What will be your banner?
I love watching college football. The drama behind the competition and the atmosphere is unrivaled in any other sport. People support their teams vigorously by wearing sweatshirts, jackets, and holding banners to identify themselves.
Fans love to associate with winners!
To judge the success of a football program, a person needs to count the number of people who attend a home game. If the stands are full, you can count on the home team to be a winner. Hopping on bandwagons is a favorite past time, because our human nature likes to be identified with success.
One of the greatest victories is what Jesus Christ accomplished for us on the cross. His name is identified with victory. There is power, strength, and hope associated with a name and God provided several to remind people of His promises. Names are like banners. They are reminders of who we represent and choose to be identified.
What will be your banner for 2015?
One of my favorite Hebrew names for God is Jehovah-Jireh. It means the Lord provides. It was the same name used by Abraham when he explained to Isaac how the Lord would provide a sacrifice before reaching Mt. Moriah. Using this name was a confession of Abraham’s amazing trust. He fully comprehended what God was asking him to do. Abraham was going to the mountain to build and altar and sacrifice his one and only son.
When I raise my banner and call upon the Lord as Jehovah-Jireh, I am remembering how the Lord has always provided for me the past and I proclaim my trust that he will continue to provide.
What will be your banner? I have assembled below a list of Hebrew names for God from the Old Testament. I invite you to choose a banner for the remainder of this year and 2015.
Let me know which name of God will be your banner and why.
ELOHIM: Creator (Genesis 1:1, Exodus 4:10)
EL ELYON: God most high—God is sovereign (Genesis 14:18, Isaiah 46:9, Daniel 2:20, Deut.
EL ROI: God sees (Genesis 16:13, Proverbs 5:21, Psalm 9:10)
EL SHADDAI: Almighty God—the all-sufficient one (Genesis 17:1)
ADONAI: Lord, Master (Genesis 15:2
JEHOVAH: LORD, the self-existent one (Genesis 2:4, Exodus 3:14)
JEHOVAH-JIREH: The Lord Will Provide (Genesis 22:8)
JEHOVAH-RAPHA: The Lord is our Healer (Exodus 15:25)
JEHOVAH-NISSI: The Lord is my Banner (Exodus 17:15)
JEHOVAH-MEKODDISHKEM: The Lord who Sanctifies (Exodus 31:13)
JEHOVAH-SHALOM: The Lord is Peace (Judges 6:24)
JEHOVAH-SABAOTH: The Lord of Hosts – God is our Deliverer (1 Samuel 1:11, 17:47)
JEHOVAH-RAAH: The Lord is my Shepherd (Psalm 23:1)
JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU: Almighty God—the all-sufficient one (Jeremiah 23:6)
JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH: The Lord is there (Ezekiel 48:35)
QANNA: Jealous (Exodus 20:5)
“It is not the strength of your faith but the object of your faith that actually saves you. Strong faith in a weak branch is fatally inferior to weak faith in a strong branch.”
“Faith, then, begins as you recognize and reject your alternative trusts and gods and turn instead to the Father, asking for a relationship to him on the basis of what Jesus has done, not on the basis of your moral effort or achievements.” (Timothy Keller)
Good blogs to read this week:
Time of Grace is providing a series of encouraging words during the Advent season entitled “The Advent Challenge.”
Another great read is how we can share with other are “before” and “after” pictures because of what Christ has already done for us. (click to read).