Then the men who had gone up with him said, “We are not able to go up against the people, for they are stronger than we are.” So they brought to the people of Israel a bad report of the land that they had spied out, saying, “The land, through which we have gone to spy it out, is a land that devours its inhabitants, and all the people that we saw in it are of great height.- Numbers 13:31-32 ESV
QUIT GRUMBLING! You cannot be a VICTIM and a child of the RISEN KING! We must decide; WHOSE WE ARE! Whose BANNER are you flying? Who’s FLAG are you flying, WHOSE colors are you standing behind-under? Exodus 17:15-16 tells us, “Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner. He said, ‘Because hands were lifted up against the throne of the Lord, the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites from generation to generation.’” “The Lord is my Banner” is the translation of the Hebrew Yahweh-Nissi.
Leader, when we walk with our LORD, when the GOD of the UNIVERSE is our banner, then He prepares the way, HE takes our burdens, We are privileged and we must choose either VICTIM or VICTOR! He fights our battles! A banner is something that identifies and unifies a particular group of people. For example, a military flag or standard is sometimes called a banner. The Israelites’ saying, “The Lord is my Banner,” was a way of identifying themselves as the unified followers of the Lord God. A banner also functions as a rallying point for troops in a battle.
Conduit, the BATTLE IS THE LORDS! In 2 Chronicles 10 King Jehosphat was outnumbered, outflanked and OUT OF HOPE, but GOD clarified the terms of the battle: He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the LORD says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. (2 Chron 10:15) You can look to Jericho, (Joshua 6), and the march around the city and the BATTLE was the LORDS! Look at Judges 6-8: read about Gideon a weak, afraid, lowly servant who became a MIGHTY WARRIOR of God, because the BATTLE IS THE LORDS! We must remember WHOSE we are and WHOSE banner we fly! In Exodus 14:14 God tells us, “The LORD himself will fight for you. Just stay calm.” Know your GOD and EAT SCRIPTURE- so you will know: The Battle is the Lords!