Exodus 17:15 The Lord Is Our Banner

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Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner. Exodus 17:15

Everywhere a person looks he can see banners being flown or set up. Banners are a sign of someone or something of some importance. It is wanted to be known that the person or entity is there.

Flags of nations are the most common banners to be seen world-wide. Yet, there are millions of other banners showing businesses or organizations. Many organizations have their own flag or sign that they put up everywhere signaling who they and that they are there.

When the banner is removed, it is a sign that the person or organization has moved out. They are no longer there. It has been taken down.

Moses and the Israelites were fighting against the Amalekites. As long as Moses had his hands raised, they were winning. As soon as his hands dropped, they would lose the battle. After they had won the battle, he built an altar to God and called it “The Lord is my Banner”.

In order for the Israelites to win the war, Moses had to raise his hands to God. It was a surrender to God’s will and power. The Israelites could not win the battle on their own, it was God’s battle. God’s banner had to be lifted up to let the world, the Amalekites, know that He was there and was fighting the battle.

Often people try to fight the battle on their own. They think that they can win the battle. They take down God’s banner and do not allow His presence in their lives. Many believers have fallen for this problem. They forget to lift up God’s banner and accept Him into their situation in their life. They try to do it on their own, and get defeated.

As a believer, you must always allow God to be in the center of your life. Raise His banner high and let the world know that He is there and is in control. Do not be ashamed of Jesus and hide His banner. He is the great general who will win every battle in this life.

There is no battle so great in your life that Jesus cannot overcome. When you remove His banner, you are saying that you are the one in control and can win the battle on your own. You will fail.

Raise the banner of Jesus for the world to see.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will raise God’s banner up in your life; that you will let everyone know God is in control; and that you will trust God to win the battles in your life

Genesis 26:25 Build An Altar

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Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the LORD. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well. Genesis 26:25

As people go through life, there are times that they go through some major event in their life that they want to remember. Often they take pictures or videos to remember the event. Some will write it down in journals to help them remember what had happened in the future.

Some of these major events may be positive events such as a trip, a marriage, a birthday, or a promotion. Other times these events may be something on the negative or sad side such as a death, a major move not desired, job loss, sickness or more.

Isaac had a major event in his life. He had been traveling along and chose to stop in Beersheba. As he had stopped there for the night, God met with him and told him that he would be blessed and his family would be increased greatly and that He would be with him.

Immediately Isaac built an altar to God. This was to help him remember what God told him and to keep his focus upon God.

An altar was a place where people could go and meet with God. It was the place to seek forgiveness for sins, or give thanks to God for blessings. It was a place that people could get close to God.

Since Jesus came, the physical altar is no longer needed, yet, an altar is still needed. Every believer needs to remember what God has done in his life. He also needs to stay focused upon God at all times. Building an altar in the heart, helps one to focus on God and a place to seek forgiveness and give Him praise. The altar in the heart can go with the believer no matter where he travels.

Take time in your life to build an altar to God. Have a place in your heart where it will keep you close to God and focused on Him and His desires for your life. This will also help you remember all that God has done for you and what He will do in the future.

At this altar, you can remember all the things God has promised you. You can remember the forgiveness He has blessed you with.

Do you have altar to God today?

I pray today that you will know what God has promised you; that you will have an altar to God in your heart; that you will seek God with all of your heart; and that you will focus your life on God.