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THE LORD OUR BANNER
Fighting the Amalekites in the Shadow and Safety
Of the Strong Tower of Jehovah Nissi
Lift High The Lord Our Banner - Instrumental
(Part 2 of Table)
(Discussion of Jehovah Nissi in Ex 17:8-16)
Why study the OT?
Paul explains the importance of NT saints
studying the Old Testament:
1Cor 10:6 Now these things happened as
for us, so that (term
of conclusion) we would not crave evil things as they also
1Cor 10:11 Now these things
happened to them as an example, and they were written for our instruction
(admonition), upon whom the ends of the ages have come
For whatever was
written in earlier times was written for our instruction so that through
perseverance and the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. (Click
Romans 15:4) (Click
What do you learn about testing
from Abraham's Example?
Genesis 22:1 after these
tested Abraham...Ge 22:14 called the name of that place the
LORD will provide (Jehovah Jireh,
It is not merely a son that God
requires of Abraham, it was his only son Isaac, the son whom he
loved and the son who was the crucial foundation stone for the
fulfillment of the
that Abraham would become the
father of many nations. This was not only a staggering faith commitment;
it was an enormous personal challenge. Abraham's response was immediate
obedience with not even a word of objection recorded in Genesis 22:1-14.
And so if you desire to see God's
blessings "unleashed" in your life and discover that God is your
Jehovah Jireh, your Provider, then you must obey when tested.
Abraham's obedience was immediate and unqualified. Don't be deceived: delayed obedience is immediate disobedience
and partial obedience is complete disobedience.
Is there some issue where you are only partially obeying what God has
commanded? Our ability to
claim and live by God's promises will come only when we first experience
Him as Jehovah Jireh. In sum this Old Testament example teaches us that we
must practice immediate obedience, must learn to trust Jehovah to be fully
consistent with His nature, must believe that He is Jehovah Jireh, the God
who provides, must be willing to place that which is most cherished in our
life on the altar, surrendering it completely to Him, must be prepared to
praise Him whether He restores our "Isaac" or removes it (fully cognizant
that He is God, fully loving and altogether trustworthy) and finally must
practice these principles daily.
Tested by Bitterness
In the days leading up to the
revelation of God as Jehovah Nissi the children of Israel had experienced
there (at the bitter waters of
Marah) He made
for them a statute and regulation, and there He tested them them.
He revealed Himself as
(Jehovah Rophe) declaring I the
LORD am your
Healer Ex 15:26
Israel had just experienced a great deliverance and Pharaoh's army had
been destroyed by Jehovah and here at Marah they experience "defeat". Does
it surprise you that great spiritual victory is often followed by defeat,
discouragement, dissension, and depression?
the devil, diabolos (word study)
often intensifies his spiritual attack immediately after we experience
spiritual victory, ever seeking to snatch away victory and dull our joy.
He was successful at Marah. Israel may have thought that like we often do
that our difficult circumstances put God to the test, when in fact our
circumstances are often allowed by a sovereign God to test us. The pattern
for victory when we face bitter, "Marah-like" circumstances which might
otherwise bring discouragement, disillusionment and bitterness is to
listen to God and obey His commands and to remember that God can turn them
"sweet". Bitter circumstances actually test us and teach us to trust God
to meet every need of our life.
Unbelief is often detected in one's spirit and attitude (which often
includes grumbling). When we fall to see
God's hand in our daily affairs and fail to trust Him for our daily provision, we
often begin to fret and complain about our difficult "Marah-like" circumstances.
Learn from the negative example of Israel that when you come to "Marah",
listen earnestly to the voice of
God, seeking to know what He is trying to say to you in your present
Remember that often we tend to
hear God clearly when we are on the mountaintop of spiritual victory but
when we get to "Marah", we must tune our ears attentively to the voice of
the Lord. Ask yourself what God is saying through your circumstances, what
God wants you to do and what have you learned about God from these events
and then without hesitation do what is right or in other words, behave
righteously, instead of responding by grumbling and complaining when you
find yourself at Marah. Overcome your circumstances by focusing on the
reliability of the nature of God Who never changes, and Whom you can rely
on to always be loving and trustworthy and able to meet your every need.
Finally, when you find yourself at bitter waters, examine your life to see
if there are areas of disobedience. Remember that your willingness and
desire to obey God emerges from the fact that you know His character.
If you have become sidetracked at
Marah, bitter in your soul and spirit, feeling that life has been unfair
to you, the only way you can go from Marah to Elim and find sweet water is
to turn to Jehovah Rophe.
Tested by Plenty
"The LORD said to Moses
"Behold I rain bread from heaven for you and the people shall go out
a day's portion every day, that I may
them, whether or not they will walk in My
God said "and you shall know
(by experience) that I am
LORD your God."
Tested by Lack
Ex 17:2 No water
caused Israel again to grumble and Moses ask "Why do
you test the LORD?"
Ex 17:6 Moses stood before Israel on the
Horeb (Sinai) and
brought forth living water . Paul later explains that "the Rock was
Christ" 1Cor 10:4
From these examples note how the names of God (character of God) was revealed during times of
testing. Are we willing to persevere so that we might experience something our
loving Father, learning something that we could never learned unless we
had experienced the Refiner's fire (1Peter 1:7-note
on testing of faith,
Job 23:10, 11, 12-note)
When did this occur?
What is the
"Then" - be alert for
expressions of time. Ask "when is then?" and study
What did God allow?
came and fought against Israel
Israel's war experience? How had they "defeated" the Egyptians?
(As Pharaoh drew near) ...Moses said to the people, "Do not fear! Stand by
and see the salvation of the LORD which He will accomplish for you today;
for the Egyptians whom you have seen today, you will never see them again
Where did the
Amalekite attack take place?
Who is Amalek?
Begins with Esau & Jacob
Esau sold birthright for stew Ge 25:27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34
Esau saw no need to preserve a Future Blessing when he had such a pressing
present need. Ge 36:12, 15, 16
Isn't there a bit of "Esau" in us all...we are so
prone to lose sight of "eternal" truths, instead giving in to our temporal
Esau > Eliphaz >
bore a grudge
Verb tense for "bore grudge"
imperfect denoting an action
repeated over and over again. So we can begin to understand the deep
root of enmity Amalek ("Esau") held for Israel ("Jacob").
What was Amalek's
Deut 25:17, 18, 19
section from Moses' instruction to Israel just prior to entering Canaan)
what Amalek did to you along the way when you came out from Egypt how he
met you along the way & attacked among you all the stragglers at your rear when you were faint and weary; and he did
not fear God. Therefore it shall come about when Jehovah your
Elohim has given you rest from all your surrounding enemies, in the land
which Jehovah your Elohim gives you as an inheritance to possess, you shall
(click note) the memory
of Amalek from under heaven; you must not
Note what Elijah did to the enemies of God in
Am I giving
aid to brethren in the faith who have straggled behind because they have become
faint and weary?
Do I disregard & disrespect them because of their
note on Ro 15 weaker brother
Am I thinking lightly of God's command to blot out the "Amalekites" in my
Note that "forget" is a keyword in
Deuteronomy so we must be especially careful to heed this command to "not forget" (uses
of "forget" in Deut)
The Second Battle Israel Waged was again
with Amalekites: Nu 14:42, 43, 44, 45
"Do not go up, lest you be
struck down before your enemies, for Jehovah is not among you. (this
truth is key when we go into spiritual warfare! see Ep 6:10ff-notes) For the
Amalekites and the Canaanites will be there in front of you and you
will fall by the sword, inasmuch as you have turned back from following
Jehovah. And Jehovah will not be with you. (disobedience resulted in loss of
God's power and presence) But (they continue to disobey) they went up heedlessly to
the ridge of the hill country; neither the ark of the covenant of the LORD
nor Moses left the camp. Then the Amalekites and the Canaanites who lived
in that hill country came down, and struck them and beat them down as far as Hormah.
Then the sons of Israel did what was evil in the sight of Jehovah
Jehovah gave them into the hands of Midian seven years and the power
of Midian prevailed against Israel. (How
could this principle apply to a believer?) Because of Midian the sons of Israel
made for themselves the dens which were in the mountains and the caves & the
strongholds. For it was when Israel had sown, that the Midianites would
come up with the Amalekites the sons of the east and go against them.
So they would camp against them
and destroy the produce of the earth as far as Gaza, and leave no sustenance
in Israel as well as no sheep, ox, or donkey.
did Amalekites attack?
What's the context?
What was the result?
Contrast the outcome
of the above battles with Amalek and that in Ex 17:13:
"So Joshua overwhelmed
Amalek and his people with the edge of the sword."
Why is the outcome
Had God changed --
was He no longer Jehovah Nissi?
examples of defeat in Numbers and Judges, when am I most likely to be attacked and
defeated by the Amalekites in my life?
for more on Amalek)
How did Moses respond?
So Moses said to
(Jehovah is salvation
Iesous = "Jesus")
(signifies a careful, well thought-out choice) (Lxx
adds "mighty" men)
Station on top of hill
Staff of God in hand
Cf Gideon's 300 (Jdg
What's God doing w/ Joshua?
Training Joshua to succeed Moses
& wage war upon the entry into Canaan.
What is God training you for?
Do the trials seem to never end, to
be w/o ostensible purpose?
Could it be that God is training you in & thru
(Jas 1:2, 3, 4-note,
As Cromwell said to his men:
"Trust in Providence and keep your powder dry"
What's Joshua's response
Joshua did as Moses told
He obeys, submits, serves
How was battle won
= Israel prevailed
Down =Amalek prevailed
How does he explain?
Moses hands heavy
Stone seat provided
Supported his hands
Steady until sunset
How do following verses help
understand Aaron & Hur's role?
Isa 35:3 2Cor 1:11 Php 1:19-note
Pr 27:17 Ec 4:9-12, Ro 15:30, 31, 32-note
was the result in
So Joshua overwhelmed Amalek w/ edge of sword
What was purpose?
To learn war
, Pr 17:3)
must fight the good fight of faith but the victory belongs to the LORD (1Sa
17:47, 1Sa 14:6, 2Chr 20:15, 16, 17, Ps 46:11, Zech 4:6, Pr 21:31 Ro 8:31-note,Ro
How does the following verse relate
to the war against Amalek?
What some lessons for life?
Moses by the staff in his hand looked for
victory to God alone, & did not trust the “arm of flesh”
The Battle is the Lord's, but He often
fights thru His human instruments like Joshua & the chosen men.
(note associations w staff)
Ex 4:2 1st reference
Ex 4:20 "staff of Elohim"
Ex 7:9 Staff > serpent
Ex 7:17 Nile to blood
Ex 8:5 Frogs on land
Ex 8:16 Dust to gnats
Ex 9:23 Thunder, hail, fire
Ex 10:13 Locusts
Ex 14:16 lift up your staff & stretch out your hand
over the sea & divide it
Ex 17:5,6 same staff you struck Nile & strike Rock
Ex 17:9 staff of God in my hand
The staff of God was clearly a symbol of the presence of God's omnipotent
power over evil, over nature, over every circumstance however hopeless (click
"Seeing the Lord and rallying behind him
as our banner lifts us above the demands and accusations; it frees us from
their crushing effect. And amazingly enough, it also frees us to invest in
those who make the demands and accusations. And as they see us rally behind
the Lord, they do as well, even those who may have been griping about us
earlier. In the First Battle of Bull Run in the Civil War, Gen. Thomas
Jonathan Jackson was leading the Virginia troops of the Confederacy. One man
from another division saw Jackson mounted on his horse, leading his troops,
and pronounced, "There stands Jackson like a stone wall! Rally behind the
Virginians!" They did so, and the Confederacy won a decisive and surprising
victory at the outset of the war, dashing the Union's hopes for a quick
victory. And Thomas Jonathan Jackson was thereafter known as Stonewall
Jackson. That day, he was the "banner" for the Confederate troops. Although
shots were flying all around them, they saw Jackson, standing before them,
as impregnable as a stone wall, and rallied behind him. Similarly, the
LORD is our Banner. (Jehovah Nissi) Although demands and accusations may
be flying all around us, we are to look to the LORD who stands before us and
rally behind Him...the LORD gives us a vision of Himself, in the Scriptures
and in our own experience, of His trustworthiness. And it is that vision
that inspires us to rally to the LORD, lifting us above the demands and
accusations. And from that position, above the fray, so to speak, we are
free to re-enter the fray and invest in people - even the people who earlier
were accusing us. Although people can be demanding and accusative, rally
behind the LORD and don't give up on them." (Scott
Grant, Peninsula Bible Church)
of Exodus 17:8-16
Scriptural Context for Jehovah Nissi - the LORD our Banner
THE LORD OUR BANNER
Fighting the Amalekites in the Shadow and
Of the Strong Tower of Jehovah Nissi
exposition of Exodus 17:8-16)
What does God say in Ex 17:14?
Write this in a book
(cf Ex 12:13, 14, Jos 4:7)
Recite it to Joshua =
Literally "set [it] in the
ears of Joshua"
utterly blot out the memory of Amalek from
(click discussion of "blot
Have you commemorated the "victories" Jehovah Nissi has given you over
the "Amalekites" in your life so that in future "wars" you might look back &
be reminded of His faithfulness to provide victory in His way & in His
timing? He is the
same yesterday, today and forever. Remember past victories and run again &
again to Him and take Refuge (see Greek meaning of Jehovah Nissi below) in the Strong Tower of Jesus, our Banner, our
How does Moses
Moses built altar
He named the altar Jehovah Nissi
Jehovah Nissi in the Greek (LXX)
"kurios mou kataphuge"
which in English =
"The Lord My Refuge"
interesting parallel see this same word kataphuge in (Ps 46:1)
Who is Jehovah Nissi?
Isa 11:10 Then it will come about in
that day (what "Day"?) that the nations (who are "nations"
will resort to the
root of Jesse
is this?) Who will stand as a
signal (Hebrew word =
He (Who?) will lift up a standard (nec)
for the nations and will assemble the banished ones of Israel and will gather
the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth ().
Even today a
banner is a standard that bears the colors by which a military unit
is identified and behind which troops rally. The "standard-bearer"
carries the colors and marching bands are often led by people carrying a
banner that identifies the band, and after which the musicians fall in line.
So when Moses names the altar Jehovah Nissi, The Lord is my Banner, he
proclaims as a memorial - "I rally behind Jehovah. It is He to Whom I look.
It is He Whom I will follow."
Nu 21:4-9,Jn 3:14-15,2Ki 18:4 Nu 26:19 ("banner = "warning"),
Ps 60:5, Ps 20:5, Hebrew "nec" (H5251)
used 10x in
A wonderful picture of God's
protection & deliverance under imagery of a banner >
Ps 60:4 Thou hast given a
banner to those who fear Thee, that it may
be displayed because of the truth. Selah. 5 That Thy beloved may be delivered,
Save with Thy right hand, and answer us!
We will sing for joy over your
victory, And in the name of our God we will set up our banners. May the LORD fulfill all your
Jehovah will have war against Amalek from generation to generation
Haman a descendant of the Amalekite,
Agag, tried to exterminate the Jews (Esther
3:1, 6) which illustrates the point of
Exodus 17:16 Haman's defeat is commemorated by the Jewish festival of
See more detailed discussion below.
A terrible fire was raging, and many
attempts were being made to save a child who stood at a top window
frantically waving and calling for help. One man, braver than the rest, put
forth a last bold endeavor to rescue the boy. Sensing the almost impossible
odds, and fearing he might fail, someone in the crowd cried, "Cheer him,
cheer him!" The people caught the words and shouted loudly. Inspired and
encouraged by their support, the man doubled his efforts and rescued the
child from the flames.
Even as Moses needed the assistance of Aaron and Hur, so today those called
to spiritual leadership need the undergirding of the people to whom they
minister. How can you help your
pastor, your Bible study leader, etc?
Their work is demanding, often discouraging, and fraught with many attacks
by the "Amalekites". Christian leaders need your encouragement (word) and
support (deed). When was the
last time you "took hold" of your pastor's hand and verbally expressed your
gratitude for his ministry? A
word properly timed will be, in effect, "holding up his hands," and will
help to assure spiritual victory in your church under the banner of Jehovah
O "hold up the hands" of
the worker for Christ,
Encourage his soul by your prayer;
A handclasp, a smile, or a word of good cheer,
Will help him life's burdens to bear. G. W.
What does Amalek picture ("type")?
Enemies of God's people (discussion)
- Gal 5:16-note,
(see study on
Jn 16:33, Gal 6:14-note
1Pe 5:8; 9; 10-note,
He 2:14, 15-note,
1Jn 3:8, 9, 10;
we win the battle against the "Amalekites"?
See Ro 8:37-note,
Jn 16:33, 2Co 10:3, 4, 5-note,
1Jn 5:4, 5
What do we learn from Joshua?
Joshua was submitted to authority as an
During the first half of his life, he obeyed Moses; and during the last
half, he received his orders from the Lord. Joshua was a man zealous for
characteristics of a zealous man).
What do we learn of warfare?
Staff of God ~ His
"banner over" us
symbolizes His presence, His power & His provision. Even as He provided food
& water He gives us victory in spiritual warfare. When confronted with
"Amalekites" don't depend on your zeal or ingenuity to defeat them but
on your rallying point, Jehovah Nissi
(Ro 8:26, 27-note;
What's Value of Memorials?
1 Sa 12:24
Only fear the LORD & serve Him in truth w/ all your heart, for consider what
great things He has done for you.
Who are the "Amalekites" in your
According to God's word what are we
to do w/ the "Amalekites"?
Dt 25:19, Ex 17:14
Related to Jehovah Nissi
C. H. Spurgeon
War of Truth
Spiritual Warfare Studies
Ep 6:10; 6:11; 6:12; 6:13; 6:14; 6:15;
6:16; 6:17; 6:18-notes
on Ep 6:10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 15;
Spiritual Warfare Series by Wayne Barber
Related to Jehovah Nissi
Nave's Topical Bible
Int'l Std Bible Encyclopedia
Easton's Bible Dictionary
Smith's Bible Dictionary
Hymns & Spiritual Songs
Related to Jehovah Nissi
His Banner over me is love (too fast)
What Various Hindrances we Meet
The LORD My Banner
Poem by William Cowper
Olney Hymns, 1779
One Final Word
When "Amalek" comes...
Keep your eye on
Jesus Your Jehovah-Nissi
The LORD your Banner
Your Standard to rally under!
To be distracted
> look around
To be distressed > look within
To be defeated > look back
To be discouraged > look down
To be delivered > look up
To be delighted > look to Christ
Col 3:1; 3:2; 3:3; 3:4-Col 3:1;
of Exodus 17:8-16
Scriptural Context for Jehovah Nissi - the LORD our Banner
"you shall blot out the memory of Amalek"
(Jehovah) will utterly blot out the memory of Amalek"
"Work out your salvation
with fear & trembling"
cp Ezek 36:27b)
"It is God Who is at work in you
both to will & to work for His good pleasure"
cp Ezek 36:27a)
Ray Stedman's (see his full sermon
Power to Please)
insight on Romans 15:4
as to why studies such as this
one on Jehovah Nissi are important...
The Old Testament is really the richest
commentary ever written on the New Testament. If you are coming to a place
where faith is beginning to fail and your heart finds itself in the grasp of
doubt, then turn to the record of God at work with men of the Old Testament.
You will find, as you read thoughtfully, that your faith will begin to flame
up again because "faith comes by hearing and hearing by the word of God,"
It's as the Word of God rings in our ears that faith is created in our hearts to
lay hold of the truth we hear, and to make it available in our lives.
Characteristic of a Zealous Man:
(like Moses or Joshua):
"A zealous man in religion is pre-eminently a man of one
thing. It is not enough to say that he is earnest, hearty, uncompromising,
thorough-going, whole-hearted, fervent in spirit. He only sees one thing, he
cares for one thing, he lives for one thing, he is swallowed up in one thing;
and that one thing is to please God. Whether he lives, or whether he
dies—whether he has health, or whether he has sickness—whether he is rich, or
whether he is poor—whether he pleases man, or whether he gives offence—whether
he is thought wise, or whether he is thought foolish—whether he gets blame, or
whether he gets praise—whether he get honor, or whether he gets shame—for all
this the zealous man cares nothing at all. He burns for one thing; and that one
thing is to please God, and to advance God’s glory. If he is consumed in the
very burning, he cares not for it-he is content. He feels that, like a lamp, he
is made to burn; and if consumed in burning, he has but done the work for which
God appointed him. Such a one will always find a sphere for his zeal. If he
cannot preach, work, and give money, he will cry, and sigh, and pray...If he
cannot fight in the valley with Joshua, he will do the work of Moses, Aaron, and
Hur, on the hill
(Ex 17:9, 10, 11, 12, 13). If he is cut off from working himself, he will give
the Lord no rest till help is raised up from another quarter, and the work is
done. This is what I mean when I speak of ‘zeal’ in religion." (10,000
Sermon Illustrations. bible.org)
(See 21 part series: "Biblical
Characteristics of a Christian Leader")
Spurgeon on the
"FAINT and WEARY" stragglers attacked by the
Amalekites in Deut 25:17-19:
go hindmost with their standards." --(Nu 2:31) The camp of Dan brought up the rear
when the armies of Israel were on the march. The Danites occupied the hindmost
place, but what mattered the position, since they were as truly part of the host
as were the foremost tribes; they followed the same fiery cloudy pillar, they
ate of the same manna, drank of the same spiritual rock, and journeyed to the
same inheritance. Come, my heart, cheer up, though last and least; it is thy
privilege to be in the army, and to fare as they fare who lead the van. Some one
must be hindmost in honour and esteem, some one must do menial work for Jesus,
and why should not I? In a poor village, among an ignorant peasantry; or in a
back street, among degraded sinners, I will work on, and "go hindmost with my
standard." The Danites occupied a very useful place. Stragglers have to be
picked up upon the march, and lost property has to be gathered from the field.
Fiery spirits may dash forward over untrodden paths to learn fresh truth, and
win more souls to Jesus; but some of a more conservative spirit may be well
engaged in reminding the church of her ancient faith, and restoring her fainting
sons. Every position has its duties, and the slowly moving children of God will
find their peculiar state one in which they may be eminently a blessing to the
whole host. The rear guard is
a place of danger. There are foes behind us as well as before us. Attacks may
come from any quarter. We read that Amalek fell upon Israel, and slew some of
the hindmost of them. The experienced Christian will find much work for his
weapons in aiding those poor doubting, desponding, wavering, souls, who are
hindmost in faith, knowledge, and joy. These must not be left unaided, and
therefore be it the business of well-taught saints to bear their standards among
the hindmost. My soul, do thou tenderly watch to help the hindmost this day.
Tower is JEHOVAH-NISSI
"The Lord my Banner,"
The Tower of Defense
by John MacDuff
From his book -
and the chapter entitled
The Great Resolve
This reminds all of us
who have given public testimony of our faith in Christ, that we are still in
an enemy's country. You remember how Bunyan (to quote the great Dreamer
again) represents Christiana and her children knocking at the Gate; while in
a castle, near by, there were those who were assailing them. If any leave a
Communion-table to return to the world in their own strength, they shall
assuredly fall. But we go not a warfare on our own charges. "Some trust in
chariots, and some in horses, but we will remember the name of the Lord our
God," and He who is for us, is greater than all that can be against us.
Let our moral attitude be like the workmen on the walls of Zion in
Nehemiah's time, building with the sword girded by our side; ever ready,
when the missiles are flying thick and fast around, to flee to Him who is a
"High Tower against the enemy," and who thus invites all weak and helpless
ones—"Come, my people, enter into your chambers, and shut your doors about
you; hide yourself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be
overpast" (Isa. 26:20). This is the true Tower of King David, built for an
armory, whereon there hang a thousand bucklers, all shields of mighty men
(Song 4:4). "Blessed is the people who know the joyful sound—they shall
walk, O Lord, in the light of Your countenance. In Your name shall they
rejoice all the day and in Your righteousness shall they be exalted. For You
are the glory of their strength—and in Your favor our horn shall be exalted.
For the Lord is our DEFENSE—and the Holy One of Israel is our king" (Ps.
89:15-18).—"We will walk in this name of the Lord our God forever and ever."
Spurgeon's "Morning and Evening"
Note related to blotting out the Amalekites in Deut 25:17-19:
"Let not one of them escape." --1Ki 18:40
When the prophet Elijah had
received the answer to his prayer, and the fire from heaven had consumed the
sacrifice in the presence of all the people, he called upon the assembled
Israelites to take the priests of Baal, and sternly cried, "Let not one of them
escape." He took them all down to the brook Kishon, and slew them there. So must
it be with our sins--they are all doomed, not one must be preserved. Our darling
sin must die. Spare it not for its much crying. Strike, though it be as dear as
an Isaac. Strike, for God struck at sin when it was laid upon His own Son. With
stern unflinching purpose must you condemn to death that sin which was once the
idol of your heart. Do you ask how you are to accomplish this? Jesus will be
your power. You have grace to overcome sin given you in the covenant of grace;
you have strength to win the victory in the crusade against inward lusts,
because Christ Jesus has promised to be with you even unto the end. If you would
triumph over darkness, set yourself in the presence of the Sun of Righteousness.
There is no place so well adapted for the discovery of sin, and recovery from
its power and guilt, as the immediate presence of God. Job never knew how to get
rid of sin half so well as he did when his eye of faith rested upon God, and
then he abhorred himself, and repented in dust and ashes. The fine gold of the
Christian is oft becoming dim. We need the sacred fire to consume the dross. Let
us fly to our God, He is a consuming fire; He will not consume our spirit, but
our sins. Let the goodness of God excite us to a sacred jealousy, and to a holy
revenge against those iniquities which are hateful in His sight. Go forth to
battle with Amalek in His strength, and utterly destroy the accursed crew: let
not one of them escape.
commenting on the
world system exhorts believers declaring that...
We must cultivate the mindset of exiles. What this does mainly is sober us
up and wake us up so that we don't drift with the world and take for granted
that the way the world thinks and acts is the best way. We don't assume that
what is on TV is helpful to the soul; we don't assume that the priorities of
advertisers is helpful to the soul; we don't assume that the strategies and
values of business and industry are helpful to the soul. We don't assume
that any of this glorifies God. We stop and we think and we consult the
Wisdom of our own country, heaven, and we don't assume that the conventional
wisdom of this age is God's wisdom. We get our bearings from God in his
word. When you see yourself as an alien and an exile with your citizenship
in heaven, and God as your only Sovereign, you stop drifting with the
current of the day. You ponder what is good for the soul and what honors God
in everything: food, cars, videos, bathing suits, birth control, driving
speeds, bed times, financial savings, education for the children, unreached
peoples, famine, refugee camps, sports, death, and everything else. Aliens
get their cue from God and not the world." (Read the full sermon
The War Against the Soul and the Glory of
of Exodus 17:8-16 -
Scriptural description of Jehovah
Nissi, the LORD our Banner
The Lord my Banner
by William Cowper
The Olney Hymns
By whom was David taught,
To aim the dreadful blow,
When he Goliath fought,
And laid the Gittite low?
No sword nor spear the stripling took,
But chose a pebble from the brook.
'Twas Israel's God and king,
Who sent him to the fight;
Who gave him strength to fling,
And skill to aim aright.
Ye feeble saints your strength endures,
Because young David's God is yours.
Who ordered Gideon forth,
To storm th' invaders' camp,
With arms of little worth,
A pitcher and a lamp?
The trumpets made his coming known,
And all the host was overthrown.
Oh! I have seen the day,
When with a single word,
God helping me to say,
My trust is in the Lord;
My soul has quelled a thousand foes,
Fearless of all that could oppose.
But unbelief, self-will,
Self-righteousness and pride,
How often do they steal
My weapon from my side?
Yet David's Lord and Gideon's friend,
Will help his servant to the end
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