February 11

Exodus 17:12-13, 16 (NIV) 12When 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. 13So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

15Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner.

The rod of God was in Moses' raised hands. To the Israelites, this was one of the many pictures that symbolized the power of God with them. The rod had been the instrument of destruction for Pharaoh's army. It became like a banner to them, like a flag carried before them into battle. It constantly encouraged them that the LORD was present.

We need the same kind of encouragement as we go into battle, especially when it is a hard fought battle. We find the LORD Himself to be our banner. His promises to be with us encourage us, if we keep our eyes on them. But like Moses, there are times when we are physically or emotionally exhausted. It is just plain hard to keep holding the banner high. We need an Aaron and a Hur to come alongside us and help hold our hands up. That is one reason God placed us in a spiritual family. Who do you go to? It is usually those that the LORD has brought beside you at that particular time. It varies through the years so that we do not take our eyes off the banner and place them on one of these helpers.

Jehovah Nissi , the LORD is my banner. If your life has been dedicated to Him, then He is your banner as you go into the battles of life. You know He will be with you. When you grow weary, look around, for He has surely brought along some brother or sister to help hold the banner high until that battle is over. Since we are in a covenant relationship with Him, our enemies are His and His are ours. If God is for us, who can be against us?

Consider: Who has God placed around me to help me hold the banner high? Whose hands do I need to hold up?

February 11

Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV) 13"Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.

Contrary to popular humanist opinion, the Master teacher taught that few people have found the path to life. The world is telling us that all paths lead to life. It is teaching that your path is just as good as any other. Jesus flat out contradicts that idea. There is no way around His statement of fact. Either this man, whom the world respects as a great teacher, was totally off base, or postmodern thinking is dead wrong. Consider the fact that Jesus' teaching has stood strong for 2000 years, and postmodern teaching is just another idea in the constantly changing teachings from the intellect of man.

This is a challenge to every person to consider where he or she is headed. Jesus gave only two alternatives, destruction or life. Chances are you are on the road to destruction. Isn't that what He taught? The majority enters the broad gate. Have you found the narrow gate? Are you sure? And what about your loved ones? Have they found it? Jesus taught clearly in John chapter ten that He is the narrow gate. We must go through Him to find life.

Some folks want to think the broad road doesn't lead to destruction. Look around you. How many healthy, wholesome homes do you know of? I'm talking about homes where the parents love and spend time with their children, and where the children respect their parents, where all recognize and honor the Word of God. Now do you see that the gate is broad that leads to destruction? Those homes are a rarity. Those homes filled with strife and anger, bitterness and rivalry are many. Sin destroys, and that is why the love of God sent His Son to save us from it.

Consider: He is the narrow gate. Enter in and be transformed. Enter in and set your feet on the path of life. Guide your family in, and be whole.