Jehovah Nissi – The Lord Is My Banner

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The Lord is my banner

Throughout Scripture God
reveals Himself to us through His names. Why? Because a person’s name revealed
much about their character. Similarly, when we study the names of God that He
reveals to us in the Bible, we will better understand who God really is, for
His names tell us a great deal about the person and the character of God.

Who is God to us? Is He our
Most High God, All sufficient One, Master, Lord of Peace, the Lord Who Will
Provide? Is He our Father?
God knows us by our name,
shouldn’t we know Him by His name? God’s name is of the utmost importance (Nehemiah
9:5); therefore we ought reserve it a position of grave significance in our
minds and hearts. We should never take His name lightly (Exd 20:7; Lev 22:32),
but always rejoice in it and think deeply upon its true meaning. 
Jehovah Nissi
In Exodus 17
the Israelites was attacked by the Amalekites and this was the first time
Israelites fought with Amalekites. However, it’s said in the Scripture that
Israelites won the battle and after winning the battle Moses built an altar and
called it Jehovah Nissi.
Who is Jehovah Nissi?
Jehovah Nissi is a name for God
that means, the Lord is my Banner. This name occurs once in the Bible. It is
found only in Exodus 17:15 it is a name for God that is a testimony to His
faithfulness to His promise of defending and fighting for His people.
The Hebrew word Nissi comes
from the word NACE which means STANDARD and is a derivative of the Hebrew word
which means to LIFT UP.
Lift Him Up & Praise Him
Has there ever been a time in
our life when we felt like everybody and everything around us was against us?
What do we do when we’re facing overwhelming problems?
Just like Israelites, since
it’s the first battle, Israelites has not had any experience yet in fighting
with Amalekites; naturally Israelites could be very distressed facing with this
problem, however, in this passage it’s said that Moses held God’s staff in his
hand and as long as his hands and God’s in staff were raised, Joshua and the
Israelites won the battle with the Amalekites. Whenever the staff dropped they
Our victory is found in His
strength (2 Corinthians 12:9-10). Lift up our hand to the Lord and praise His
name, Jehovah Nissi. The more challenging our circumstances, the more we must
lift up the name of the Lord and praise Him. Just as Moses did, in weakness he
turned to the Lord and proclaimed the goodness of God and praised Him – our
Victory, our Banner, our God! (Exodus 17:11)
If Jehovah Nissi is leading the
way in our struggle, then we can be assured of the victory, but if we are
fighting our battle in our own strength, we definitely will lose the battle.
Remember the Bible tells us in 1 Samuel 17:47, “the Battle is the Lord’s” (also
Exodus 14:13 Deuteronomy 20:12 Chronicles 20:15, 2 Chronicles 32:7-8, Zechariah
Focus on Him Alone
Moses’s upheld hand, holding
the rod of God (a symbol of judgment), represented the presence and power of
God in judging the Amalekites. Moses was the leader of the people, but we see
in his naming of the place Jehovah Nissi that he knew the real Leader was the
Lord. Moses’ focus was the Lord, his God.
Nothing that he or they did in
the physical realm brought about victory. God’s presence and power gave them
the direction and boldness in facing the battle and gave them the assurance
that they would win the battle because the battle was the Lord’s and the Lord
was the One who fought for them.
Nissi – the One who gave Israelites direction and victory. By His direction,
they fought; and in His name and strength, they conquered.
Similarly, when things get
tough in our life, we must keep our focus on God alone because by focusing on
Him we will find direction in His presence and draw strength from Him and
remember His name – Jehovah Nissi – the God who is faithful and who will fight
for us.
In 1 Corinthians 10:13, the
apostle Paul provides us with words of comfort. The various temptations we
have, are, and will experience are normal. Every child of God since the
beginning has had to resist temptation. God is so faithful He will not let us
experience anything for which He has not prepared us.
As Christians, we are to
entrust our lives to God, especially in the midst of suffering, always
recognizing God is the faithful Creator who is in control of all things (1
Peter 4:19). He is our Jehovah Nissi – the One gives us the victory.
God never
gives us more than we can handle; everything He does always has a purpose for
our good (1 Corinthians 10:13 and Romans 8:28).
Note: This article is cell group’s sharing material of Bethany Church Singapore

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