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There are two trees in our garden of Eden.. two ways of looking at life. A choice we make every day, in every situation. One is the “Tree of Knowledge”, representing the earthly point of view and the other is the “Tree of Life” representing the spiritual view. Since the fall of Adam, we have been born under the tree of knowledge. Each passing year our knowledge seems to grow exponentially and we wonder how we would survive without this tree. We experience and learn the “facts” of our physical world and believe these as truth.. and many worship this tree of knowledge.
However, the other choice is the “Tree of Life”… God’s point of view. The real spiritual truth of every situation. Consider these examples- Think of Mary pregnant with Jesus. Those under the tree of knowledge saw an unmarried young woman to be scorned. Those under the Tree of Life knew she carried the savior of the world. Those with knowledge saw a mere boy with a slingshot walk before an armored giant and sneered. Those under the tree of life danced as David sneered back. From the tree of knowledge, sickness is a fact of life to be treated with our current barrage of medicines. From the tree of life, it is an attack of our enemy to be handled with spiritual authority.
Imagine you are standing under the tree of knowledge and think of any situation. Looking with your earthly eyes, what are the “facts” as mankind views it? what is the cause and how do we attempt to solve it? Now mentally draw a line at your feet and step across it, transitioning to under the tree of life with God. Now looking at that same situation with Heaven’s eyes, what do you see differently? What are the true “facts” of the situation.. and what is its purpose? Ahh, do you notice another subtle difference? Under the tree of knowledge, most things have a random cause and need to be fixed.. where under the tree of life, these same things were purposed and have a goal.
So which view do you chose? or is your life a mix of both? Consider the truth of our being children of God and our “freewill” that He will not override. Do we choose our view of the “truth” and our world complies? Lets look at one more situation.. a job promotion that has not yet come. The tree of man’s knowledge would say that you do not deserve that position or someone is cheating you. Think of Joseph in jail for years waiting for his destiny in Egypt to save his people. If, in your freewill, you chose to never view a situation through spiritual eyes, then do you miss the fruit God had for you there? Must He keep creating these situations trying to reach you?
If there is a God, then He is magnificent and entirely permeates our existence. If we believe His word that we are His beloved children, then we know He has our every situation in His mighty hand with an answer that brings us to absolute joy and victory through Christ. Practice purposely stepping under His tree of life to find that answer. Feel Jesus just over your shoulder, putting His arms around you and looking with you at your day. Accept, trust and rest in His absolute authority, absolute control and absolute love!! Ask Him to renew your mind to view life from under the tree of life, having complete faith that every situation contains wonderful fruit for you from His hand.
by Deborah Cassell ~ On Google
Whence God sendeth forth his angels, the Devil sendeth forth his demons
What goes through your mind each day?
Do you believe the bible? Truly?? then what follows must be truth..
that there truly are angels & demons here among us that we can’t see
that each belongs to a great army.. and they are very much at war
and everyone has at least 1 of each assigned to them, with them each day
these “beings” watch & know our ways.. and make suggestions to us
and are also constantly talking to everyone else in our lives
sadly it seems most believe these added “thoughts” are their own??
The demons want to confuse & worry us
to think we are stupid, helpless & bad, to loose touch with reality & others
The angels want to clarify us, help us find solid ground & grow in God’s peace
a happy or disturbed life.. it depends on which “thoughts” you believe
as when your life on earth ends, you will be joining one of their armies..
So your day.. every thought in your mind is either yours
or a thought suggested by one of the angels or the demons
the running conversation in your mind is a combo of all 3..
your daily environment (every one around you) is affected by all 3
Does not the bible/God tell us that-
The devil “talked” to Eve.. that he ALWAYS tempts us, tries to stumble us
That God “talks” to you.. and that He sends angels to protect us and
instructs us repeatedly to wear His armor to fend off the demon’s attacks!
Aren’t we to believe God’s instructions? to recognize & resist the devil!
Ok.. so imagine you are the demon assigned to confuse, worry & waylay you..
anything to ruin your day.. make you fail.. keep your mind fuddled
what do we worry about? what makes us unhappy, guilty, mean, or confused?
what would be the best way to do this TO YOU?? what messes you up most?
Lets watch them work on a man.. young & married with kids..
how would the demon ruin his life? make it really tough every day?
so lets see what fun the demons can have..
First cause strife in his marriage-
his wife is tired from working & looking after kids.. fixing dinner & the house
her demon keeps her mind busy so she forgets her makeup & his kiss
suggests to him that the new gal at work is cute.. suggests to her to wink at him
shows him his single buddies going out after work.. suggests to one to invite him
suggests to him that life would be more fun without the harried wife & noisy kids
The angel suggests- that she is tired and has much to do.. help her
that he loves his kids, that he is committed to her & his marriage
the demon suggests he is & should feel guilty about the thoughts HE gave him?
then the demon suggests he needs a drink.. or 2.. or 3!
the angel whispers-no.. don’t.. it will makes things worse.. go help her
what does the man do?
Then the demons attack him on all sides.. really make him feel alone-
suggests to his boss that he is being lazy.. to check up on his work often
keeps the man’s mind on other worries so he messes up on projects
keeps him distracted as he lays down something, so he forgets where it is
tells him his family never appreciated him, tempt all to argue & separate
suggests he needs a crutch.. and interrupt or guilt any thought of God ‘s help
especially convince him that demons aren’t real..
that his problems are all others faults.. or better yet, his own!
the demon will try to distract you.. like have a friend to call to interrupt
or else keep tons of junk suggestions running through your head
so you miss something important.. you dont hear or see what what needs to be done
now you feel guilty.. you didnt make that birthday call.. you forgot to stop & get milk
now your spouse hears her demon’s suggestions that you are non-caring..
you hear yourself saying- no I was busy.. your demon says your wife is a pain
you & wife argue.. you go to bed not speaking..
the demons grins ear to ear.. their job well done for the day
how can they get you best? you know you & so do they.. what are your “buttons”?
is it money? do you need more? are you underpaid? do your bills pile high?
how about your weight & loving food- is that loved snack a guilt to bear?
or pride- are you smarter than others.. or does your neighbor have more?
too busy- no time for loved ones, always just one more riddle to solve
feel insecure- scared not pretty, not smart, not capable
bad relationships- are you unworthy of love? are you jealous?
thoughts of freedom vs duties? so shirk responsibility.. drink.. carouse
oh what circles the demons can run us in!! and they know this game well
even every good act can become bad.. like a pride badge to wear?
and the demons especially love to twist these in your mind..
busy-ness befuddles.. guilt, anger, jealousy, pride beat us down
how easily we fall listening to the demons chatter.. STOP NOW!!
PLEASE WAKE UP PEOPLE! THIS IS NO FAIRYTALE!
KNOW- 2 others are whispering in your ear.. in everyones! with good & bad ideas
KNOW- these are OTHER beings.. REAL beings.. with other motives.. REAL motives!!
KNOW- you are never alone.. every person/soul is important to them.. EVERYONE
KNOW- we will become like them too.. we WILL join one of their armies..
WHOSE suggestions are you listening to? Do you know which ideas are yours alone?
HOW does your day usually go?
HOW would it go if you knew this to be true? if you sifted these suggestions
and acted as YOU decide.. knowing your thoughts are NOT all yours..
don’t feel guilty or super smart for your thoughts.. these were probably theirs
Ask God for discernment and protection.. think clearly.. listen for the angels
the demon’s suggestions will ruin you.. recognize them.. and cast them out!
Worth repeating from another writing-
Lastly, did you know it is written that God brags on your faith in heaven? And that Jesus prays for you to make it through your daily trails. And also that the Holy spirit speaks for you to God when you don’t even know how or what to ask for? They all truly know how tough it is living here. Is this real? Oh yes. Knock on the door today. Just tell Jesus your heart and ask him to cover your sins as He promised.. then go talk to your Father. Ask Him first to build your faith.. then ask for the Spirit’s instruction, wisdom & discernment. Open your ears to the angels & close them to the demons. Your are a conqueror by faith! Choose to live in Eden by truly being joined daily with your God, who has a plan for you & promised you your heart’s desires!
Suggested readings on this topic- The Bible!! and also
The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis & The Final Quest by Rick Joyner
by Deborah Cassell ~ On Google
—Work had been piling up for months and with the current conflicts in my personal life, I was feeling more overwhelmed with each passing week. I kept trudging forward, but I lost all contact with the joy and peace I normally felt. I was truly looking forward to Easter, but that week turned into another nightmare. I only mentally aknowledged Good Friday.. The day my Lord suffered and died for us all. I wanted to let him know how much I cared, but I couldn’t clear my head. Things were all out of kilter. By Easter Sunday I was totally lost. Even tho my children are grown, I had never failed to have an Easter Basket on their porch.. until this one. Nothing was right.. I had failed myself, my kids and my Lord.
—I always have the granbabe on Saturday night, and the time change didn’t help that Sunday morning rush. We hurried to the early church service so that we could get to lunch and the Easter Egg hunt at mom’s. We were a tad late and his Sunday School class was gone? I took him into the main service. I barely heard the opening songs as I closed my eyes and prayed for my Lord to meet me there. The grandbabe soon became restless and I ended up leaving early for the sake of the others. No, nothing was going right.. As I dropped him off at my daughters, I realized it was not quite 11am and I could still make the regular service at my old church just up the street. I just had to worship my Lord on his triumphant day.. the day he arose and gave me my life. I gratefully pulled in the lot.
—The service was full of song and the sermon meaningful. I couldn’t keep my hands from reaching heavenward as I felt his spirit fill the room. I was there for him and he knew it! As I walked out, a girl in the foyer handed me one of several gift bags there for visitors. I headed for moms and we all enjoyed a great lunch and the kids candy extravaganza from the Easter eggs found. As I headed home, the rain that had come and gone that morning became a steady drizzle. I was dog tired from the week and napped away the evening. I still wanted to do something more for my Lord. I didnt want his special day to close without some private reverance from me. When I opened my eyes, it was 11:30pm. I still had time to pray. I hurried upstairs..
—I had for years wanted to set up some kind of altar.. somewhere for me to kneel and pray in my home. Oh how I wanted one now! As that thought passed thru my mind, he gave me direction. I grabbed my favorite Jesus picture, a worn and scratched image shellacked on a block of wood. I propped it on the kitchen table and brought in 2 brass candles and lit them on either side. As I sat down and opened my bible, I became aware of the irony of the black bathrobe I wore.. I looked like the black sheep that I was. Remembering the many bible stories of the significance of changing robes, culminating with the ultimate swap with the Christ, I ran to get my matching white bathrobe and laid it on the chair beside my makeshift altar. I sat back down and opened my bible somewhere near the middle.
—On the left page was the 23rd Psalm.. “the Lord is my Shepherd”. After reading it aloud, my eyes traveled right, to the middle of the 25th Psalm.. “I will show you the way”. Yes he was. I poured out my heart and my sins to my brother, Jesus. I told him of my frustrations and my failures.. I asked for his forgiveness and help. I humbly thanked him for his sacrifice of his life for mine.. and in that, allowing me to appear holy and able to speak directly to his Father.. my Father! Jesus opened the door and I was stepping thru. I then changed my black robe for the white one and sat once again in front of my altar. It seemed I now glowed in the candlelight, and I raised my eyes heavenward and prayed to my Father. He met me there as the perfect child he loves very much. He had been waiting there all along..
—As I finished my prayers, I noticed the gift bag from the church. I had lamented to my Lord about not having Easter baskets, and suddenly realized that he had one for me. I brought it to my altar and reached inside. First came a jade green marble coffee cup. I have collected rocks since childhood, finding strength and beauty in the cold stones that warm to my touch. Jade green marble was my favorite. Holding the cup in my hands, I tipped it over to see it filled with spearmint.. also my favorite. My Easter Basket had come with candy! I smiled at his love. Next came a matching green marble pen & a bookmark. I was amazed as I saw the bookmark was the 23rd Psalm I had opened my worship with. I couldn’t hold back the tears as I pulled the last item from the gift bag. It was a small Christian book titled “The Miracles of Christ”. My Easter baskets for the kids had always included similar type books and I was overwhelmed that my Lord had gotten one for me!
—I opened the small book and read the section about my Lord’s resurrection on this day. In the author’s comments I found this jewel of wisdom- “Hope is not a granted wish or a favor performed: no, it is far greater than that. It is a zany, unpredictable dependance on a God who loves to surprise us out of our socks and be there to see our reaction!” I know this God of whom he speaks. He had given me a most beautiful Easter.. Praises to the Most High!
by Deborah Cassell ~ On Google
—Focus with me now. First capture in your mind those moments when we feel the pure love of God. As when you sat quietly by the ocean in awe of God’s majesty. When you first held a newborn baby and smelled the freshness and hope of a newly created life. Times when you looked around at your friends and family, loving each one and the wonder that brought you all together. The stranger who needed you and you were there. A shared laugh, a warm hug. Treasured moments of goodness, of love, of a perfect world.
—So imagine the earth also perfect, as God desired Eden to be. All the living things in glory to Him being as each was created. The seasons of the earth, the life cycles of birth and growth, the interactions with each playing its part in the majesty of this wonderfully created sphere. As in autumn, the trees brillant display of fall color as they prepare to go dormant for a winter’s slumber. The squirrel busy gathering his nuts. Each creation unique to its own pattern of life. And here admit you know as little about the true grandeur of the spiritual world as you do this earthly one you walk every day.
—Now imagine the people of this created Eden. All the love and personality of an earthly mother and father in a perfect world. A father’s instruction and protection. A mother’s nurturing love and hope. Both helping their children to grow and learn. And this family out exploring this Eden, playing in the streams catching crawdads, gatherings the harvests of their crops, returning home to gather by the fire with tales of their day. The last few words and kisses goodnight as they tuck each other in for the night. And then the glorious dawn of the next day.
—Are you here with me now? Putting together all these glimpses of the perfect world that God intended and sooo desires the earth to be. The beautiful moments we have all experienced and wish were the constant instead of so rare. The earth and our lives, unpolluted. Happy creatures playing in their perfect garden watched over by their loving creator. Where did this all go so wrong? Why does the earth and its creatures suffer? Where is the promised Eden and how did a loving God let us loose it? Why does it seem only a fairy tale with its happy ending elsewhere? Can we really have Eden back as promised? Live there now? Then why don’t we believe the promise? Herein begins the spiritual war.
—The answer is simple. Choice. He gave us a mind to think, discern and choose. God could have created us as unthinking robots and could still be watching us frolic mindlessly in Eden. But no.. He allowed us to decide how to behave, whether to believe and worship him, to follow His instructions or not. To lie and cheat, to satisfy wanton desires, to distrust and to cause others to stumble to benefit ourselves. Yes we can be quite self righteous in our motives but knowing it is dark in our hearts. Built in God’s likeness, we revel and put faith in our personal power. We blame Him for our bad choices and the mess it has left Eden in.
—But God knew what would happen. He knows all. He also knew that among all those given choice, that there would be a select few who would choose to believe and follow Him. With all that is wrong in this creation beyond any glimpse of our understanding, some would still believe. These are His precious ones. This is why we are not robots. He revels in those who sing His praises because they choose to. These are the sons of God. But there is a problem. God is holy and our creation and ourselves are polluted by our choices. How can a holy God reconcile and deal daily with His self-polluted children? The solution is also simple but must be believed and re-chosen daily.
—So again imagine the perfect loving mother and father, but these parts as a single whole spirit. And us as the children who only come home to visit occasionally. Usually when we need something or are so fatigued fighting life’s battles that we come for love, to rest, and to get instruction. But then we set off again leaving Him behind, feeling secure in our own power and ideas. And as with our own parents, as we mature we find we need their love and guidance more than we ever thought possible. It is a process of growth. But as the bible story of the father running down the road when the returning child is spotted in the distance, God is always there waiting, looking for us.
—BUT God is holy! And we are thoroughly polluted even on our best days. How can He embrace us, heal us, instruct us, forgive us? Be an active part of our lives as He so desires to be? There had to be a key, a doorway to step through that removes our pollution. A constantly working excuse.. a lamb’s covering for our wolf’s interior. Something that would cover for our evil choices, so as with our own parents, that we look perfect in their eyes when we come home. So we can come into His holy presence and sup with our God, share the day and believe His words on how to handle tomorrow. This is not imagined. This is real. You just have to choose to enter the spiritual door, to accept the sheep’s skin.
—As we cannot even begin to understand the full beauty of His creation, we cannot fathom the spiritual world, or the true necessity of the doorway. But thankfully it is explained clearly enough for a child to understand. Because of our given right of choices, our lives are constantly affected by the ongoing spiritual war, but the war for the doorway was won long ago. You just must believe in your God, His plan and His doorway, and come thru it. Use its power to know your God personally, to receive His love, protection and instruction. To survive and truly enjoy this Eden among the others who refuse the doorway and perpetuate the pollution. It is your job to tell others of the doorway, but their choice to use it. How sad how so few do.. and how easily we ourselves can forget.
—The doorway is through Jesus. What a warrior for our cause! God’s unpolluted son who submitted and died under Satan’s hand for us all, then defeated him and returned in triumph to forever hold the spiritual doorway open! We can no more understand creation than this necessary spiritual truth. When you come to this door, you confess your sins that are upon your heart and leave them there. Then when you enter, Jesus’ blood covers you and God only sees His perfect child! He RUNS to greet you! On this earthly plane, He sends you gentle breezes of love and treasured moments of joy. On the spiritual plane, He writes love on your heart, peace in your soul and whispers in your ear the instructions you need to follow.
—Yes, God is here! If you believe is your choice, as even the devil believes. If you step through the door and how long you stay is another. It is the only way. In the trilogy of God, He is God our father who loves and protects, Jesus our brother who holds open the door and covers for us, and the Holy spirit placed within us to instruct. In the ongoing spiritual war and with our free choices on this polluted Eden, we can easily be distracted from the truth and daily necessity of the door to live each day with our God at hand. Believe and focus! And you will begin to feel, see and live in the Eden that God intended.
—Lastly, did you know it is written that God brags on your faith in heaven? And that Jesus prays for you to make it through your daily trails. And also that the Holy spirit speaks for you to God when you don’t even know how or what to ask for? They all truly know how tough it is living here in the pollution. Is the fairy tale real? Oh yes. Knock on the door today. Just tell Jesus your heart and ask him to cover for you and then go talk to your Father. And ask Him first to build your faith that you may seek the door of His sanctuary again tomorrow. Choose to live in Eden by truly being joined daily with your God, who has promised to give you your heart’s desires!
by Deborah Cassell ~ On Google
I recently attended a women’s retreat where the theme was “Getting unboxed- Moving on with God”. It was based on Genesis 12 where the Lord told Abraham to “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you” and the scripture revealed Abraham’s struggles as he had disobeyed by bringing along his nephew and getting waylaid on his journey to where God had to remind him again to keep moving. The leaders asked us what in our life had us now “boxed in”, keeping us back from our walk with God. Also to discover where have we disobeyed or gotten waylaid?
It was sooo uplifting to see so many young women, several with babes in arms, speaking their faith. And there were many like me, now with our children grown, who were looking for our next step in our faith walk. The mentoring was tremendous as each of us listened to the testimonies of the Christian women ahead of us for insights into future struggles and joys, as well being sooo uplifted by the younger women’s testing and faith. The message of surrender and that “God uses everything” kept coming through. It became clear that an obstacle that many of us shared was the fear of being “broken” again.
I often ponder the meaning of “to be like Christ”. Laying down my life and taking up His cross. I understand this means to love and forgive. And to not seek the pleasures of this world, but to recieve the joy of being a servant to my fellow man as my master teaches. But something about taking up the cross.. Christ’s sacrifice. What pain am I willing to suffer? I know I have trials in my life that purify me in His fire. To shape me, refine me more into the likeness of Christ. And like all there, I have had many seasons of deep loss or pain that have changed me and revealed my great God more clearly. But was there more? Other purposes to being “broken”?
We learn in our walk that God does truly “use everything”. We find that our trials or training will come back years later to help us serve. Every thing is clearer in hindsight as we are amazed at our Lord’s infinite plan and wisdom. But then one young woman speaker’s point reverberated in our ears- Do we see God as a giver or a taker? In our trials, we had lost and hurt.. but indeed we do find that we have gained. Do we fully realize God is good in all? Were we willing to lose again.. to be broken again? Do we trust our God that it will be ok.. not only ok, but that it will become a joy & praise?
The last night as we sang in praise, the lyrics on the overhead hit me like a thunderbolt. I immediately turned and wrote them down- “I know I’m filled to be emptied again.. the seed I’ve received, I will sow” (Desert Song by Hillsong below). Was this the further insight I need to “move on”? I’m filled to be emptied again? The image of Christ washing the disciple’s feet focused in my mind. What does this truly mean? As I struggled to tie all the messages of this retreat together, I went to the retreat prayer room to join the others to be in quiet communion with our Lord.
Only a woman who has been raped can truly speak to those suffering the same. Only a woman who has lost a child can truly comfort another who is there. Those of us who have suffered the same tragedies are best equipped to share our faith and walk with those now hurting and lost. We know what an impact our experiences and support have. We see how God takes these tragedies and uses them powerfully in our lives and others. God does truly use “everything”. And God is good! Whatever life throws at us and we accept in His glory, God restores and returns tenfold. Yes God is a giver.
So how do I “move on”? How can I be more like Christ? What is my next step? Where have I gotten waylaid? Is it the fear of being broken again? I know this is true… but I also KNOW my God is a “giver”. Whatever may come, it will refine me and equip me to serve in ways I cannot imagine. That for every ounce of suffering, there will be pounds of joy. My God is good and He loves me. In my weakness, He is strong. In each trial, His love and faithfulness are revealed.. not only to me, but through His glory, to those He brings me to serve.
So is this the true test of servant-hood? and of my faith walk to be like Christ? To surrender to be broken again that I may serve more? That song- “I know I’m filled to be emptied again..”. Do I understand I must be emptied again to receive more seed to sow? Am I willing? My prayer is that God will increase our faith that we can joyfully surrender to take up the cross to be more like Jesus. That we, in complete faith and trust in our God, truly ask for the “privilege” to be broken again.. that we may have more of His seed to sow. Amen.
by Deborah Cassell ~ On Google
The Names of God & Info
excerpts from-> http://jdaniellowe.com/051.html
Yahweh or Jehovah (yah-weh) Lord, Jehovah- 6,519 times
Jehovah-Raah (yeh-ho-vaw’ raw-aw’) The Lord My Shepherd- 1 time
Jehovah Nissi (yeh-ho-vaw’ nis-see’) The Lord My Banner, my Miracle, victory- 1 time
Jehovah-Rapha (yeh-ho-vaw’ raw-faw’) The Lord that Heals- 1 time
Jehovah Shammah (yeh-ho-vaw’ shawm’-maw) The Lord Is There, revealed- 1 time
Jehovah Jireh (yeh-ho-vaw’ yir-eh’) The Lord will Provide- 1 time
Jehovah-Shalom (yeh-ho-vaw’ shaw-lome’) The Lord is Peace- 1 time
Jehovah-Shamar (yeh-ho-vaw’ shaw-mar’) The Lord Preserves- 3 times
Jehovah Tsidkenu (yeh-ho-vaw’ tsid-kay’-noo) The Lord our Righteousness-2 times
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (yeh-ho-vaw’ M-qadash) Lord who Sanctifies You, makes Holy- 2 times
Adonai (ad-o-noy’) Lord, Master- 434 times
Elohim (el-o-heem’) God, Judge, Creator- 2000 times
El Elyon (el el-yone’) The Most High God- 28 times
El Roi (el-ro-ee’) God who sees- 1 time
El Shaddai (el shad-di’) All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty- 7 times
El Olam (el o-lawm’)The Everlasting God, The God of Eternity- 3times?
Qanna (kan-naw’) Jealous, Zealous- 6 times
The noun “God” is a title. The dictionary describes ‘name’ as authority and character. In these cases, they are descriptions of the nature of God. In the Old Testament times, a name was not only identification, but an identity as well. Many times a special meaning was attached to the name. Names had, among other purposes, an explanatory purpose (e.g., Nabal, whose name means “fool,” is the target of Abigail’s explanation to David: “For as his name is, so is he; Nabal is his name, and folly is with him:” – 1Sa 25:25). Throughout Scripture God reveals Himself to us through His names. When we study these names that He reveals to us in the Bible, we will better understand who God really is. The meanings behind God’s names reveal the central personality and nature of the One who bears them.
Who is God to you?
Is He your Most High God, All sufficient One, Master, Lord of Peace, the Lord Who Will Provide? Is He your Father? We must be careful not to make God into an “it” or a “thing” to which we pray. He is our Jehovah Raah, the Lord our Shepherd. Whether we say Yahweh with a Y or Jehovah with the letter J (The letters J & V were introduced in the 16th century) God knows the intentions of our heart. Some who interpret tongues use “E” as a name for Him. Jesus may have said it best when He called Him “Our Father”
To hallow a thing is to make it holy or to set it apart to be exalted as being worthy of absolute devotion. To hallow the name of God is to regard Him with complete devotion and loving admiration. God’s name is of the utmost importance (Neh 9:5); therefore we ought reserve it a position of grave significance in our minds and hearts. We should never take His name lightly (Exd 20:7; Lev 22:32), but always rejoice in it and think deeply upon its true meaning. *Note Hebrew is written from right to left..
El Shaddai (el shad-di’) All-Sufficient One, Lord God Almighty Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament El Shaddai occurs 7 times. El Shaddai is first used in Gen 17:1. Variants: None
El Shaddai in the Septuagint: theou saddai -God Shaddai; pantokratôr (for Shaddai) – the Almighty
Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as “God” and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God’s character. Another word much like Shaddai, and from which many believe it derived, is shad meaning “breast” in Hebrew (some other scholars believe that the name is derived from an Akkadian word Šadu, meaning “mountain,” suggesting strength and power). This refers to God completely nourishing, satisfying, and supplying His people with all their needs as a mother would her child. Connected with the word for God, El, this denotes a God who freely gives nourishment and blessing, He is our sustainer.
Further references of the name El Shaddai in the Old Testament: Gen 17:1; Gen 28:3; Gen 35:11; Gen 43:14; Gen 48:3
El Elyon (el el-yone’) The Most High God Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament El Elyon occurs 28 times. It occurs 19 times in Psalms. El Elyon is first used in Gen 14:18. Variant spellings: None
El Elyon in the Septuagint: ho theos ho hupsistos — the God most high
Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as “God” and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God’s character. Elyon literally means “Most High” and is used both adjectivally and substantivally throughout the Old Testament. It expresses the extreme sovereignty and majesty of God and His highest preeminence. When the two words are combined — El Elyon — it can be translated as “the
most exalted God.”(Psa 57:2)
Further references of the name El Elyon in the Old Testament: Gen 14:18; Gen 14:19; Gen 14:20; Gen 14:22; Psa 57:2; Psa 78:35
Adonai (ad-o-noy’) Lord, Master
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Adonai occurs 434 times. There are heavy uses of Adonai in Isaiah (e.g., Adonai Jehovah). It occurs 200 times in Ezekiel alone and appears 11 times in Daniel Chapter 9. Adonai is first used in Gen 15:2.
Variant spellings: None
Adonai in the Septuagint: kurios — Lord, Master
Meaning and Derivation: Adonai is the verbal parallel to Yahweh and Jehovah. Adonai is plural; the singular is adon. In reference to God the plural Adonai is used. When the singular adon is used, it usually refers to a human lord. Adon is used 215 times to refer to men. Occasionally in Scripture and predominantly in the Psalms, the singular adon is used to refer to God as well (cf. Exd 34:23). To avoid contravening the commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain” (Exd 20:7), sometimes Adonai was used as a substitute for Yahweh (YHWH). Adonai can be translated literally as, “my lords’ ” (both plural and possessive).
Yahweh or Jehovah (yah-weh) Lord, Jehovah
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Yahweh occurs 6,519 times. This name is used more than any other name of God. Yahweh is first used in Gen 2:4.
Variant spellings: YHWH, Jehovah
Yahwehin the Septuagint: kurios — Lord, Master
despotês — Lord, Master, denoting the omnipotence of God, despot, absolute ruler
Meaning and Derivation: Yahweh is the promised name of God. This name of God which (by Jewish tradition) is too holy to voice, is actually spelled “YHWH” without vowels. YHWH is referred to as the Tetragrammaton (which simply means “the four letters”). YHWH comes from the Hebrew letters: Yud, Hay, Vav, Hay. While YHWH is first used in Genesis 2, God did not reveal Himself as YHWH until Exodus 3. The modern spelling as “Yahweh” includes vowels to assist in pronunciation. Many pronounce YHWH as “Yahweh” or “Jehovah.” We no longer know for certain the exact pronunciation. During the third century A.D., the Jewish people stopped saying this name in fear of contravening the commandment “Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain” (Exd 20:7). As a result of this, Adonai is occasionally a substitute for YHWH. The following compound names which start with “YHWH” have been shown using “Jehovah.” This is due to the common usage of “Jehovah” in the English of these compound names in the early English translations of the Bible (e.g., the Geneva Bible, the King James Version, etc.).
Jehovah Nissi (yeh-ho-vaw’ nis-see’) The Lord My Banner, The Lord my Miracle
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Nissi occurs only once in Exd 17:15.
Variant spellings: Jehovah Nisi; Jehovahnissi
Jehovah Nissi in the Septuagint: kurios kataphugê mou — the Lord is my refuge
Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” — this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Nes (nês), from which Nissi derived, means “banner” in Hebrew. In Exd 17:15, Moses, recognizing that the Lord was Israel’s banner under which they defeated the Amalekites, builds an altar named Jehovah-Nissi (the Lord our Banner). Nes is sometimes translated as a pole with an insignia attached. In battle opposing nations would fly their own flag on a pole at each of their
respective front lines. This was to give their soldiers a feeling of hope and a focal point. This is what God is to us: a banner of encouragement to give us hope and a focal point.Further references of the name Jehovah Nissi in the Old Testament: Exd 17:15
Jehovah-Raah (yeh-ho-vaw’ raw-aw’) The Lord My Shepherd
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Raah (The Lord my Shepherd) is used in Psalm 23.
Variant spellings: Jehovah Rohi; Jehovah Ro’eh
Jehovah-Raah in the Septuagint: kurios poimainei me — the Lord shepherds me
Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” — this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Rô’eh from which Raah derived, means “shepherd” in Hebrew. A shepherd is one who feeds or leads his flock to pasture (Eze 34:11-15). An extend translation of this word, rea’, is “friend” or “companion.” This indicates the intimacy God desires between Himself and His people. When the two words are combined — Jehovah Raah — it can be translated as “The Lord my Friend.” Further references of the name Jehovah-Raah in the Old Testament: Gen 48:15; Gen 49:24; Psa 23:1; Psa 80:1
Jehovah-Rapha (yeh-ho-vaw’ raw-faw’) The Lord that Heals
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Rapha (The Lord that Heals) is used in Exd 15:26.
Variant spellings: Jehovah-Rophe; Jehovah Rophecha; Jehovah Raphah
Jehovah Rapha in the Septuagint: kurios ho iômenos se — the Lord your healer
Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Rapha (râpâ’) means “to restore”, “to heal” or “to make healthful” in Hebrew. When the two words are combined — Jehovah Rapha — it can be translated as “Jehovah Who Heals.” (cf. Jer 30:17; Jer 3:22; Isa 30:26; Isa 61:1; Psa 103:3). Jehovah is the Great Physician who heals the physical and emotional needs of His people.
Further references of the name Jehovah Rapha in the Old Testament: Exd 15:26
Jehovah Shammah (yeh-ho-vaw’ shawm’-maw) The Lord Is There
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Shammah occurs only once in Ezekiel 48:35.
Variant spellings: Jehovah Samma
Jehovah Shammah in the Septuagint: estai to onoma autês — the name thereof
Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Shammah is derived from the Hebrew word sham, which can be translated as “there.” Jehovah Shammah is a symbolic name for the earthly Jerusalem. The name indicates that God has not abandoned Jerusalem, leaving it in ruins, but that there will be a restoration.
Further references of the name Jehovah Shammah in the Old Testament: Eze 48:35
Jehovah Tsidkenu (yeh-ho-vaw’ tsid-kay’-noo) The Lord our Righteousness
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Tsidkenu occurs 2 times. Jehovah Tsidkenu is first used in Jer 23:6.
Variant spellings: Jehovah Tzidkaynu; Jehovah Tsidqenuw
Jehovah Tsidkenu in the Septuagint: kuriou tou theou hêmôn elalêsen pros hêmas — the Lord our God spoke to us
Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Tsedek (tseh’-dek), from which Tsidkenu derived, means “to be stiff,” “to be straight,” or “righteous” in Hebrew. When the two words are combined — Jehovah Tsidkenu — it can be translated as “The Lord Who is our Righteousness” Further references of the name Jehovah Tsidkenu in the Old Testament: Jer 23:6; Jer 33:16
Jehovah Mekoddishkem (yeh-ho-vaw’ M-qadash)
The Lord who Sanctifies You, The Lord Who makes Holy
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah Mekoddishkem occurs 2 times. Jehovah Mekoddishkem is first used in Exodus 31:13. Variant spellings: Jehovah M’kaddesh
Jehovah Mekoddishkem in the Septuagint: kurios ho hagiazôn humas — the Lord that sanctifies you
Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” — this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Mekoddishkem derives from the Hebrew word qâdash meaning “sanctify,” “holy,” or “dedicate.” Sanctification is the separation of an object or person to the dedication of the Holy. When the two words are combined — Jehovah Mekoddishkem — it can be translated as “The Lord who sets you apart.” Further references of the name Jehovah Mekoddishkem in the Old Testament: Lev 20:8
El Olam (el o-lawm’)The Everlasting God, The God of Eternity,
The God of the Universe, The God of Ancient Days
Use in the Bible: El Olam is first used in Gen 21:33.
El Olamin the Septuagint: [ho] theos [ho] aiônios — the everlasting God
Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as “God” and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God’s character. Olam derives from the root word ‘lm (which means “eternity”). Olam literally means “forever,” “eternity,” or “everlasting”. When the two words are combined — El
Olam — it can be translated as “The Eternal God.”
Further references of the name El Olam in the Old Testament: Gen 21:33; Jer 10:10; Isa 26:4
Elohim (el-o-heem’) God, Judge, Creator
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Elohim occurs over 2000 times. Elohim is first used in Gen 1:1.
Elohim in the Septuagint: theos — the standard Greek word for god, “a transcendent being who exercises extraordinary control in human affairs or is responsible for bestowal of unusual benefits” (BDAG). It specifically refers to the monotheistic God of Israel.
Meaning and Derivation: Elohim is translated as “God.” The derivation of the name Elohim is debatable to most scholars. Some believe it derived from ‘êl which, in turn, originates from the root word, ‘wl (which means “strong”). Others think that Elohim is derived from another two roots: ‘lh (which means “god”) in conjunction with ‘elôah (which means “fear”). And still others presume that both ‘êl and Elohim come from ‘eloah.
Qanna (kan-naw’) Jealous, Zealous
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Qanna occurs 6 times. Qanna is first used in Exd 20:5.
Variant spellings: Kanna
Qanna in the Septuagint: zêlôtês — jealous
Meaning and Derivation: Qanna is translated as “jealous,” “zealous,” or “envy.” The fundamental meaning relates to a marriage relationship. God is depicted as Israel’s husband; He is a jealous God, wanting all our praise for Himself and no one else. (cf. Exd 34:14) Further references of the name Qanna in the Old Testament: Exd 20:5; Exd 34:14; Deu 4:24; Deu 5:9; Deu 6:15
Jehovah Jireh (yeh-ho-vaw’ yir-eh’) The Lord will Provide
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Jireh occurs only once in Gen 22:14.
Jehovah Jireh in the Septuagint: kurios eiden — the Lord has seen
Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” – this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Jehovah-Jireh is a symbolic name given to Mount Moriah by Abraham to memorialize the intercession of God in the sacrifice of Isaac by providing a substitute for the imminent sacrifice of his son. Further references of the name Jehovah Jireh in the Old Testament: Gen 22:14
Jehovah-Shalom (yeh-ho-vaw’ shaw-lome’) The Lord is Peace
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Shalom occurs only once in Jdg 6:24.
Jehovah-Shalom in the Septuagint: eirênê kuriou — peace of the Lord
Meaning and Derivation: Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” — this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Shalom is a derivative of shâlêm (which means “be complete” or “sound”) Shalom is translated as “peace” or “absence from strife.” Jehovah-Shalom is the name of an altar built by Gideon in Ophrah. Further references of the name Jehovah-Shalom in the Old Testament: Jdg 6:24
Jehovah-Shamar (yeh-ho-vaw’ shaw-mar’) The Lord Preserves
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament Jehovah-Shalom occurs in Psalms 116:6, 145:20, 146:9.
Meaning and Derivation: Meaning and Derivation: Jehovah is translated as “The Existing One” or “Lord.” The chief meaning of Jehovah is derived from the Hebrew word Havah meaning “to be” or “to exist.” It also suggests “to become” or specifically “to become known” — this denotes a God who reveals Himself unceasingly. Shamar is a primitive root meaning to hedge about, to protect and attend to.
El Roi (el-ro-ee’) God who sees
Use in the Bible: In the Old Testament El Roi occurs in Gen 16:13.
Meaning and Derivation: El is another name that is translated as “God” and can be used in conjunction with other words to designate various aspects of God’s character. Roi comes from the root raah; to see. It means sight, look to and see.
For my family Christmas gathering “lesson” this year, I chose the theme of “The Gifts Jesus has for Us”. I gave each person a gift bag with items pictured above. As I had them pull each item from their gift bag, I read the matching verses below. May the truth of these gifts impress upon your heart God’s love and provision. Selah!
Guardian Angel= Heb 1 the angels are all ministering spirits sent out of God for the assistance of those who are to inherit salvation. Mat 4 He will give His angels charge over you, and they will carry you on their hands.
Crown =Gal 3 For in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God through faith //John 1 He gave the authority (power, privilege & right) to become the children of God to those who believe in His name. //Rev 5 And You have made them a royal race and they shall reign as kings over the earth! //Rom 8 All creation waits in eager expectation for the children of God to be revealed.
Signet Ring= A sign of authority and sonship. Hag 2 I make you [through the Messiah] My signet ring; for I have chosen you, says the Lord of hosts //Est 8 Writing which is in the king’s name and sealed with the king’s signet ring no man can reverse.
Peace necklace= Psa 2 The Lord will bless His people with peace. //Isa 54 No weapon that is formed against you shall prosper, and every tongue against you shall show to be wrong. This peace is the heritage of the servants of the Lord. //Phil 4 God’s peace shall be yours, that tranquil state of a soul assured of its salvation through Christ & being content with its earthly lot.
Gift boxes=1 Cor 12 To one is given a message of wisdom, and to another a word of knowledge; To another [wonder-working] faith & another extraordinary powers of healing; To another the working of miracles, to another prophetic insight etc. All these gifts are inspired by the same Holy Spirit //1 Pet 4 As each of you has received a gift of a particular spiritual talent, employ it for one another as befits] faithful stewards of the diverse gifts granted to Christians by God.
lil devil = Rev 12 woe to you people of the world, for the devil has come down to you in great anger, knowing that he has little time.” //James 4 Resist the devil and he will flee from you. //Isa 12 Everyone will stare at Satan and ask, “Can this be the one who shook the earth and the kingdoms of the world? //Gal 5 The Holy Spirit will tell you where to go and what to do, and then you won’t always be doing what your evil nature wants you to. These two forces within us are constantly fighting each other to win control over us, and our wishes are never free from their pressures.
Badge= Mat 28 Jesus said ALL authority in heaven and on earth has been given to Me. //John 14 If anyone steadfastly believes in Me, he will be able to do the things that I do. //Mark 16 And these attesting signs will accompany those who believe: in My name they will drive out spirits; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will get well.
Candy bar = Psa 34:8 O taste and see that the Lord is good!
Lighthouse/Holy Spirit= John 8 I am the Light of the world. //John 14 the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, He will teach you all things. //Mat 10 Go and announce to them that the Kingdom of Heaven is near. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cure the lepers, and cast out spirits. Give as freely as you have received! //Zec 4 Not by might, nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord.
Added to complete this writing:
Rock = Mat 7 So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock. //Psa 18 The Lord is my Rock, my Fortress, and my Deliverer; my God, my keen and firm Strength in Whom I will trust and take refuge, my Shield, and the Horn of my salvation, my High Tower.
Gold = Prov 27 As the refining pot for silver and the furnace for gold [bring forth all the impurities of the metal], so let a man be in his trial of praise [ridding himself of all that is base or insincere; for a man is judged by what he praises and of what he boasts].
Key = Mat 16 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind (declare to be improper and unlawful) on earth must be what is already bound in heaven; and whatever you loose (declare lawful) on earth must be what is already loosed in heaven.
Trophy = 1 Cor 9 Do you not know that in a race all the runners compete, but [only] one receives the prize? So run [your race] that you may lay hold [of the prize] and make it yours.
Another testimony of God alive & active today-
I was telling a new friend my issues with being a control freak, too often trying to solve my own problems and telling God “I’ll call ya when I need ya” instead of looking for His guidance first. She shared a neat idea from her bible group about a piggy bank! You write your problem on a piece of paper, pray over it giving it to God, then put it inside the piggy bank. Then later when you want to worry or work on it, you can’t because you remember its in the bank where you gave it to God. I am very visual and so LOVED that idea! My next thought was to avoid a ceramic bank since my “touch everything” grandkids might get hurt if it broke.
That SAME evening I had dinner with mom & dad and with time to waste afterwards, I stopped by the Goodwill store on the way home. As I roamed the aisles, there waiting on a shelf at my eye level, facing toward me with a huge silly grin was a very cute large pink piggy bank. Its very very rare I’ve ever seen any piggy bank there before. After the shock, my first thought was did he need to be soo big? (He is about a foot long) Did I have THAT MANY problems I needed to turn over to God?? That thought made me laugh out loud at my God’s humor! Also very considerate touch was his vinyl body answering my ceramic concern. “Wilbur” has graced my work desk ever since and always reminds me that my God is very close at hand indeed!
Sept 2012- Another testimony of God alive & active today-
While getting dressed to go to the store, my 5yr old granddaughter was digging thru my jewelry box and found my (beautiful but fake) diamond bracelet. She laid it across her wrist with her eyes glowing and said- “Oohhh Mommaw..” She wanted soo badly to wear it and it wrenched my heart to say no, but I soothed her that we were headed to the store to get batteries for her favorite horse watch. 30 minutes later we were at Walmart, walking around the jewelry counter toward that special area where they work on watches.
Then WOW!! I stared in amazement as there laying in the middle of the watch workpad next to the tiny tools was an almost identical kids copy of my diamond bracelet, obviously just returned or misplaced? It actually was a 3 pack of little stretch diamond bracelets with an orange clearance tag for only $5!
God is always leaving us little gifts and He certainly wanted to fulfill her desire for sparkly bracelets that day. She & I both noticed that she now had 3 bracelets to my selfish one. Was there a lesson in that as well?? She literally danced out of the store and we went back for mine so we could both sport our bracelets that day and tell everyone what an amazing God we all have!