I woke up this morning with such a STRONG sense of victory! This happens to be the last day of our ten-day fast, but I was not thinking about that. I began praying and all I did not even ask God for anything; I knew it was done. I spent my prayer time thanking God for the victory. I danced around the living room (my family was asleep), waved an imaginary flag, and declared, YHWH Nissi, the Lord is My Banner!
I believe that many of you are going to experience breakthroughs, especially regarding strongholds that you have not been able to break up to this point. And that goes for those of you who did not even fast.
Our military fights our battles for us to gain and maintain our freedom. That is what those who fast and pray do, too. We fight for the entire church.
The story where that name, YHWH Nissi, originated came to my mind. I want to walk through it with you briefly and share some points I know will bless you!
Here is the text:
“Now Amalek came and fought with Israel in Rephidim. And Moses said to Joshua, ‘Choose us some men and go out, fight with Amalek. Tomorrow I will stand on the top of the hill with the rod of God in my hand.’ So, Joshua did as Moses said to him, and fought with Amalek. And Moses, Aaron, and Hur went up to the top of the hill. And so, it was, when Moses held up his hand, that Israel prevailed; and when he let down his hand, Amalek prevailed. But Moses’ hands became heavy; so, they took a stone and put it under him, and he sat on it. And Aaron and Hur supported his hands, one on one side, and the other on the other side; and his hands were steady until the going down of the sun. So, Joshua defeated Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword. Then the Lord said to Moses, ‘Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua, that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.’ And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner; for he said, ‘Because the Lord has sworn: The Lord will have war with Amalek from generation to generation.’” Exodus 17:8-16
First, Satan is going to attack you. I know that is not good news, but it is what it is. So, what do we do?
But how do we fight? Well, Moses knew. The first thing he did was go on top of a hill and raise his hands.
We win our battles in the spiritual first, then in the natural!
We fight through prayer, fasting, praise.
We also win them with the support of others.
But many battles last much longer than we anticipate. That is where fellowship comes in. You cannot win your battles alone. That is what the body of Christ is for. That is why Jesus designed the local church. Aaron and Hur supported Moses until the battle was won!
We do not fight until we are through. We fight until we win!
Then God did something very important. He told Moses to record the victory, “…in the hearing of Joshua…”. God knew that Joshua would one day lead God’s army and God wanted Joshua to remember how he won this victory.
You are going to face many battles in the future, and you must remember how you gained past victories – by fasting, praying, and depending on God’s help.
Moses then declares God to be, “The-Lord-Is-My-Banner”.
You see armies waving flags in battle? That is why you people wave flags at our church. They are declaring victory! That God is our victory!
And finally, and I LOVE this. God promises to “wipe out” the remembrance of that enemy from under heaven forever – even from generation to generation.
I believe we are going to experience victories over strongholds, and we will never see them again. And more than that, neither will our children, grandchildren, or great-grandchildren.