Names Of God

Exodus 3:14 God said unto Moses, "I AM WHO I AM. Say to the people of Israel: I AM has sent me to you. 

Speaking to Moses out of the burning bush, God gave himself a personal name. It has been pronounced "Jehovah" or "Yahweh", but the meaning is unmistakable.

God is the great I AM, the eternal, self-existent One. He has always been, and he will always be. he depends on nothing and no one, and he never changes in his essential nature and being. He is not limited by time. He is not the "I was" or the "I will be", He is always the I AM.

Perhaps your life has been anything but stable. Perhaps your circumstances have seen many ups and downs, backwards and forwards. Perhaps you have regrets about the past or worries about the future.

If so, you are like every other human being. All of us have known what it is to suffer loss, disappointment and heartache. But God has not.

Why is this comforting? Because the same God has enlisted himself on behalf of his people. He is not only an unchanging rock in the middle of a constantly changing world, He invites us to build our lives on the stable rock of His character, His goodness and promises.

On what is your hope and future built? Is your foundation laid in this fast sinking world, or in the great and unchanging I AM?

I trust it is in the I AM.

Decision Making

Matthew 6:33 (NLT) But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.

Life often seems very complicated. Career decisions, family dynamics, academic ambitions. Every area and issue of life has its own challenges.

However, Jesus spotlights for us the one overriding, all-encompassing priority for living and, by doing so, simplifies our complicated decisions considerably. Seek first the kingdom, Jesus says, not personal advancement, financial security, or self-fulfillment.

Should you accept this promotion? Seek first the kingdom. Where should you send your children to school? Seek first the kingdom. Should you pursue this relationship? Seek first the kingdom.

While this directive does not provide the specific answer to every problem, it certainly does eliminate a great number of possible options. If it does not further the kingdom of God and his righteousness, then it does not meet your basic criteria and need not be considered any further.

When we single-mindedly seek the welfare of the kingdom, then Jesus promises that God will seek out welfare, as well: all these things will be added to you. What are these things? Everything that is necessary and good for you, everything that will assist you in your goal of advancing the kingdom of Christ.

As you face difficult and convoluted questions today, filter your thoughts and decisions through this all important objective: SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM OF GOD.

Overcoming Barrenness

1 Samuel 1:10-11
And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish. Then she made a vow and said, O Lord of hosts, if you will indeed look on the affliction of your maidservant and remember me, and not forget your maidservant, but will give your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.

These words are written about Hannah, who was barren. But God answered her prayer by giving her a son, and he became one of the most prominent figures in the Bible- Samuel.

Perhaps there is a "barrenness" in some area of your life, and like Hannah, who was tormented by her adversary, so it is with you. Prayer can change things. It did in Hannah's life, and it can in yours. There are however several things about Hannah's prayer one should consider.

1. Hannah's prayer was not casual. It was heartfelt and deep. To much of our praying is skin deep. Only prayers that originate from deep within us get God's attention. James 5:16 declares that the effective, fervent prayers of the righteous man avails much.

2. Hannah's prayer was specific. She asked for a male child. Too much of our praying is too general. Don't be afraid to be specific in your requests.

3. Hannah wanted the answer to her prayer to glorify God. Her boy would be dedicated to God's service. When our prayers take on the purpose of glorifying God, we have moved into a higher realm.

If you are experiencing a barrenness in any area of life, pray. And let your prayers be heartfelt, specific, and for the glory of God.