At first you might think I am talking about the NCAA Championship Game tonight!
Yes, I will be watching it – Yes, I picked the other team just to irk my fun husband – cuz you know, my team lost so have to make the evening more exciting! But no, that isn’t the Battle I am referring to.
Do you enjoy watching movies?
I love watching movies: by myself, with family, with friends.
Love Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Marvel movies, etc. Watched The Monuments Men again – and just love that movie!
I was thinking today, however, about Star Wars and when Luke goes to the dark side and how I hate that part of the movie. It just so disturbs me, because I like him on the good side.
And in Lord of the Rings when the battle is raging and finally Gandalf comes over the hill with the Light and blinds the darkness.
The point I am trying to make today – There is a Battle – there is a Battle that many are facing.
Battle at the Job
Battle in a marriage
Battle with health
Battle within one’s own heart or mind…
So the question at hand today is: “Do you feel defeated” by whatever Battle you are facing?
When I use Youdiscovertruth.com and type in “Trial”, “Trials”, “Tribulation”, or even “Battle” –
James 1: “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials”
1 Peter 1: “In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials”
Romans 5: “And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance”
1 Thessalonians 1: “You also became imitators of us and of the Lord, having received the word in much tribulation with the joy of the Holy Spirit”
Psalm 24: “The LORD strong and mighty, The LORD mighty in battle.”
Psalm 55: “He will redeem my soul in peace from the battle which is against me, For they are many who strive with me.”
2 Chronicles 20: “Do not fear or be dismayed because of this great multitude, for the battle is not yours but God’s.”
There are some things we can clearly see just from these few verses:
- The Christian life – there is warfare; There will be trials, battles.
- There is victory in the LORD.
- He gives us strength in His Name for the battle.
- We find Victory in one place: The Cross of Jesus Christ
There is Victory in Him — If you will take time to read through Exodus 17 — you see the battle that was going on — notice verse 9: “Choose men for us and go out, fight against Amalek. Tomorrow I will station myself on the top of the hill with the Staff of GOD in my hand.”
The LORD is my Banner: A banner was an ensign or standard “carried at the head of a military band or body, to indicate the line of march or the rallying point.”
“A banner, like a flag, was something that could be seen from afar, serving as a rallying point for troops before a battle. It embodied devotion to a nation, a cause, or a leader.”
Amalek was the first, constant enemy of Israel. Exodus 14:13; Exodus 17:8, Numbers 24:20).
We are going to have trials.
We are going to have tribulations.
We are going to have battles.
Our God – His Name for Battle is Jehovah Nissi — The Lord My Banner.
Why is there a battle?
Colossians 1:13: “For He rescued us FROM the domain of darkness, and transferred us TO the kingdom of HIS Beloved Son.”
Ephesians 2:1-3: “AND you WERE dead in your trespasses and sins, in which you formerly walked according to the prince of the world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them WE TOO all FORMERLY lived in the lusts of our flesh indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, WERE by nature children of wrath, even as the rest.”
So – what we WERE we are no LONGER – but that does not mean there isn’t going to be a struggle.
APPLICATION: Before we Trusted Jesus As LORD (Adonai) – we were under the control of our flesh, under the control of the prince of the world, the prince of the power of the air (doing what was right in my own eyes – Judges 21:25).
But NOW, when we have surrendered to Jesus, WHO now rules and reigns in our hearts and minds and we now have the Spirit of GOD (1 Corinthians 2:14) in us – we will have conflict between the flesh and the Spirit.
Galatians 5:16: “Walk by the Spirit and you WILL NOT carry out the desires of the flesh.”
Victory comes — it is moment by moment.
Exodus 17: What did Moses hold up? He held up the rod of GOD which was a symbol of the Power of GOD. When his arms came down (because he was tired of the battle, Amalek (picture of the flesh) prevailed.
We have victory under the banner of Jehovah Nissi.
The Banner is The Cross of Jesus Christ where the VICTORY is won.
1 John 2:15: “Do not love the world nor the things in the world.”
Ephesians 6: “Finally be strong in the LORD and in the strength of HIS might. Put on the full armor of GOD that you may be able to stand firm against the schemes (methodia) of the devil.”
“ in addition to all, taking up the shield of faith with which you will be able to extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.”
“And take THE HELMET OF SALVATION, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.”
Our Banner is His Word implanted in us and His Power.
Hebrews 1:3: “And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high,”
Luke 11:28: “But He said, “On the contrary, blessed are those who hear the word of God and observe it.”
Romans 10:17: “So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.”
1 Corinthians 1:18: “For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.”
When we pray to Jehovah Nissi – The LORD our Banner — we pray and He is with us in the battle. We are not alone in the battle. Look to Him to fight the battle. He is our protection in the battle. We can only prevail in His strength.
Psalm 20: “May the LORD answer you in the day of trouble! May the Name of the GOD of Jacob set you (securely) on high! HE will send help from the sanctuary and support you from Zion! We will sing for joy over your victory, and in the Name of our GOD we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your petitions.”
Good to remember that our Jehovah Raah – our Beloved Shepherd gives us HIS Peace – because HE is Jehovah Shalom and He stands ready to fight the Battle as our faithful Jehovah Nissi!
May He Comfort you, and give Hope to you with these words today.