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

Psalm 113:1-2 Praise The Lord

Praise the LORD. Praise the LORD, you his servants; praise the name of the LORD. Let the name of the LORD be praised, both now and forevermore. Psalm 113:1-2

“Praise the Lord” is a phrase that many Christians use often. When something goes really well for a person, this phrase is shouted. In churches around the world, people are encouraged to praise the Lord.

What does it mean when that phrase is stated?

It is giving honor to God. It is letting Him know what He has done is great. Praise is lifting Him up and placing Him on the throne of one’s life. It is letting others know how great God is.

At the time the psalmist had written this psalm, Jesus had not died on the cross for the sins of the people. Jesus had not yet risen from the dead to be able to remove all sins from the life of a person. Yet, the psalmist was still willing to praise the Lord and encourages it to be done forever.

Today people have Jesus to look to for a great reason to praise the Lord. He has redeemed every person who believes in Him from a life of sin and death. This alone can give a person to give God praise at all times.

However, not every believer is constantly giving God praise both now and forevermore. Most people go in streaks in praising God. Every Sunday people fill the church and give God praise, but on Monday they go back to complaining to God about having to go back to work.

People complain to God about many things, rather than give Him praise. They focus on the problem, rather than focus on the God who able to overcome the problem or get them through it.

You are going to have tough times in this life. You could allow yourself to be like the world and complain to God about them. Or you could focus on what Jesus has already done for you and give Him praise.

You could focus on how Jesus is bigger than the problems and give Him praise.

Think about all that God has done already for you and all that He can and will do for you in the future, and you will break out in praise to Him.

Praise the Lord, both now and forevermore!

Give Jesus praise today!

I pray today that you will know what God has done for you; that you will focus your eyes on Jesus; that you will be filled with praise for Jesus; and that you will sing praises to God day and night.