Women Of The Word And A Book Giveaway

know God's and His Word I have a passion for God’s Word, to study and help other women do the same.

Our study should always be about getting to know God and what He says. Too many times we make it about knowing ourselves more, changing our circumstances or to make us feel better. I keep thinking about Paul’s words- “that I may know Him…”!

We only get to know Him by studying His Word!  When our Bible study focuses on God it will transform our heart by training our mind because it places Him at the center of the story- not us.

I just read a great book by Jen Wilkin- Women of the Word- How to Study the Bible with Both Our Hearts and Our Minds.

In her book she lists 6 reasons why so many women feel that their Bible study or time with the Lord is unproductive. She says they approach their study and time with the Lord in the following ways:

1. The Xanax Approach

This approach treats the Bible as if it exists to make us feel better. The danger in this is it makes the Bible a book about me. I ask how the Bible can serve me, rather than how I can serve the God it proclaims.

2. The Pinball Approach

This approach just flips to a passage and read whatever I turn to, asking the Holy Spirit to speak to me. The problem is the Bible was not meant to be read that way. It gives no thought to cultural, historical, or textual context, authorship or original intent of the passage in question.

3. The Magic 8 Ball Approach

I have a question- should I marry this person, go here, apply for that job, etc…I open the Bible, put my finger to a passage and see if the signs point to yes. The problem is the Bible is not a magical book and it does not serve our whims, or is its primary function to answer our questions. This misconstrues the ministry of the Holy Spirit through the Word, demanding that the Bible tells us what to do rather than who to be.

4. The Personal Shopper Approach

If I want to be godly women or how to deal with self-esteem issues but I don’t know where to find the verses about that so I let ____________ (a famous Bible teacher) do the legwork for me.  The problem in this approach is that it doesn’t help us build ownership of Scripture. Much like the pinball approach we ricochet from passage to passage getting only the fragments. Topical studies do help us to grow but it should not be all we do. They are a great supplement to Bible study, not a substitute. If that is all we do we will miss out on the richness of learning a book of the Bible from start to finish.

5. The Telephone Game Approach

This is when all we read are books about the Bible and not the Bible itself.  The problem is we can quote the writer and not the Scripture. It should not substitute our own study. Just as topical studies, we need to use these books as supplements to our study.

6. The Jack Sprat Approach

This is picky-eating. Only reading and studying the New Testament and maybe Psalms and Proverbs. Avoiding the Old Testament or only reading about the characters I like or can identify with such as Esther or Ruth.

The problem is All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable- all of it. We need a balanced diet of the word. A well rounded approach to Bible study challenges us to learn the full counsel of God’s Word.

Do you see anything familiar in these approaches?

I know I have been guilty of all of them in the past. My study, growth and knowledge have grown and continues to grow since I started inductive Bible study many years ago through Precepts. There is so much to learn and study- the more you learn the more you want to know.

Jen shows you how to study inductively taking you through 5 P’s of sound study:

Purpose, Perspective, Patience, Process and Prayer.

Reading this book and applying what she shares about studying scripture will help you to dig into the rich truths of who God is from all of Scripture , to follow and serve Him.

I am giving away a free copy of this book in the link below.

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The Names Of God Bible Study Review 2

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O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together! (Psalm 34:3)

The names of God reveal the character of God, His attributes and His nature. To know His names is to know Him, to take rest and comfort in Him.

If you have been studying along or if this is the first time you are here I pray you are blessed with learning the names of God. Feel free to comment below so we can share with each other.

“Yahweh is God’s proper name in Hebrew. The most common and the most important name for God in the Old Testament is a name that our English versions never translate. Whenever you see the word LORD in all capital letters, you know that this name is behind it. In Hebrew the name had four letters—YHWH—and may have been pronounced something like Yahweh The importance of it can be seen in the sheer frequency of its use. It occurs 6,828 times in the Old Testament. What this shows is that God aims to be known not as a generic deity, but as a specific Person with a name that carries his unique character and mission”. John Piper

The eight names we have studied so far:

Elohim -He is the Creator and we have been created to have purpose and meaning in our lives to give Him glory.
This name is used more than 2,500 times in Scripture and we see it 35 times in the first 35 verses!
In John, Colossians 1:15-17 and Hebrews 1:1-3 we saw that Jesus, The Word was accomplishing Elohim’s creation.
We saw in Psalm 139 that God is our Creator and does not make mistakes. This truth should make a difference in how we view ourselves and those around us.
Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by My name and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”

We were created by a personal God with a clearly defined purpose, God’s glory.

El Elyon– God Most High who is sovereign and in total control and we can place our confidence and trust in Him.
We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory.
The meaning of sovereignty could be summed up in this way: To be sovereign is to possess supreme power and authority so that one is in complete control and can accomplish whatever he pleases. (bible.org)
When we can grasp and cling to the fact that He is in control, nothing takes Him by surprise it will transform the way we think and live our lives.

We looked at the life of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar, in the Psalms and other places where we learned about God Most High!

Hebrews 1:1-3 Jesus is the exact image of God and He upholds all things by His power.

We can be thankful that He is Sovereign and in absolute, total control and nothing can happen in our lives without His permission. We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory. God has it all under control and will work it out according to how He has planned.

El Roi- the God who sees. When you are going through trials He sees and knows what you are going through.
We looked in Genesis 16 and 21 and how God revealed Himself to Hagar.

Like Hagar are you also running from a difficult situation in which you were unjustly treated or part of the problem. You can take comfort in the truth that El Roi sees your distress, your pain, misery, past and loves you. He is so watchful that He knows when a sparrow falls (Matthew 10:29-31), how much more does he watch and care for you.

El Shaddai– God Almighty-All Powerful-All Sufficient- He is mighty to save.
We first see this name when God reveals it to Abraham. In Genesis 12 when he was 75 years old God called him to leave his country for one God would show him and all families of the earth will be blessed. Abraham believed God and left.
In Genesis 15 God promised him an heir and verse 6 says he believed God and He counted it to him as righteousness.
In Genesis 16 he tried to take matters in his own hands with Hagar, a moment of unbelief and self-sufficiency.
Then we come to Genesis 17 when he is 99 years old and God reaffirms His promise.
Abraham and Sara no longer had the capacity, ability or self- sufficiency to do things in their own strength. They were essentially “dead” and God revealed to them He is All Mighty, All Powerful, and All Sufficient God!
God is the one who called Abraham and established His covenant and we who believe are the recipients when He calls us into relationship with Him!

He is mighty to save! He kept His promise of a Redeemer to bring death to life. He rids us of our self-sufficiency. The promised one Jesus gave himself for us who were dead and brought us to life!

If you have any doubts that God can’t help you get rid of them! He has a plan for you and He will accomplish it.
God is All Mighty, All Powerful, and All Sufficient!

Jehovah –jireh: The Lord will provide- He is the self-existent and keeps His covenant. He sees, foresees and knows all and is able to provide what is needed.

Finally after all the years of waiting Abraham and Sara had their promised son!
We looked at Genesis 22 when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his only son. God provided a ram as a substitute to sacrifice in place of Isaac.

Abraham learned, and we must too that God is the one that provided a sacrifice, His Son, to die as our substitute, John 3:16. John 8:56 records Jesus’ words to the un-believing Jews- “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad. God did not ask Abraham to do anything that He would not do in the future and had already provided for.

Romans 8: 5, 32 tells us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us and that God did not spare His own son, but delivered Him over for us. Salvation is our greatest need that God provided for us.
He also sees, knows and provides for our daily needs. Philippians 4:19 tells us “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Adonai- Lord, Master and Owner
This name indicates a relationship. The lordship of God means that He is in total possession of me and I am to be in total submission to Him. Knowing this and understanding will transform your relationship with God. He has to be our Lord and not just Savior.

We looked at the life of Abraham for insight into this name of God. Abraham acknowledged God as his Lord and Master. God assured him by making a covenant with him that an heir would come from his own body, bringing salvation- Jesus Christ! (Galatians 3:16)

We looked at Moses, Isaiah and Jeremiah and asked the following questions:
Like Moses have you ever been reluctant to do God’s will at the same time calling him Lord?
Like Isaiah and Jeremiah have you not only called Him Lord but were also willing to obey Him?

We saw in the New Testament Jesus is Lord.
In Matthew 7:21-28 we saw how Adonai challenges everyone who calls God “Lord” to be willing live in a way that demonstrates His Lordship! When we say “He is Lord” it must be not be with just our lips but also with our life!
We have to be willing to submit to Him as Lord and Savior for our salvation and in every area of our lives. Are there areas of your life you holding onto and are unwilling to relinquish to Adoni?

I AM
We looked at Exodus 3-I AM WHO I AM! This name shows He is the only true God. He is personal, eternal, unchangeable, covenant keeping, self -existent and self-sufficient! He is letting them know He is different from all the other gods in Egypt. Everyone and everything is dependent on Him and His sovereignty! Knowing God by His Name should make us tremble and realize who we are and how much we need Him. We can’t make Him into the type of god we want, one to meet all our needs, is politically correct or make us feel better about ourselves. He is I Am and is to be worshiped!

When Jesus identified himself as “I Am” revealed He is God and that he is the only way to rescue. (A study of the I Am statements of Jesus from John is in the archives)

Just as God called Moses to deliver His people out of bondage and showed him He is I Am; Jesus, I Am, came to suffer, die and rise again for our deliverance from the bondage of sin and death.
We saw there is a future deliverance to come! We have been delivered from the bondage of sin and death but are still fighting the flesh daily. We look to the day when we will be with the Lord forever in the new heaven and new earth when He comes again for the final deliverance of the earth and His people;1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 and Revelation 21:1-6.

Jehovah-rapha– the God who heals. The Hebrew word rapha means, heal, cure, restore or make whole.
We looked at Exodus 15. The healing water of the tree foreshadowed another tree at Calvary for our ultimate healing: “ and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” 1 Peter 2:24. (The Greek word for cross is xylon-tree.)

Jehovah-rapha, the Great Physician heals the physical and emotional and the greatest need for healing is spiritual. We need healed from the disease of sin. In Isaiah 1:5-6 Israel (a picture of mankind) is described as being sick from head to toe and we saw good news in Isaiah 16-20, 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24!

Jehovah-rapha is Jesus! During the three years of ministry He was showing the complete healing God will bring about for all His creation, that He makes all things new! Jesus went from town to town healing the blind, lame, demon possessed, sick, deaf, mute and dead. These physical healings pointed to the deeper spiritual healing that was needed from sin and revealed that He is the same God that said to Moses, “I am the Lord who heals you”!

Are you in need of healing, physically, emotionally and most importantly spiritually run to Jehovah-rapha the God who heals!

Take some time and go back into the archives to learn more about the names of God. I am looking forward to learning and discussing together!

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The Names of God Study Jehovah-rapha-Lord Who Heals

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The names of God reveal the character of God, His attributes and His nature. To know His names is to know Him, to take rest and comfort in Him. These studies are just a taste on the names of God. Hopefully it will give you some help and a desire to dig deeper into His attributes that you want to learn more about.
The seven names we have studied so far are:
Elohim -He is the Creator and we have been created to have purpose and meaning in our lives to give Him glory.

El Elyon- God Most High who is sovereign and in total control and we can place our confidence and trust in Him. We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory.

El Roi- the God who sees. When you are going through trials He sees and knows what you are going through.

El Shaddai- God Almighty-All Powerful-All Sufficient- He is mighty to save!

Jehovah –jireh: The Lord will provide- He is the self-existent and keeps His covenant. He sees, foresees and knows all and is able to provide what is needed.

Adonai- Lord, Master and Owner

I Am- the only true God. He is personal, eternal, unchangeable, covenant keeping, self -existent and self-sufficient! Everyone and everything is dependent on Him and His sovereignty!

The name we will look at today is Jehovah-rapha- the God who heals. The Hebrew word raphe means, heal, cure, restore or make whole.

When we looked at Jehovah-jireh we saw God’s provision of a substitute in place of Isaac on the altar. He is the provider for our redemption with the sacrifice of Jesus. With each name we see more and more of God meeting every need in the lives of His people. Jehovah-rapha made Himself known early on in the Israelites wilderness journey. They left Egypt, crossed the Red sea by a miracle of God, and praised Him for His deliverance from the Egyptians and then their attitude quickly changed.

Read Exodus 15

What attitudes and actions do you see in the people?
From verses 22-27 what caused the change in their attitude?
According to Exodus 13:21-22 who led them to the bitter water?
What did God want them to know about Him?
Have you had the same attitude toward God at times?
Have you experienced a great victory then soon after defeat, discouragement, grumbling or despair?
Do you need healed?

List your insights on healing from the following verses: (the word rapha occurs 67 times in the Old Testament, referring to healing of the whole person).
Genesis 20:17
2 Kings 20:1-5
2 Chronicles 7:14
Isaiah 19:22, 53:5
Jeremiah 30:15-17
Psalm 41:4, 103:1-3, 107: 19-20, 147:3

What made the bitter water sweet in Exodus 15:25?

The healing water of the tree foreshadowed another tree at Calvary for our ultimate healing: “ and He Himself bore our sins in His body on the cross, so that we might die to sin and live to righteousness; for by His wounds you were healed” 1 Peter 2:24. (The Greek word for cross is xylon-tree.)

Jehovah-rapha, the Great Physician heals the physical and emotional and the greatest need for healing is spiritual. We need healed from the disease of sin. In Isaiah 1:5-6 Israel (a picture of mankind) is described as being sick from head to toe. But there is good news in verses 16-20, 53:5 and 1 Peter 2:24!

Jehovah-rapha is Jesus! During the three years of ministry He was showing the complete healing God will bring about for all His creation, that He makes all things new! Jesus went from town to town healing the blind, lame, demon possessed, sick, deaf, mute and dead. These physical healings pointed to the deeper spiritual healing that was needed from sin and revealed that He is the same God that said to Moses, “I am the Lord who heals you”!

What should our response be according to Exodus 15:26?
1) Listen earnestly to the voice of God. What is God saying to you in your present circumstances? Do you only hear God clearly when you have spiritual victory? Do you hear him when you get to the “bitter water”? We must listen to the voice of the Lord in every situation and ask Him what He wants to do in my life.
2) Do what is right in His sight. Instead of responding by grumbling and complaining when you find yourself at the “bitter water”, do the right thing. You can overcome your circumstances by focusing on the faithfulness and care of God, knowing He has your best in mind and you are to display His glory.
3) Obey God’s commands. When you find yourself in bitter circumstances, check to see if there are areas of disobedience in your life and get to know His commands by knowing Him. This will result in joy and confidence of who He is and what He does.
4) Keep all His statutes. That is to know His word, obey it and walk in it. (Read Psalms 119 to see the benefits of God’s word).

By keeping these commands does not mean we will never be sick but that we can have the promise and assurance that God is with us and will sustain, carry and heal us if he so chooses. Ultimately the healing is the spiritual healing we all so desperately need.

Exodus 15:27 God then took them to Elim. There were 12 springs of water and 70 date palms and they camped beside the water. Their bitterness became sweet only by the hand of God. They were healed, given rest and refreshed for the journey ahead. Same for us, we are healed from the bitterness of sin, refreshed and find rest by Jesus’ death on a tree. All things are new and have access to the tree of life that was lost in the Garden of Eden (Genesis 3:24 and Revelation 22:1-2)

Are you in need of healing, physically, emotionally and most importantly spiritually run to Jehovah-rapha the God who heals!

Heal me, O LORD, and I will be healed; save me and I will be saved, for Thou are my praise. (Jeremiah 17:14)

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Hello Mornings Challenge

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This summer I have been part of an online early morning Bible study group, Hello Mornings.
It was a great opportunity to get to know other ladies from around the country and Canada. As we studied through John we were accountable to each other, shared, prayed for and offered encouragement.

Registration is now open for the fall 2013 challenge and I would love to have you join in as we study Glorious Grace from Ephesians. Click on the link below to register. You will have an opportunity to join either a Facebook or Twitter group; even as specific for working moms, stay at home moms, homeschooling moms etc….

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The Names Of God Study- I Am

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Welcome to the Names of God Bible study.
The names of God reveal the character of God, His attributes and His nature. To know His names is to know Him, to take rest and comfort in Him. These studies are just a taste on the names of God. Hopefully it will give you some help and a desire to dig deeper into His attributes that you want to learn more about. I am looking forward to learning and discussing together!

Please share your insights on the blog and also connect with me on Facebook; I would love to hear from you!

We have looked at six names so far which are in the archives:
Elohim -He is the Creator and we have been created to have purpose and meaning in our lives to give Him glory.
El Elyon- God Most High who is sovereign and in total control and we can place our confidence and trust in Him. We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory.
El Roi- the God who sees. When you are going through trials He sees and knows what you are going through.
El Shaddai- God Almighty-All Powerful-All Sufficient- He is mighty to save!
Jehovah –jireh: The Lord will provide- He is the self-existent and keeps His covenant. He sees, foresees and knows all and is able to provide what is needed.
Adonai- Lord, Master and Owner

Today we will look at I AM.
Read Exodus 3:1-15

What is the setting of this passage?
What drew Moses to the bush?
Who was in the bush?

From verses 1-6 how do we know this was not a typical angel?

1. Fire is a sign of God’s presence throughout the book of Exodus. In chapter 13:21-22 He is the pillar of fire and cloud leading and protecting the Israelites. In 19:18, fire is God’s presence on Mount Sinai and in the tabernacle in verses 40:38.
2. Moses said in verse 4, “God called to him from the midst of the bush” and verse 6 he identified himself.
3. He was told to take off his sandals because he was standing on holy ground. Only God’s presence makes a place holy.
4. Moses hid his face because he could not look at God.
This angel is clearly different from all others in scripture. We saw that Hagar met this angel in the desert when we looked at El Roi-the God who sees. When we looked at Jehovah jireh, Abraham heard the angel of the Lord’s voice on Mount Moriah to not kill his son then the sacrifice was provided. Jacob spent all night wresting with the angel of the Lord and he was forever changed.

Scripture indicates that this angel of the Lord is Jesus!

Read verses 7-15
What was life like for the Israelites?
List what the LORD says and what He will do:
In verses 11 & 13 what was Moses response to God?
What did God tell him in 12, 14-15?
In verse 12 what will be the sign God tells Moses?

God keeps His promises and this should always lead to worship of Him!

I AM WHO I AM!
This name shows He is the only true God. He is personal, eternal, unchangeable, covenant keeping, self -existent and self-sufficient! He is letting them know he is different from all the other gods in Egypt. Everyone and everything is dependent on Him and His sovereignty!

Does this change your view of who God is?

Knowing God by His Name should make us tremble and realize who we are and how much we need Him. We can’t make Him into the type of god we want, one to meet all our needs, is politically correct or make us feel better about ourselves. He is I Am and is to be worshiped!

In verse 3:15 what does God tell Moses to tell the people?
How long were they to remember him by this name?

This rescue of His people from bondage is a picture of our eternal rescue from the bondage of sin and it is brought about by Jesus’s sacrifice.

When Jesus began to say who He was by using this name, it made the people angry because He was claiming to be God. To them is was a blasphemy and they wanted to kill Him.

Jesus, saying “I Am” revealed He is God and that he is the only way to rescue.
Look up the following verses and list who Jesus says he is:
John 6:51
John 8:12
John 10:9
John 10:11
John 11:25
John 14:6
John 15:1
John 18:4-6
(For further study there are some studies on some of the I Am’s statements of Jesus in the archives)

God called Moses to deliver His people out of bondage and showed him He is I Am. Jesus, I Am, came to suffer, die and rise again for our deliverance from the bondage of sin and death.

There is still a future deliverance to come! We have been delivered from the bondage of sin and death but are still fighting the flesh daily. We look to the day when we will be with the Lord forever in the new heaven and new earth when He comes again for the final deliverance of the earth and His people; 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 and Revelation 21:1-6.

Praise and worship I AM WHO I AM!

The Names Of God Bible Study Review

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O magnify the Lord with me, And let us exalt His name together! (Psalm 34:3)

The names of God reveal the character of God, His attributes and His nature. To know His names is to know Him, to take rest and comfort in Him.

We have looked at six names so far and I wanted to stop and review them this week. All of the lessons are in the archives for further study.

If you have been studying along or if this is the first time you are here I pray you are blessed with learning the names of God. Feel free to comment below so we can share with each other.

“Yahweh is God’s proper name in Hebrew. The most common and the most important name for God in the Old Testament is a name that our English versions never gets translated. Whenever you see the word LORD in all capital letters, you know that this name is behind it. In Hebrew the name had four letters—YHWH—and may have been pronounced something like Yahweh The importance of it can be seen in the sheer frequency of its use. It occurs 6,828 times in the Old Testament. What this shows is that God aims to be known not as a generic deity, but as a specific Person with a name that carries his unique character and mission”. John Piper

Review:

Elohim -He is the Creator and we have been created to have purpose and meaning in our lives to give Him glory.
Elohim is used more than 2,500 times in Scripture and we see it 35 times in the first 35 verses!

In John, Colossians 1:15-17 and Hebrews 1:1-3 we saw that Jesus, The Word was accomplishing Elohim’s creation.

We saw in Psalm 139 that God is our Creator and does not make mistakes. This truth should make a difference in how we view ourselves and those around us.

Isaiah 43:7 says, “Everyone who is called by My name and whom I have created for My glory, whom I have formed, even whom I have made.”
This leaves little doubt that we were created by a personal God with a clearly defined purpose, God’s glory.

El Elyon- God Most High who is sovereign and in total control and we can place our confidence and trust in Him.

We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory.

The meaning of sovereignty could be summed up in this way: To be sovereign is to possess supreme power and authority so that one is in complete control and can accomplish whatever he pleases. (bible.org)
When we can grasp and cling to the fact that He is in control, nothing takes Him by surprise it will transform the way we think and live our lives.

We looked at the life of Abraham, Joseph, Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar, in the Psalms and other places where we learned about God Most High!

Hebrews 1:1-3 Jesus is the exact image of God and He upholds all things by His power.

We can be thankful that He is Sovereign and in absolute, total control and nothing can happen in our lives without His permission. We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory. God has it all under control and will work it out according to how He has planned.

El Roi- the God who sees. When you are going through trials He sees and knows what you are going through.

We looked in Genesis 16 and 21 and how God revealed Himself to Hagar.

Maybe like Hagar you’re also running from a difficult situation in which you were unjustly treated or part of the problem. You can take comfort in the truth that El Roi sees your distress, your pain, misery, past and loves you. He is so watchful that He knows when a sparrow falls (Matthew 10:29-31), how much more does he watch and care for you.

El Shaddai- God Almighty-All Powerful-All Sufficient- He is mighty to save.

We first see this name when God reveals it to Abraham. In Genesis 12 when he was 75 years old God called him to leave his country for one God would show him and all families of the earth will be blessed. Abraham believed God and left.
In Genesis 15 God promised him an heir and verse 6 says he believed God and He counted it to him as righteousness.
In Genesis 16 he tried to take matters in his own hands with Hagar, a moment of unbelief and self-sufficiency.
Then we come to Genesis 17 when he is 99 years old and God reaffirms His promise.

Abraham and Sara no longer had the capacity, ability or self- sufficiency to do things in their own strength. They were essentially “dead” and God revealed to them He is All Mighty, All Powerful, and All Sufficient God!

God is the one who called Abraham and established His covenant and we who believe are the recipients when He calls us into relationship with Him!

He is mighty to save! He kept His promise of a Redeemer to bring death to life. He rids us of our self-sufficiency. The promised one Jesus gave himself for us who were dead and brought us to life!

If you have any doubts that God can’t help you get rid of them! He has a plan for you and He will accomplish it.

God is All Mighty, All Powerful, and All Sufficient!

Jehovah –jireh: The Lord will provide- He is the self-existent and keeps His covenant. He sees, foresees and knows all and is able to provide what is needed.

Finally after all the years of waiting Abraham and Sara had their promised son!

We looked at Genesis 22 when God tells Abraham to sacrifice his only son. God provided a ram as a substitute to sacrifice in place of Isaac.
Abraham learned, and we must too that God is the one that provided a sacrifice, His Son, to die as our substitute, John 3:16. John 8:56 records Jesus’ words to the un-believing Jews- “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad. God did not ask Abraham to do anything that He would not do in the future and had already provided for.

Romans 8: 5 & 32 tells us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us and that God did not spare His own son, but delivered Him over for us. Salvation is our greatest need that God provided for us.

He also sees, knows and provides for our daily needs. Philippians 4:19 tells us “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Adonai- Lord, Master and Owner

This name indicates a relationship. The lordship of God means that He is in total possession of me and I am to be in total submission to Him. Knowing this and understanding will transform your relationship with God. He has to be our Lord and not just Savior.

We looked at the life of Abraham for insight into this name of God. Abraham acknowledged God as his Lord and Master. God assured him by making a covenant with him that an heir would come from his own body, bringing salvation- Jesus Christ! (Galatians 3:16)

We looked at Moses, Isaiah and Jeremiah and asked the following questions:
Like Moses have you ever been reluctant to do God’s will at the same time calling him Lord?
Like Isaiah and Jeremiah have you not only called Him Lord but were also willing to obey Him?

We looked in the New Testament where Jesus is Lord.

In Matthew 7:21-28 we saw how Adonai challenges everyone who calls God “Lord” to be willing live in a way that demonstrates His Lordship! When we say “He is Lord” it must be not be with just our lips but also with our life!

We have to willing submit to Him as Lord and Savior for our salvation and in every area of our lives. Are there areas of your life you holding onto and are unwilling to relinquish to Adoni?

This review was just a snapshot on what we have learned so far. Take some time and go back into the archives to learn more about the names of God. I am looking forward to learning and discussing together!

Please share your insights on the blog and also connect with me on Facebook; I would love to hear from you!

The Names of God Study-Adonai- Lord and Master

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Welcome to the Names of God Bible study.
The names of God reveal the character of God, His attributes and His nature. To know His names is to know Him, to take rest and comfort in Him.
Each week I will list a name with the scripture reference and we can begin this study together.
These studies are just a taste on the names of God. Hopefully it will give you some help and a desire to dig deeper into His attributes you want to learn more about. I am looking forward to learning and discussing together!

Please share your insights on the blog and also connect with me on Facebook; I would love to hear from you!

We have looked at five names so far which are in the archives.
Elohim -He is the Creator and we have been created to have purpose and meaning in our lives to give Him glory.

El Elyon- God Most High who is sovereign and in total control and we can place our confidence and trust in Him. We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory.

El Roi- the God who sees. When you are going through trials He sees and knows what you are going through.

El Shaddai- God Almighty-All Powerful-All Sufficient- He is mighty to save!

Jehovah –jireh: The Lord will provide- He is the self-existent and keeps His covenant. He sees, foresees and knows all and is able to provide what is needed.

Today we will look at Adonai- Lord and Master.
This name indicates a relationship. The lordship of God means that He is in total possession of me and I am to be in total submission to Him. Knowing this and understanding will transform your relationship with God. He has to be our Lord and not just Savior.

The first time this is used is in Genesis 15. Read the chapter noting any reference to Lord GOD.

When you read Lord it is Adonai and when it is GOD or LORD it is YHWH or Jehovah

What was Abraham’s situation?

What did God tell and show him?

What was Abraham’s response?

In verse 8 what did he ask God and what name did he use?

How did God answer him in verses 9-21?

Abraham acknowledged God as his Lord and Master. He assured him by making a covenant with him that an heir would come from his own body, bringing salvation- Jesus Christ! (Galatians 3:16)

Read the following passages, noting the use of LORD and Lord.
How did these men respond to God and what was God’s response?
Exodus 4:10-17
Isaiah 6:1-8
Jeremiah 1:1

Like Moses have you ever been reluctant to do God’s will at the same time calling him Lord?
Like Isaiah and Jeremiah have you not only called Him Lord but were also willing to obey Him?

Look at the following verses about our Lord and reflect on who He is.
(In a couple of these verses take note of His lovingkindness- this is His covenant love.)
Psalm 8:1, 6-8
Psalm 16:2
Psalm 54:4
Psalm 62:11-12
Psalm 73:25-28
Psalm 86:15
Psalm 97:5
Psalm 135:5
Psalm 136:3

Adoni is Jesus and He is Lord. (The Greek word for Lord in the New Testament is kyrios.)
In Matthew 22:41-46, Jesus is quoting Psalm 110:1, a prophetic psalm of David to prove that he is the Son of God, telling them He is Adoni.

Read the following verses and list what you learn.
Romans 10:8-10
Acts 16:31
Philippians 2:8-11

Matthew 7:21-28

“he who does” is in the present tense-meaning habitually, direction not perfection. This means obedience like a servant who would obey their master or adonai.

Many, not just a few will say to Me on that day, “Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your name, and in Your name cast out demons, and in Your name perform many miracles?”

Did Jesus dispute their claims?

What did He say to them?

Depart (present imperative, a command)
From Me, You who practice (present tense) lawlessness

The Name Adonai challenges everyone who calls God “Lord” to be willing live in a way that demonstrates His Lordship! When we say “He is Lord” it must be not be with just our lips but also with our life!

Can you be saved without Him being your Lord?
It is wrong to assume you can call Him “Lord” but then to refuse to submit to him in loving obedience.

Adonai is a Name of God which shows relationship. Jehovah’s Lordship means He is in total possession of me and I gladly submit to Him as my Lord and my Master. This truth of Adonai is opposed to the self- centered mindset that is so deceiving. We may like to think that we are the lord of our own life. When we think that, we are on a dangerous slope. God becomes all about meeting our needs and fulfilling our desires.

We have to willing submit to Him as Lord and Savior. Not only for our salvation but in every area of our lives.

Are there areas of your life you are holding onto and are unwilling to relinquish to Adoni?
Your job, your spouse, your children, your possessions, your secret sin, or habits, etc…?

Let’s pray as David “search me O God and know my heart; try me and know my anxious thoughts; and see if there be any hurtful way in me and lead me in the everlasting way” (Psalm 139:23-24)

He will answer, show and enable you to call Him Lord and Master.

The Names Of God Study- Jehovah-jireh-The Lord Will Provide

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Welcome to the Names of God Bible study.

The names of God reveal the character of God, His attributes and His nature. To know His names is to know Him, to take rest and comfort in Him. Each week I will list a name with the scripture reference and we can begin this study together.

These studies are just a taste on the names of God. Hopefully it will give you some help and a desire to dig deeper into His attributes you want to learn more about. I am looking forward to learning and discussing together!

Please share your insights on the blog; I would love to hear from you!

Also, I would love to connect on Facebook and you can find me by clicking “like” in the box.

We have looked at four names so far which are in the archives.
Elohim -He is the Creator and we have been created to have purpose and meaning in our lives to give Him glory.

El Elyon- God Most High who is sovereign and in total control and we can place our confidence and trust in Him. We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory.

El Roi- God who sees. When you are going through trials, He sees and knows what you are going through.

El Shaddai- God Almighty-All Powerful-All Sufficient- He is mighty to save!

Today we will look at Jehovah –jireh: The Lord will provide
Jehovah is the self-existent, covenant keeping God.
jireh- literally means “to see”- God sees, foresees, and knows all. Since God sees all, He is able to provide what is needed.

Jehovah-jireh is very significant in Abraham’s life and ours.
Finally, after all the years of waiting Abraham and Sara had their promised son!

Read Genesis 22:1-19 to see what God was asking Abraham to do and how Jehovah-jireh responded.
What did God tell Abraham to do?

How did God describe Isaac in verses 2, 12, 16 and why is that significant?

How did he respond?

What did Abraham tell his servants in verse 5 and what insight does Hebrews 11:17-19 give us about his response?

What to you learn about the lamb for the sacrifice in verses 7, 8 & 13?

In verses 15-19, what did God tell Abraham?

Isaac who was a promised child and the ram both pointed toward the promised one- Jesus.

How do the following verses compare with Genesis 22?
John 1:29 & 36
John 3:16

God provided a ram as a substitute to sacrifice in place of Isaac. Abraham learned, and we must also that God is the one that provided a sacrifice, His Son, to die as our substitute. John 8:56 records Jesus’ words to the unbelieving Jews- “Your father Abraham rejoiced to see My day, and he saw it and was glad”.

God did not ask Abraham to do anything that He would not do in the future and had already provided for.

Romans 8:5 and 32 tells us that while we were still sinners Christ died for us and that God did not spare His own son, but delivered Him over for us.

Genesis 22:14 Abraham said “In the mount of the Lord it will be provided”. Mount Moriah is significant. Solomon built the temple here and it is in the same ridge where Jesus died.

Salvation is our greatest need that God provided for us!

He also sees, knows and provides for our daily needs. Philippians 4:19 tells us “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”

Thank God that He provided His one and only Son to be the lamb for our sins!

Praise Jehovah-jireh-our Provider!

Resurrection And Life

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When Jesus says “I Am” He is saying He is God, expounding on what God said to Moses “I Am Who I Am.”

Jesus is saying who He is, describing His character and what he provides and it shows us that we need Him!

So far we have looked at the following in this series:
I Am the Bread of life- He is our source of life and spiritual nourishment.
I Am the Light of the world- without Him we would live in spiritual darkness.
I Am the Door-we can only be saved through Him.
I Am the Good Shepherd- He is our provider, protector and guide who leads the way.

Today we will look at “I Am the Resurrection and the Life.”
John 11:25-26 Jesus said to her, “I Am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?

One thing I have noticed that people are generally ok with Jesus, religion and spirituality. What they don’t like to hear is Jesus is the only way and there is a resurrection. This is not new to us today, Paul even dealt with it.
In Acts 24:21 he says “other than this one statement which I shouted out while standing among them, for the resurrection of the dead I am on trial before you today”

Resurrection comes from the same root word as resurgence or rising again. God revives, restores and renews us. We were dead and He made alive to live for Him and we have a hope and a future. It is important to know and believe that Jesus is the resurrection and the life!

“The resurrection is the ground of our assurance, it is the basis for all our future hopes, and it is the source of power in our daily lives here and now. It gives us courage in the midst of persecution, comfort in the midst of trials, and hope in the midst of this world’s darkness” (John McArthur)

In 1 Corinthians 15 Paul gives us much insight into the resurrection.
In 15:3-4 he says “I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures and the He was buried and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures.”

1 Peter 1:3 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

Colossians 2:13 When you were dead in your transgressions and the un-circumcision of your flesh, He made you alive together with Him, having forgiven us all our transgressions.” He continues in 3:1 “Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ keep seeking the things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God” The rest of the chapter shows us how a resurrected life will look.

Romans 6:4-5, 11 “Therefore we have been buried with Him through baptism into death, so that as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, so we too might walk in newness of life. For if we have become united with Him in the likeness of His death, certainly we shall also be in the likeness of His resurrection….consider yourselves dead to sin but alive to God in Christ Jesus.”

Ephesians 2:4-6 “But God being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in our transgressions made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved). And raised us up with Him and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”

This is the gospel; Jesus died, was buried and was resurrected for us who were dead. Because of this it changes us and how we live. We are no longer dead, defined by our past but we are alive in Him. We have a future and a hope!

“What you think about your future will determine how you live in the present” (Joshua Lenon)

When you believe Jesus is the resurrection and the life it will determine how you live now. If you think this is all there is and it ends in death your life can be consumed with yourself and pleasures. If you think you have no hope for the future, you will be hopeless. If you think your past determines who you are you will live as such. If you think you are defeated with no hope, you will live defeated and depressed.

BUT if you know you are alive in Christ, a new creation you will live in that hope! You will have joy and peace found in Him and a future beyond death!

Living Inside Out is knowing that resurrection changes everything!

The Names Of God Study- El Shaddai-All Sufficient

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Welcome to the Names of God Bible study.

The names of God reveal the character of God, His attributes and His nature. To know His names is to know Him, to take rest and comfort in Him. I will list a name with the scripture reference and we can begin this study together.

These studies are just a taste on the names of God. Hopefully it will give you some help and a desire to dig deeper into His attributes you want to learn more about. I am looking forward to learning and discussing together! Please share your insights on the blog.

We have looked at three names so far which are in the archives.
Elohim -He is the Creator and we have been created to have purpose and meaning in our lives to give Him glory.

El Elyon- God Most High who is sovereign and in total control and we can place our confidence and trust in Him. We can accept our circumstances that He has allowed to bring about our highest good and His greatest glory.

El Roi- God who sees-El Roi is the name of God to remember when you are going through trials – El Roi sees and He knows what you are going through.

This week we will look at El Shaddai- God Almighty-All Powerful-All Sufficient.

We first see this name when God reveals it to Abraham. In Genesis 12 when he was 75 years old God called him to leave his country for the one God would show him. He also told him all families of the earth will be blessed in him. Abraham believed God and left Haran. In Genesis 15 God promised him an heir and verse 6 says he believed God and He counted it to him as righteousness. In Genesis 16 he tried to take matters in his own hands with Hagar, a moment of unbelief and self-sufficiency.
Then we come to Genesis 17 when he is 99 years old and God reaffirms His promise.

Genesis 17:1-14
Who does God tell Abram He is?

What does God establish with him?

Why does God change Abram’s name to Abraham?

Genesis 17:15
Why does God change Sarai’s name?

What was their reaction to what God had told them?

What was God going to establish with Isaac their son?

Abraham and Sara no longer had the capacity, ability or self- sufficiency to do things in their own strength. They were essentially “dead” and God revealed to them He is All Mighty, All Powerful, and All Sufficient!

God is the one who called Abraham and established His covenant with him. Those who believe are the recipients of the promise when He calls us into relationship with Him!

In Genesis 17:5-6,15-16 God gave them new names that revealed His promise of what He will do as God Almighty.
Names reveal the character of a person and when we are in Christ we have a “new name” because we are a new creation-2 Corinthians 5:17.

God told Abraham in Genesis 17 to walk before “Me and be blameless”, I am Almighty God who will bring life out of “dead” by making you exceedingly fruitful and the father of many nations.
We too who were “dead” can walk before Him blameless because of Jesus-the promised seed of Abraham:
Romans 4:16-25

Galatians 3:6-9, 13-16, 26-29

Ephesians 2:4-5, 8-10 and 4:1

There is so much more on El Shaddai and we only looked at in the life of Abraham. The main thing I want us to see is that He is mighty to save! He kept His promise of a Redeemer to bring death to life. He rids us of our self-sufficiency through The promised one Jesus who gave himself for us who were dead and brought us to life!

If you have any doubts that God can’t help you get rid of them! He has a plan for you and He will accomplish it.

God is All Mighty, All Powerful, and All Sufficient!

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