“And Moses built an altar, and called the name of it Jehovah-Nissi” (Exodus 17:15).

            The LORD will become your defender if you remain faithful and close to God. Has it ever been that every one around you is against you? Dread not! When you face insurmountable problems, you need not defend yourself. God will stand up for you. People called the Name of the LORD according to their personal knowledge of God. When the LORD granted a tremendous victory to His people over the Amalekites, Moses built an altar to the LORD and called His Name “Jehovah-Nissi.”  The Hebrew root word for “Nissi” is “Nes” which means ‘Banner of victory.’ Isaiah 59:19, “…..When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD shall lift up a standard against him.” The Hebrew word used for “standard” is also “Nes.” It also means to lift Him up in praise. When Moses built an altar to the LORD, He lifted God’s Name in praise. When you get into a tight situation, you need to lift up the Name of the LORD. Banner reveals the identity of the one who rules. When the LORD defends His people, His banner is hoisted. We can know Him as our Defender in four ways through the life of Jehoshaphat and his men.

  1. TAKE TO GOD: “….. And Jehoshaphat feared, and set himself to seek the LORD, and proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah” (2 Chronicles 20:3). The children of Moab, and the children of Ammon and the inhabitants of Seir came against Jehoshaphat and his people. The first thing that Jehoshaphat did when he learnt about the threat was that he took the problem to the LORD. When we face a problem that is too big for us, the first choice that we need to make is to take the matter to God. Taking to Him should not be our last resort. Only this paves the way for the LORD to defend us. If you want God to defend you from all odds, you need to turn to Him and take your situation to Him. Many people try all means of solving a problem and fail ultimately. At last they will find out that they have not taken it to God. Do not take things to man who can never help you. At the marriage at Cana, Mary took the problem to the LORD. He performed a miracle. The reproach was rolled away. If you take it to the LORD, your reproach shall be rolled away. When did the enemy attack Judah? After Jehoshaphat brought national reformation and spiritual revival, the enemies came to fight. When you enter into deep spiritual experiences, the enemy will try his best to attack you. At such times, if you fail to continue your relationship with the LORD, the success and prosperity will lead to false insecurity. This month you may face an unprecedented attack from the enemy. But make sure that you take the matter to God. You may have to face the valley of tears. But never let the impossible situation to intimidate you. Let it motivate you to take it to the LORD.
  1. TALK TO GOD: “And Jehoshaphat stood in the congregation of Judah and Jerusalem, in the house of the LORD….. And said, O LORD God of our fathers…..” (2 Chronicles 20:5-6). Jehoshaphat not only took to God but also talked to God. Start communing with the LORD. A little boy was playing with his toy cars in the sand box on the sea shore. As he built a bridge for his cars, he found a big rock hindering him from not building a road. He tried to pull the rock out but eventually hurt himself. From the balcony, his father saw him struggle. He came running down and helped his son. The father said to his son, “Son! Why did you not use all your strength?” Son replied, “Dad! I did.” Father said, “No Son! You did not.” Son asked, “No Dad! I did use all my strength.” Father said, “You did not use all your strength.” Son asked, “Dad! What do you mean, I did not use all my strength.” Father said, “You did not use me. You did not call me.”

         Tell God what you are going through. They may be heart breaking circumstances or undisclosed grief or big mistake. There is no problem that is   too big or too small that God cannot solve. In the prayer that Jehoshaphat offered, we find that he should have prayed aloud. When hardships come and make you feel overwhelmed, resort to praying aloud in a secured place. This will be really helpful to you. While talking to God, Jehoshaphat made mention of who his God was and what He did to deliver His people from the hands of the enemies. It is good to remind oneself of who God is and what He has done. A part of prayer is to be open to God of how you feel. One of the greatness of the book of Psalms is that it contains every bit of emotion known to man. Express every bit of your emotions to Him. Like Hannah talk to Him and be relieved of your anxieties.

  1. THRUST ON GOD: “O our God, wilt Thou not judge them? for we have no might against this great company that cometh against us; neither know we what to do: but our eyes are upon thee” (2 Chronicles 20:12). The king and the people of Judah thrust everything on the LORD. They said that their eyes were upon the LORD. Our LORD is not only worthy to receive our praises but also has broad shoulders so that we can thrust on Him every anxiety. “I am doing well under such circumstances” is what people who go through severe stress and trials grudgingly say. There is always a struggle when you are under the circumstance. Circumstances cannot control a child of God. A child of God experiences God-given inner rest when he or she walks through the circumstances. He or she will suffocate when the circumstances are laid on them. God has called you to walk through your circumstances. When life seems impossible then take your eyes off your problems and focus on God. Thrust on God every care and burden. “Casting all your care upon Him; for He careth for you” (1 Peter 5:7). God began to speak when the king and the people thrust all their worries on the LORD. The fruit of fervent prayer is not only that God will hear you but you will ultimately hear from God. The LORD said , “…..Hearken ye …… Thus saith the LORD unto you, Be not afraid nor dismayed by reason of this great multitude; for the battle is not yours, but God’s” (2Chronicles 20:15). Thrust on the LORD for He promises you that He will fight your battle and ensure victory for you.

  1. TRUST ON GOD: “And they rose early in the morning, and went forth into the wilderness of Tekoa: and as they went forth, Jehoshaphat stood and said, Hear me, O Judah, and ye inhabitants of Jerusalem; Believe in the LORD your God, so shall ye be established; believe His prophets, so shall ye prosper” (2 Chronicles 20:19). When God spoke to Jehoshaphat and his people, and encouraged them, they responded with their trust by praising God. Jehoshaphat told his people to believe in the LORD their God, so that they shall be established. He also encouraged them to believe in God’s prophets so that they will prosper. Jehoshaphat believed that God would do what He has spoken. He consulted with his people and appointed singers and worshippers to praise the beauty of holiness and to say, “Praise the LORD; for His mercy endures for ever.” So he placed worshippers ahead of his armed forces. Praise is simply the fruit of faith. People responded to what God had spoken. They praised in advance before they could experience victory. Praise is verbalised faith. If you praise God after the victory, it is called gratitude. But when you declare your faith through your words before you experience victory, then it is praise. More than gratitude, God expects faith. Without faith it is impossible to please God. When you express your trust on God in this way, your mind does not stay on the problem. Your mind stays on the LORD. What did the LORD do when they showed forth their trust through their praise? All enemies helped each one to destroy another. The LORD granted the Israelites amazing victory. They went on from battle to Berachah. Berachah means blessings. You will move from battle to blessing when you put your complete trust on Him.