This post is by a guest writer, Heidi Holderman, a precious sister in Christ whom I have had the privilege of serving alongside at church. Heidi is a wife, mother, and follower of Jesus. I love how Heidi studies God’s Word in a way to “take it personal.” I believe sharing her thoughts on a recent Bible study she completed will be a blessing to others as it was to me. Enjoy!
Have you ever learned about the many names of God? There is something intimate about using the right name for someone in the right moment. For instance: a child’s word for their parent or grandparent, one’s nickname, a term of endearment used by a spouse. How many titles do you have?
Through a Beth Moore study, The Names of God, I am currently learning about the name Jehovah Nissi or The LORD is my Banner. In summary, Beth teaches the first mention of this title is found in Exodus 17:8-16 specifically in verse 15. This title refers to God’s role as the rallying point for the nation of Israel when Joshua led the charge against the Amalekites. Beth points out that a banner serves 3 primary purposes: to identify, to claim possession, and to note celebration. Beth then personalizes these concepts by explaining God is MY banner. God identifies me, and you, claims me, and boldly and proudly celebrates me. Pause and think on that!
This teaching reminded me of the times in my life when I’ve doubted God’s love for me as an individual. As Christ taught Satan, our enemy, is the father of lies. In the Garden he coaxed Eve into doubting God’s generosity, her contentment, her knowledge of God’s command, her self-worth, and even God’s very love for her. Has the enemy ever made you wonder if God actually loves you? Does he attack your contentment? Does he marginalize you, or call you naïve? Does he cause you to doubt God’s motives? If you read Genesis 3, you’ll see there are very few lines actually spoken by Satan. The lines are full of unspoken insinuations and questions. Oh the power of Satan’s implications. It lets our own mind finish the story, and we are so good at finding our own weaknesses.
During this recent Easter Season the name Jehova Nissi has been speaking to me. You see Beth also points out that in Isaiah Jesus is described as our rallying point in the war against Satan. On the cross, Christ was lifted up and my sin and curse were placed on Him (John 3:14, Numbers 21:8-9). There Christ won the war. The cross is now our standard, our banner, of victory. In Isaiah 11:10 it describes Christ’s return and our departure to join Him in glory. To put it in the words of The Jesus Story Bible, when Isaiah 11:10 is fulfilled, the terrible lie of the snake will come untrue. The truth is, God really does love me and you. He identifies me as His child. He claims me, and He celebrates His victory over my life. Pause and think on that!