This Year´s Message2018: The Lord My Banner

2018: The Lord My Banner

 

 

We as believers in Christ have entered into a time when the Spirit of God is preparing His people for the labor with birth pangs which is to occur. As the world gets darker believers in Christ will shine brighter.

Revelation 12:5

The woman bore a male Child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up to God and His throne.

Most of us are acquainted with the spiritual birth of the Church on the day of Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit indwelled the believer in Christ. However, in the Book of Revelation, the birth of the male Child is referred to the physical birth of the Church. In other words, it is when the Lord will come to cloth every believer with a glorified body. It is an event Paul describes as the Harpazo or more commonly known as the Rapture.

Until then, the Lord wants His Church (you, me and every believer in Christ) to thrive in this world independently of any organization, government, or economy. By this I mean to fully live a full life, filled with His inexhaustible supply of goodness, provision, and blessing.

Zachariah 9:16

The Lord their God will save them in that day, as the flock of His people. For they shall be like the jewels of a crown, lifted like a banner over His land.

A banner is lofty signal-flag that is lifted in the forefront of a march or procession, which represents a nation, army or tribe. The time has come for the Church to be lifted like a Banner in the world for all to see her crown. God wants every believer in Christ to represent the Kingdom of God here on earth because when you are lifted, they will see the glorious Banner.

-What is this glorious Banner?

Let’s look back to the Old Testament to a time where the Banner is visibly seen. Like the Church today in the world, Israel were in a desolate place called the Wilderness. The Bible states that the Children of Israel were in Rephidim, which means in Hebrew “resting places,” when they were suddenly ambushed by a horde called the Amalekites.

The place of rest for you and I today, is the place of belief in the finished work of Christ. It is the belief that you and I are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus. You may have suffered the hardest attacks when you were believing in the finished work of Christ the most. If this is you, then this is for you: Continue in the place of rest, trusting in Him and the finished work of His Son that has wrought victory over all works of the enemy in your life.

As the story continues, Moses asks Joshua to gather up men of valor and meet the challenge while he went to the top of a hill and lifted up the rod of God in his hand. And so it was, as Moses lifted up the rod, Israel prevailed against the enemy until Moses got tired. When Moses got tired and let down his hands, the enemy gained ground. When Aaron and Hur figured out what was going on, they each got a hold of Moses’ arms so he could hold up the rod horizontally with both hands. The battle finishes with an Israeli victory over the Amalekites.

There is something the Lord showed me in this story that will answer your question, “What is the glorious Banner?”

Firstly, know that this story is not primarily about any performance or work on our behalf to live a life of victory, but encourages faith as the only means to obtain a life of overwhelming glory and victory in Christ.

Isaiah 11:10

And in that day there shall be a Root of Jesse. Who shall stand as a banner to the people; for the Gentiles shall seek Him, and His resting place shall be glorious.

Most importantly, when Moses stood with his arms wide open while holding the rod horizontally, it was a picture of the cross – a banner to the people. The glorious Banner is the Lord Jesus Christ!

As the Banner stood to the people of Israel, they experienced overwhelming glory and victory. For you and I today, when you lift up the Banner by believing and resting in the finished work of Christ, the Lord will go before you and bring you the success and protection that only His favor can bring in your family, career, ministry, marriage, and personal life.

When the battle was won, the Lord appeared to Moses and said:

Exodus 17:14-15

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this for a memorial in the book and recount it in the hearing of Joshua that I will utterly blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven.”

15 And Moses built an altar and called its name, The-Lord-Is-My-Banner.

The Lord highlighted to Moses to keep this memory fresh in his heart through the book on how the Lord has blotted out the name of the enemy that came against him. This is a picture to refresh yourself of His finished work daily through His Gospel of Grace in the Word of God.

Through the finished work of Christ, the Lord has blotted out every form of sin and death, whether disease, fear, or poverty, by conquering it through His death, burial and resurrection and giving you His righteousness as a gift. The Lord-My-Banner has gone before you to bring you overwhelming victory and glory in these dark days. Now don’t be afraid but be lifted up and shine like a jewel of a crown!

By: Joyner Briceno

 

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Mark 13:4-5

For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.

Meet the unadulterated Jesus. It is to the surprise of many to know that Jesus came to serve you out of His extravagant love for you. Contrary to all other religions’ deities, Jesus laid aside all His God attribute and became a man, born of a virgin in order to give his life a ransom for you. Yes, we worship Jesus as the Son of God and we magnify His holy name. There is no doubt that He is our Lord and Savior, but His whole life, His heart today is in serving you. The perfect work of Jesus is all about 100% God turning into 100% man to serve you by loving you, protecting you, forgiving you, blessing you, healing you, providing for you, and revealing Himself to you. Until you realize that you can never offer anything to God but receive all His perfect love by allowing Him to serve you, you will always see Jesus as just another dead shrine of religion.

 

John 13:4-5

Jesus “rose from supper and laid aside His garments, took a towel and girded Himself. After that, He poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples' feet and to wipe them with the towel with which He was girded.”

 

-Joyner, for the love of God, how can you say that Jesus is our servant? Don't you know that He is holy! It is we who must serve Him! I am His servant!

 

This reminds me of a similar answer Peter gave Jesus:

 

“You shall never wash my feet!” – Peter exclaimed.

 

“If I do not wash you, you have no part with Me.” – Jesus answered.”

 

“Lord, then wash not only my feet but also my hands and my head!” – Peter replied.

 

 

My amigo, it is imperative that you see Jesus as your servant because failure to see Him as your servant is failure to see Him at all. I say it with most reverence towards our Lord Jesus Christ, so please don't misunderstand me; I am not saying that our humanity is above Jesus. A thousand times No! However, seeing Jesus as the compassionate God that He is in wanting to serve you will lead you into true worship and turn you into a true worshiper. When you see Jesus as your servant, you are actually making Him the Savior that He is in your personal life. He is still into the saving business!

 

John 13:10

Jesus said to him, “He who is bathed needs only to wash his feet, but is completely clean; and you are clean, but not all of you.”

 

Notice that only those who are bathed only need to wash their feet. Jesus is explaining that you, as a believer in Christ, are already completely clean in Him by the washing of the blood! In other words, you have been forgiven of all your past, present, and future sins through His blood, and has imparted to you His eternal righteousness through His resurrection. You are the righteousness of God in Christ! Hallelujah!

 

-But why the feet, then?

 

The feet symbolize our daily walk with Jesus. As a believer in Christ, you cannot lose fellowship with God but there are still things in this world that could keep your life in a defeated state. This is why you need the washing of the Word.

 

Ephesians 5:26

…that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word.

 

But make sure you are rightly dividing the Word via the lens of the finished work of Christ. The Bible says the Word has two edges. By listening to messages filled with the Gospel of Grace you are actually washing your feet. Receiving messages that continually refresh your memory about being the righteousness of God in Christ by faith and not by works, and keep you focused on the perfect work of Jesus, will keep your life hopeful and confident of God's goodness in your life. You will have strength in the days to come to overcome every obstacle that comes your way. You will have an established heart and be a poised and confident person. It will keep you healthy and young. Last but not least, you will become a true worshiper of Jesus. True humility is allowing Jesus to wash your feet, rather than living your life trying to wash Jesus feet. Receive His unmerited favor today!

 

By Joyner Briceño

 

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