Overcoming by Planting in Our Hearts Memorials of Remembrance of our Testimonies
God wants us to remember what He has done in our lives, and to use those testimonies when we need to overcome. In Exodus 17:8-16 we see the story of Joshua fighting the Amalekites, while Moses prayed up on the overlooking hill. “And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed” (Vs. 11). “Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side” (Vs. 12) until Joshua and the Israelites had the victory.
We can see that the Amalekites were a type of the flesh and sin. We overcome by raising our hearts to God and trusting in Him, but whenever we begin trusting in the arm of the flesh, our weaknesses prevail. God said He would utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek. In Jesus, He did that. Our old man is dead, and sin no longer has dominion over us, as long as we trust in Him rather than the flesh.
The Lord said to write about it as a memorial Vs. 14 – that is, remember the testimony of what God did. “Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation” (Vs. 16). While the Amalekites had been defeated, just as sin has been defeated, yet they must be defeated throughout our lives and in every generation. The devil does not take no for an answer but will keep on trying. And our flesh still wants to rise up.
Let Our Testimonies Be Memorial Stones of Remembrance Planted in our Hearts
Remembered that our testimony is so important to overcoming. “And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word their testimony” (Rev. 12:11). We won, by the blood of the Lamb. And we appropriate that in order to have daily victory by the word of our testimony, receiving in our daily lives what Jesus accomplished once and for all by His blood. We have His Gift of Righteousness, and we look to Him as we work that out in our lives. I see our testimonies of God as those memorial stones, planted in our hearts, to which we can constantly return, speaking forth what God did, building our faith for overcoming.
What Is Your Testimony for Today?
Phil. 4 tells us that we overcome worry and problems by prayer and thanksgiving, giving us the peace of God that surpasses understanding. To experience that, we must know what we are thankful for. Let us plant those memorial stones in our hearts, rehearsing our testimonies of God’s love and faithfulness. That is how we overcome – fleshly attempts never succeed. And let us hold up each other’s arms, encouraging one another when temptation and doubt try to have their way.
Thankfulness and praise are such important elements. Often, when we are asked for our testimony, we will share about when we were saved or filled with the Spirit or some great past spiritual victory. And those times are so important to remember.
But, also, “This is the day the Lord has made; We will rejoice and be glad in it” (Ps. 118:24), for, “His mercies are new every morning” (Lam. 3:22-23). So, what is your testimony for today, and each day? Let us train our hearts to recognize His work in our daily lives and plant those testimonies as memorials of remembrance, to be used when we need to overcome.