I have been given the assignment to speak on Victorious Leadership at the Bethel Leaders Conference taking place October 31 to November 2 in Redding, CA. I plan to use Exodus 17:8-13 as my biblical text for this message: “Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.’ So Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so 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 the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword.”
The victory over the enemy resulted from various, intriguing factors. I have listed four below that have dramatically affected the level of internal and outer victory I have experienced.
- Align with eagles – Joshua ultimately won because of his connection to Moses. His success did not result from his skills, the number of men he had, or his weapons, but he succeeded because of who he was aligned to. We don’t discount the need for developing our abilities, but strategic, intentional alignment is a key to victorious leadership. We can see how this happened for David’s Mighty Men (1 Samuel 22, 2 Samuel 23) and Jesus’ disciples (“Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marveled. And they realized that they had been with Jesus” – Acts 4:13). We can upgrade our partnering with eagles through the books we read, the apostolic movements we commit to, and by the eagles, or emerging eagles, we choose to serve.
- Believe in and activate the supernatural – If something has happened in the natural realm, something was first deposited in the spirit realm. These deposits can be prayers, words, prophetic acts, impartations, or choices made. Deuteronomy 28 gives great insight into the supernatural forces of blessings and curses which helps us understand the spirit realm and use it to our advantage. Moses “deposited” victory by his uplifted hands, and then Joshua accessed this into his experience. My book, Divine Strategies for Increase, goes deeper into this concept of making spiritual laws work for us, instead of against us.
- Understand their assignment – Moses, Joshua, Aaron, and Hur each had a role in the victory. Many would say that Joshua won the battle for Israel, but if the others had not done their part, there would have been defeat. The “behind the scenes” assignments of encouragement, prayer, prophetic acts, declarations, administration, counseling, etc. are just as crucial to victory as those who have a stage or platform to bring manifest victory. (1 Corinthians 12 and Romans 12:4-8 give great insight into our unique gifting and calling.)
- Have a team around them – “Senior leader” Moses had established a group of people who had specific roles that led to victory. Leadership is not just about getting things done, but it is, more importantly, about developing people and helping them to understand and thrive in their assignment.
There is much more to be gleaned for leadership and influence from this story in Exodus 17. I have shared further insights in my podcast here.
ABOUT STEVE BACKLUND
Steve Backlund was a senior pastor for seventeen years before joining the team at Bethel Church in Redding, CA in 2008. Steve is a leader developer, joy activist, a revivalist teacher, and as Senior Associate Director, is a key part of the Global Legacy (a ministry of Bethel Church) leadership team. He travels extensively throughout the world encouraging churches and leaders and has authored a number of books.