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The Amalek in You

Do you recognize the Amalek in you?

 “Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands” (Exodus 17:9 NKJV).

Some years ago, in dealing with this subject on the Agape weekly radio broadcast, Gateways to Growth, this taped message was the most frequently requested one in the history of the program. The conclusion was that God’s people are fed up with their own failures, their lapses into apathy or the lack of continual victory in their spiritual lives. There is yet a stirring among the saints of God to get serious about their commitment to a closer walk with the Lord. The good news for all of us is that we do not need to be slaves to our fleshly appetites.

The Birthright

The Old Testament Scriptures furnish us with a type of the flesh in the Amalekites. It is interesting that Amalek was the grandson of Esau. Remember, it was Esau who preferred a mess of pottage to the birthright. In the Hebrew economy, the birthright was a sacred trust, not to be taken lightly. Yet when his brother, Jacob suggested that Esau give up that spiritual heritage, Esau surrendered it. He put the fleshly desire, his natural hunger, before the spiritual blessing that was his by birth as the first-born son in the family. So Amalek, a type of the flesh, had Esau for a granddaddy.

 Utterly Destroy Them

We read in I Samuel 15, that Saul was set aside from the kingdom of Israel because he failed to utterly destroy Amalek. God had declared a perpetual war on Amalek. He said:

I will punish the Amalekites for what they did to Israel when they waylaid them as they came up from Egypt. Now go, attack the Amalekites and totally destroy everything that belongs to them. Do not spare them; put to death men and women, children and infants, cattle and sheep, camels and donkeys.”

Saul blew it. Apparently, God’s way didn’t make sense to him. Why destroy all these “good” things? He spared all the fattened sheep and cattle, the “cream of the crop”. But not only did he keep the “goodies,” he actually spared Agag, the king of Amalek!

What makes us think we can hang on to the “things” that nourish our fleshly appetites without enthroning the “king” of those things, the self-life?

There is room in the believer’s life for one throne and one throne alone. Who is upon the throne of your life? If we have chosen to enthrone SELF, we are grieving the Lord.

“Then the word of the LORD came to Samuel: ‘I am grieved that I have made Saul king, because he has turned away from me and has not carried out my instructions.”

 Christ has staked His claim

The Lord still grieves when His people do not recognize the work of the flesh, carnality, as being an affront and an insult to Him. He grieves when we do not utterly destroy and put to death this enemy, the lust of the flesh. The battle rages on, and what we fail to understand is that the Lord does indeed have victory available for us. If we give place to Him, the Holy Spirit will fight in us, while Christ fights for us in intercession.

We are a new creation in Christ, yet the flesh exists in the believer and will be there to the end. Romans 6 tells us not to let sin reign in our mortal bodies. If it were not possible for the believer to be overcome by sin this admonition would not be in the Word of God. Sin does dwell in us, but it need not reign. There is a difference between dwelling and reigning. (Indwelling sin is due to the fall in the garden of Eden — original sin) — but it need not reign in an the believer. In fact, because of the price that Jesus paid at Calvary, sin has been cancelled out, broken, in the believer.

Thus, as Paul explains in Romans, chapter 8, sin has no power over us; for though it dwells in us, we have a principle of power over it. “Sin shall not have dominion over you; for you are not under the law, but under grace.” Sin’s power over us is broken as we appropriate by faith the victory of the blood of the Cross.

 We have died to sin, and hence it has no claim over us. Christ died for us, and now He lives in us. “For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin” (Romans 6:6 NKJV).

The flesh, the Amalek in us, has no claim over us when Christ is enthroned in our lives. Don’t try to share the throne with the Lord. Would you try to squeeze onto its seat, to push Him out? How ridiculous is that? Let Him have it all.

Self Check

This test may reveal who has first place in your affections:

  • What is the first thing you do when you arise? Second? Third? Etc.
  • Where do you prefer to spend your vacation?
  • How much time do you spend alone with the Lord?
  • Whom do you consult in times of indecision?


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