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The Lord is My Banner - Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

“So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.’ Moses built an altar and named it The Lord is My Banner; and he said, ‘The Lord has sworn; the Lord will have war against Amalek from generation to generation.”
Exodus 17:11-15

Okay, so in yesterday’s devotional, I must have conveyed a hint of weariness in my words. What was written was true. What was conveyed was accurate and honest. Yesterday was a hard day for me as the leader of the 40-day tent revival. It was a long day of questioning. It was a long day of processing. THANKFULLY the Lord in His sovereign timing, encouraged Himself to me in a mighty way. God is so faithful. I agree with the words of Moses, “The Lord is My Banner.” Just as the Israelites were facing frustration and defeat with the Amalekites, I too believe the Lord will get me through all situations. He wont’ leave me. He won’t forsake me. God revealed to me that He is right by my side guiding my every step in the process of pursuing revival for the people in Dallas. Allow me to explain what happened last night.

10 minutes before the service began, I called my wife Laura and said it doesn’t look like many people are coming tonight. We had tornado watches throughout the afternoon, we had a thunderstorm warning surrounding us, and it looked like the attendance was going to be low. So I called for prayer. I asked for discernment. I was struggling. In my wife’s sweet voice, she prayed for strength and encouragement. I said thanks and hung up the phone.

As I was thinking about and praying for the service that night, I felt led to have a local pastor named Michael open the evening in prayer. From a distance I saw him and a lady named Wendy (whom I call my spiritual aunt) talking. I quickly approached the local pastor. As I asked if he would be willing to pray, they both started laughing. I simply shrugged it off, but thought it was rather unusual. God was up to something. Well to find out later, in Wendy’s own words, she described what they were talking about at that moment: “Tonight, I asked Michael if we could gather around Kyle and pray for him because of his weariness. He wondered how we would do that since the agenda was already planned. Before the words were fully out of his mouth, Kyle walked up and asked Michael if he would open in prayer. Oh were we elated at that quick answer! Kyle caught the joy on our faces, but had no idea why it was there!”

During the worship time, the Lord placed on Wendy’s heart to pray over me from the passage concerning about Aaron and Hur holding up Moses’ arms. She knew I was growing weary and tired. Wendy wrote to me this morning and said, “I had no idea where to find the passage and prayed the Lord would help me. I found it within a couple minutes and whispered to Michael that I wanted to pray it after he prayed. Then I asked the Lord how many verses to read. As I finished reading the last verse the worship team was singing, “Jehovah Nissi, the Lord is my banner.”! It was amazing! Have we ever heard of a song that actually said, "Jehovah Nissi--the Lord is my banner"? No way! The Lord had orchestrated it all.” Praise Jesus for the Holy Spirit speaking to Wendy.

Then as Michael came forward to lead us in prayer for the TENT (or so I thought), he also asked Wendy and another local pastor, Pastor Stephen (who has been a new-found source of encouragement for me over the past 17 days) to come forward and pray specifically for strength and encouragement for me and my family. Okay, so this wasn’t in the plans and preparations…

Yet what a blessing beyond any words or descriptions. It was exactly what I needed to continue this journey for revival in Dallas. Therefore, as Wendy began to pray over me, she and Pastor Stephen lifted my arms in the air. I couldn’t believe it. How humbling. I wept. As she prayed, she read from Exodus 17:11-15 that says, “So it came about when Moses held his hand up, that Israel prevailed, and when he let his hand down, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands were heavy. Then they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it; and Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side and one on the other. Thus his hands were steady until the sun set. So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write this in a book as a memorial and recite it to Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from under heaven.’ Moses built an altar and named it The Lord is My Banner; and he said, ‘The Lord has sworn; the Lord will have war against Amalek from generation to generation.” Thank-you Lord for Your timely encouragement.

Why was this prayer so moving in my life and so timely? Well, because over six years ago in a small, upper room of the student union of Taylor University I believe the Lord faithfully revealed to me (in a Damascus road experience) this time would come. (Remember I grew up conservative…J) I knew there would be times of pursuing Him when I would need the help and strength from others. What in the world!?! That night on April 5, 2001 in Upland, Indiana was what the Lord used to shake my own selfish, lustful desires so I may begin to bring forth a message of revival to His people ~ the body of Christ. I realized I was living for myself, and not for the Lord. But because of God’s faithfulness over the years, I am now beginning to see revival come to His people in Dallas.

God knows exactly what each of us needs in our time of struggles and despair. He meets us exactly where we are at. God loves each of us. God cares for each of us. And after last night’s service, how could I not recognize Spirit of God’s presence in my own life? At that moment last night, just when I was weak and struggling, God provided strength and encouragement. Praise the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, for He is faithful. Thank-you Lord!
- klm
" We cannot organize revival, but we can set our sails to catch the wind from Heaven when God chooses to blow upon His people once again."

- G. Campbell Morgan