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Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Intercession: The Throne Ministry # 15

"For Ever, O Lord, Thy Word is Settled in Heaven" (continued)

Moses was first of all an intercessor with God's interest at heart, and the true spiritual leaders of God's people are always those who intercede and stand and take the offensive by the "sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God." When the intercessors become faint and weary in their task, then the enemy will smite "the hindmost of thee, even all that were (are) feeble behind thee": he will try and cut off those who have wandered from the course. Those of us who have committed ourselves to intercession should be watchful, for like Moses we can become faint of heart or discouraged, and the enemy is alert and watching for such a time as this.

Let us hold up each other's arms!
Let us keep the Rod of God's power high!
Let us stand firm in our position in Christ at God's Right Hand!
Let us remain alert and "watch unto prayer" and, thereby, stop Amalek from preying upon the feeble.

Now, we need to see that there was an even greater reason that God "fighteth against Amalek from generation to generation." We have said that behind Amalek is satan, and satan in all his evil being is first and foremost antichrist: he is against all that God has purposed in the Christ. And being antichrist, he is anti-Word, for Christ Is the Living Word; and the Living Word Through the Written Word  proclaims satan's doom from the beginning to the end: - "It (Christ) shall bruise thy head ... the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone ... for ever and ever" (Genesis 3:15; Revelation 20:10). The Written Word absolutely proclaims satan's doom. Therefore, he will do anything in an attempt to annul completely, to make void, to annihilate, to blaspheme, to nullify, the Word of God.

So behind the scenes, almost hidden from view unless we search, there is a great battle going on in the heavenlies as Joshua and Moses and the others prevail against Amalek, for God is about to tell Moses to record this important battle in a book.

"And the Lord said unto Moses, "Write this for a memorial in a book (Hebrew: in the Book)."

In this scripture, we have the first occurrence of the word "write" in the Bible. Over and over again, God would command his servants, "Write thou," in order that His Written Word would be brought forth; and all through the ages, these Words have been rehearsed in the ears of "the Joshuas" as  they prepare for battle. Repeatedly the Lord has said to them as He said to Joshua:

"Be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law ... turn not from it to the right hand or to the left (this is how we stay on direct course by letting the Written Word become a living reality in us through Christ) ... this book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein" (Joshua 1:7, 8).

No wonder satan sent Amalek to attack Israel: The Book of the Law was being written, the Words that could not come back to God void were being recorded, and would continue to be recorded until the Written Word of God was complete. Enraged, the enemy set out to stop the Word of God from being fulfilled, for if he can nullify one Word, one Jot or Tittle of the Word of God, then his doom cannot happen; but even though satan may cause, and fight, many battles, he has already lost the war - because God's un-annullable Word says:

"For ever, O Lord, Thy Word is settled in Heaven." (Psalm 119:89)

~T. Austin-Sparks~

(continued with # 16)

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