MONDAY, APRIL 11, 2016
Learning to know God by his names opens up the door to knowing his character more fully and experiencing his power more deeply. – Tony Evans (Senior pastor of Oak Cliff Bible Fellowship in Dallas)
Key Bible Verse: LORD, there is no one like you! For you are great, and your name is full of power. (Jeremiah 10:6)
Dig Deeper: Jeremiah 10:6-16
In Scripture, a name often connotes purpose, authority, makeup and character. In fact, a person’s name is frequently seen as an equivalent of that person.
When Jesus said, “I have made your name known to them, and will make it known” (John 17:26, NASB), he was referencing more than just sounds put together in a word. In Jesus, God came to earth in the flesh and unveiled his heart, mind, will, character, and being through the revelation of his name.
Because of the depth of God’s character, he has various names that reflect the many ways he relates to humanity. For example, God is called Elohim when revealing himself as the all-powerful Creator. He is Jehovah Nissi – the Lord’s banner of victory. It’s a name you need to know when seeking victory in your life. God is also known as Jehovah Rapha, or the Lord your healer. When you are in need of provision, get to know the name Jehovah Jireh – God, the provider.
God has a name for every situation we find ourselves in. We need to learn the names of God because when we know his character and his capacity we will find rest and discover peace and power in his covenantal care of us.
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