I believe at some point or another in our lives we desire someone that will fight for us. We want someone in our lives that is willing to give all they have for us so that we feel loved, cherished, and important, worth fighting for. We continue to look for this in the people around us. Though we love the people in our lives, the truth is they are flawed and their love is imperfect. We put our expectations too high on the people we love and then we get angry or disappointed.
Would you believe me If I told you there is one who is worthy, one who has a perfect love for you and me, one who we can put our expectations upon, and we will never be disappointed? His name is Jesus! He is my Savior and my Lord! If you choose to accept Him, He can be your Lord and Savior as well!
There have been times where I’ve heard someone say, “The Lord is my Banner.” In Exodus 17:13-16 NIV it says, “So Joshua overcame the Amalikite army with the sword. Then the LORD said to Moses, ‘Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the memory of the Amalek from under the heaven..’ Moses build an alter and called it The LORD is my Banner. He said, ‘For hands were lifted up to the throne of the LORD. The LORD will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.’ So what does “The LORD is my Banner” mean?
Deuteronomy 31:8 NIV clearly says, “The LORD Himself goes before you and will be with you. He will never leave you or forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged.” The Lord goes before us to fight our battles. We read the scriptures throughout the Bible, but do we believe it? Do we accept it? Has it gone from head knowledge to heart knowledge?
Exodus 14:13-14 NIV, “Moses answered the people, ‘Do not be afraid. Stand firm and you will se the deliverance the LORD will bring you today. The Egyptians you see today you will never see again. The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.’”
2 Chronicles 20:17 NIV, “You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the LORD will give you, O Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the LORD will be with you.”
Deuteronomy 20:4 NIV, “For the LORD your God is the one who goes with you to fight for you against your enemies to give you victory.”
John 12:31-32 NIV, “Now is the time for judgment on this world; now the prince of the world will be driven out. But I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”
From the old testament to the new testament God has been and always will be with us. He has been and always will be fighting for us, and He has and always will love us with a perfect love! Christ was raised up to the sky on a cross, our Banner, and His death conquered death, hell, and the grave! He is our Banner and our victory!
· He saved us from our sins!
· He saved us from death!
· He saved us from hell!
· With the word of God being alive and active we are victorious in our lives if we listen and obey the word of God! This means we can’t just be hearers of the word, but we have to be doers of the word!
Romans 8:37 NIV, “We are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.”
I will look to the cross, my Jesus, my Banner when:
· I’m afraid
· I’m anxious
· I’m feeling helpless and alone
· I’m not sure what to do
· I’m feeling depressed
· I’m feeling angry
Why? Because when I look at the cross, my Jesus, my Banner, I’m reminded that the victory has already been won!
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