Good morning. It is Wednesday, August 11, 2021
I recently interviewed Elena on Better Life Today. She is an American citizen but comes from Romania. Her story is one of struggle, hunger and sadness. But is also one of intense love and trust in God.
She told me of the times in grade school where her teachers mocked her and called her ‘an idiot child’ for believing in God. And not just one teacher, but several. In fact most of her early school years were filled with punishment for believing in God, teachers mocking and children laughing, all because she believed in her Creator. It is so sad, and yet, it did not deter her. Her faith is some of the strongest I have seen, and God has rewarded that faith in miraculous ways repeatedly.
I was reminded of the verse in Philippians. One day, regardless if you believe now or not, every knee will bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord!
“Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians 2:9-12 ESV
Satan has people blinded and distracted. He is the father of liars and he loves when we believe the lies that are whispered in our ears. If only people could see who and what God really is.
God is love 1 John 4:8
God is merciful Deuteronomy 7:9
God is forgiving Micah 7:18
God is faithful 1 John 1:9
The list goes on and on.
God has names and titles that give us a clear understanding of who He is.
My favorite is Abba! It translates: Daddy. Think about that! He is not just God the Father, He is our Daddy. Such a deep, personal relationship He longs to have with you and me.
I would be here all day typing, and you would be there all day reading, if I attempted to list all of his names and titles, but the website www.christiananswers.net has listed 950 names of God!
I had a few titles in my lifetime. My first few titles were daughter, granddaughter, and niece. I was girlfriend, fiancé, wife, mother, neighbor, aunt, DJ, receptionist, lead singer, worship leader, News Director, great aunt and grandmother. Co-worker, Host, Director, and soon-to-be Producer. We all have names and titles, but nothing compared to God!
God has hundreds and hundreds of names and titles. I want to look at just a few.
The self-existent One. He has always existed and will always exist. You can always rely on Him because He is your eternal source of strength.
(Genesis 2:4, Isaiah 40:3; 10; 1 Samuel 1:20; Exodus 6:1-4, 3:1-22)
God is the Lord over all. He is the King of kings and the Lord of lords, He reigns forever. Therefor you find safety in Him and Him alone.
(Genesis 15:2, Judges 6:15, Malachi 1:6, Deuteronomy 10:17; Psalm 2:4, 8:1, 97:5, 136:3; Isaiah 1:24, 6:1; Romans 10:9)
The Lord your sanctifier. He forgives your sins and His Holy Spirit works in your life to become like He is: pure, loving and true.
(Exodus 31:13, Leviticus 20:8; Ezekiel 37:28)
The Lord my shepherd. He cares for you the way a shepherd tends his sheep. He cares for you and leads you to still waters and green pastures.
(Psalm 23, 80:1, 95:7, Isaiah 40:11, Jeremiah 31:10, Ezekiel 34:12, 23)
The Lord who is present. He never leaves you, nor forsakes you. He is with you forever. Your best friend, who never betrays you.
(Ezekiel 48:35, Genesis 28:15, Ezekiel 48:35, Psalm 23:4, 46:1, 139:7-12, Jeremiah 23:23-24, Amos 5:14)
The Lord our healer. “By His stripes we are healed” declares the Bible. Jesus Christ died to give you life. Not only was God the healer in the Old Testament, but Jesus Christ revealed the healing heart of God for all of us, more than ever.
(Exodus 15:26, Exodus 15:26, 2 Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 6:2, 41:4, 103:3, 147:3, Isaiah 19:22, 30:36, 57:18-19, Jeremiah 3:22; 17:14, 30:17)
The Lord our righteousness. When we believe in Jesus Christ, He becomes our righteousness. He forgives our sins and washes us with His blood.
(Jeremiah 23:6, Genesis 15:6, Jeremiah 23:6, Psalm 4:1, 5:8, 24:5, 31:1, 36:10, 71:15, 89:16)
The Lord will provide. Jesus Christ said that the Father cares for us and we never need to worry about provision. He is our source of life, in every way.
The Lord our banner. The Lord gives us the victory in spiritual warfare. When the enemy comes in like a flood, the Lord raises a banner of His love over us and covers us. He wages war on our behalf and makes us more than conquerors in Christ Jesus.
The Lord is peace. Whenever there are storms in your life, hide in Him. He is your shelter in the storm. He gives peace beyond understanding, even when circumstances are chaotic. He is our shelter and our shield.
The Lord of Hosts. The Bible mentions myriads of angels, who wage war against the armies of hell, who try to destroy mankind. Jesus Christ is the Lord of hosts, the Captain of the armies of heaven.
(Isaiah 6:1-3, 1 Samuel 1:3, 17:45; 2 Samuel 6:2, 7:26-27; 1 Chronicles 11:9; Haggai 1:5)
The God of Recompense. The Lord says in Romans 12 “vengeance is mine, I will repay.” We should never avenge others for what they do to us but leave it in God’s hands.
God is creator, powerful and mighty, Lord of lords. He is the Lord Most High, stronger and mightier than anyone or anything. When you face impossible circumstances or adversaries know that your God is stronger.
(Gen. 1:1, 17:7, Ps 19:1 Jer. 31:33)
The most high God. Do not fear the enemy who tries to intimidate you. Know that your God is the Most High God. There is none above Him. Jesus Christ is exalted high above every name.
(Genesis 14:17-20, Deuteronomy 26:19, Isaiah 14:13-14)
Mighty God. The Lord is mighty to save. His arm is not too short. Whatever problem you are facing, know that your God is El-Gibhor, MIGHTY!
The everlasting God. God is eternal, while your problems are temporary. His love will never change. His promises are true. Build on Him, who is eternal and do not focus on your temporary situations. He will show you His great and eternal goodness.
The strong one who sees. When you feel lonely and abandoned by people, know that God is with you. He sees you and He knows you. He hears the cry of your heart, and He loves you more than you can imagine. he will lead you through and fill your heart with His praise.
God Almighty, the mighty One of Jacob. God is not just another ‘god’ like the countless idols. He truly is the Almighty Creator of heaven and earth.
(Gen. 17:1, 49:24, Ps. 91:1, 132:2, 5)
God of knowledge. Wisdom comes from the Lord. Man tries to become wise apart from God, ut ends up in foolishness. When we fear God and keep His commandments, to love one another, we will know Him as He is and His wisdom will guide us.
(1 Samuel 2:3; Romans 11:33-36; 1 Cor. 1:18-31)
The Ancient of Days. God is eternal. He was before the beginning of time. Therefor He has all authority. Every knee bows before Him.
(Daniel 7:9, 13, 14) (source www.Godisreal.today)
Keep this list handy. When you are feeling down, helpless, angry, unloved, turn to this list of names and SEE and KNOW who God is in your life.
I will leave you with 2 Chronicles 7:14 “if my people who are called by my name humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” ESV
He is calling you, by HIS NAME. Answer today and be blessed.