WHAT BANNER DO YOU FIGHT UNDER?
There is this phrase that gets repeated around Venue Church on a regular basis. “Focus on things you can control” We spend a lot of time on issues that we have absolutely no control or authority in. You cannot control someone else’s actions or words (if you try, you will probably end up with some sort of restraining order). There are a lot of world issues that we cannot do anything about, and yet people stress and worry about stuff that is completely outside their sphere of influence. There are those battles that are way over our heads. We have a part to play, but our part is lifting up the name of Christ and standing firm. The 7th name that we are looking at is:
JEHOVAH NISSI – The Lord is my banner
The name comes from the story of Moses, Aaron and Hur found in Exodus 17:8-15
8 The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 9 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.” 10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword. 14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.” 15 Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner.
TWO THINGS TO NOTICE:
1. Some battles are only won by lifting up the staff of God (a representation of Jesus). There maybe quite a few battles that we can’t do anything to win on our own, but God said He is our banner and will fight on our behalf. Lift Christ up in the situation and don’t let go. You, plus God, equally a majority.
2. He didn’t do it alone. Don’t fight these kinds of battles alone. Get people around you that can lift you up and be there with you through it all. God wired us for relationships for a reason.
So, here’s the question to chew on …
Are you fighting for your marriage, financial issues, relationships, emotions, addictions? What banner are you fighting under? Who is in the battle with you?