The Name Of God

What is the name of God? What is God’s name?

Our Father in Heaven…

When you meet someone you usually refer to them by name. If you have never met them before you usually ask them their name so that when you address them or want to get their attention you can; just by saying their name. They know that you are speaking to them specifically.

What about God?

Almighty Father….

For those of us who believe that God is, how do we get his ‘attention’ when we want to speak to him specifically?

More importantly, do we know whether our way of addressing him is indicative of our present desire?  For instance, is there a hint to him when we say “Father” rather than “Almighty God”? i.e. Do we want God to hear us and be with as Father, when we are desirous of the Almighty God in our current situation?

O Almighty God…

In whatever way, and by whatever name, when we pray or talk to God we must remember that the name of God is….Holy.

Whether we are addressing Him as friend, lover, saviour, deliverer, teacher, healer, or god, we MUST remember and be conscious in our hearts that his name is holy.

 

A Prayer

“Eternal God help us to know you and your name.  Help us, O Father, to know you to whom we pray, and to whom we talk in our distress, and joy.  In so doing Holy Lord, make us more aware of your holiness and the holiness of your name.  Amen.”

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Genesis

Origin.

Genesis speaks of Origin.

Who are you? What is your origin?

Answer: One “Created/Chosen in Christ Jesus before the foundation of the Earth.” Ephesians 1:4

Therefore, born of, or a child of, the Creator, God. Origin of His ‘mind’ as is, say, a work of Art comes from the mind of the Artist. A ‘chosen’ instrument for His purpose. His workmanship. His “handiwork”:

“For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].” Ephesians 2:10

God is our root source, our beginning…i.e. our Father.

Genesis. We came into being….

The genesis of something is its beginning, birth , or creation.

Jermiah 1:5

Prayer

Life giving Spirit

Breathe in us new life

You are our genesis

Our Christ.

Obedience

Somewhere it is written “Obey God and Live, curse God and Die.”

At school, once in detention for a misdemeanor, the Teacher taking detention gave us this quote for our “lines”.  It is also from the Bible:  “To obey is better than sacrifice and to hearken than the fat of rams.”   We had to write it a hundred times.

Obedience applies in all areas of life.  From exercise regimes to walking or driving safely and even eating and drinking practices.   It IS better, and easier, to obey to – -hearken- – than to try to make amends after disobeying.   Sometimes we do not get the chance to rectify the outcome of the disobedience; or cannot.

That is the ‘death’.  That is when we die.

 

 

 

Psalm 34

I will bless the Lord at all times; his praise shall ever be in my mouth.

I will glory in the Lord; let the humble hear and rejoice.

Proclaim with me the greatness of the Lord; let us exalt his name together.

I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me out of all my terror.

Look upon him and be radiant, and let not your faces be ashamed.

I called in my affliction and the Lord heard me and saved me from all troubles.

The angel of the Lord encompasses those who fear him, and he will deliver them.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; happy are they who trust in him!

Fear the Lord, you that are his saints, for those who fear him lack nothing.

The young lions lack and suffer hunger, but those who seek the Lord lack nothing that is good.

Come, children, and listen to me; I will teach you the fear of the Lord.

Who among you loves life and desires long life to enjoy prosperity?

Keep your tongue from evil-speaking and your lips from lying words.

Turn from evil and do good; seek peace and pursue it.

The eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their cry.

The face of the Lord is against those who do evil, to root out the remembrance of them from the earth.

The righteous cry, and the Lord hears them and delivers them from all their troubles.

The Lord is near to the broken hearted and will save those whose spirits are crushed.

Many are the troubles of the righteous, but the Lord will deliver him out of them all.

He will keep safe all his bones; not one of them shall be broken.

Evil shall slay the wicked, and those who hate the righteous will be punished.

The Lord ransoms the life of his servants, and none shall be punished who trust in him.

 

We Await His Coming In Glory

Psalm 27:1

The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom then shall I fear?  the Lord is the strength of my life; of whom then shall I be afraid?

Repeat this until you know and UNDERSTAND this proclamation of faith in the Lord.

One verse.

Three definitive attributes: light, salvation, strength.

When you have affirmed this truth, of those who belong to the Lord, daily in your home and life  you will also come to the point where “We await his coming in glory” is more than a sentence, more than a ‘desperate hope’, more than something we say during the Eucharist.  You will come to the realization that He is here.

He is with you.

Emmanuel.

God with us.

Ever-present, Omnipresent One, God and SAVIOUR.

 

Have no fear, God is there.

For This Purpose

“For this purpose came Christ Jesus into the world……”

Many have spoken on Jesus’ purpose for entering the world in flesh. The one purpose that I mainly hold to, which may very well encompass them all, is:  “…to undo the works of the Devil.”

So what or who is “the Devil”?  And what are its “works”?

You can make your own list.  Just be sure that Christ Jesus came into the world to undo its works, by His death and resurrection.  That is the victory.  That is the undoing.

By his death AND resurrection Christ Jesus defeated forever all the ‘works’ of the devil.  Therefore we have no fear, because we have nothing to fear as sons and heirs of the kingdom of God.  We have authority and we have power.

“For God has not given us a spirit  of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.”  And what God has given to us in Christ Jesus no man or devil can take from us.  We can relax.  We can be at peace.  Because we KNOW that “For this purpose…. .”

Have a good life.  Walk in the light.  Live the victory.

 

Related:

The Church And The World (Pastor Jack Hyles)

For This Cause  (The Church Of Jesus Christ Of Latter-Day Saints)

That Time Of Year

It is that time of year when we think of how great the preceding months have been.  Or, maybe how trying.

We think of all the people who have helped us, protected us, loved us.  We think of all the jobs successfully completed.  Of all the work we meant to do or tried to do that really did not happen.  We think of the pleasures and pleasurable moments.  We think of the fun and the laughter; yes, and the confusion and doubt that some people and situations posed for us.  All in all, we think of the calendar year now closing and the one about to begin as a teaching experience.

What did we learn?  What shall we learn?  Of ourselves and of others?

Perhaps we learned something more about God.  About His patience and ours.  About His love and ours.  About trust, obedience, self-control, dealing with fear.  About the strangeness of how “…all things work together for good to them who love God; who are the called according to His purpose.”

In learning more about God we learn about goodness (God is good), about holiness (Be ye holy for I am Holy, saith the Lord), about the efficacy of truth (the True and Faithful witness – the God of Truth), about the power of love (God is love).  As we learn to practice goodness, being Holy in thought and mind, being truthful, brotherly love, – we learn to be more who God wants us to be.

It is that time of year when we give thanks – REGARDLESS- because we KNOW we have a reason to REJOICE.

May our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ so shine in our heart and life that we bring peace and comfort where it is needed, in accordance with His will and purpose.