I’ve been thinking a lot lately about God and His name Jehovah-nissi which means The Lord is my Banner. It really means nothing I thought it did. As I have studied and pondered this name of His I am reminded, once again, just how little I know.
This name tells me that I can have victory of my enemy the flesh. A banner is an ensign or standard carried at the head of a battle to indicate the rallying point. The first time we see Jehovah-nissi is in Exodus 17:15. The story in Exodus chapter 17 gives me a valuable principle to use in my life when it comes to defeating my enemy.
As a reminder Exodus 17 is the story of Amalek, the Israelite’s and Moses. Beginning in verse 8 we are told that Amalek came to fight against Israel. Moses tells Joshua to choose men to fight. While they fought on the ground Moses would go to the top of the hill with the staff of God in his hand. As long as Moses held his hand in the air the Israelites prevailed. If he let his hands down Amelek prevailed.
In verse 12 we read that Moses’ hands grew heavy. It was a long battle against this enemy. Amelek was fierce and the Israelites had been weary from walking in the desert.
His hands needed to stay in the air to show the Israelites that God was with them in fighting their enemy. Aaron and Hur had gone up on the hill with Moses and when they saw that he was growing weary they put a stone under him to sit. Then they each took one side of him and supported his hands. With their help Moses was able to keep his hands steady and Joshua overwhelmed Amelek.
God tells them after the battle that He would utterly blot out Amalek. Moses builds an altar and named it The LORD is My Banner; and he said “The LORD has sworn; the LORD will have war against Amelek from generation to generation.” (verse 15-16)
The LORD is My Banner. My enemy is my flesh. (Gal 5:16,17) Jesus has utterly blot out my enemy satan, my flesh. I can have victory over my flesh.
The LORD is My Banner, He fights for me, with me. I often grow weary. I want to give up. The enemy seems far too much for me. The Lord sends me an “Aaron” and “Hur”. They hold me up when I am about to fall.
Often my flesh fights against the needing of “their” help. I think I can do it on my own. I think I can fight my enemy. So I try and I fail. I am defeated.
I just might need you to help. I may need your help to fight my flesh. You just might need my help. It’s what the body of Christ is for, to help fight the great battle of the flesh. We can have victory. The flesh doesn’t have to have power over me. It’s hard sometimes to admit, but it is true, I just might need you.
Paul says in Gal 5 that if you belong to Christ Jesus you have crucified the flesh. This is something that has already occurred. In reality the flesh has no power over the Christian. It’s a war we fight here on earth, but we can have the victory.
Apart from God I can do nothing. (John 15:5). It’s only through my Jehovah-nissi that I have victory over my flesh, the world and satan.