Bible Study Books Giveaway

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Bible study is vital to our walk with Christ and growing in relationship with Him. There are some wonderful Bible teachers today that help guide us on our journey through the Bible and help us study for ourselves.

I am excited to give away 4 Bible studies this weekend by 2 of my favorite teachers- Kay Arthur and Nancy Guthrie.

Forgiveness: Breaking The Power Of The Past by Kay Arthur

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This is a 40 minute study to give you the basics of inductive Bible study. This eye opening study deals with the difficult questions of forgiveness. You will discover what the Bible says on this vital topic and see the great mercy of God. You will see how choosing to forgive will free you from a painful past and enable you to live out God’s purpose for you.

God’s Answers For Relationships and Passions- a study on 1 & 2 Corinthians by Kay Arthur

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This is from the New Inductive Study Series and will help you dig into the Scriptures for answers. God’s precepts, promises and purposes are made clear in each brief lesson. You will learn to resolve conflict with other people and see how our passions affect our relationships. Learn how to live in a way that builds harmony and glorifies God.

God, Are You There? By Kay Arthur

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This study through the Gospel of John challenges you to take God at His Word and see that you can truly rely on Him. “This study is an easy to use “quick” start if you are new to God’s truth in the Bible.” You will discover that God is there and He knows you, He has accomplished what was necessary to save you and never leave you.

The Promised One by Nancy Guthrie

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This is from her series, Seeing Jesus in the Old Testament. Through this study you will see how Genesis points us to Jesus Christ. You will see Jesus in the shadows of the Old Testament, apply the gospel to issues such as shame, fear and the desire for significance and develop your longing for what is ahead when one day the world will be made new.

To enter, comment below and also mention what book you would like to win. If you have not done so, “like” my Facebook page and tweet about the giveaway.

4 winners will be randomly drawn midnight Saturday.

All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work 2 Timothy 3:16-17

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A Passion For God’s Word

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My passion is to study the Bible and encourage women to do the same. God’s word is living and life changing when we get to know and apply it to our lives. It is vital we know His word and what it says to grow in our relationship with the Lord.

As a new year begins one goal that many want to accomplish is to read and study the Bible more.
To encourage you in your goal I am sharing the top post of 2013. In this post three of my friends share their love and passion for Scripture.

I am excited to have Melissa Deming, Christina Fox and Jessalyn Hutto share with us their passion for God, His Word and Bible study. I am so thankful for these ladies. They encourage, teach and mentor women daily with truth from Scripture. You will be blessed reading their comments.

Melissa Deming
The more I study the Bible, the more I discover its beauty. Far from being an old boring book full of tedious names and stuffy stories, the Holy Scriptures are a literary masterpiece. It’s why in many circles one cannot be considered well-read until he or she has grappled with the scope of the biblical storyline, interacted with its flawed characters, risen and plummeted through its rollercoaster plot, and cheered over the piercing resolution at the end of the story. Only a masterpiece can maintain a unified story that stretches over 66 books, from beginning to end – Genesis to Revelation. Only a masterpiece can utilize such literary devices that make Western epics and modern titles seem pale.
For example, did you know that the book of Ruth was written using a daunting (and very rare) literary device called a chiasm? The book is structured in layers with the outer layers mirroring each other and the inner layers mirroring each other. Where the layers finally meet in the middle, the reader finds the main point of the entire story. And oh, the middle section of Ruth (where the layers meet) a lovely place to dwell, indeed, as God provides our heroine a kinsman-redeemer!
God’s inspiration is of the very best kind. Believers need not be ashamed to take pleasure in studying God’s Word over other books. The Word of God is robust and grand. I study it because it is life-giving. I study it because it is life-changing. I study it because it is living! But I also study it because it is truly lovely – a literary masterpiece unparalleled. And why wouldn’t it be? Its author is, after all, the God who imagined colors, the God who fashioned the delicate wings of the butterfly, and the God who painted the evening sunset – all through his spoken Word. Could we expect any less grandeur from his written Word as well?

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Melissa has a M.Div. in Women’s Studies from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary and a B.A. in Journalism from Texas A&M University. Melissa and her husband, Jonathan, is helping start a church plant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. They have five-year-old twin boys, Zacharias and Jonah.
Melissa has written a new Bible study: Daughters of the King!
http://www.hiveresources.com

Christina Fox
Following the resurrection, Jesus met Cleopas and another disciple on the road to Emmaus. Not realizing who he was, they told him what had happened in Jerusalem. Jesus responded, “How foolish you are, and how slow to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Did not the Messiah have to suffer these things and then enter his glory?” And He explained to them the Scriptures. And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he explained to them what was said in all the Scriptures concerning himself” (Luke 24:25-27).
I often wonder what that conversation was like for those disciples. All of a sudden, the stories they’d heard their whole life fell into place. From Creation to Moses to David to the prophets, all of Scripture is about Jesus. “He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation. For in him all things were created: things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together” (Colossians 1:15-17).
This is why I study Scripture, to know this Jesus in whom “all things hold together.” He is the exact representation of the invisible God, who took on flesh, lived in this sinful world without sin, was despised and rejected, and died so that I might live. All of Scripture points to him; Jesus is the scarlet thread woven throughout all of God’s Word.
Like reading letters from the one we love, reading Scripture opens my eyes to God’s great love and mercy for me through Jesus Christ. Every year, I go through the Bible from beginning to end, reading the beautiful story of love, a story of sin and redemption, of runaway sinners and a holy God revealing his plan to pursue and bring them back to himself. In finding Jesus in the pages of Scripture, my heart resonates with Cleopas and his friend when they said, “Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?” (Luke 24:32) Because the more I read, the more I see how much I need a Savior and just how great a sacrifice it was when God became man and dwelt among us. “This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins” (1 John 4:10). And the more I study, the more I love him in return.

Christina Fox
Christina, her husband and 2 boys live in Florida. She received a Master’s degree in Counseling Psychology and worked in the counseling field for about eight years before her oldest son was born. She no longer practices as a counselor but spends her time writing for various websites and publications. She is in her third year of homeschooling, a Bible study leader, Sunday school teacher, and facilitates a women’s discipleship group.
http://www.toshowthemjesus.com

Jessalyn Hutto
From my earliest days as a Christian, I was taught the importance of studying the Word of God. My church leaders and mentors stressed the need for me to be a diligent student of my Bible: reading it, memorizing it, meditating on it, and studying it. As I have grown in my walk with the Lord I’ve come to view bible study as less of a discipline and more as a nutritional necessity for my spiritual life. Knowing God, which is the sole purpose of studying his word, is my greatest desire because he is the source of all joy, peace, comfort, and hope. It is for this reason that I continue to come back to my copy of the Word day after day, seeking to understand it properly, and praying for a more complete vision of our holy and wondrous God. His Word is a precious gift to us and we rob ourselves of immense blessing if we don’t seek to mine its depths and understand its content.

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Jessalyn is married to Richard and they have 3 little boys. When her husband graduates from seminary in December they are looking forward to where God leads them in ministry. Her greatest desire is to encourage women to trust in the grace of our Lord and Savior, not only for salvation, but for the strength to daily live a Christ-exalting life.
http://www.desiringvirtue.com

Please share your comments from the following questions:

What do you love about God’s Word and the study of it?

What are you goals for the new year to be in the Word?

Do you follow any specific reading plan?

I would love to connect with you by Facebook, Email or Twitter by clicking the links on the sidebar.

Daughter’s Of The King -A Great New Study

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I am thrilled to share with you a new Bible study, Daughters of the King released today in e-book by my friend, Melissa Deming.

Did you grow up wanting to be the beautiful princess in all the stories, rescued by the handsome, strong king and live forever in the kingdom? Most girls do and I sure did. We were not far from the truth, because in Christ, we truly are a princess, a daughter of the King. Instead of the fairy tale books, we look to the Bible for the story of the true King and His forever Kingdom. We also find in the Bible our story of how we have become a princess, a daughter of the King created in his image to reflect, rule, worship and live in His kingdom with him forever!

When I first received this study to review, I could not put it down. It resonates and reveals the deep need in our heart to know the King and how He created us to know Him as his daughters.

Melissa takes us on an exciting journey through the scriptures around the topic of God’s kingdom and how it applies to women. She begins in Genesis with creation, the fall and the promised King who would come to rescue and restore the kingdom. She continues through the Law, the Prophets, History, and the New Testament Gospels, Acts and the Epistles ending with Revelation.   It is important we see the Bible as one story, His story and only because of Him we have a place in it. Melissa does a great job of this in an easy to understand way but with depth and insight of the scriptures.

This is a much needed study for all women, whether you are new in Christ or have known Him a long time. Melissa shares personal stories, examples and gives helps along the way. She writes in a way that feels like  you are sitting down at her table discussing these great truths over a cup of coffee.

I highly recommend this study!

Today through September 30 you can get the PDF for 30% off with the code FALL13!

So click on the link, download it, get a cup of coffee or tea and dig in! You will love it too!

Here are some additional ways to connect with Melissa and share this wonderful resource:

Visit Melissa at www.hiveresources.com  to learn more about this study. When you subscribe you will receive a free printable workbook!

Like Daughter of the King on Facebook: www.facebook.com/DaughtersoftheKingbook

Find Daughters of the King on Pinterest and see all the great ideas.

Share with your family and friends this great and timely bible study!

Remember you are a chosen, cherished, blessed and equipped Daughter of the King! No longer a fairy tale princess but a real daughter in Christ!

I would love to connect with you on Facebook and email by clicking on the links in the sidebar!

I received this book for free in exchange for my review.

Bible Study Book Giveaway!

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Summer is winding down, kids are going back to school, and it is a time to begin a new Bible study. Sometimes the question is “what do I study” or “where do I begin”? These studies on the giveaway will kick-start your time with the Lord in His Word. Beginning today through Saturday, August 24 I am offering a giveaway of 3 Bible study books by Elizabeth George.

Nurturing a Heart of Humility
This is a character study of Mary, the mother of Jesus. Some key points from the study are:
To walk humbly in good times and bad with a heart fixed on God.
To serve more effectively with a humble heart.
To replace worry with patience by prayerfully waiting on the Lord.

Growing in Wisdom and Faith
This is a study from the book of James. Some key points from the study are:
How you can develop a faith that will remain strong when everyday circumstances get you down.
How you get wisdom that will help you make the right choices in life’s many decisions.
How to pray for the right things.

A Woman’s Walk With God, Growing in the Fruit of the Spirit
This is a study on the Fruit of the Spirit. Some key points from the study are:
How to walk by the Spirit.
Enjoy a closer walk with God and bear much fruit as you surrender your life to Him.
The attitudes, actions and applications of the Fruit of the Spirit.

I believe that Bible study is so important to our walk with the Lord. Being in the Word for yourself is how you learn and grow. I am excited to announce that sometime in September I will be giving away a New Inductive Study Bible, watch for it!

The giveaway will run through midnight, August 24 and the 3 winners will be drawn randomly by clicking the Rafflecopter link below. You can also comment on this post, click “like” on my Facebook page or share on Twitter if you can’t open the link.

I look forward to hearing from you!

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Influenced By Mom and Grandma

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Paul said Timothy’s faith was sincere which means it was genuine, real, true and without hypocrisy. Timothy’s mom was a Jewish believer who followed Jesus and his dad was Greek and probably not a believer. He learned scripture during childhood from his mom and grandma. (2 Timothy 1:5; 3:14-15 and Acts 16:1-3)

Timothy already had a good foundation from his mom and grandma who knew the Word of God when he met Paul. We play a very important role in the spiritual life of our children. No one has more potential for a godly influence on a child than a mom and grandma who love the Lord and His Word above all else.

Like Eunice and Lois we need to teach our children and grandchildren the Scriptures and introduce them to the saving knowledge of Jesus. We can be encouraged to follow their example to guide our children and grandchildren in the Word. We do this exposing them to and reading the Bible to them and most important, living it in front of them. When they see our desire to follow God and His Word in a real way we are teaching and training them.

Don’t be discouraged or worry if the dad is not a believer or not interested in things of God. God’s purpose in your child’s life will be accomplished. God provided Timothy with a grandma and mom to teach him and He brought Paul into his life as his “spiritual father”.

There are no guarantees that if we follow certain steps or formulas our children will come to a sincere faith. We are responsible to follow God, to teach and train our children in His ways.

In His Word we can learn and act upon what He says about being a woman of God. We are reminded in
2 Timothy 3:16-17 that “All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness, so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.”

We are to pray daily for God to empower us by the Holy Spirit to walk faithfully before Him. He tells us in 2 Peter 1:3 that “God’s divine power has given us everything pertaining to life and godliness by the knowledge of Him who called us by His glory and excellence”.

As you go throughout your day interacting with your children talk to them about Jesus, His life and what He has done. Share and live out Scripture with them. Let them know how the Lord has and is currently working in your life. Pray that the Holy Spirit will give you the words to say as you teach and train your children.

Don’t worry, trust God with the results!

I would love to hear from you the things have you done or are currently doing to teach and train your children in the Scripture. We learn from each other as we share ideas.

I would love to connect with you on Facebook, Email or Twitter. The links are on the sidebar.

The Names of God Study-Elohim-The Creator

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Welcome to The Names of God Bible study! Each Wednesday, I will post a name with the scripture reference and we can begin this study together. Each week as you study through the Scripture answer the questions and share your insight here on the blog.

I am looking forward to learning and discussing this study together.

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.
(Last weeks lesson, “Why Study the Names of God?” is in the archives.)

The name of God we will look at this week is Elohim.
This is the Hebrew word for God that appears in the first verse of the Bible.
Elohim is used more than 2,500 times in Scripture and we see it 35 times in the first 35 verses!

Read Genesis 1:1 through 2:4 and notice what you see Elohim doing.

El means mighty one, strong or strength.
The Hebrew ending “im” added to “El” indicates plurality.

What does Deuteronomy 6:4 and 10:17 tell us about only one true God?

The plural ending gives us a picture of the strength and power of the one triune God as seen in Genesis 1:1, 2 and 26.

Read John 1:1-5 and verse 14.

Who is the Word?

What did He do?

It is no mistake that John begins his gospel with the first verse in Genesis. He wants us to see and understand that Jesus, The Word was accomplishing Elohim’s creation.

Also read Colossians 1:15-17 and Hebrews 1:1-3 to see more references to Jesus in creation.

Read and list what you learn about Elohim and what you can apply to your life from Psalm 139.
(It is helpful to ask who, what, where, when, why and how and look for key words)

Verses 1-6 (example: God knows everything about me)

Verses 7-12

Verses 13-18

Verses 23-24

How should you view God and yourself in light of these verses?

Think about what you have just seen, praise Elohim-your Creator who created you, loves you and knows everything about you!

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.”
See the progression in the words created, formed, and made. This leaves little doubt that we were created by a personal God with a clearly defined purpose, God’s glory.

Kay Arthur’s definition of glory is very helpful. She says that “glory” or “glorify” means to give a correct estimate or a proper opinion of. So, we as Elohim’s creatures are to live in such a way that we give a correct opinion to all the world of the character and excellency of Elohim.

John Piper says that the believer’s call to glorify God is not an admonition to do God a favor. It is a command to align our lives with His eternal goal. He created us for His glory. God’s great aim in creating and governing the world is that He be glorified.

What else do you learn in the following verses?
Ephesians 2:8-10

2 Corinthians 5:17

Final thought: Before God made the world God loved us and chose us in Jesus to be holy and blameless. He adopted us into a relationship with Him. He knew before He created us we would sin and need a Savior. Jesus has been the center of God’s plan from before creation and into the future. So, we see Jesus in the names of God. (Ephesians 1)

Reflection and Application

Has this study of Elohim helped you to understand how He has created us for a relationship with Him?

Am I fulfilling the purpose for which Elohim created me?

Since God is my Creator and does not make mistakes it should make a difference in how I view myself and those around me.

What one thing can you apply from this lesson to help you to live Inside Out?

Write out a prayer of confession, thankfulness and praise to Elohim.

Worthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed and were created. Revelation 4:11

No Longer Gullible

Are we so busy preforming and providing programs all in the name of God that we have not had the time to truly study His Word? To not only study, but allow it to change us and those we minister to.

A survey showed that 80 percent of those who went to church and heard the gospel quit going within a few months because they said they saw no difference in the lives of the “Christians” and those who are not.

This is so sad and something that needs to be changed. Why is there no difference between the lives of Christians and non- Christians when we have  many churches that offer every type of program from bible studies to various self-help classes, outreaches, retreats and community service along with Sunday worship?

Do you think that the emphasis is placed upon the wrong thing? Are these programs focusing on what ministers to felt needs,such as physical, emotional, financial and recreational of the people? Have we forgotten their greatest need is spiritual?

In thinking about this I am reminded of 2 Timothy 3:6-7 which follows a list of characteristics in verses 1-5 of people who do not follow God. Verse 5 says they are” holding to a form of godliness, although they have denied its power” and tells us to avoid them. In other words they have their religion and rituals but deny the life changing power of God’s grace. They do not have the relationship that only comes from the Gospel.

Why does it say to avoid them? In verses 6-7 I believe there is a warning to us “For among them are those who enter into households and captivate weak women weighed down with sins, led on by various impulses, always learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.”

When we study it is important that we look at the key words to see what the verse is saying:

Enter:  Literally to creep, to slip in, to enter secretly with methods to entrap. They are continually stealthily sneaking (present tense) into households, creeping in undetected.

Captivate: be taken, conquered, carry off as a prisoner, to get control and influence over.  This is also present tense, which indicates a continual practice.

Weak: is used to describe silly, gullible, vulnerable and foolish woman.  While this term is not meant to describe all women, in context it does describe women who are unusually gullible.  The principle applies generally to all those who are easily led and easily confused.

Led on:  passive voice and indicates the effect of the leading is being exerted by another force, in this case their “impulses” and cravings that determine their conduct.

Learning: to gain knowledge ,understanding of or skill in by study, instruction, or experience. At every opportunity these women are eager to receive instruction. It is in the present tense which emphasizes that this “learning” was their continual pursuit, always seeking instruction, inquiring and getting information, always learning something new and following new teachings.

 Never able: literally not  ever and suggests an abiding inability on the part of these weak willed, gullible women to come to a ” precise and experiential knowledge of the truth” of the Gospel.

In looking at these verses there are some questions we need to ask ourselves and give honest answers.

Have I let false teachers and their teaching creep into my home and life and am I being influenced by them?

Am I “always learning but never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”?

Why do I attend Bible studies?

Am I following a Bible study leader or am I in the Word for myself?

Do I find myself always gaining knowledge but never changing, still weighed down and led on by my own impulses and desires?

It is vital that we spend time truthfully answering these questions because our answers will reveal what is in our heart and what needs to change.

The great news is there is always hope and we find it in 3: 16 ,17

16 All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.

All Scripture is literally “God breathed” and here it lists 4 things that it is profitable for:

Teaching: God’s Word teaches us with absolute authority what is right.

Reproof: It convicts us when we think, say or do something wrong.

Correction: Scripture shows us how to correct what we have done wrong and make it right.

Training in righteousness: The Word of God trains us, showing us how to do it right the first time.

And the result is that we may be, adequate: exactly fitted and equipped: completely qualified so we can accomplish our destined purpose.

I used to be one of those gullible women. I wanted to change and be different but the change would never last. I read the self -help books, watched the talk shows, took classes, attended church and Bible studies faithfully. I learned a lot but  still struggled with and was weighed down my emotions and expectations. Why did I not have lasting change?

It was not until God, by His wonderful grace showed me truth in His Word. How it is all sufficient and powerful. As I began to be consistently in His Word, allowing it to speak to me, He enabled me to apply it and truly change.

Take time to be in the Word for yourself, allowing it to change you by applying it. It is so easy to follow a teacher and learn what God has shown them instead of using them as a guide to take you into the Bible and learn for yourself. In His word we see who God is and who He says you are in Him.

Truly learning and applying the Scripture is the only way not to be gullible and led astray by those who can “creep” into our homes, keeping us in bondage and failure, never truly changing.

God’s Word applied changes us from the Inside Out!

What Is In A Name?

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Have you ever been in a store and ran into someone you are supposed to know and can’t remember their name? Or even more humiliating when you greet someone you thought you knew with a hug only to have them look at you with the deer in the headlight expression on their face and they are thinking “do I know you?”

When we first meet someone it doesn’t bother us they forgot our name but if there is an established relationship, like husband or best friend and they forget our name we can think what happened to this relationship? The closer you are in relationship with someone you know more than just their name, you know them because you spend time with them, desiring to learn about them and growing into a more intimate relationship.The same can be said in our relationship with God. We can develop a deeper relationship and intimacy with Him when we spend time getting to know Him.

O Lord, our Lord, How majestic is Your name in all the earth, Who have displayed Your splendor above the heavens!
(Pslam 8:1)

I have been asking myself do I spend more time making my name known or Gods. I want to magify God and His name, I want to get out of the way! I want my name to magnify Him, to bring Him glory!

God is known by many different names that show His character, power, who He is and what He does. I had a desire to know God more intimately and grown in my relationsihp with Him. He led me to study His names and it was life changing, every one drew me closer to Him as I learned to trust and grow in our relationship.

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

I would love to have you join me in a study of the names of God. Below is just a few thoughts on some of His names and a list of His names we will look at.

Elohim: Creator When I remember that He is the creator of all things then I do not need to struggle with my self- image, I can be thankful for “I am fearfully and wonderfully made” (Psalm 139)

El Elyon: God Most High He is sovereign, He is in charge and He is in control. Knowing this changes our perspective on everything. There is no need to fear what happens in our lives and family. Because He is in charge I can understand that “all things work together for good to those who love God and are called according to His purpose (Romans 8:28).

Abba: Father, Daddy (Romans 8:15-17, Galatian 4:6) He is my perfect father; I can go to him anytime with anything.

Elohim,God, Mighty Creator Genesis 1

El Elyon,God Most High  Genesis 14

El Roi, God Who Sees  Genesis 16

El Shaddai ,God Almighty  Genesis 17

El Olam, The Everlasting God  Genesis 21

Adonai , Lord and Master   Genesis 15

Jehovah,  Self-existent One   Exodus 6

Jehovah-jireh, Lord Will Provide  Genesis 22

Jehovah-rapha, Lord Who Heals  Exodus 15

Jehovah–nissi, The Lord My Banner  Exodus 17

Jehovah-mekoddishkem,  The Lord Sanctifies You  Exodus 31

Jehovah-shalom,The Lord is Peace Judges 6

Jehovah-sabaoth,  The Lord of Hosts   1 Samuel 1

Jehovah-raah,  Lord my Shepherd    Psalm 23

Jehovah-tsidkeneu, Lord our Righteousness   Jeremiah 23

As we take time to get to know God by His names, learn His character and allow it to transform us we will magnify Him.  We will lean to look them up, study them, and pray to God by His name for whatever circumstance we are in. And we will see Jesus shadowed in all these names! We will get to know the God who knows us and loves us with an everlasting love.

It has transformed my perspective, my life and how I pray and I know it will transform you to.

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

Please let me know your thoughts and if you will join me in this study.

If you would like a book to further your study I recommend “Lord I Want To Know You” by Kay Arthur.

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