Wednesday, July 2, 2008

A Special Note - Christine Miller

I’m so pleased to introduce my friend Christine Miller, a minister and writer from right here in my hometown of Bakersfield, California. Chris will be presenting several articles on The Names of God. In this edition, she’ll discuss Elohim. She’ll be back in November with Jehovah-Jireh and in December with Jehovah-Raah. For a special New Year’s article, Chris will discuss El Elyon…God Most High. Be sure to check back each month—you'll enjoy Christine Miller’s sincere, heartfelt discussions!

The Names of God

Elohim

Proverbs 18:10: “The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous runs into it and is safe.”

Do we really know this God to Whom we pray? Do we have a living, breathing, moment-by-moment relationship with Him? Or is He merely this omnipotent Presence somewhere “out there” to whom we turn only when our world is turned upside down?

One of the greatest blessings in my spiritual life was to be introduced to a book entitled, “The Peace and Power of Knowing God’s Name”, by Kay Arthur. Kay is an internationally known speaker, teacher and author. Through the reading and studying of this book, I learned some of the Hebrew names of God. Each name gives insight into the nature and character of God.

Throughout the Old Testament, we see examples of names given to people that actually give an accurate description of who they were:

Jeremiah: “The Lord throws”—The prophet was thrown into a hostile world; or it could point to “throwing down” the nation in Divine judgment for their sins.

Abraham: “Father of many”—(Needs no explanation!)

Isaiah: “The Lord Saves”—His prophecies, though often ignored, were intended to lead people to the living God.

Because there are so many facets to God’s character, He has more than one name. He is Healer, Provider, Creator, Shepherd and Sovereign King of the universe, just to name a few. So, let’s begin our journey of “getting to know Him.”

“ELOHIM” means Creator. “El” means “mighty or “strong”; “Him” means “more than one.”

The first three verses of Genesis l: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and void, and darkness was over the surface of the deep, and the Spirit of God was moving over the surface of the waters. Then God said, ‘Let there be light’; and there was light”.

So we see that the Holy Spirit was also present at creation. God spoke; the Spirit moved.

There are also Scriptures pointing to the fact that Jesus was present at creation. One such verse is Colossians 1:6: “All things were created by Him – things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible.” Another is John 1:1-3: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things came into being through Him, and apart from Him nothing came into being that has come into being.”

Each person of the triune Godhead had a part in creation. Gen. 1:26 says: “Let us make man in our image.”

So when you look at yourself and are displeased with this or that feature—wishing your appearance or temperament were different…or wishing there was such a thing as a “personality transplant”…it’s time to run into the strong tower of your Elohim. You are exactly the way God designed you to be. Steep yourself in the truths of Psalm 139:1-14: “For You formed my inward parts; You covered (wove) me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; marvelous are Your works and that my soul knows very well.”

Pretty awesome! He made not only the magnificent mountains, the starry host and the endless oceans; He specifically made and designed you—custom-made to fulfill His purposes. Ephesians 2:10: “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, so that we would walk in them.”

Rejoice in the fact that you are exactly who God created you to be and that He has a purpose for YOUR life!

Christine Miller lives in Bakersfield, California, with her husband of 40 years. She and Ken are blessed by two wonderful children, a teriffic son in-law and daughter in-law and four "fantabulous" grandchildren!

Christine considers Cursillo—a renewal Movement which she feels changed her life—to be her major ministry. “I love the in-depth study of God's Word and leading others concerning its life application—through both teaching and writing,” she says.

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