Enough, enough all ready…

Do you need more?

As you look around your home you probably think “I don’t need more stuff.” Then you might think well I could use more…time, money and chocolate (or maybe that last one is just me 😊).

How would you respond if God appeared to you and said “I am enough, I am sufficient for all your needs”? After you pick yourself up off the floor from the shock of it, you might say something like, “I am listening“. That is pretty much what God did to Abram.

Go…I will bless you

God had appeared and spoken to Abram several times before. He had asked Abram to leave all that was familiar to him, his country, family, home and go to a place God would show him. God also had promised great things for Abram. One of the promises was that Abram would become a great nation (Gen 12:2) and that he would have numerous descendants like the stars in the sky (Gen 15:5). Now, Abram was 75 years old and his wife was barren (Gen 11:30), when he first heard this seemingly impossible promise. Yet, he believed God and moved to an unknown land leaving all his family behind, except for Sarai, his wife.

Ten years had passed, Sarai is still without children (Gen 16:1-3). Thinking they had waited long enough, Sarai has the plan…a plan that brought a child into the home, but also anger and strife. All the while, God is silent, Abram has not hear from Him for thirteen years. Then…

Now when Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him,

“I am God Almighty;

Walk before Me, and be blameless.”

I am God Almighty…

I am El Shaddai…This is more then just a title God gives Himself. This is a revelation of His character. He is saying, I am enough…I am sufficient…I can fulfill the promise I made to you. You don’t have to run ahead of Me…you don’t have to figure out a new plan…I have this.

Walk before Me

This command is to live “in full view of, under the eye of” God. In a sense, when Sarai and Abram took matters into their own hands, they turned away from God. God is now calling Abram back, to live as he had before walking in obedience in full view of God. It is much like when Jesus calls us to abide or remain with Him (John 15:5, 7). It is then that our lives are fruitful and God gives us the answers we desire.

Be Blameless

God is asking Abram to live with integrity. According to Webster’s dictionary integrity means adhere to a code of moral values; the state of being complete or undivided. God wanted Abram to trust Him completely to fulfill this promise.  As James wrote when our faith is filled with doubt or uncertainity, we are a double-minded or divided and unstable.

If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. James 1:5-8 nlt

The All-Sufficient One

God through Jesus calling on us to walk before Him and to be blameless. The Almighty is always enough. He is always sufficient provide for you and to keep all His promises.

The question we must all answer is are we willing to trust Him, to walk in love and obedience, and continually praise the Lord God the Almighty?

And the four living creatures…do not cease to say,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty, who was and who is and who is to come.” Revelation 4:8

Advertisements

Shout Out!

What do you think of when you hear shouting? 122918be1167abff21bb3246436c5fbf

Fans cheering on their favorite sports team?

Or people arguing over a highly emotional issue?

I am sure there are times when you think how nice to would be to give out a good shout? I have! HA!

The psalmist encourages us to shout to God– to cry out to Him with joy and thanksgiving. Shouts that are not based on our feelings or emotion, but on His great power and glory. So enjoy a good shout today!

1  O come, let us sing for joy to the Lord,

Let us shout joyfully to the rock of our salvation.

2 Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving,

Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms.

3 For the Lord is a great God

And a great King above all gods,

Psalm 95:1-3

Hello, My Name is…

Hello my name is Sherry. I am a….I like to…oh wait…I am not sure what to say when I introduce myself. What is the first impression I want people to have of me?What about you…how would you introduce yourself? I am waiting...it is hard isn’t it?Well, today we are going to look at the passage of scripture where God introduces Himself and reveals who He is and what He can do.

Hello, My name is God (Elohim)…

God introduces Himself in Genesis 1 by telling a story…the story of creation. The Hebrew word tranliterated God is Elohim. Elohim means the strong, mighty one. It is used 35 times in the creation account alone (Genesis 1:1-2:3). We will dig into just the Genesis 1:1-5 to see how God introduces Himself.

1 In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. 2 The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. 

3 Then God said, “Let there be light”; and there was light. 4 God saw that the light was good; and God separated the light from the darkness. 5 God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.

He Exists Apart from Time 

In the beginning God...God existed before the creation of the universe. He was not created, has always existed. As the psalmist expresses it, “Before…You gave birth to the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, You are God”(Psalm 90:1-2). Or as Isaiah the prophet called the creator of the ends of the earth …the Everlasting God (Isaiah 40:28).

He has Ultimate Power

When you heard the phrase “strong and mighty”, do you think of physical strength or of someone who has political or economic power to make things happen? When you hear that God is powerful, I bet you don’t think of the word “create”. Yeah, I thought not. Yet understanding the word create is critical to understanding God’s true, ultimate power. The English word create is from the Hebrew word bara. A verb, bara always only has God as its subject, never man or other gods. Only God can create and what is even more amazing He does it by His Word. As the writer of Hebrews so beautifully explains, By faith we understand that the worlds were prepared by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things which are visible. God said”…it was so. This idea of God speaking the different elements of the world into existence is repeated throughout the creation story. Not only do we see God’s spoken word powerful in creation, but as the author of Hebrews writes of the Son, He “upholds all things by the word of His power“.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,

And by the breath of His mouth all their host.

He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;

He lays up the deeps in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;

Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.

For He spoke, and it was done;

He commanded, and it stood fast. Psalm 33:6-9

He Personally Engages with Creation

Do you like a boss that is hands-on, involved in the process?  Maybe, but sometimes the boss can be a micromanger and not let anyone else have a say. Or would you prefer a hands-off boss, that stays away, only to return to judge your work? You may like the space, but not painful criticism in the end. God is a God who is near, not far off (Jer 23:23), but near in a good way. Not only did God speak and things came into being. God also saw, separated and called His new creation by its name. In fact every mention of God in the creation account is followed by a verb. As Tony Evans writes  in his  book, The Power of God’s Names, “He’s not merely a spirit floating around in never-never land…His is other-dimensional—but He is also intensely personal…our universe is personal because Elohim is personal.”

For You formed my inward parts;

You wove me in my mother’s womb.

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;

Wonderful are Your works,

And my soul knows it very well.

Psalm 139:13-14

Elohim is a Plural Word, Yet God Exists as One 

It is the plural form of El, meaning “strong one.” It is a plural of majesty and intimates the trinity. It is especially used of God’s sovereignty, creative work, and mighty work for Israel and in relation to His sovereignty. As we keep reading in the creation account, we come to the use of the plural pronouns us and our, as God makes male and female Gen 1:26-27). So who is the “us” working with God at creation, you may ask. First, if you read back through the opening veres of the creation story, you will see that the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the deep…(Gen 1:2). Then fast forward to the New Testament, Jesus makes the claim He is one with the Father (John 10:38). Paul goes on to explain the supremacy of Christ in his letter to the church in Colosse.

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together. Colossians 1:16-17