We need a standard, a Banner we live by. One of God’s names is Jehovah Nissi – “The Lord is our Banner”, our Standard. As the Lord gives us this name, He gives us two important lessons that keep God as our Banner.
God shows up with this name in Exodus. Israel had been dying of thirst and God provided water. Now they are going into battle against the Amalekites.
The Amalekites banner/standard was anger, bitterness and resentment. The Amalekites were driven by their dislike of the Israelites; they felt as though they had been robbed by them.
Has our battle ended? No. It has changed.
Ephesians 6:12 “For our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the world powers of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavens”
We battle every week. This battle can surface in relationships, finances, health.
If God is our banner, if God is our standard, the principalities are not taking us on, they are taking God on.
King Saul was told by God to wipe out the Amalekites. He wiped out most of them, but not all of them. God sent Samuel to Saul to tell him God was upset, to remind him that God said to wipe out all of them, not most of them.
Later on it was an Amalekite that helped Saul kill himself. The Amalekite had a different banner.
God is saying I want you to wipe out all the Amalekites in your life. Not most of them, but all of them.
We fight these battles in our life that seem overwhelming. One reason is that we are fighting them incorrectly. We need God’s Banner at full force in our life. With God’s Banner over us the outcome can be victory.
How do we overcome the overwhelming odds?
Don’t Walk Alone
This is a tough one. We like to fight alone. We like to think we are enough.
Look at the battle where God introduces Himself as ‘God is Our Banner’. Moses holds the staff, Aaron and Hur hold up Moses arms, Joshua is fighting in the battlefield. No one is alone.
One of the greatest things we can do to help a fellow Christian to remain strong is to walk with them.
Don’t think Joshua is on the battlefield looking up at Moses. He is directing men; he is fighting. It is havoc on the battlefield. One minute he is winning, the next minute he is losing. He has to be thinking why am I losing what is going on here. But he keeps fighting. He doesn’t leave the battle when he is losing. He gets more resolve and stays in the fight. He is doing his job and he knows Moses is doing his.
If we fight alone, we are going to lose. We are going to get discouraged; we are going to lose sight of God. We will give up, give in or go away.
Moses couldn’t do it alone. Jesus sent the disciples out in pairs; he didn’t send them alone. Jesus himself did not do ministry alone.
Eccl 4:9 “Two are better than one… A cord of three strands is not easily broken.”
One of the reasons God created His House is so we do not walk alone. He keeps us together no matter what the battle, for God is our Jehovah Nissi.
God lets Moses know He wins the battle. We don’t win it; God wins it. He is the one who brings victory. That is why no obstacle should seem too big, no problem too overwhelming. God is the one who fights the battle.
This brings up the question, why do I need to battle?
We fight battles so we realize we need help. It is in the battle that maturity comes. It is in the battle that spiritual growth happens. It is in the battle that we realize how much we need God. It is in the spiritual battle that we get to see the power, the might, and the love of God. It is in the battle that we learn we can have peace when we ought not have peace, that we can have joy when we ought not have joy, that we can have patience when we ought not have patience.
God is our Banner, our Standard which we hold high.
1. Read God’s Word
Exodus 17, Ephesians 6
2. A Place of Prayer
Who can we walk with?
Build a relationship that can help us be strong.