ELOHIM CHAYIM

12 07 2019

Elohim Chayim

ELOHIM CHAYIM

 

THE LIVING GOD

 

This is how you will know that the living God (Elohim Chayim) is among you and that he will certainly drive out before you the Canaanites, Hittites, Hivites, Perizzites, Girgashites, Amorites and Jebusites. Joshua 3:10
Elohim – God, our Creator
Chayim – Life
So, Elohim Chayim, is the Living God.
It is so good to know that our God is living! There are so many so-called gods out there that are not living. Jesus, the Son, rose from the dead. He is living – not dead anymore! Hallelujah! We serve a God who is living and wants to be part of our lives. Jesus died so we could live with Him in heaven.
Elohim Chayim, You are the living God. I lift up Your name in praise and exaltation, for You are deserving of my highest adoration. In You is life. All that is living finds it’s existence from You. Without You, we have no life. Every animal, cell, flower, human being – every living thing receives it’s life from Your own. Awesome and great Elohim Chayim, I praise Your powerful, life-giving name.
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WHAT IS YOUR PIT?

6 07 2019

pit

I can hear you. What has this picture have anything to do with Christianity? Well, I am reading a book which talks about pits and thought I would share what I am learning. To be very honest, I see myself on every page.

There are three pits which we inevitably will find us in. The first is a pit because someone else put you there. What do you mean? Well, let’s see. Some examples are abused as a child. Domestic abuse is another one. Parents divorce put children in pits. I think you get the idea.

The second one is one you slipped in without foreplanning. It just happened. Examples? You are friends with a co-worker. You’re both married and you never planned on sleeping together, but it happened. Passion over-ruled your knowing.

The third is you jumped in with eyes wide open. You knew what was right but you did it anyhow. This is the one that spoke loudly to me. My example is my own story. I was engaged. I went to a revival and knew we were unequally yoked. I called off the marriage, but he talked me into it. I knew it was wrong, but I went ahead and did it. Even when getting ready to go down the aisle, the Lord gave me one last warning. My sister said I could still walk out the back door. I should have, but didn’t.

I paid for that pit for 17 years. He then put me in the pit of the first one – domestic abuse. I have worked years to get out of both pits. I am happy to say I have dug myself out. But how did I do it? Only with God’s help. There was no other way to do it.

So it makes me think of Joseph. His own brothers put him in the pit. But in the end he told them it was so he would be in Egypt to save many people from the famine.

My encouragement for you today is to dig yourself out of the pit. Let God heal you and bring you out. Ask Him what pit you are in and He will begin the healing process you are in. Is it easy? No. But is it worth it? You bet! And let me tell you – one of the best ways to get out of the pit is forgiveness. Forgive others who have caused you to be in the pit and forgive yourself. Don’t make your home in it.





EL HAKABODH

5 07 2019

El Hakabodh

EL HAKABODH

THE GOD OF GLORY

The voice of the Lord is over the waters;
the God of glory (El Hakabodh) thunders,
the Lord thunders over the mighty waters. Psalm 29:3
Glory (Strongs Concordance) – Hakabodh –
glory, honour, glorious, abundance
1a) abundance, riches
1b) honour, splendour, glory
1c) honour, dignity
1d) honour, reputation
1e) honour, reverence, glory
1f) glory
Just the thought of God’s glory goes beyond my thinking. He is all Glory! He is all Holy! I put those two together. Then I think of the Shekinah Glory. If you have never seen it, may I say it is completely without words. Once, did I have the privilege of seeing that. The sad part, I was the only one in that room who did. And the light that emanated from that was too much for my eyes. And that was just a tad of His glory. His glory is too much for our physical bodies to handle very well. He can’t give us too much. I believe that would literally kill us. But the biggest thing that affected me about that vision? It was His love. Oh, His love. I can’t even put it into words. His love enveloped me. His love encompassed me. It went through everything of me. How could I not love Him back? Why did I see that? Only God knows. I know I have asked to see His glory. It makes me think – is this what Moses saw on the mountain?
El Hakabodh you are a jealous God who does not share your glory with others. Pardon my sins for when I turn my eyes to humanity thinking that this person or that person was the one who delivered me from a particular trial. Rather, it was you who used them to bring about your intended deliverance. Forgive my short-sightedness in not always seeing your glory through your creation, your works, your word and your Spirit.

 





THE WOMEN WHO MET JESUS

1 07 2019

Women who met Jesus cover

This was quite an enjoyable book.  You have different types of writing all together.  You have where Dorothy Valcarcel writes a story of an experience of either her, her family, or a friend that goes with the scripture for that chapter.  You then have a fictionalized version of what could have happened to go with that scripture.  Then you have the devotional that helps you learn how to act/react to similar situations.  At the end of each chapter are questions to ask yourself.  This helps you to dig deep within yourself, but at the same time, to identify with the person Dorothy is talking about in that chapter.  All in all, I recommend this.  I could not go through this quickly, as it made me go deep within myself and want to change, which is the better.

 

Though they seem worlds apart from us, the women of New Testament times had similar heartaches and desires. They too experienced ambition, worry, brokenness, loneliness, and insecurity. They may have wondered how some unusual man from Galilee could possibly understand their needs. And then they met him.
Rather than trivializing their problems or ignoring women, Jesus responded to their deepest needs. He reminded them of their value and transformed their past, present, and future. This engaging book recounts eighteen of their powerful true stories and shows that when a woman encounters Jesus, she cannot help but be changed forever.

 

Dorothy Valcárcel has a 35-year career working with charitable organizations worldwide. That work, along with her own personal struggle to overcome challenging disabilities, is the catalyst for TransformationGarden.com–a global website designed to encourage women in their walk with Jesus. Her daily devotionals are also featured on Crosswalk.com.

 

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher for this review.





CHENYA

29 06 2019

Jesus heals boy

CHENYA

 

I am Chenya (הֵנְיָה), and this means Grace of the Lord. But my life feels anything but grace from the Lord. I have had a very sad heart for so long I cannot remember the last time life was joyful.
Let me begin by saying that I had a wonderful marriage with my man, Aharon (אַהֲרׄן). We were blessed with a boy, Amir. Amir was the love of my life. I was unable to have any more boys after him, so I doted on him. You could say I spoiled the boy. What mother wouldn’t, when all they were having were girls?
Then my Aharon died in battle. My heart literally broke in two. If it wasn’t for Amir, I think I would have died, too. I wanted to, you know. But I had the kids to think about. In time, the girls moved out and married. Amir found a girl too, but then he got sick. Really sick.
As we were walking through town taking Amir to his burial spot, for he had died, I was without condolence. Who would take care of me? The girls had their own families to worry about. But my Amir, he always made sure I was taken care of. And now, here is gone – gone forever. I don’t like being selfish and think of me at this time, but that is reality. My only boy is gone, my husband is gone.
Then this man, Jesus, walked right up to Amir’s pallet. He looked at me and said not to weep. Does he not know this is my only son we are going to bury? But then, this man touched the pallet and spoke to my son. Jesus told Amir to get up! And you know what? He did! My son is ALIVE! This Jesus – He must be at least a prophet or, do I dare say it, the Messiah?
I can’t put into words how I felt at that exact moment when I saw my son rise off of that pallet. The joy. Oh, the joy that I felt was the best joy I have ever felt in my entire life! My son was dead, but now he is alive. And this Jesus? Whatever He wants me to do, I will do. He gave my son back to me, so I want to give back to Him.
Taken from Luke 7:11-17




EL EMUNAH

21 06 2019

El Emunah

EL EMUNAH

 

The Faithful God
Deuteronomy 7:9 (NIV)
9 Know therefore that the Lord your God is God; he is the faithful God (El Emunah),keeping his covenant of love to a thousand generations of those who love him and keep his commandments.
Deuteronomy 32:4 New International Version (NIV)
4 He is the Rock, his works are perfect,
and all his ways are just.
A faithful God (El Emunah) who does no wrong,
upright and just is he.
I am so glad I am not considered God, for I, as a human, tend to not be faithful at times. But God? He is ALWAYS faithful!
According to a commentary on www.bibliatodo.com:
Even though there is a constant desire in us to want to surrender, God will always remind us of his faithfulness, everything he has done for us, what we were before and now, thanks to him, we are all led to redirect our thoughts and realize that without Him we are nothing and that the driving force of our lives is Him. If each one of us thought about his faithfulness, how faithful he has been all this time and how he will continue to be, I think the least we could do is keep fighting, keep trying, do not give up. The faithfulness of God is true and has been demonstrated many times. In the Holy Scriptures we can see that God is faithful and His Word is true. Hebrews 6:18 says that God can not lie, nor can he break an unconditional promise that he says will fulfill. Every pact he makes is maintained. Every promise or prophecy has been fulfilled or will be fulfilled. Throughout the Bible we certainly find testimony after testimony of God’s faithfulness and still today we find it in the testimonies of people. In fact, we can find stories of covenants between God and His people about 277 times in the Bible.

 





YAH

17 06 2019

YAH

Psalm 68:4-5 New King James Version (NKJV)

4 Sing to God, sing praises to His name;
Extol Him who rides on the clouds,
By His name Yah,
And rejoice before Him.
5 A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows,
Is God in His holy habitation.
Yah is His name – the Name above ALL names! Praise Him! Give Him Glory!
So what is Yah? LORD. Is Jesus Lord of your life? Is He your number 1? Yes, we accept Him as our Savior, but LORD goes further. Like the title of the Mark Basterson book: All In. Are you all in for Jesus? This is something to think about. Are we holding onto just a little something that we like to do? Time is getting short, and we need to give Him everything! I’m talking to myself here, too. I have “skeletons” in my closet, too. I have those “secret” things that only God and I know.
None of us is perfect, but we need to strive to be perfect. We need to strive to be Holy, as He is Holy. Begin by what this verse says – Praise. Praise Him. When you’re going through troubles I know it’s difficult. Believe me, I know! But…and here’s the clincher…when you do, your troubles don’t seem so bad anymore. You have gotten your eyes off of your troubles and yourself and put them on Jesus. That is where we are to leave those troubles. Our shoulders aren’t big enough to carry them, but His are.
Let’s leave our care on our LORD!