More than Morsels – There is just something about that name

Our Daily Bread

Our Daily Bread

From the beginning, I was drawn to the discussion about the names of God in Genesis 2:4, and the introduction of the Trinity.

“These are the generations

of the heavens and the earth when they were created,

in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens.”

 

and in Exodus 3:14 when “God said to Moses “I AM WHO I AM”.  

 

And he said, “Say this to the people of Israel, “The Lord, the God of your fathers, the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, has sent me to you. This is my name forever, and thus I am to be remembered throughout all generations. “ (Exodus 3:15,16)  

I find it fascinating that God introduces the Spirit of the Trinity in Genesis 1:2 as he forms the light in Genesis 1:3. The words, and the context in the words, contrast to the beginnings in the first chapter of John, as John powerfully introduces us to the Word. I just love this contrast in bringing the God of all creation, out of the darkness into the light, with the Trinity; God, the Spirit, and the Word.

“The earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” (Genesis 1:2)

 

“In the beginning was the Word and the Word was with God and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not anything made that was made. In him was life, and the life was the light of men. (John 1:1-4)

 

“And God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. (Genesis 1:3)  

Not having studied the personal names of God in their Hebrew form leaves me somewhat apprehensive regarding their use. So for the present time my own preference is to stay in simple context with the many names of God; while at the same time, acknowledging they are as infinite as Himself.

 

THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT THAT NAME: “His name (is) JESUS, for it is He who will save His people from their sins.” (Mt 1:21) “There is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12) “God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name that at the name of Jesus and in which every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philp 2:9-11) “These things have been written that you may believe that JESUS is the Christ (Messiah), the Son of God; and that believing you may have life in His name.” (Jn 20:31) “Whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life.” (Jn 3:16) “He who believes in Him is not judged.” (Jn 3:18) “Believe in the name of His Son Jesus Christ.” (1Jn 3:23) “As many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name.” (Jn 1:12) “Everyone who believes in Him receives forgiveness of sins.” (Acts 10:43) “He who believes in Him Who justifies the ungodly, his faith is reckoned as righteousness.” (Ro 4:5) “He who believes in Him will not be disappointed (or be ashamed).” (Ro 9:33, 10:11, 1Pe 2:6) “Do you believe in the Son of Man?” (Jn 9:35) “Believe in the Lord Jesus, and you shall be saved, you and your household.” (Acts 16:31) “These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, in order that you may know that you have eternal life.” (1Jn 5:13)

 

As I read these words and the contrasting scriptures it is without my own words that the majesty of God’s names can be described as He breathes life, His life, into the names and allows us the privilege to know Him as we delve into the infinite depth of their meaning. Gods’ names transcends into more than just believing in the name, but also believing in all the name represents.   ~Amen :Y

He is our all in all. (Colossians 3) 

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” (Colossians 3:17)

 

Conversations with God ~ It is a Matter of Heart

Conversations of the Heart

Conversations of the Heart

Often when I think and speak of my blessed Savior I cannot help but describe him in metaphors of “Heart” language, for that is where I sense him most. And I notice also throughout His word, that He too delights in the use of this metaphoric “Heart” language.

I was thinking how it was that he first pursued my heart ~ and now, all I desire to do is pursue His own. So delightful is this Sovereign Savior~ He makes me smile in his joy ~

So we first ask that he create in us a clean heart, a pure heart. (Psalm 51:10) Then we ask that he open the eyes of that heart, for it is our deepest desire to fully see Him. Our soul so longingly desires the fullness of his righteousness in the opening of our hearts to see His own.

So it is that we pray to know the mystery of his will…

“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of him, having the eyes of your hearts enlightened, that you may know what is the hope to which he has called you……” (Ephesians 1:17-18)

God has laid up spiritual blessings for us in his Son the Lord Jesus; but requires us to draw them out and fetch them in by prayer. Even the best Christians need to be prayed for: and while we hear of the welfare of Christian friends, we should pray for them. Even true believers greatly want heavenly wisdom. Are not the best of us unwilling to come under God’s yoke, though there is no other way to find rest for the soul? Do we not for a little pleasure often part with our peace? And if we dispute less, and prayed more with and for each other, we should daily see more and more what is the hope of our calling, and the riches of the Divine glory in this inheritance. It is desirable to feel the mighty power of Divine grace, beginning and carrying on the work of faith in our souls. But it is difficult to bring a soul to believe fully in Christ, and to venture its all, and the hope of eternal life, upon his righteousness. Nothing less than Almighty power will work this in us. Here is signified that it is Christ the Savior, who supplies all the necessities of those who trust in him, and gives them all blessings in the richest abundance. And by being partakers of Christ himself, we come to be filled with the fullness of grace and glory in him. How then do those forget themselves who seek for righteousness out of him! This teaches us to come to Christ. And did we know what we are called to, and what we might find in him, surely we should come and be suitors to him. When feeling our weakness and the power of our enemies, we most perceive the greatness of that mighty power which effects the conversion of the believer, and is engaged to perfect his salvation. Surely this will constrain us by love to live to our Redeemer’s glory.
(Ephesians 1:15-23) Mathew Henry

~Amen :Y

Vessels of Abundant Life

Vessels Ministry - Abundant Tree of Life

O Christ, in Thee my soul hath found
And found in Thee alone,
The peace, the joy I sought so long,
The bliss till now unknown.

I sighed for rest and happiness,
I yearned for them, not Thee;
But while I passed my Saviour by,
His love laid hold of me.

Now none but Christ can satisfy,
None other name for me;
There’s love, and life, and lasting joy,
Lord Jesus, found in Thee.
—Author unknown

“I have been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ who lives in me. And the life I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who love me and gave himself for me.
(Galatians 2:20)