"Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need."  Hebrews 4:16

Man Praying

Man PrayingBelow are 18 names of God with their meanings.  Also included are their pronunciations.  There are more but too many would be overwhelming.  God is so Good.

1. YAHWEH-TSIDKENU [yah-way-tzid-kay-noo]: “The Lord Our Righteousness”
2. YAHWEH-ROHI [yah-way-roh-hee]: “The Lord Our Shepherd”
3. YAHWEH-NISSI [yah-way-nee-see]: “The Lord Our Banner”
4. EL-OLAM [el-oh-lahm]: “Everlasting God”
5. EL, ELOAH [el, el-oh-ah]: God “mighty, strong, prominent”
6. EL SHADDAI [el-shah-dahy]: “God Almighty,” “The Mighty One of Jacob”
7. ADONAI [ˌædɒˈnaɪ; ah-daw-nahy]: “Lord”
8. YHWH / YAHWEH / JEHOVAH [yah-way / ji-hoh-veh]: “LORD”
9. YAHWEH-SHAMMAH [yah-way-sham-mahw]: “The Lord Is There”
10. YAHWEH-JIREH [yah-way-ji-reh]: “The Lord Will Provide”
11. YAHWEH-RAPHA [yah-way-raw-faw]: “The Lord Who Heals”
12. YAHWEH-M’KADDESH [yah-way-meh-kad-esh]: “The Lord Who Sanctifies, Makes Holy”
13. YAHWEH-SHALOM [yah-way-shah-lohm]: “The Lord Our Peace”
14. YAHWEH-ELOHIM [yah-way-el-oh-him]: “LORD God”
15. ELOHIM [el-oh-heem]: God “Creator, Mighty and Strong”
16. EL ROI [el-roh-ee]: “God of Seeing”
17. YAHWEH-SABAOTH [yah-way-sah-bah-ohth]: “The Lord of Hosts”
18. EL ELYON [el-el-yohn]: “Most High”


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Exotic Birds

As Christians, we all want to be more like Jesus. One very good way to help us along that journey is speaking aloud His Word and applying it into our lives (Positive Affirmations). As I was having time with the Lord this morning, I spoke some of these things over my life as I read in the book of Proverbs. Speaking aloud the Word of God is very powerful. Using the Word to bless your family and your own life can stir the heart of God. He wants to bless us and what better way to receive His blessing than to speak His Word over our lives.

As we read Proverbs it’s helpful to remember what God says in 2 Corinthians 5:21, “God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” Keeping in mind that we are “the righteousness of God in Christ” will help us understand how God sees us as “blameless” because of what Jesus did for us on the cross and how He makes these affirmations come alive in our hearts and minds. We can begin from the moment our child or grandchild is born speaking the Word of God to them. And it’s never to late to begin reading it aloud to ourselves.

1.   I am a person of understanding and will hold my tongue. (Proverbs 11:12b)
2.   I am a trustworthy person and can keep a secret. (Proverbs 11:13b)
3.   I will commit to the Lord whatever I do and He will establish my plans. (Proverbs 16:3)
4.   I will not hold pride in my heart nor have a haughty spirit for pride goes before destruction and a haughty spirit before a fall. I will not fall. (Proverbs 16:18)
5.   I will avoid strife and quarreling. (Proverbs 19:3)
6.   I will not pay back a wrong for a wrong. I will wait for the Lord to avenge me. (Proverbs 20:22)
7.   I will not close my ears to the cries of the poor. (Proverbs 21:13a)
8.   I will pursue righteousness and love so that I may find life, prosperity and honor. (Proverbs 21:21)
9.   I will have a cheerful heart because it is good medicine. (Proverbs 17:22a)
10. I will fear the Lord that I may have a secure fortress and it will be a refuge for my children. (Proverbs 14:26)

Of course there are so many more affirmations and inspirations in the book of Proverbs but this list will be a start and perhaps you would enjoy searching out more of God’s Word to speak into the lives of your family. You may be surprised to find out what powerful changes God will make in your life when you do this one simple thing.


I AM the oldest book in existence, having outlived the storms of thirty centuries. Men have endeavored by every means possible to banish me from the face of the earth. They have hidden, torn, burnt, reviled and despised me, and have done to death tens of thousands of my faithful witnesses. Indeed no other book has been more bitterly hated, no other book has been more dearly cherished; no other book has been so misrepresented and misunderstood. Nevertheless, today, while many of my foes slumber in death, I still live on.

It is not for me to speak of the conflicting creeds laid to my charge, but on behalf of the one true purpose of my Revered Author, I appeal to reason. Look at the stately trees of the forest, the living green of the meadows bespangled by a thousand lovely flowers, the singing birds that delight themselves amid the beauties of nature, the blue dome of heaven, illumined by the sun, moon and stars that space out a universe too immense for man to fathom. And know that the Creator of these things has a wise and loving purpose equally great and beautiful on behalf of man. Here is revealed within my covers a chain of testimony, which gives evidence of a plan so broad and a design so deep as to be beyond the power or human origin.

My story centers around the dear Redeemer, who “by the grace of God tasted death for every man”. Based upon this atoning sacrifice, all the dead will be raised, and the whole earth made glorious with life and happiness everywhere, without a trace of sorrow, pain or death. My message has blessed every follower of Jesus. It has inspired them with hope, encouraged them to zeal, comforted them in sorrow and strengthened them in faith until they have laid down their all in death, awaiting their grand reward. Like the crystal springs from the mountain side which flow on and on to refresh the luxuriant verdure on the plain below, so in the glad day now dawning, the waters of truth will impart its life-giving blessings to the willing and obedient of humanity, who will forever with one sweet accord, praise, love and adore my Beloved Author.


I had no trouble finding the footpath.  It was overgrown with weeds but still discernible.  The old house where I used to live was still there too.  For the first time in over forty years, I stepped onto the path that led to my best friend, Sue’s house.  We had met when we were two-years old.  I remembered that first day, her indignation when I “twirled” on her recently buried parakeet’s grave.  That day her big brother decapitated my doll and my grandmother who ran a doll hospital (yes really) had her turn to be indignant. 

When we were about 12, we met again as neighbors on a rural road.  Only God could have made that happen.  I don’t believe in coincidence.  We forged the footpath then from my house to hers.  I closed my eyes and saw her long brown hair flying in the wind as she ran to meet me halfway so I would not have to walk alone in the dark.   

I opened my eyes and continued down the footpath inviting the past to accompany me.  My memories were of boys and bikes, horses and ’57 Chevy’s, whispered secrets and two young girls blissfully giggling for no apparent reason.  As I trailed around the old fence, and wound my way across an empty field, I recalled the Sundown Drive-In Theater where we both worked when we were teenagers.  I often wish that old drive-in was still there and not forgotten.  The memories are still alive though and always will be for me.

The path ended abruptly at Sue’s front porch. But, Sue didn’t live there anymore. Like me, she had grown up, been married and moved away. I stood looking at the house remembering the love, warmth and welcome I had received there when I could not find it in my own home.  When one of us called, the other one answered without fail. Then, turning my back on the past I slowly retraced my steps to my car.  As I walked, it occurred to me that though distance sometimes separates us, in our hearts Sue and I still never let one another walk alone in the dark.  My friend is very ill now and has lost many of her memories.  At times, it feels like I’m walking alone but I only have to remember that Jesus is always with me and will make sure that even though I may be alone, I’m never in the dark.

Jesus is the light of the world.  He lights our paths in many ways…many times through a parent, a spouse, a minister or even a stranger, sometimes by giving us the gift of an extraordinary friendship.  One day, Sue and I will no longer be apart and there will be no dark footpaths.  She will remember everything and we will walk together on streets of finest gold enlightened by The Glory of God. 

“This is my commandment: Love each other in the same way I have loved you. There is no greater love than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” (John 15:12-13)


 

(I didn’t write this myself and I’ve had it so long I can’t remember where I heard it but I thought it might be well-worth posting here.)

Do you worry that you don’t deserve to go to Heaven because you have a sin problem?  Ask yourself this:  Say you’re in an automobile accident and break a leg and a few ribs. What would you do?

a) Ignore the problem and hope it goes away by itself?

b) Try to solve it yourself before going to the doctor?

c) Go to the doctor immediately, knowing that you can’t fix it on your own?

Many people are waiting for the day they’ll finally be “ready” to get right with God.  They might choose b.  However, the Bible teaches that “now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation” (2 Corinthians 6:2).

If today is the day, how can I be saved?

The Bible says “God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).  If there were any other way to save us, would God have sacrificed His only beloved Son, Jesus?  Referring to Jesus, the Bible states “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by whom we must be saved” (Acts 4:12). Jesus Himself said, “I am the truth, the way and the life; no one comes to the Father except by me” (John 14:6).

To be saved and go to Heaven, you must repent of your sins, believe in and accept Jesus. You do this with a prayer of surrender, such as this:  “Lord, I know I am a sinner and need your forgiveness. Thank you for sending your Son to die on the cross in my place. I repent and I trust You now as my Lord and Savior. Make me the person you want me to be. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”

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