“Holy and reverend is His name,” Psalm 119:9. We live in perilous times. Therefore, another name for God that we need to know is the Lord of Hosts. Even now many people’s hearts fail them because times have grown worse. If you have ever studied eschatology, the doctrine of future things, know that in the last days difficult times will come. That’s why it is important that we ask God to teach us how to meditate upon the names of God and memorize them and hallow them. In today’s society, the heart of men has waxed cold. Until our hearts become what God intends for them to be, there will always be wickedness and hatred in life. What do we do? How will the Lord help us?
Let me share with you some of the names of God, so that you might reference Him as you should. As these names are revealed, they are to be used so that you might see the context in which God revealed this particular aspect of His character. When we use the name ‘Elohim’ in Genesis 1:1, it means ‘creator.’ ‘El Elyon,’ in Genesis 14:18-20, means ‘the most high’ or ‘sovereign God.’ ‘Jehovah Tsidkenu’ in Jeremiah 23:6 means ‘the Lord, our righteousness.’ ‘Jehovah Jireh,’ in Genesis 22:14, means ‘the Lord will provide.’ ‘Jehovah Raha,’ in Psalm 23:1, means ‘the Lord, my shepherd.’ ‘Jehovah Shalom,’ in Judges 6:24, means ‘the Lord sends peace.’ ‘Jehovah Nissi,’ in Exodus 17:15, means ‘the Lord, my banner.’ ‘Jehovah Rapha,’ in Exodus 15:26, means ‘the Lord that heals.’ ‘Jehovah Shammah,’ in Ezekial 48:35, means ‘the Lord is there.’
When we call on the name of God, we are acknowledging His enabling power to come to our rescue at any given time. How well do you know God as Father? Have you ever stopped to realize who He is? Have you ever experienced His supernatural power? Suppose you find yourself facing an emergency, how would you acknowledge God? Could you stand firm in your knowledge of who He really is?
The church today is in dying need of Spiritual Vocational Training—especially today. In order to provide effective leadership, there must be a full understanding of what individuals are facing in today’s life. The church must provide vocational training that will give structure and understanding of the relationship that we have with God through His son Jesus Christ. There is no substitute for a closed and non-caring relationship with members who are in need of vocational guidance. Some of the aspects of vocational leadership include:
* Teaching relationships at home;
* Personal and family security;
* Stewardship of finances;
* The proper disposition of one’s place of employment;
* Scheduled times by which the family eats, sleeps, and has recreational time with one another;
* Friends we choose;
* Transportation we use;
* Education and training;
* Biblical knowledge and understanding—and the list continue.
If the church is going to be effective in its community, one must ask the question: Are the saints being equipped to lead and perform their ministry duties each and every day?
“To some He gave the power to guide and teach His people. His gifts were made that Christians might be properly equipped for their service, that the whole body might be built up until the time comes. When the unity of common faith and common knowledge of the Son of God is revealed for real maturity that the measure of development, which is meant by the fullness of Christ,” Ephesians 4:11-13.
As we go forward in our Christian walk, remember to ask God to teach you so that you will be profitable to others and the Kingdom of God.