Yahweh Nissi is a Hebrew name meaning, The Lord is my banner.
Yahweh Nissi is descriptive of God’s covering, His protection, His ownership, His power, His intervention, and finally yet importantly, it speaks of the pride and confidence He has in his children. This last one blows me away!
What comes to mind when you think about a banner? My mind goes back to the days when my daughter played basketball. The walls on the school gym were covered with banners. There were the big fancy banners by the local businesses that supported high-school sports, which was great, but the banners that made the girls the happiest were the ones made of the big rolls of paper that were hand-painted by family and friends! These had personal words of encouragement and spoke of pride and confidence. In addition, how about the banners on the professional level—sponsors like Nike, or Pepsi and Coca-Cola. These companies do not invest their money in a person or a team unless they are confident in whom they represent. In essence they put their money where their mouth is. We hear it all the time; “Pepsi is the proud sponsor of _______”.
Applying this concept of a banner to our Creator is heartwarming. Could God have confidence in me? Biblically, what is God’s banner saying about me? Job comes to mind; God answers Satan saying, do you consider my servant Job? He is a righteous man, go ahead and give it your best shot…(my paraphrase.)
There is a confidence in knowing that God’s banner is behind us and over us. It shows that he is not ashamed to be identified with us. There is a responsibility on our part; however, to do our banner proud—our confidence should not lead to arrogance, indifference, or behavior that will bring shame to the Name that believes in us.
The Bible speaks of many banners, four of which directly relate to His people.
We will look at two together.
The banner of Victory:
Exodus chapter 17 tells the story of the battle between the Amalek and the Israelites. In verses 8-16, we see how God fought for his people and he gave them victory over Amalek and his people. The key in this victory was the teamwork between Moses, Aaron, and Hur. While Moses lifted his hands toward heaven, Aaron and Hur held each arm up so that he would not tire. For every time Moses' hands fell, they would begin to lose the battle, yet when his hands where lifted high, they would have victory.
When the battle ended, Moses built an altar and called it “The Lord is my banner” Because he recognized that the battle belonged to the Lord.
There is a New Testament application to this story; Jesus designed the church to carry his name and he gave us the command to fellowship with one another because he understood the power and strength that comes from unity. We are never meant to fight our battles alone. Why do we try? Maybe it’s because we forget that God’s banner of victory flew high in the sky that one fateful day when Jesus was raised to the heavens on that old rugged tree—known as the cross—the banner of our victory.
The banner of Healing:
Isaiah chapter 53 reveals prophesy of the coming Messiah—how he would bear the guilt and shame of the sin of all humanity. In verse 5 it specifically says, “by His stripes we are healed.”
As we read on through the rest of Isaiah, we read of all Jesus would suffer to make healing possible. It speaks of spiritual healing from sin. This is awesome news because all who call upon Jesus will receive spiritual healing and cleansing.
In the New Testament, the book of James chapter 5 speaks of the physical healing that is offered by Jesus. This comes through the anointing of oil and prayer.
These two banners should bring a smile to our face and a confidence in Yahweh Nissi that will give us what we need to walk through this life.
He will give us victory in our trials; he will heal our broken hearts and bind our wounds. El Roi (the God who sees) will do what it takes to shake us up and teach us the right way to live—forsaking sin, thereby eliminating many of the things that cause sickness and heartbreak in our lives in the first place.
I encourage you to take some time and read the word of God; learn of his other banners and what they mean for you.
The banner of Salvation can be found in John chapter three. Ask yourself; what is my responsibility when I accept to carry the name of God over my life?
The banner of Love can be found in Song of Solomon chapter two. Ponder this thought; how will it affect the way you live?
DIG A LITTLE DEEPER
If these few words have caused your heart to want more, I suggest reading Isaiah 49:22-25 and 1 Corinthians 15:52, 54-57.
Walk in victory today knowing; believing that Yahweh Nissi is the only one who can bring eternal strength, freedom, restoration, and salvation.
This dear friends, is something to be excited about—therefore, go out with joy and be led forth with peace!
(C) Teresa Ortiz
**Inspired by "The Names of God" by Anne Spangler**