1. Hello our listening friends.
2. What a joy it is to know that you are being blessed by this broadcast.
3. We have heard from several of you.
4. And we’re looking forward to hearing from many of you.
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7. In God’s Word, names have incredible meaning.
8. And no names are more powerful than the names of God.
9. If you are joining this broadcast for the first time,
10. we are in the middle of a series called “Empowered by Praise.”
11. Today, we are going to look at the names of God.
12. The first name God wants us to know about himself is Yahweh.
13. And the name literally means, “to be,”
14. or “the ever living,”
15. Or “the self-existing.”
16. That means that our God depends on nothing and no one for his existence.
17. The second name that God gives us about himself in his Word is this,
18. Yahweh Jireh or Our Provider.
19. God provides for all our needs today, tomorrow and for eternity.
20. In order to know exactly what God said about himself, let’s read from the book of Genesis, chapter 22. (If time allows you can have this read in the program)
21. One of the great names of God is that he is Yahweh Jireh.
22. He is our provider.
23. He might ask you to make a sacrifice.
24. Not because he needs your sacrifice,
25. but he wants your surrender.
26. And when He sees your surrender,
27. He has a great deal of blessing in stored for you.
28. You will receive far more than what you sacrifice.
29. Because God loves to be your provider.
30. So, start learning how to praise Jehovah Jireh.
31. That is one of the great names of God.
32. Then there is a third name of God and it is “Jehovah Rapha.”
33. God revealed himself in this name in Exodus 15:26.
34. Let us read the whole passage, (If time allows, you can read the whole passage.)
35. Do you know what the word “Rapha” means?
36. It means to cure, or to heal, or to restore.
37. God does not just heal or restore.
38. God’s name is healing.
39. His name is synonymous with wholeness.
40. His name is power for your weakness.
41. His name is balm for your wounds.
42. His name is the very secret for a healthy self-esteem.
43. His very name renews a degenerated mind.
44. His very name restores shattered relationships.
45. When we see Jesus face-to-face on that great day,
46. we will have bodies like unto Jesus Christ after the resurrection,
47. and that is why we praise Jehovah Rapha.
48. The fourth name God wants us to know about himself is this,
49. “Jehovah Nissi”, or God our banner.
50. Strange name isn’t it?
51. God is our flag?
52. Basically that is what it literally means and it’s wonderful.
53. Listen to what God said in Exodus 17,
54. The Amalekites came up on the Israelites in the wilderness,
55. and wanted to wipe them out before they got into the Promised Land.
56. So, Moses said to Joshua,
57. “Take some fighting men to you down to the battlefield.
58. and I am going to the hill and take the staff with me.
59. On the top of the hill I’m going to hold the staff to the Lord.”
60. Now there is something here that you must understand.
61. The staff was used of God to perform supernatural miracles.
62. Miracles on behalf of his people in the midst of unbelievers.
63. The staff is a symbol of a prayer life and intercession.
64. It is a symbol of Moses’ dependence on God and trust in the Lord.
65. So, when Moses lifted up the staff in faith,
66. and consequently the small army of the Israelites wiped out the giant Amalekites.
67. Afterward, the Lord said to Moses in Exodus 17:14,
68. “Write this on the scroll as something to be remembered.
69. I will completely blot out the Amalekites from under heaven.
70. And on that spot, Moses built an altar and called it “Jehovah Nissi,”
71. The Lord is my flag.
72. Moses was waving His flag.
73. And when you praise Jehovah Nissi,
74. you are waving the flag of the Lord over you.
75. You are saying to the enemy of your soul, that God is your victory,
76. that God is your banner.
77. When you are praising Jehovah Nissi you are saying the following,
78. “Satan you cannot destroy the purpose of God in my life.”
79. When you are praising Jehovah Nissi you are waving the flag;
80. a flag that is an assurance that God is in control of your life.
81. I don’t know what giants in your life you may be facing today.
82. Whether someone wants to destroy you or your family or your business.
83. Whether it is a giant of financial collapse,
84. whether it is a giant of nagging fear of failure in your life.
85. Whatever giant you may be facing right now,
86. when you praise Jehovah Nissi,
87. you will have victory.
89. Because Jehovah Nissi is greater than all of the giants that you are facing right now.
90. So, praise Jehovah Nissi.
91. Then the fifth name that God wants us to know about Him is “Jehovah M’Kaddesh.”
92. The word M’Kaddesh means to be set aside or separated.
93. In fact, that word was used to refer to people and utensils in the Temple.
94. They were set aside and used only for God in His temple.
95. And yes, it is translated holy.
96. Many people don’t understand the real meaning of the word holy.
97. They think it’s an unreasonable restriction of appearances or behavior.
98. It has nothing to do with all that.
99. In reality it means to be cleansed and set aside.
1. So what does it mean when we say God is holy?
2. It means that God is separated from sin;
3. that God is sinless.
4. But it also means that God set himself aside for you.
5. He dedicated Himself on your behalf.
6. Do you understand the enormity of this?
7. God is not just totally separated from sin,
8. But he is dedicating himself to bless you.
9. God said in Leviticus 20 and verse 7,
10. “I am Jehovah M’Kaddesh.”
11. And that means that the mighty sinless God sets himself aside for you.
12. God dedicated himself to you.
13. God focuses his attention on you.
14. It means that God’s commitment is to you first and foremost.
15. And when you focus on this you cannot help but praise Jehovah M’Kaddesh.
16. And the more you bless Jehovah M’Kaddesh, the more he blesses you.
17. So praise Jehovah M’Kaddesh.
18. I hope you tune in next time to learn more about the names of God.
19. Until we meet again I hope you will be praising Jehovah.