Names of God – Introduction

Ask anyone, “What are the names of God or Jesus?” and you will get very varied answers.  Some with say that God is the Father and Jesus is the Son and that is all that they are.  Others will say that God is the Father, The Great I AM, Our Master, Our Provider, Healer, and God Most High,: Jesus is the Son of God, Part of the Trinity, Healer, Lord, and Savior. The names of God and Jesus are so much more than just names.  To understand this concept all you have to do is open you heart and mind to these concepts.  I’m going to lead you on a journey to discover the meaning of their names, but unfortunately  most likely not all of them.  Even though I think and expect perfection from myself, I might miss a few because I am not in fact, perfect…LOL  Let the Journey Begin!!!!

Most of the names of God or Jesus are not really proper names like Cheryl is to me.  Their names are more like characteristics  or descriptions that tell you more about them so that you can know them better.  Some of the names are the same for both God and Jesus.  For example, both of them are called a form of “Lord”: God is called “LORD” and Jesus is called “My Lord”. I will get more into that at another time.

Exodus 3:14 KJV

God replied to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM, Say this to the people of Israel: I AM sent me to you.”

God also said to Moses, “Say this to the people of Israel: Yahweh, God of your ancestors – the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob – has sent me to you.

This is my eternal name,

my name to remember for all generations.”

God does have a proper name as you can see in the above scripture.  It is the Hebrew word “YHWH”.  In the Hebrew language the vowels are only spoken not written so the pronunciation and spelling are still in debate today. “Yahweh” and  “Jehovah” are just two examples of the proper name of God. Jehovah is a form of the Hebrew name of God that is used in only some translations of the Bible.  Synonyms of Jehovah are being used as nouns for example: Absolute Being, Allah, Father, and Almighty One.

Psalm 83:18 KJV

“That men may know that thou, whose name alone is JEHOVAH, art the Most High over all the earth”

Exodus 6:3 KJV

“And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH was I not known to them.”

As you can see in the above verses from the King James version of the Bible, God names Himself, JEHOVAH.  Now the problem is that in later translations of the Bible such as the NLT and even the New King James, JEHOVAH is changed to “Lord” only in small upper case instead of BOLD UPPER CASE!  JEHOVAH is seen more often in the Bible joined with other titles or characteristics such as JEHOVAH Shalom meaning , “The Lord Our Peace.”

YHWH can also be turned into “Yahweh”. It is used about 6,828 times in the Bible.  It came to be regarded by the Jews in about c Bc 300 as “too sacred” to be spoken which is why the spelling and the way it is pronounced is still in some debate even unto this day. Just as JEHOVAH is translated into “Lord” in the English Bible, YAHWEH in the Hebrew Word is built around the words, “I AM!”  Now that is a different topic altogether.

Now we have to ask the question, “Is God’s name important?” Well, let’s look at the prayer that Jesus Christ gave us to prayer:

Matthews 6:9

“Our Father in the Heaven

Let your name be sanctified.”

Let’s also look at how Jesus himself, prayed to God:

John 12:29

“Father, glorify your name.”

In response, God spoke from heaven; saying:

“I have glorified it and will glorify it again.”

Jesus talks to God with respect, and reverence, and honor and places great importance on God’s name.  This sets the stage for us.  We, too, should treat the Father and the Son with respect, reverence and honor, and hold Him in a place of great importance in our lives.

Come join me on a journey into the individual names of God and Jesus and what they mean.  It will be interesting to see where it leads us……

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Tolerating the Devil?

I am amazed at the world today and it is not in a good way. I was reading Matthew Winter’s ‘What happened to tolerance?” and it brought it all to a head for me. I was not happy about it all and I have to have my say.

I was born in 1967. I was taught morals and what was right was right. What was wrong was wrong. Every man and woman no matter their skin tone deserved an equal pay and vote. I remember after homework and afternoon snack if the weather was nice and sometimes when it was not outside we would go until dinner was on the table or it was dark. Our toys were the dirt and the trees and the grass. We had play clothes and school clothes and church clothes, and you did not get them mixed up. You always went to church on Sunday, there just was no talking yourself out of it. You had church and school dances and plenty of outing to go to that kept you busy tell your of age to date. Then your in High School and the pressure’s on. How far do you let the boy go? Too far and your a slut not far enough and your a prissy. A girl just couldn’t win. If you had sex in high school you weren’t the kind to take home to mom. If you waited too long, the guy loses interest. Now I’m a PK, Preacher’s Kid, so I had it worst than most and It didn’t help when the second guy I ever dated came back to school and said I was a home run when we didn’t even kiss much less hold hands. I was so upset. It pretty much put me off dating till college. I will tell you for a date with a college guy I did walk 6 miles into town , and it was safe to do that. I got a ride back home, and I did get in trouble for sneaking out and that was in 1985.

Here’s a true story that will really show the times we live in. I’m in the 5th grade, two popular girls came up to me after class and kept asking me who I was gay with. I kept saying, “Well, Scott, Makes me laugh. and Eric, always had good jokes.” But it wasn’t until I said,” But my Mom makes me the happiest with these little notes that she leaves me all over the house.” They run off yelling at the top of their lungs, “Cheryl’s gay with her Mother!” I turned red and started to cry though I didn’t know why. I ran home that day tears rolling down my cheeks. I asked Mom about it and she didn’t know. This wasn’t new because to Mom, a French kiss was oral sex. So I went to GrandDad and that was when I found out there was another meaning to the word gay.

Now I’ve raised my children the best that I could in this world. There are now armed guards in their schools and metal detectors as well. My kids could not have metal lunch boxes or any metal at all except for keys to home. They were locked in during the day for their own security. These days we have school shooters killing our children in these locked down schools. Gangs run our streets to the point where it is safer to join a gang than it is to try to live on your own without their protection. There are a lot more places that children and even adults can’t go out of their homes to the corner store alone without fear of harm. Even in the country parts of Mississippi where I grew up I read of a man killing his neighbor just for his land because his neighbor wouldn’t sell to him. It is getting wrong in the world when brother is fighting brother over a piece of land. I want to tell them, “It’s all good. It all belongs to God!!!!!! It’s not yours anyway.”

We are in the End Times! The only thing wrong with the End Times is that God never said how long it would last. But if you really look around you will see without difficulty the prophecies coming true. Man is laying with Man. Woman is laying with woman. Babies are having babies because the government pays them more for the more kids they have despite the fact that they don’t know how to raise them or not have the room to house them properly, as well as can’t handle the number of children that they have. Young men turning to drug dealing because it’s easy money and dropping out of school to do it. More homeless Vets because the government can’t help them now that they are out of the service. This is NOT of God!!!!! We are NOT to Tolerate this. People are asking where is God. Well there is a song that says that, “That’s why God created you!” When are YOU going to start standing up and fighting for what God stands for instead of “Tolerating” the Devil? Are You all arm chair quarterbacks? When are You going to get into the game of life? On Whose side are You playing?

Jeremiah 29:11 Misunderstood?

“For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.”

Jeremiah 29:11  (KJV)


In other versions of the Bible the word, “thoughts” are changed to the word, “plans”.  This seems like a straightforward, direct, no holds bar, statement on the outside.  Let us look on the inside.  This statement sounds out of context like God is talking to every single person individually.  Let’s take a look at Jeremiah 29:4 (KJV)) and test this fact;

“Thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel, unto all that are carried away captives, whom I have caused to be carried away from Jerusalem unto Babylon;”

Do my eyes deceive me? Does that look like a one or all?  By George I think is talking to ALL His people instead of just one person at a time.  I guess God can get tired of saying the same thing over and over again.  (LOL)  So the you in Jeremiah 29:11 is not meant for an individual but for all of God’s people.  Isn’t it grand that God knows our thoughts before we do?

Okay, let’s look at something else that may surprise you even more.  There was a condition on this promise.  Let’s look at Jeremiah 29:10 (KJV);

“For thou saith the Lord, that after seventy years be accomplished at Babylon I will visit you, and perform my good word toward you, to causing you to return to this place.”

Did I read that right? God’s wasn’t coming right then?  He’s going to make His people wait?  Why?  Because it was better for His people?  How is waiting better for his people?  Maybe they needed to get their act together.  Maybe  they needed to grow during this time of captivity and learn things. The important thing is that after 70 years, God came to carry them away to  Jerusalem.  They had to go through the storm of Babylon before they can reap the glory of God.

The storms are going to come, but God will bring you through them.  I have found myself having  to go through the storm a lot more often than not before I got to where God wanted me to be.  Of course, that might be because I grew up learning things at the University of Hard Knocks and didn’t really start listening or paying attention to advice from others until I was in my 30’s and 40’s.  What can I say?  I’m a preacher’s kids…..LOL

Even though this was a “you-do / me-do”  from a very long ago, it is still in effect today.  All God wants us to do is LOVE HIM and put HIM FIRST IN OUR LIVES. OBEY HIM and, let HIM TAKE CONTROL for change.  I know how hard it is to GIVE CONTROL OVER TO GOD because it’s the  one area that I am having the most trouble in.  I Like my control (LOL).  But it’s better His Way!  He wants to love us and take care of us and have only good things for us instead of all the bad that is in the world today.  We are here to show Jesus to the World.  Are you showing Jesus or something/someone else?

Prayer:

God, how I love You!!  You are way too good for me.  Please forgive me of my sins.  Thank You for everything that You do for me.  Thank You for keeping me safe for all these years and for all the years to come.  Thank You for all the blessings that You have given me and anyone reading this and all the ones in the future.   You are the Great Healer, Lord.  Please restore health to me and take away this pain.  “I didn’t earn it.  I don’t deserve it, but You give Yourself away.”  (from the song, “Reckless Love”).  Praise be to the Father, The Son, and The Holy Sprit. In Jesus Name I Pray, Amen.

Have a Blessed Day!!!!