Today’s Truth

“Moses built an altar and called it The LORD is my Banner [Yahweh Nissi]”

Exodus 17: 15 NIV

Friend to Friend
I’m going to be honest with you. If there was an Olympic event for feelings of insecurity, inferiority, and inadequacy, at some point my picture would have been on the Corn Flakes cereal box…the gold medal winner.

Now, you probably think I’m going to tell you, “But then I became a Christian and all that insecurity just went away!” But it didn’t. I did become a Christian when I was fourteen. That part is correct. However, I carried that insecurity into my Christian life like a ball and chain wrapped around my skinny ankle.

Don’t get me wrong, I could sing “Victory in Jesus” with the best of them. I knew without a shadow of a doubt that when I left this earth and crossed over the threshold into my heavenly home, I was going to be with Jesus forever. It was what I was supposed to do until I got there that had me stumped. It was victory in this life that left me confused.

Did you know that you can be a bona-fide born-again Christian and still live a life of defeat? Yes, you can. But if you do, if I do, it’s not God’s fault. He has given us everything we need for a life of godliness through our knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness (2 Peter 1:3).

He has equipped us with the power of the Holy Spirit (John 14:20), the mind of Christ (1 Corinthians 2:16), and the precious promises that never fail (2 Peter 1:4). But it’s up to us to walk in the truth of who He is and who we are in Him. It is up to us to walk in victory as “more than conquerors” in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:37).

Moses had to deal with the same insecurities that you and I have to grapple with. He was a former Prince of Egypt who became a run-away felon. For the next forty years, Moses took care of his father-in-law’s sheep in the Midian desert. When he was eighty-years-old, God spoke to Moses through the burning bush.

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt. I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering. So I have come down to rescue them from the hand of the Egyptians and to bring them up out of that land into a good and spacious land, a land flowing with milk and honey—the home of the Canaanites, Hittites, Amorites, Perizzites, Hivites and Jebusites.” (Exodus 3:7-8 NIV)

This was all sounding good to Moses…until God mentioned how He was going to bring all that about.

“So now, go. I am sending you to Pharaoh to bring my people the Israelites out of Egypt,” (Exodus 3:10).

Hold the phone! You’re sending who?

Deliverance for his people! This was what Moses had always wanted! But when God said, “I am sending you,” Moses began backing up. The monster of inferiority, insecurity, and inadequacy wrapped its talons around Moses’ scruffy neck and began to squeeze.

Four times Moses told God why He had the wrong man for the job, and four times God reassured Moses that He was the Almighty God Who was sufficient to do the job through him. It was a hard lesson for Moses. It has been a hard lesson for me. I wonder if it has been a hard lesson for you.

Of course, we know how the story goes. After several weeks of very convincing plagues, the Pharaoh did let God’s people go. They crossed the Red Sea on dry land, ate manna that fell from heaven, drank water that sprang from a rock, and roasted quail that rained from the sky.

It wasn’t too long into their journey to the Promised Land, when they were attacked by the Amalekites, a godless people who had taunted God’s chosen people for centuries. But because of God’s intervention, the Israelites won the battle and Moses built an altar and called it “The Lord is my Banner [Yahweh Nissi]” (Exodus 17:10-13, 15).

The banner was a symbol of victory! It still is today. This is the only time in Scripture that God is referred to as God our Banner, but it was not the only time God won the victory for His people. Time and time again, God fought for His people and they waved the flag of victory in the face of apparent defeat (Joshua 10:10, 20, 33; 11:8, Judges 11:21; 20:35). He made the waters rise, the walls fall, and the earth stand still. Yes, God fought for His people, and friend, He will do the same for me and for you.

So raise high the banner! The victory is yours.

Let’s Pray

Lord, forgive me for feeling like I have to conquer the battles of life on my own. I am more than a conqueror through Christ Jesus. There is victory in Jesus! Help me to live, not as a cowering fugitive, but as a confident saint.

In Jesus’ Name,


Now It’s Your Turn

Read Exodus 14:13-14.

How will you let these verses shape your perspective today?

Have you ever tried to talk tried to talk God out of using you? I bet you have. Why do you think we try to talk God out of using us? Share you answer on my Facebook page and let’s compare notes.

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6 Responses to “God is Your Victory”

  1. B says:

    God I am struggling today. I finally told my significant other my feelings and although I am not sure I want kids, I know I don’t fear the world as the reason I wouldn’t want them nor because of work. Do I need to end a 5 year relationship or do I be still and have faith that things will work out?

    • Jessica says:

      Dear Heavenly Father, I left of Your child to You. Please help her and guide her through whatever obstacle she is facing. Please calm her heart and quiet her mind. Please let her make decisions with Your Guidance and not with her fear. She is drearly Loved by The Creator, and only You know what great things You have in store for her. In Your Name I pray. Amen.

  2. Gina says:

    Yes, I’ve tried to talk God out of using me! The main reason? Fear. Fear of the formidable task, fear of being vulnerable, fear of failing in front of so many people, fear of not being the most qualified person for the job and thinking there are many others who are way more qualified than I am (comparison). It all comes down to focusing on my own strength and my circumstances (pride), and not on Yahweh Nissi, the One who wins victories for me and gives me strength in my weakness. Great reminder of Moses trying to talk God out of using Him four times! So encouraging. Thanks for the beautiful verses and reminder that the Lord is my banner!

    • Jessica says:

      Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for people like Gina. She has the courage to admit her faults, and it helps give courage to others, like me. It is Your strength that she is showing, and that beauty and intensity is seen by others. Please continue to give her strength to speak out, and to overcome whatever fears she has that may get in the way of Your plan for her. In Your Name, Amen.

  3. Jessica says:

    Now my turn. I do let fear get in the way of completing the tasks that I believe God had set out for me. I worry that I am not enough, not smart enough, not pretty enough, not strong enough, not enough of anything at times. But, I know this is not true. God created me. Yahweh Nissi. He is my victory banner. Because of God, I can know I am enough. Alone, I am not, but with God, I can do all things through Him who strengthens me (like it says in Philippians 4:13).

    Dear Heavenly Father, please forgive me for letting fear and pride get in the way of completing Your tasks. I am forever grateful for Your Patience, Love, Guidance, Strength, Mercy, and Forgiveness with my sinful and stubborn ways. Most of all I am forever grateful the Ultimate Sacrifice that you made for us, so that we can have Eternal life with you one day, so that our sins and fear can be wiped away. For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believer in him, shall have eternal life (like is says in John 3:16). Who needs anything more to conquer life’s battles, then a Love like that. In your name we pray, Amen.

    A verse that I love that goes well with today’s message: I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. (Philippeans 3:14).

  4. Michelle says:

    I know that God is my victory, but most days I don’t feel that I am good enough or wise enough to be used by Him. I feel like I let the weight of the world press me down and my circumstances to envelop me and that causes me to doubt whether I can be used by God in a positive way. I want to serve Him and be a positive influence on those around me. I long to rely on His strength instead of my own and I won’t give up. Thank you for your words and these daily devotions. As I read them and stay in the Word, I find encouragement and inspiration.

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