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The Power Of His Revealed Name

The Power Of His Revealed Name

| On 10, Oct 2017

By: Michelle Lao

KEY TEXT :  Exodus 17:8-16 (NIV)


The Amalekites came and ATTACKED the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua, “Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses HELD UP HIS HANDS, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he LOWERED HIS HANDS, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew TIRED, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that HIS HANDS REMAINED STEADY till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “WRITE THIS on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will COMPLETELY BLOT OUT the name of Amalek from under heaven.”

15 Moses built an altar and called it THE LORD IS MY BANNER.16 He said, “Because hands were lifted up against[a] the throne of the Lord,[b] the LORD will be AT WAR against the Amalekites FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION.”


Among all His names, He repeatedly revealed to me that He is my JEHOVAH NISSI, The LORD my BANNER, The LORD my MIRACLE – and this name has to do with –WARFARE.

Looking back, I realized that my greatest battle always happened in my MIND because my first resort was to exalt my PHYSICAL KNOWLEDGE over GOD’S TRUTH, in this particular case, my GENERATIONAL BELIEFS.

This morning I would like to share a message entitled – THE POWER OF HIS REVEALED NAME.

Here, we will learn about the spirit of Amalek and HOW to unleash the power of His Revealed Name – of Jehovah Nissi – in prayer, praise and obedience as weapons against spiritual warfare.



Then Moses said, “Now show me your glory.” And the Lord said, I will cause all my goodness to pass in front of you and I will proclaim my NAME, the LORD, in your presence.”

In other words, to have an ILLUMINATED KNOWLEDGE OF GOD, Moses is told he will HEAR GOD’S NAME PROCLAIMED in his presence.

The REVELATION OF GOD’s NAME is made to us if we have a PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP with HIM- and oftentimes, revealed when we are DESPERATE of His POWER when facing our personal battles.

The TRUTH IMPARTED from such an INTIMATE, FIRSTHAND EXPERIENCE WITH HIS PRESENCE is TRANSFORMED INTO a name, A NAME that we can CALL UPON WITH CONFIDENCE . We reach a higher LEVEL OF AUTHORITY AND TRUST in calling out His name after our battles because of these FIRSTHAND ENCOUNTERS with God.

To commemorate the victory, Moses built an altar and called it, JEHOVAH NISSI, The LORD my BANNER, The LORD my MIRACLE.  Here Moses is saying, ”Lord YOU are my BANNER.  By prayer you went before us into battle, you directed the army and you gave us the miraculous VICTORY.”


The “BANNER” or the lifting up of the rod of God as a banner in this action – was a symbolic rallying point for God’s people in the midst of this great battle.  It was something they could LOOK TO and VISUALLY SEE in the middle of the battle as a reminder of God’s presence. Moses is IDENTIFYING that it was the POWER AND THE PRESENCE OF GOD, UNDER WHOM THEY HAD ENLISTED IN THIS ACTION, who was with them, who strengthened them, who gave them power and kept them together until they gained victory in battle.

In this passage, as long as MOSES’ HANDS AND GOD’S STAFF were RAISED, Joshua and the Israelites were WINNING.  Moses knew that NOTHING he or what THEY DID IN THE PHYSICAL brought the victory.  God’s PRESENCE AND POWER TOOK THEM INTO THE BATTLE AND ASSURED THEM VICTORY.

GOD DID ALL OF THE WORK, therefore, Moses asserts, He should get ALL OF THE PRAISE. The altar DOES NOT commemorate what ISRAEL accomplished, it commemorates what GOD accomplished. “THE LORD IS MY MIRACLE” for it was the Lord who BROUGHT THEM VICTORY.

The story in our key text is a reminder that we need to TAKE GOD INTO OUR BATTLES every day.  That’s why God had it written down in v14. God tells Moses to WRITE- IT- DOWN, the first time in the Bible we read that God commands something to be written down.  Why? It is because God does not want us to forget the attack by Amalek since it SYMBOLIZES the succeeding SPIRITUAL WARFARE in the lives of his people and the NEED TO REMEMBER the WEAPONS that we take with us to defeat them.

Exodus 15:3 says, The Lord is a WARRIOR; Yahweh is His name.

The Holy Spirit is a SPIRIT OF CONQUEST AND WARFARE.  He is BOLD AND FEARLESS in confronting the works of darkness.

We can become CONQUERORS too if we are to be led by Jehovah-NISSI into spiritual warfare against the Amalek of our lives.

What battles are we fighting against the spirit of Amalek today? Does He lead the way as Jehovah NIssi?



AMALEK means WARLIKE.  The Hebrew root is “AMAL” which means: to toil; pain; wickedness; sorrow; wearisome; trouble; mischief; etc.

Just a quick review – the Amalekites’ unrelenting cruelty toward the Israelites began with an attack at Rephidim as per key text and recounted in Deuteronomy 25:17–19.   And this war was carried on by: Ehud (Judges 3:13-15); Barak (Judges 5:14); Gideon (Judges 6:3); Saul (1 Samuel 15) – here, King Saul attacks the Amalekites but allows the Amalekite King Agag to live that is why he was rejected by God as King.  The war continued up to David (1 Samuel 27:8; 30:1-7; 2 Samuel 8:12); and completed by the Simeonites in the days of Hezekiah (1 Chronicles 4:42,43). The last mention of the Amalekites is found in the book of ESTHER where HAMAN the Agagite, a descendant of the Amalekite king Agag, connives to have all the Jews in Persia KILLED by order of King Xerxes (Esther 9:5-10).

Clearly, the Amalekites were always OPPOSED to the people of God.  They were big trouble.  They harassed and plundered them FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION, until God finally said, “Enough!” and BLOTTED OUT their memory from the face of the earth.  True enough today you can’t find an Amalekite anywhere.  They are gone.

Verse 14 of our key text says that God would BLOT OUT the memory of Amalek – they are no longer a tribe today. But then in Verse 16, it says that the Lord will be AT WAR against the Amalekites from GENERATION TO GENERATION.


The LORD vowed PERPETUAL WARFARE against Amalek because “Amalek” denotes something more than a particular wicked tribe that attacked Israel. Bible scholars believe that Amalek symbolizes the collective “children of darkness” and servants of evil that abound in the world. The tribe of Amalek has been CUT OFF already but the WICKED FORCES symbolizing Amalek WE BATTLE UNTIL TODAY.

So we are actually talking about a SPIRITUAL WAR here.


The personal history of the Amalekites is also very interesting since it holds the key to their spiritual significance.  AMALEK the father of the Amalekites was the FIRST BORN SON of ESAU’S first born son Eliphaz. As Amalek is the GRANDSON OF ESAU, the Amalekites inherited Esau’s hostility toward Jacob.


Fastforward to now, who received the PROMISED INHERITANCE OF THE BIRTHRIGHT – US – YOU AND ME ALIKE who accepted Jesus into our lives.


Let me share with you about my personal Amalek.

Facing a health crisis is a battle of the MIND more than the BODY for me.  You see it is my GENERATIONAL BELIEF that we the younger generation in the family will inherit cancer. My grandmother died of cancer, my mother and my aunts all died of cancer, my cousin who is just 2 years older than I am has cancer now and every year we seem to have one suspicious cyst after another. Such was my MENTAL conditioning for the longest time until last year when Pastor Lily taught us to DECLARE THE WORD OF GOD OVER OUR CONDITION and BELIEVE IT MORE than what our body says, what our eyes see, what the doctor and medical report tell. 

And truly, God led me to victory after a major battle with my health last June 2016.  He sent forth His Word to my husband and I was cleared of cancer. 

Vs16 says that the Lord will be at war against the Amalekites  from GENERATION TO GENERATION.  And indeed, the wicked forces of Amalek had been giving me and my family trouble “FROM ONE GENERATION TO THE NEXT GENERATION.”

This June 2017 one of my best friends died of breast cancer. Her death was so sudden that it affected me so much. During her wake everybody was talking of cancer that I again allowed cancer to be exalted in my mind.

I was so EMOTIONALLY VULNERABLE at this time and such condition made me open up a door for fear to settle in and for me to accept the lies of the enemy once more.

Deut 25:17-18 GW

17 Remember what the Amalekites did to you on your trip from Egypt. 18 They ATTACKED you when you were TIRED AND EXHAUSTED AND KILLED ALL THOSE WHO WERE LAGGING BEHIND. They weren’t afraid of God.


Three days after my friend was buried our cell group went to Cambodia for foreign mission.  Before leaving that Thursday, I felt an extraordinary amount of tiredness primarily due to the things that I was hearing about cancer.  We reached Singapore early morning of July 7 and while we were talking in Pastor Lily’s living room upon arrival she had a word of knowledge for me which again directly dealt with my current concern. 

The enemy’s strategy is always to WEAR DOWN and WEAKEN the people of God until they lose their posture of prayer and faith in the Spirit, and then MISLEAD them so that they will choose wrongly and disobey the Word, or instructions God has spoken to them about their future.


We need to realize the TIREDNESS Moses felt when he was raising his hands was not just natural tiredness. Moses was FEELING the SPIRITUAL EFFECT of the demonic principality of Amalek. It was spiritual warfare. This spirit was trying to wear down Moses so he would give up on his posture of intercession for Joshua and the army.

Before we proceed let us have a quick review of the spirit of Amalek as:

  1. We will be at war against the spirit of Amalek from GENERATION TO GENERATION. Case in point is  my GENERATIONAL BELIEF of inheriting cancer and this the enemy uses to reassert himself IN MY MIND  over and over again.  Take note that after my victory last June 2016 the spirit of AMALEK came back again this year.


Can God heal me again this time? Is God bigger than cancer? I asked.  I must confess that I have this nasty habit of LIMITING GOD. So many times I LIMIT WHAT GOD CAN DO IN MY LIFE.

 “Amalek” attacked the Israelites AFTER they had MIRACULOUSLY crossed over the Red Sea into a new life of freedom (Exod. 17:8).

When all physical evidence points to having cancer can we OUTLAST THE ENEMY by SUBMITTING OURSELVES FULLY to God as cited in James 4:7 and CHOOSING to become ONE WITH HIS WORD, ONE WITH HIS REVEALED NAME?

Amalek has the same numerical as “safek”, DOUBT.  The Amalek that is omnipresent today are the QUESTIONS and DOUBTS regarding our FAITH.

And as there was no water to drink in Rephidim, the people murmured against Moses, for having brought them out of Egypt to perish with THIRST in the wilderness. This MURMURING is UNBELIEVING DOUBT in the gracious presence of the Lord to help them (Exodus 17:7).

Another face of Amalek is FORGETFULNESS.  We simply and easily FORGET God’s goodness, the countless times He helped us in so many ways.

AFTER being EYEWITNESSES to the MANY MIRACLES of God as crossing the Red Sea, God feeding them with quail meat and manna from heaven, and quenching their thirst with water gushing from a solid rock – the Israelites still TESTED the Lord by saying –“ IS  THE LORD HERE WITH US OR NOT?” – (Exodus 15: 24-26, Exodus 17-7).

In this, the people manifested their ingratitude to Jehovah since they easily FORGET THE MIRACLES He showed them IN THE PAST – when things started to feel a little difficult or inconvenient AT PRESENT.

I was an eyewitness to God’s miracle when the doctor cleared me of cancer last year but same month this year  as I began to experience the same condition again I let FEAR take a front seat. I DOUBTED and FORGOT.  God healed my body but my THOUGHTS WERE NOT TOTALLY DELIVERED.

Aside from DOUBT and FORGETFULNESS -the spirit of Amalek is also the POWER THAT INTERCEPT MIRACLES AND BREAKTHROUGHS OF MEN.  Allowing someone to intercept us is to allow them to CUT US OFF from our intended destination and sad to say, sometimes people GIVE UP JUST BEFORE their BREAKTHROUGH.

I like how Mahesh Chavda defined BREAKTHROUGH. He said that BREAKTHROUGH are the result of a tremendous BUILDUP OF PRESSURE.  When a dam is breached, the water from the inside THUNDER FORWARD, swallowing everything in their path.

This is the victory described by David in 1 Chronicles 14:10-12 when he said “God exploded my enemies, AS WATER EXPLODES FROM A BURST PIPE.”  God used David to BURST THROUGH his enemies like a raging flood.

GOD IS THE MASTER OF OUR BREAKTHROUGH.  Our FAITH in God and the small measures of SIMPLE OBEDIENCE we do everyday are BUILDING UP to a critical level for our breakthrough.  Pressure is building as we persevere. It builds as we HOLD OUR GROUND AND TRUST IN WHAT THE BIBLE SAYS.  It builds as we endeavor to believe the impossible.

The KEY TO OUR BREAKTHROUGH therefore, comes from our WILLINGNESS TO BATTLE THRU – whether “HANDS DOWN” by ACCEPTING the LIES OF THE ENEMY or “HANDS UP” in BELIEVING GOD’S FAITHFULNESS -as displayed by Moses’ hands in our key text.  As we continue to hold up our hands to God with steadfast confidence KNOW-THAT -THE WALL- IS- CRACKING.


Somebody said that a STRONGHOLD in the MIND is a spiritual fortress made of WRONG THOUGHTS where demonic forces can HIDE and operate against us. The THOUGHTS that make up the stronghold are based on LIES that CHALLENGE the TRUTH of what God has REVEALED about Himself.

2Co 10:4-5 –for the weapons of our warfare are not flesh and blood, but mighty through God for the pulling down of fortresses.  We tear down arguments and every high thing which rises up against the knowledge of God and take EVERY THOUGHT captive to the obedience of Christ.

SPIRITUAL WARFARE is directly linked to OBEDIENCE since, the battle is WON AT THE MOMENT OF OBEDIENCE.  We will win when we BRING OUR THOUGHTS INTO OBEDIENCE TO CHRIST.  The battle is not only over the thinking but over the thinking that leads to obedience.  Our thoughts are to be obedient to Christ. Why is our thoughts being attacked- you may want to know? Plain and simple, it is to KEEP US from obeying.

My battle is happening in my MIND for clearly, I’ve exalted a faulty belief pattern against GOD’S TRUTH. My generational beliefs are founded on NOTHING BUT LIES.

As I recognized the recurring attacks of the enemy, I prayed for God to reveal to me a NEW WAY OF UNDERSTANDING HIM, that He will ILLUMINATE ME with WHO HE is and WHAT HE CAN DO in fighting my spiritual battles because I’m tired of being bullied.

I then asked God for a WEAPON that I can personally wield to defeat the enemy. 2 Corinthians 10:4 cited WEAPONS not weapon. So there are many out there. But I don’t want to use other people’s weapon or just any weapon. I want Him to reveal to me MY PERSONAL WEAPON. A weapon that I CAN BE ONE WITH – and this led me to the REVELATION OF HIS BEING MY JEHOVAH NISSI.


As I became so fed up with my seeming LACK OF ABILITY TO REACH A BREAKTHROUGH in this area I decided to stop fighting on my own since I don’t know any better. This was when the Revelation of His Name -Him being my Jehovah Nissi became very distinct.

God was telling me that my strength should come from His revealed name, that I should UNLEASH Jehovah Nissi in my battles. 

When under attack I have to MEDITATE on WHO HE IS AND WHAT HE CAN DO and SUBMIT MY THOUGHTS to HIS REVEALED NAME to a point where I can be ONE WITH HIS REVEALED NAME.  This sense of ONENESS in all 3 areas – my THOUGHTS, HIS NAME and using HIS NAME as WEAPON is the BANNER UNDER WHICH I CAN HAVE THE MIRACULOUS VICTORY.  The THOUGHTS that kept me captive must be RENEWED with the TRUTH that can set me free.


David wasn’t alone. He had a band of very loyal, very powerful heroes who stood by him. They were men with problems, with THINGS IN THEIR PAST to OVERCOME (1 Samuel 22:1-2) – like you and me. Some of them were simply FED UP WITH BEING OVERRUN BY THEIR ENEMIES over and over again.

One of David’s 3 mighty men is Eleazar, the son of Dodo.

When Israel’s army was confronted by the Philistines, all the soldiers fled except Eleazar. He alone stood his ground and fought the enemy single-handedly. 2 Samuel 23:10 says he “STRUCK DOWN the Philistines until his hand grew so tired that it seemed STUCK TO HIS SWORD.”

His hand STUCK TO HIS SWORD! Even in his weariness, when the battle must have seemed hopeless, Eleazar’s hand instinctively CLUNG TO HIS SWORD and WOULD NOT LET GO. Hence, God gave them great victory that day.

While there are many who are quick to throw down the sword and flee, we need to CLING TO IT AND NOT LET GO – OUR HANDS STICKING TO THE SWORD!

In this respect, the SWORD represents the WORD OF GOD – just as Jesus used the WORD to defy Satan.  Eleazar did WARFARE by being ONE WITH THE WORD when HIS HAND became ONE WITH THE WEAPON.

Are you tired of constantly being harassed by the enemy? Choose to become ONE WITH THE WORD, ONE WITH WEAPON, God had given you. Refuse to give up even in the face of strong opposition. 


Wiping out Amalek, then, is a call to spiritual warfare, and the weapons of our warfare as exposed by our key text is the application of His REVEALED NAME in PRAYER, HIGH PRAISE and OBEDIENCE.  Unleashing Jehovah NIssi in our prayer, praise and obedience will lead us to victory.  The reality of WHO HE IS and WHAT HE CAN DO should be our banner in the midst of a very difficult battle.

Knowing and Calling God using His different names becomes very powerful if it is REVEALED PERSONALLY by the Holy Spirit thru our first hand encounters with GOD in our personal battles.

During these FIRST HAND ENCOUNTERS with God as when He manifests HIS POWER thru miracles, deliverance and healing we experience an OVERWHELMING SENSE of CONFIDENCE and CERTAINTY at the mention of His name.  This is where VICTORY comes from – from being CERTAIN of WHO GOD IS AND WHAT HE CAN DO.  To what DEGREE we experience CERTAINTY reveals the DEGREE OF INTIMACY we have with God.

The secret of Jesus’ triumph was the CERTAINTY of GOD’S LOVE for Him in EVERY situation.  That CERTAINTY gave Him power for miracles. That CERTAINTY made Him know that His prayers were answered.

Once our relationship has this CERTAINTY we can unleash Jehovah Nissi with POWER in our PRAYER.  We will always know that when we ask for bread God will not give us stone. Prayer reaches its highest when offered in the Name which is above every name -John 14:13-14.  The name of Jesus brings authority into any situation.

John 14 :22-23 TLB

22 Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but his other disciple with that name) said to him, “Sir, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us disciples and not to the world at large?”

23 Jesus replied, “Because I will only REVEAL MYSELF to those who love me and obey me. The Father will love them too, and we will come to them and live with them.

Here, Jesus saves the DEEPEST REVELATIONS of Himself for those who love and obey Him and as we submit to Jesus, we can use His Name with power against the enemy.

WITHOUT OUR INTIMACY with the Father the enemy’s lies and oppression will threaten us at every turn.  People who are living OUTSIDE OF AN INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP with the Father often think that they just need to do more warfare to experience victory in their lives.  Warfare is part of the solution, but often the major issue here is the DEGREE OF OUR INTIMACY with the Father.

How we fight must come from that PLACE OF FAITH THAT BATTLES are WON BY GOD and NOT BY MEN. A demand is placed upon us therefore, to move to this HIGHER PLACE in the Spirit in our PRAYERS, PRAISE AND OBEDIENCE in fighting the enemy.

Both Moses and Joshua are fighting the battle with the Amalekites altogether -Moses the SPIRITUAL battle and Joshua the PHYSICAL battle.  EXODUS 17:11 IS VERY CLEAR ON HOW BATTLES ARE WON, it says, “As long as Moses HELD UP HIS HANDS the Israelites were winning.”

Our victory in the battle against spiritual darkness comes through PERSISTENT and RELENTLESS APPEALS TO THE LORD FOR HELP as MOSES’ HELD UP HANDS IN PRAYER AND PRAISE.

WHEN Moses RAISED HIS HANDS IN PRAYER TO THE LORD, the ISRAELITES PREVAILED, but once Moses’ hands became heavy, the AMAKELITES prevailed. For me, this talks about the need to be CURRENT IN OUR FAITH.

Here, the ‘AT THE MOMENT’ PLACEMENT OF OUR HANDS either UP or DOWN determines our very VICTORY or DEFEAT.   The moment we give way to FEAR (as when our hands are DOWN) over FAITH (as when our hands are UP) we will certainly lose.

Yesterday’s faith is not current. Our relationship status with God NOW, AT THIS VERY MOMENT is CURRENT FAITH. God is a God of new thingsBeing in a place WHERE ONE DESPERATELY NEEDS GOD enables one to see the freshness of His provision. We cannot live on stale bread nor give stale bread in our ministry because heaven’s storehouse has UNLIMITED bread. So why settle with stale bread?

When we REMAIN in Him as expressed by our STEADY HANDS UP TO GOD our bread will always be new and fresh everyday.

What is the degree of our intimacy with God now – at this very moment? Is our faith current? Do we have fresh revelations or new ways of understanding Him in prayer, praise and obedience?  Or are we riding along last year’s provision?

You will recall the story of how, at midnight, in a filthy dungeon crawling with rats and cockroaches, Paul and Silas offered up PRAISE to God. Acts 16:26 reads  “Suddenly there was a great earthquake, so that the foundations of the prison were shaken; and immediately ALL the doors were opened and EVERYONE’S chains were loosed”.


Our PRAISE is not just for our PERSONAL upliftment, but it has the power to loose the chains of those AROUND US – as those captives with Paul and Silas – and  E-V-E-R-Y-O-N-E  ELSE’S!

Lastly, OBEDIENCE is one powerful weapon of spiritual warfare. This is why James encourages us to “SUBMIT FULLY TO GOD.” By giving ourselves to the Lord, we reject any opportunity of AGREEMENT with the Devil- James 4:7.

OBEDIENCE TO HIS NAME unleashes Jehovah Nissi into our situation. OBEDIENCE to the name that He PERSONALLY REVEALED to us allows us to SEE HIS CHARACTER, HIS VOICE, HIS LOVE in the middle of the battle that we are facing.  The INTIMACY OR THE SENSE OF ONENESS experienced here because of our OBEDIENCE will take us to victory.

JEHOVAH NISSI is called the Lord of Miracle because He ushers the way to our victory.

But first we need to defeat our PERSONAL AMALEKS as our unbelief, fear, doubt, stubbornness, self will, laziness, forgetfulness among all others and the SPIRIT OF AMALEK THAT IS IN THE WORLD. Jesus said in John 10:10, the devil is the one who comes always to steal, to kill and to destroy.  Everything we value in life is a target for the evil one.  He hates God’s people.  He wants to kill our relationship with God, our church, our family, our health and finances.

If we try to do battle with the Amalekites IN OUR OWN STRENGTH, without the power of His revealed name in prayer, praise and obedience behind us we have no hope of victory.


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