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Lord, Let Me Not Be Ashamed of My Hope (Part 3)

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Over three decades ago I become interested in the Bible, having drank from the heavenly cup once, I have not been tired to drink more

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4) Types of Lifting Up

There are two types of lifting up on earth and they are physical lifting and spiritual lifting.

It is the common believe of many in the world that before something happens physically it would have happened spiritually. Before Jesus was given birth to physically, things have happened in the spiritual realm such that the reasons for his birth among others have been stated. (Rev. 12:1-4; Isa. 7:14)

I will want us to see some examples of people who have been lifted up in the ancient days as we find in the Holy Bible.

Few Examples of Those Lifted Up in Bible

I want us to see examples of two people who are lifted up in the Holy Bible, one being lifted up by the Power of God and the other person was promoted by the power of Satan.

1. Joshua:

Joshua has been an ardent follower of Prophet Moses since the time they have gotten out of the land of Egypt, he follows him around to the mountains to pray with him and he has been of immense use to the man of God in different ways.

When the people of Amalek withstood the people of Israel and they would not want them to progress in their journey to possess the land of promise, which God has promised their forefathers, war was declared and it was Joshua who was selected by Prophet Moses to lead the battle.

“Exo 17:8 Then came Amalek, and fought with Israel in Rephidim.

Exo 17:9 And Moses said unto Joshua, Choose us out men, and go out, fight with Amalek: to morrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in mine hand.

Exo 17:10 So Joshua did as Moses had said to him, and fought with Amalek: and Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill.

Exo 17:11 And it came to pass, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed: and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed.

Exo 17:12 But Moses' hands were heavy; and they took a stone, and put it under him, and he sat thereon; and Aaron and Hur stayed up his hands, the one on the one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun.

Exo 17:13 And Joshua discomfited Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.

Exo 17:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.”

After this war, the people of Israel could progress in their journey to the land of promise. While they were progressing, they forsooth provoked Yahweh the God of their fathers on several occasions and were dealt with accordingly, but something happened that lead to the promotion of this man of God, Joshua among the people of Israel and it was the error of Prophet Moses and High Priest Aaron.

The people had asked for water in the wilderness which God was not happy with, they pushed the man of God to the wall by their utterances he, Prophet Moses, together with Aaron went to the Lord in prayers to tell him what the people asked for, they asked for water to drink. God replied them by telling them what to do to get water for his people.

“Num 20:2 And there was no water for the congregation: and they gathered themselves together against Moses and against Aaron.

Num 20:3 And the people chode with Moses, and spake, saying, Would God that we had died when our brethren died before the LORD!

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Num 20:4 And why have ye brought up the congregation of the LORD into this wilderness, that we and our cattle should die there?

Num 20:5 And wherefore have ye made us to come up out of Egypt, to bring us in unto this evil place? it is no place of seed, or of figs, or of vines, or of pomegranates; neither is there any water to drink.

Num 20:6 And Moses and Aaron went from the presence of the assembly unto the door of the tabernacle of the congregation, and they fell upon their faces: and the glory of the LORD appeared unto them.

Num 20:7 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Num 20:8 Take the rod, and gather thou the assembly together, thou, and Aaron thy brother, and speak ye unto the rock before their eyes; and it shall give forth his water, and thou shalt bring forth to them water out of the rock: so thou shalt give the congregation and their beasts drink.”

Prophet Moses and Aaron however did not do what God instructed them to do, “speaking unto the rock”, therefore God vowed that they would not enter the promised land.

So that there wouldn’t be vacuum in leadership, God asked Prophet Moses to anoint Joshua instead.

“Num 27:18 And the LORD said unto Moses, Take thee Joshua the son of Nun, a man in whom is the spirit, and lay thine hand upon him;

Num 27:19 And set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation; and give him a charge in their sight.

Num 27:20 And thou shalt put some of thine honour upon him, that all the congregation of the children of Israel may be obedient.

Num 27:21 And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation.

Num 27:22 And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation:

Num 27:23 And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.”

This was how Joshua became lifted in the presence of all the people, and he was the one who led the people of Israel into the Promised Land.

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2. Woman with Familiar Spirit at Endor:

King Saul when he was still burning for the Lord noticed that there are witches, sorcerers, and those with familiar spirits in the country which is against the will of Yahweh for his people. (Deu. 18:11; Lev. 19:31) On noticing this, he flushed the people out of the land.

“1 Sa 28:3 Now Samuel was dead, and all Israel had lamented him, and buried him in Ramah, even in his own city. And Saul had put away those that had familiar spirits, and the wizards, out of the land.”

Though the King tried to flush every one with spirits like this out of the land, but one of them managed to hide herself and was still performing her enterprise albeit secretly at Endor.

There are people still patronizing the woman. Thus, when the King was in a dilemma, wanting God to direct his steps but because of his anomaly God had distanced himself from him decided to seek direction for his life through other means. The means he resorted to was asking from those who have familiar spirit.

He knows no one, but when he raised the issue with his subjects (servants) they told him about a woman at Endor.

By the power of darkness (Satan) this woman has been lifted up within the country and which the people were aware of.

“1Sa 28:7 Then said Saul unto his servants, Seek me a woman that hath a familiar spirit, that I may go to her, and enquire of her. And his servants said to him, Behold, there is a woman that hath a familiar spirit at Endor.”

From this we can see that those two powers lift people up in the world, it is the one which one subjects himself (or herself) unto that would lift the person up on earth.

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