“For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.” Ephesians 2:10 NLT
God said, “So they will put my name on the Israelites, and I will bless them.” Numbers 6:27 NIV
“Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write an account of this victory, so that it will be remembered... Moses built an altar and named it “The Lord is my Banner.” He said, “Hold high the banner of the Lord!” Exodus 17:14-16 GNT
“Jehovah Nissi”: The Lord Is My Banner
Beneﬁt: I am victorious in life.
“What shall we say about such wonderful things as these? If God is for us, who can ever be against us? Since he did not spare even his own Son but gave him up for us all, won’t he also give us everything else? Who dares accuse us whom God has chosen for his own? No one—for God himself has given us right standing with himself. Who then will condemn us? Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword?” Romans 8:31-35 NLT/NIV
✓ Trouble — negative pressure against you.
✓ Hardship — narrow places.
✓ Persecution — verbal attacks.
✓ Famine — food scarcity and sickness.
✓ Nakedness — lacking proper clothing and housing.
✓ Danger — living in a place of physical risk.
✓ Sword — fear of violence.
“No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:37-39 NIV
God is My Banner of Victory
“The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. 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.” So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 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. So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write an account of this victory, so that it will be remembered. Tell Joshua that I will completely destroy the Amalekites.” Moses built an altar and named it “The Lord is my Banner.” He said, “Hold high the banner of the Lord! The Lord will continue to ﬁght against the Amalekites forever!”” Exodus 17:8-16 NIV/GNT
1. It’s spiritual.
“For our struggle is not against ﬂesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Ephesians 6:12 NIV
“Every battle is won in the spirit ﬁrst.”
“For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. The weapons we ﬁght with are not the weapons of the world.” 2 Corinthians 10:3-5 NIV
2. It takes a team.
“Every battle fought alone wears out the ﬁghter.”
“You’re going to wear yourself out—and the people, too. This job is too heavy a burden for you to handle all by yourself... If you follow this advice, and if God commands you to do so, then you will be able to endure the pressures, and all these people will go home in peace.” Exodus 18:18, 23 NLT
3. It takes action.
“Fight the good ﬁght of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.” 1 Timothy 6:12 NIV
“Every battle un-fought fails.”
“For the Lord your God is going with you! He will ﬁght for you against your enemies, and he will give you victory!” Deuteronomy 20:4 NLT