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  • Writer's picture DaRhon Conner, D.R.E.

Jehovah Nissi is Our Victory

15 And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; 16 for he said, ‘Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.’ “ (Exodus 17:15 New King James Version).

The dictionary defines a banner as a piece of cloth attached to one end of a staff, and that it is usually used by a leader as a standard. A standard is defined as a banner carried atop a pole that can have two uses: to mark a rallying point, especially in battle, or as an emblem which is a symbol used as an identifying mark.

In movies like The Patriot with Mel Gibson, we see his army retreating, but when he stands atop the hill and waves the American flag the retreating troops take heart and turn around and run towards him. That is the rallying point. That is the place where we gather in battle. It is the place of encouragement and arousal to action.

We are in a battle everyday with the enemy. So much so, that the apostle Paul tells us, “11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” (Ephesians 6:11 NKJV). The wiles of the devil are his tricks, schemes, cunning devices used to get us to lose our faith in GOD, to turn away from the LORD and run toward the things of the world, to depend on something other than GOD. Are we guilty of that? Do we get so overwhelmed with life at times that we lose faith in the power of prayer? Do we want to see a quick result because the pain is too much for us to bear? Are we tired of being sick and tired? Are we ready for the war, the battle to be over?

If so, you are not by yourself. Many of us feel the same way. Warfare is a tiring activity. Veterans of the armed forces can attest to this. Veteran prayer warriors and ministers can attest to this as well. Persons who are not in a formal ministry position, but count themselves among the believers will also testify to this truth. The battle to keep our minds stayed on Jesus daily is real. The battle to not give in to temptation is real. The battle to not do things our way, but GOD’s way is real. What hope is there; especially now on a planet engulfed by a plague where we have to wear a mask just to stay safe from an invisible enemy? Where do we turn?

The psalm writer tells us, “I will lift up mine eyes unto the hills, from whence cometh my help. 2 My help cometh from the Lord, which made heaven and earth.” (Psalms 121:1-2 King James Version). We look up at the hills. We look up at the majesty of creation. We look up, meaning we no longer have a bowed down head. We look up from looking toward the ground. We look up from our depression, our fear, our uncertainty. We look up and remember that GOD is our help. We look up and nature reminds us that GOD made all of creation, and it is this same GOD of creation Who is the source of our help.

We think of Jesus the Christ and are reminded of His crucifixion. We are reminded of His sacrifice. We are reminded of how he was beaten unrecognizable, had a crown of thorns pressed on top of His head and into His skull until the blood ran down. We are reminded of how he was whipped with a lead-tipped whip until the skin was flayed off of His back. We are reminded of how He was nailed hands and feet to the cross. We are reminded of how He hung, bled, and died for you and me! We are reminded of how they pierced His side with a spear just to make sure He was dead. We are reminded of how He got up three days later with all power exercising His headship over all things as LORD, and cementing our victory over death, hell, and the grave, hallelujah! (See Isaiah 52:14; 53; Matthew 27:26-35, 28:5-6; John 19:34; Philippians 2:8-11; 1 Corinthians 15:3-4, 54-57).

Jesus is our rallying point. Jesus is the One we run to. Jesus is our encouragement. Jesus rouses us to action. Jesus is our hope. Jesus is the One responsible for allowing us to be called the people of GOD. Jesus is our ultimate victory!

Why Did Moses Call GOD Jehovah Nissi?

15 And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; 16 for he said, ‘Because the Lord has sworn: the Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.’ “ (Exodus 17:15 New King James Version). That means the LORD will fight against their enemies forever. The LORD will always be on their side. The LORD will protect them. They have victory in the LORD!

14 And the Lord said unto Moses, Write this for a memorial in a book, and rehearse it in the ears of Joshua: for I will utterly put out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.” (Exodus 17:14 KJV). GOD wanted this victory written down. GOD wanted the people to remember this day from generation to generation because HE was going to wipe out the memory of Amalek! No one would even remember the corona virus I mean Amalek. Future generations would need to be told how GOD crushed those who came against HIS people.

Thank GOD for the Joshuas. Thank GOD for men and women of GOD who recall the things that GOD has done and remind us that even in tough times, HE is the same GOD. HE is the same Jehovah Nissi. HE is still our victory. HE is still our rallying point. HE is still our war cry. HE is still the Almighty ONE. HE is still the GOD Who fights for us and always wins. Jesus and GOD are One.

32 And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me. 33 This he said, signifying what death he should die.” (John 12:32-33 KJV). Jesus reminds us that He is the blood-stained banner carried atop the pole of the cross. He is the standard that we look to and are encouraged. He is our hope. He is our refuge. He is the One Whom we trust in at this time and forevermore.

I encourage you, family. If you don’t know Christ, give your lives to Him today that you may know the fellowship that all believers have with each other, and with a risen Savior. In Jesus’ name, “16 Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and our God and Father, who has loved us and given us everlasting consolation and good hope by grace, 17 comfort your hearts and establish you in every good word and work.” (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 NKJV). Amen (it is so, may it be fulfilled).

How to be Saved

Romans 10: 9-13

That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved (KJV).

9 If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. 10 For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. 11 As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.” 12 Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. 13 For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (NLT).

Say the welcoming word to God—“Jesus is my Master”—embracing, body and soul, God’s work of doing in us what he did in raising Jesus from the dead. That’s it. You’re not “doing” anything; you’re simply calling out to God, trusting him to do it for you. That’s salvation. With your whole being you embrace God setting things right, and then you say it, right out loud: “God has set everything right between him and me!” 11-13 Scripture reassures us, “No one who trusts God like this—heart and soul—will ever regret it.” It’s exactly the same no matter what a person’s religious background may be: the same God for all of us, acting the same incredibly generous way to everyone who calls out for help. “Everyone who calls, ‘Help, God!’ gets help. (MSG).

Romans 5:8

8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. (KJV)

8 But God showed his great love for us by sending Christ to die for us while we were still sinners. (NLT)

It is your belief that saves you, family. If you believe, you will speak what you believe and not be ashamed or embarrassed to do so, whether you are alone or among others. Simply talk to GOD. Say aloud to God:

“I confess all my sin, known and unknown, and ask You, GOD to forgive me. I believe Jesus was born of a virgin, crucified, died for my sins, and rose from the dead. I want Jesus to come into my heart to make me new in Him. I believe Jesus is Lord over my life and over everything that exists. Thank You, GOD for Your forgiveness. Thank You, Jesus, for making me Your own. Amen.”

You are now saved. You may not feel different or you may. Just know that the internal change is taking place once you uttered that prayer in faith. Day by day, you will begin to be transformed into whom GOD wants and created you to be. You will care more about the things of GOD than your own personal desires, and you will want to share the word of GOD when you have the opportunity. Begin to read your bible daily, and learn about GOD's will for your life. If you are not already a member of a local church, I encourage you to pray and allow GOD to guide you to the right fellowship for you. The pastor will help you grow in your gifts and talents so that you can begin to use them for GOD’s glory, and you and the other members will encourage and help each other along this journey with GOD.

The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen.

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