
- God knows my heart, so I don’t need to do anything.
THERE ARE TIMES WHEN GOD WANTS YOU TO PERFORM A PHYSICAL ACTION!
How many times have you stood in this very church feeling the Holy Spirit run through and, just before a physical action took place, you stopped it–because you did not want to be the one? But, then when you left this church all you could think of was, “Man, I wish I would have gone to the altar. I wish I would have raised my hands to the Lord. I wish I would have said ‘amen.’ The Lord was leading me to move and I stood still.”?
Remember back before you were saved. Be honest. Did you go to the altar the first time you felt the Spirit move in you? Or, were you waiting on someone else to move first? Don’t let your lack of physical movement slow down salvation! God wants to move you for a reason!
PHYSICAL ACTION BRINGS SPIRITUAL RELEASE!