Daily Discovering the Blessing

Posts tagged ‘El Shaddai’

Jehovah – Rapha

Immediately after the Lord led Israel through the parted Red Sea and then caused the death of their pursuers – the Egyptians, their horses and chariots (Exodus 14:28) – He established covenant with His people, revealing Himself as our Physician:

Exodus 15:26 – …If you will diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord your God and will do what is right in His sight, and will listen to and obey His commandments and keep all His statutes, I will put none of the diseases upon you which I brought upon the Egyptians, for I am the Lord Who heals you.

I AM the Lord Who heals you {Jehovah-Rapha – the Self-Existent One Who reveals Himself as our Healer}. As with all of His Names – His Self-identifying Names – our Father reveals here yet another aspect of His character, His covenant with His people, His purpose in our lives. When He speaks to us through each of these Names He is promising that we can absolutely rely on the manner in which He identifies Himself to us. He does not lie (Numbers 23:19), He does not fabricate, He does not exaggerate. To His children who, through faith, stand and rely on His Word, He is the Great Physician Who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people. He is our healing.

Strongs Concordance explains Jehovah-Rapha as “to mend by stitching, to cure, to cause to heal, physician, repair, thoroughly make whole, restore, to make healthful, to bring back to baby fresh”. When He promises:

You shall serve the Lord your God; He shall bless your bread and water, and I will take sickness from your midst. {Exodus 23:25}

…Who heals each one of all your diseases…{Psalm 103:3},

are you “fully persuaded and assured” that He is “able and mighty to keep His Word and to do what He has promised” {Romans 4:21}?

We receive by faith what God has promised. Each one of His identifying Names reveals to us what we are able to stand in faith for. It is His revealed will. As we understand the scope and full implications of what He extends to His children, we can walk in the fullness of the freedom that each of His Names provide. Since He has revealed Himself as Jehovah-Rapha our Healer, sickness and disease is viewed in an entirely different light. When you allow this paradigm shift to happen in your spirit, when you recognize the author of the sickness (the author of the storm), and when you fully own your rights as a child of God and citizen of the heavenly kingdom (Philippians 3:20) – daily walking in divine health will be your result.

What’s in a Name? – Part Two

Hebrews 13:15 – Through Him, therefore, let us constantly and at all times offer up to God a sacrifice of praise which is the fruit of lips that thankfully acknowledge and confess and glorify His Name.

The name “Jehovah” (or Yahweh) occurs more than 6800 times in the Old Testament. It is translated “I AM” and comes from the Hebrew verb “to be, to exist, to become, to become known”. Through this we understand God as “the Eternal One, the Self-Existing One Who Reveals Himself, the Ever Living One”. Our Father, Jehovah, exists from eternity past to eternity future and every living thing exists through Him and because of Him (John 1:3, Acts 17:28). When we read in John 1:1, “In the beginning {before all time} was the Word…” we understand that before all time Jesus already was. When Moses asked the Lord (after being told that he was to travel back to Egypt to lead the Hebrew people out of captivity) who he should say sent him to accomplish the task, God replied:

I AM WHO I AM and WHAT I AM, and I WILL BE WHAT I WILL BE; and He said You shall say to the Israelites, I AM has sent me to you.{Jehovah} – Exodus 3:14

Every other redemptive name attached to “Jehovah” (“Jehovah-Jireh”, “Jehovah-Rapha”, etc.) reveals God as the answer to every need we might encounter in life. And because Jesus was sent by the Father to purchase our redemption (Galatians 3:13), these compound names, these blessings, are ours through our Redeemer Jesus. So, for example, Jehovah-Rapha (I AM, I reveal Myself as, the Healer) is our covenant promise through our faith and placement in Jesus. {We will extend our study to look at each of these redemptive names in the days to come.}

Another revealing, and powerfully comforting, name God uses to describe Himself is “El-Shaddai” (“The All Sufficient One”). Because “Shaddai” comes from another Hebrew word meaning “breast”, our Father becomes “our Nourisher, our Sustainer, our Satisfier”. In fact, many interpret “El-Shaddai” as “the Many-Breasted One” able to provide for and nourish all of His children with all that we need as a mother cares for and nurses her child. (Isaiah 60:16; Isaiah 66:10-13).

In Genesis 17:1-5, God identifies Himself as “El-Shaddai”,reveals His covenant relationship with Abraham, and changes his name from Abram (high, exalted father) to Abraham (father of a multitude). And truly He needed to be all-sufficient and all-mighty in Abraham’s life as He promised a child to a 100 year old man! Therefore every time people called out his name they were speaking God’s prophetic word into his life. Every time someone introduced him to another (“This is Abraham”) they were actually speaking forth, “I would like to introduce you to the father of many nations”!

We need to get a good understanding of this as we continue to look at the names of the Lord. Our Abba reveals Himself fully to us through the meaning of the names that He calls Himself. So far we can lean on and rely on Him as “the Covenant Keeper” (Elohim), the Self-Existent, Eternal One Who Reveals Himself to Us (Jehovah), and our Nourisher and Sustainer able to provide us with everything that we need (El-Shaddai). God expects us to stand in faith on the Truth of His revealed character. When we understand and rely on the full meaning of His names – they are the true expression and explanation of His Person and powerfully define His character and His intentions towards us – it strengthens our faith, and, if we will allow it, it re-informs our identity in Him.

Be Willing!

Be willing! There are only two ways to go through this day, this month, this year – released to the will of God, purposefully setting Him before you as your standard, and giving His Holy Spirit (His purposes, His agenda) first place – or not! It is truly as simple and as life defining as that.

Isaiah 30:15 – For thus said the Lord God the Holy One of Israel; in returning {to Me} and resting {in Me} you shall be saved; in quietness and in {trusting} confidence shall be your strength. But you would not.

[The word “saved” in the above passage is defined fully in Strong’s Concordance as the Hebrew “yasha” which means “to be open, wide, or free; to be safe, to defend, deliver, help, preserve, rescue; to get victory. This Old Testament word has an equivalent in the Greek New Testament – “sozo”, which is translated “to save, deliver, protect, heal, preserve; to be made whole”. Understanding the meaning of the text gives us a powerful and reassuring knowledge of all that Jesus accomplished on our behalf when He saved us.]

Quietness and trusting confidence“. When there seems to be an immovable mountain in your path, when decision-making choices seem unclear, when fear or confusion or dreary sameness seem poised to defeat you, there are actually only two choices: trusting God or not. Seeking His Truth, His plan, His purposes for you or striking out on your own hoping for the best.

1 Samuel 12:23 – I will instruct you in the good and right way. Only fear the Lord and serve Him faithfully with all your heart. For consider how great are the things He has done for you.

Psalm 37:34- Wait for and expect the Lord and keep and heed His way, and He will exalt you to inherit the land.

Isaiah 30:21 – And your ears will hear a word behind you saying, This is the way, walk in it, when you turn to the right hand and when you turn to the left.

So many of God’s kids- those who know that He is and have accepted Jesus as His Son, the Messiah, their Lord, still walk out daily in a half life in the Spirit. They seem to have only nodding acquaintance with the One, the only One, Who knows them intimately – better even than they know themselves.

Jeremiah 29:11, 13 – For I know the thoughts and plans I have for you says the Lord, thoughts and plans for welfare and peace and not for evil- to give you hope in your final outcome…Then you will seek Me, inquire for and require Me [as a vital necessity] and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart

How our Father’s heart must grieve over this. These choices His children make to go it on their own (to their detriment). When all that He has promised, His purposeful covenant relationship established for us, all that His Son agonized through to purchase on our behalf, and the “availability” of the ministry of the Holy Spirit – all of this is our inheritance. And we weaken its power and dismiss its impact by not attending fully.

Choose this day to receive and honor God’s ways of doing and being right. Indicate your trust and reliance on Him by seeking Him first in everything that pertains to your life. In quietness and in trusting confidence allow His Holy Spirit to guide, to re-inform opinion, to re-direct if necessary, and to clearly define God’s loving intent for you. Get a picture in your heart today of your Abba – the God Who is love, Who is peace, and Who is the Creator of all that we see attentively and lovingly involving Himself in your unique circumstances, working them all together for good on your behalf (Romans 8:28; 1 Peter 5:7). Be willing to allow God to manifest Himself fully in your day, your month, your year. Preach to your heart that Abba knows best!

Heaven’s Answers – Part One

We come across them every day – people in fear, in want, in poverty, in sickness, in confusion, in denial concerning the grips of sin.  Mark 14:41 defines “sinful men” as those “whose way or nature is to act in opposition to God”.  They refuse to receive from their Creator that which He so longs to give them (Matthew 23:37).  In stubborn rebellion they imagine that freedom begins and ends with their own agenda, their own perspective at the center of their own reality.  In point of fact, their freedom, their true identity, and their fulfillment are found only in restoration with their Heavenly Father – their Abba.  Truth is not relative – It never changes. Our God, our Lord, Jesus, is everyone’s answer!

You will guard him and keep him in perfect and constant peace whose mind [both its inclination and its character] is stayed on You, because he commits himself to You, leans on You, and hopes confidently in You.  So trust in the Lord (commit yourself to Him, lean on Him, hope confidently in Him) forever; for the Lord God is an everlasting Rock [the Rock of Ages]. (Isaiah 26;3-4)

The Word of God explains fully what Heaven’s answers are for every situation.  God does not keep secrets from His children.  Not only do we have His Word on the matter, we have been given, through His gracious enabling, the Holy Spirit to live in us and to direct and guide us into every blessing that is ours in Jesus. Many are easily deceived because they do not make it their intention to discover all that our covenant with God contains.

Poverty is undone:

For you are becoming progressively acquainted with and recognizing more strongly and clearly the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ (His kindness, His gracious generosity, His undeserved favor and spiritual blessing) in that though He was [so very] rich, yet for your sakes He became [so very] poor in order that by His poverty you might become enriched (abundantly supplied). (2 Corinthians 8:9). [Emphasis mine]

Strong’s Concordance defines the Greek word “plouteo”, translated in the above passage as “rich” or “enriched”, as “wealthy, increased with goods, abundantly rich”.  Do not diminish this Truth by spiritualizing it!  Spiritual richness is certainly a direct result of life in the Spirit, but we are speaking here of Heaven’s answer to an impoverished life – bills that need paying, uncertain futures hindered by income issues, lack of funds that prevent the abundance that Jesus came to give (John 10:10). God’s covenant with His people includes financial prosperity.  In fact, God tells us in Deuteronomy 8 :18 that the prosperity of His people is a direct reflection of the establishment of His covenant with us.

Our God-Who-is-More-than-Enough (El Shaddai), our God Who Provides, Jehovah Jireh, our God Who came that we may have and enjoy life “and have it in abundance (to the full till it overflows)”  (John 10:10) is best reflected to the world around us when His goodness and provision is apparent for all to see.  It is a powerful testimony in your life to His character, His love, and his faithfulness to His Word.

God’s Word on the subject:

Matthew 23:37       Romans 8:15-16         Philippians 4:7

3 John 2

Fearing God – Part Two

Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God require of you but (reverently) to fear the Lord your God, (that is) to walk in all His ways and to love Him, and to serve the Lord your God with all your (mind and) heart and with your entire being.

There’s the Lord’s definition of fearing Him.  It means to walk in His ways, to love Him, and to serve Him with all of your mind and heart and with your entire being.  Deuteronomy 17:19 elaborates upon this a bit, indicating that “keeping all the words of the law and these statutes and doing them” reflects the fear of God.

Jesus calls this the “great (most important, principle) and first commandment.” (Matthew 22:37-38, Amplified)  Because God’s primary motivation is love (1 John 4:16), what does obedience to the command of God to fear Him establish in our lives?

– It prolongs our days (Deuteronomy 6:2, Proverbs 10:27)

– It gives us instructions in wisdom (Proverbs 15:33)

– It leads to life and resting satisfied (Proverbs 19:23)

– It brings riches and honor (Proverbs 22:4)

– It causes us to be safe and set on high (Proverbs 29:25)

– There is no want (Psalm 34:9)

– It blesses our children’s children (Psalm 103:17)

Hebrews 3:18-19 –  “And to whom did He swear that they should not enter His rest, but to those who disobeyed [who had not listened to His Word and who refused to be compliant or to be persuaded]? So we see that they were not able to enter [into His rest] because of their unwillingness to adhere to and trust in and rely on God [unbelief had shut them out].

Fear of the Lord is keeping His commandments, seeking Him, loving Him – trusting in His goodness and faithfulness to His Word.  Entering into His rest!  The opposite is also true.  If the Lord commands His people to tithe (Deuteronomy 14:22-23, Malachi 3:10) and we are not tithing – there is not fear of the Lord in that area of our lives.  If He commands us to honor our marriage vows (Hebrews 13:4) and we are not living chaste and holy lives- there is not fear of the Lord in that area of our lives. If He commands us to raise up our children in the way that they should go (Proverbs 22:6)  and we are more readily buying into worldly standards rather than heavenly standards in raising our children – there is not fear of the Lord in that area of our lives. If we are not seeking in His Word for His promises, His commands – if we are not intentionally growing in our knowledge and understanding of God – then there is not fear of the Lord in that area of our lives.  Where there is slack in a particular area of your life in terms of obeying God, there will be lack.

Occasionally as a teacher I needed to deal with instances of cheating or plagiarism.  The most significant message I needed to deliver to those students was, “You are basically saying that in that area of your life, at that moment of poor decision making – God does not exist.”  That was the material point; that was what they needed to understand.  We need to carefully examine our lives and choices, holding them under the scrutiny of God’s Word and expectations, living in the fear of God – there lies the way of peace and blessings.

God loves us!  His requirement of fearing Him is only for our benefit.

God’s Word on the subject:

Deuteronomy 13:4                 Proverbs 10:27, 15:33, 19:23, 22:4

 Matthew 22:37-38

Fear Knocked, Faith Answered, No One Was There

Years ago, I created a crewel work design using today’s title – all bedecked with flowers.  The words are not original to me. (Credit would be given if I knew the source!)

Fear is a tactic of the enemy.  Faith is our weapon for the pulling down of such strongholds.  The Word is our ammunition that, stood on and spoken in faith, thwarts the enemy’s intentions and receives God’s provision. Every symptom, every attack, every ambush is rendered ineffective by the Word of God.

When fear of any kind knocks at your door, equipped with God’s Word – which specifically confronts the issue at hand – stand in your authority as God’s daughter and directly confront the lie.  For truly, anything that sets itself up against the Word of God is a lie.  (2 Corinthians 10:5)

Financial hardship plagues your days?   Fear of terror or danger?  Fear of illness?  Dig into God’s Word about finances or provision, or safety, or health.  Gather together Scripture verses filled with God’s promises and clearly stated purposes on the subject.

Read books by brothers and sisters in Christ who have discovered God’s principles concerning whatever issues confront you – whatever area of provision you need.  Listen persistently to faith-filled CD’s on the subject.  Build yourself up in your most holy faith (Jude 1:20) on the subject and that particular lying vanity will pass.  It must pass!  God does not lie.

This is not a case of “God knows where I live so He’ll bless me if He wants to.  If He doesn’t, I’ll bear up under it.”  The legwork is yours; the homework, the digging in.  The faith stand, your words, your mouth speaking God’s Word in faith, puts fear in its place – well outside your camp

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Luke 12:32          Romans 8:15            2 Corinthians 10:4-5

1 John 4:18         Jude 20

On the Ground of Your Word

George Muller a brother in Christ of great faith and the head of an orphanage, prayed faithfully each morning for the children’s daily bread (Matthew 6:11).  He relied fully on God to supply all of their needs (Philippians 4:19).  One particular morning he was informed that there was no food or money for the children’s breakfast.    He did what his daily habit had always been – he went to prayer thanking the Lord for the food they were about to eat (Matthew 6:31-33, Luke 11:3).  The “reality” was that there was no food, but Muller did not regard that issue as worthy of notice!  A knock at the door as he completed his prayer revealed a local baker who was there in response to a dream he had experienced the night before.  God had told the baker in the dream to bring a good supply of bread to the orphanage and he was there with enough bread to last the week.  In addition a milk truck had broken down right in front of the orphanage and the driver was asking Muller to take his entire supply of milk and serve it before it spoiled.

In Luke 5, Peter gives voice to the underpinnings of faith.  Although his all night fishing trip had produced no results (“we toiled all night [exhaustingly] and caught nothing”), at the Lord’s direction he went fishing again with entirely different results.  He said to Jesus, “On the ground of your Word” I will do this.  George Muller and all of God’s children who operate daily in faith and “receive and carry away and enjoy to the full what is promised” (Hebrews 10:36) do so on the ground of His Word.  It is a heart attitude concerning the faithfulness of God and the integrity of His unchangeable character and His constant adherence to the covenant which He has established.

On the ground of Your Word” is faith speaking.  It is the key that unlocks the door to full manifestation of kingdom blessings in a life.  It reveals total heart acceptance of God’s goodness and the reality of the spiritual realm and its profound implications for, and impact on, our day-to-day lives.  “On the ground of Your Word” is the spirit’s acknowledgement that our Father always, without exception, means what He says and says what He means.  It establishes entirely new parameters within which we comprehend life.  It reframes our actions, decisions, and word choice.  It relinquishes all personal throne sitting; it demolishes all ideology, philosophy, and political correctness that might attempt to deify men; it recognizes the correct order of all things!

Time in the Word of God finding out all that is in there will give you that new ground to stand on.  It truly will reconfigure your reality and strengthen and mature your faith.  Accept nothing less than God’s highest and best for your life.  Delight yourself in the Word and Presence of God.  Then you too will say, in the face of all circumstances, “On the ground of Your Word”.  And the resulting testimony will feed and guide many!

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Malachi 3:6             Luke 5:4-10             2 Timothy 2:13

God’s Description of His Word

There is an interesting word history for the word “sincere”.  It is of Latin origin (sine-cera) and in ancient Roman markets where marble was sold, you would often hear merchants calling out “sine-cera” (pronounced “sinachera”) which meant “without wax”.  Evidently some marble pieces being sold had cracks in them which had been filled with wax to make them appear to be perfect specimens. But the claim could not be made in the marketplace that these marble pieces were “without wax”.  Only those perfect pieces without cracks and the accompanying wax could be identified as “sincere”.

God tells us in today’s verses (God’s Word on the subject) that His Word is pure – sincere. There are no cracks or flaws in His Word. And because of that refining, because he assures us that it has been tried and purified, it will not fail us, or crack under pressure. It becomes a shield behind which we can take refuge.  God’s guarantee to us is that there is nothing that compromises His Word.  The refining process melts away any impurity or substance that is compromising the perfect integrity of the sought after end product – like gold or silver.

And because it is so pure, so sincere – faultless, He even gives the Word a place of eminence above His name (Psalm 138:2).   And look at what He tells us about His Name:
Psalm 8:1 – O Lord, our Lord, how excellent (majestic and glorious) is Your Name in all the earth.

Leviticus 18:21 -Nor shall you profane the Name of your God… I am the Lord.

Psalm 48:10 – As is Your Name, O Lord, so is Your praise to the ends of the earth.

Psalm 72:17 – His Name shall endure forever; His Name shall continue as long as the sun (indeed, His Name continues before the sun).

Philippians 2:9-10 – … the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should (must) bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.

  Seeing the manner in which He has exalted His Name, and expects that reverence for His Name from His people, it becomes even more enlightening that He has placed His Word above His name.  God’s Word is pure, faultless, tried, and refined.  It can be counted upon to fulfill itself!  You can rely upon its integrity and its power.  In so many ways our Father has assured His children that His Word is their answer; the Old and New Testament are filled with such divine encouragement.  Let these Truths recreate, strengthen and safeguard your faith walk.  God wants His children to “get this”!  It is life changing.

 

God’s Word on the subject: (3 faith seeds)

Psalm 12:6          Psalm 138:2         Proverbs 30:5

God’s Word will Do What It Says

We continue today to see what God says to us about His Word. Our Father is self-revealing and His instructions to us concerning the manner in which we approach, rely on, and trust in His word is life changing.  It is our daily strength and our future assurance.  (Do not let the fact that you may already know some of these Scriptures quite well diminish your wonder and awe at the truth of them!  Familiarity sometimes breeds complacency.  Always approach our Father’s Word with fresh wonder for there is always more to understand.  Allow the Holy Spirit to reveal more about what you already know today.)

God is watching, “alert and active” to see that His Word is fulfilled (Jeremiah 1:12)   He promises that His Word will not return to Him void; that it will accomplish what it was sent for and, in fact, will prosper in the thing for which He sent it (Isaiah 55:11)He also tells us in Numbers 23:19:

God is not a man that He should tell or act a lie, neither the son of man that He should feel repentance or compunction (for what He has promised.  Has He said and shall He not do it, or has He spoken and shall He not make it good?[Emphasis mine]

Once again, allow the Truth of this Scripture to inform the way you look at God’s Word.  Those who know God will prosper.  My good friend and sister-in-Christ, Lisa, leaned on the Truth of these Scriptures when her oldest son was involved in a serious automobile accident.   Faith in the enduring and eternal promises of God’s Word walked her through those moments when medical prognosis for survival was bleak.  Leaning the entire weight of her personality on the Truth – that God has promised and He will do it, He has spoken and He will make it good – carried her, joyfully, through days when fear knocked at the door. She knew the faithfulness of Him Whom she served; she understood that God’s Word would not return to Him void, but that it would prevail in her son’s life.  And, of course, it did.  He is well and strong today, testifying to the goodness of God.

How profoundly important it is to equip our spirits with God’s Word.  Lisa could stand securely in that place of absolute assurance because she had done the necessary preparatory work.  She had filled her heart and her mind with the Word of God.  She had daily become more intimately acquainted with her Heavenly Father.  She knew that He was forever faithful to His promises – and what these promises were. In the safety of today, equip yourself with the Word of God to prosper in your tomorrows.  Plant those incorruptible faith seeds.

 

God’s Word on the subject:    (3 faith seeds)

Numbers 23:19            Isaiah 55:11            Jeremiah 1:12

LimitED, LimitLESS

When will we get to the place where we accept the truth of and receive the blessing of the limitless provision of God?  The always open, ever available vastness of God – His generosity which by human standards we are unable to contain; it must of necessity flow out into the lives of others.  We must daily exchange our limited for His limitless.  We must step away from “behaving yourselves after a human standard and like mere (unchanged) men” (1 Corinthians 3:3)

Jerry Savelle writes in No Limits, No Boundaries, “mere refers to having a boundary in your life – nothing less, nothing more.”

His Word, His letter of promise to us says in 2 Peter 1:3:

For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue).

Extraordinary living!  Tapping into God’s wisdom and understanding; quiet listening, under girded and made effective by the surety that there is something to hear – God’s words, His guidance in all of the issues of a life.  Most only skim the surface.  Stop for a moment to realize that every human being has the ability, perhaps more correctly stated, the potential, to live on a higher plane, to operate out of deeper insight, to reach out for and walk in a more superior reality.

God’s daughters often allow the senses that have been given to them in order to survive in the physical realm to supersede and quite often nullify their spiritual abilities and their spiritual sight.  Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit we have been given the ability to tap into the deep and intimate knowledge of God.  And yet so many seem satisfied with half-knowing, infrequent or nonexistent deeper levels of conversation with meaningful Father-daughter communications occurring only rarely.  There should be a deep hunger here to daily cultivate that intimate knowing; there should be a recognition of lifeline. The established habit patterns of a lifetime greatly diminish the potential of who God’s daughters are meant to be.

The life of God in you is an overcoming, soaring force with the sense of eternity about it – everlasting and boundless.  It may be challenging to get our senses around that concept but once you tap into it limited sensibilities must fall.  Allow the eyes of your spirit to look out upon your sphere with the understanding and acceptance of Heaven’s provision; tune your ears into the life-giving words of the Holy Spirit.  Your spirit – the real you – has a life to live and a path to walk of limitless possibility, provision and peace.  Trust your Father, through His marvelous Holy Spirit, to make that abundantly evident to you today.  You are His beloved daughter, and oh what a life He has for you to live!

 

God’s Word on the subject:

Jeremiah 29:11-13            1 Corinthians 3:3               2 Peter 1:3-4