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In His Name

“A GOOD name is better than precious perfume,” — Ecclesiastes 7:1a  Amplified

“A GOOD name is rather to be chosen than great riches, and loving favor than silver and gold.” -Prov. 22:1

The names of God are vast, as are His attributes. He is from everlasting to everlasting, He has no beginning and no end. 

“Before the mountains were brought forth or ever You had formed and given birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting You are God.”– – Psalm 90:2  Amplified

What do we call Him? Moses asked God that question when he met God on the mountain.

“Then Moses said to God, “Behold, I am going to the sons of Israel, and I will say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’ Now they may say to me, ‘What is His name?’ What shall I say to them?”  –Exodus 3:13

“God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM,” and He said, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘I AM has sent me to you.'” God, furthermore, said to Moses, “Thus you shall say to the sons of Israel, ‘The LORD, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you’ This is My name forever, this is My memorial name to all generations.” –Exodus 3:14,15

I AM – He Who Was, Who Is, and Who Will Be Always

El: “strong one”

Elohim: God’s sovereignity and His mighty work for Israel  

El Shaddai: God Almighty (Genesis 17:1, Psalm 91:1,2)

El Elyon: The Most High God (Psalm 9:2)

El Olam: The Everlasting God (Jeremiah 10:10)

Yahweh Jireh: The Lord will provide (Genesis 22:14)

Yahweh Shalom: The Lord is Peace (Judges 6:24)

Yahweh Sabbaoth: The Lord of Hosts (1Samuel 17:45)

Yahweh Ro’i: The Lord My Shepherd (Psalm 23)

Yahweh Elohim Israel: The Lord God of Israel (Judges 5:3)

Adonai: God as master, authority, provider (Genesis 18:2, 1Samuel 1:15)

These are only some of the names of God used throughout the Bible.

What do we call Him? I feel privleged to call Him Father. To be able to call on Him at all is amazing to me. The One who created the Heavens and Earth, all that exists…He created man in His image, for His purpose and to glorify Him. He desires to have a relationship with me! He wants to fellowship with me! O, Lord How Majestic Is Your Name in All the Earth! 

“Friendship with the LORD is reserved for those who fear him. With them he shares the secrets of his covenant.”– Psalm 25:14 (NLT)

“The LORD is like a father to his children, tender and compassionate to those who fear him.” — Psalm 103:13 (NLT)

 
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Posted by on January 29, 2009 in Devotions, Inspiration, Uncategorized

 

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As Far as Sunrise is From Sunset

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“God is sheer mercy and grace; not easily angered, he’s rich in love. He doesn’t endlessly nag and scold, nor hold grudges forever. He doesn’t treat us as our sins deserve, nor pay us back in full for our wrongs. As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love to those who fear him. And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins. As parents feel for their children, GOD feels for those who fear him.”

Psalm 103:8-13  –The Message

God is merciful!

“We learn to trust God because God treats us in a loving, accepting, trusting way before we were lovable, acceptable or trustworthy.” (paraphrase-Eugene Peterson)

The King James version says it this way:

“The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy. He will not always chide: neither will he keep his anger for ever. He hath not dealt with us after our sins; nor rewarded us according to our iniquities. For as the heaven is high above the earth, so great is his mercy toward them that fear him. As far as the east is from the west, so far hath he removed our transgressions from us. Like as a father pitieth his children, so the LORD pitieth them that fear him.”

God’s mercy is vast, boundless and immeasurable…“as high as heaven is over the earth,” “so great is his mercy toward them that fear him.” God wants to pour out His love and mercy on His children, “As parents feel for their children, God feels for those who fear him.” 

Mercy: blessing regarded as a manifestation of compassion or favor

When we repent and turn from our sins and turn to Christ, believing that He is the only one who can truly save us, God’s only Son, God’s perfect sacrifice for our sins —we are forgiven. When we are forgiven that doesn’t only mean that it’s all okay, it means that the slate has been wiped clean! God takes that sin and removes it and separates you from it. ” And as far as sunrise is from sunset, he has separated us from our sins.”

The Creator of the universe, the Almighty God, so desires a relationship with us that He provided a way for us to have fellowship with Him, by faith in Christ. How awesome it is to know that He mercifully forgives our sins and then removes them from us…as far as the east is from the west!

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Posted by on January 19, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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Happy New Year!

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2009

What will this new year bring? Only the Lord knows the answer to that but we do know that it is full of possibilities! Isn’t that one of the exciting things about New Year’s Day? The first day of a new year is like a fresh start. I feel like I need a fresh start in a lot of areas of my life!

I don’t make resolutions on New Year’s Day…I resolve to make changes in different areas of my life throughout the year, not only on one day. It is after all a process, this thing called life, everyday is really a fresh start. I know that I wake up with great intentions of what I will do with my day, how I will do better or be better or whatever and often by the time I have had my morning tea or coffee, I have already failed at something!

If I was going to make a resolution, it would be to spend more time in God’s Word, to make more time for quiet time with the Lord and to be consistent. I guess technically that is more than one thing but each day I can remind myself to start fresh in the Lord and try to do what He wants me to do each day.

I will continue to claim Jeremiah 29:11 as my life verse and continue to put my hope in Him.

” For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2009 in Uncategorized

 

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