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The Sacred Names

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Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can, In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can, As long as ever you can. ~John Wesley (10,000 Days by Tom Hinton)

In Hebrew scripture God is referred to as El Shaddai. The translation of this title is “All-Sufficient One.”

Ancient Rabbis would pray to the “King of the Universe.” Kabbalah teaches that there are 72 sacred names or titles of God. (You can learn more at the Cleveland Kabbalah Centre.)

The prophet Job considered God, “My Redeemer.” For a forsaken Hagar in the book of Genesis God was known as “My Provider.”

The Apostle Paul referred to the divine one as Abba, a term some translate as Father, but the meaning carries deeper meaning and reverence than a simple appeal to a parental figure.

Of course, Jesus taught his followers to trust in “my Father and your Father.”

The Apostle James made his prayer known to the, “Father of lights”, in whom there is no darkness or shadow.

In Revelation John reveals the Alpha and Omega, that the Lord is the beginning and the end of all things.

To Moses the sacred name of God was revealed, believed to be YHWH or YHVH, often interpreted as “I am”, similarly believed to represent that God is at all times and all places and alone self-sustaining.

The angels around the heavenly throne proclaim, “Holy, Holy, Holy” as they bring worship to the Creator.

Throughout scripture when “God” is used, it is often a “generic” reference to the divine. When LORD it used, it is the personal name of God that Moses knew.

Many people find great strength in their prayers as they pray the names and titles of God. There are many books that share more of the references to God in sacred writings.

There are times you may need to pray to your Father, and at other times you may be drawn into worship of the All-sufficient one. In times of trouble you may want to reach out to the Father of Lights or the King of the Universe as you know that in his strength you can overcome all things.

And maybe you simply need to rest in the promises and simply repeat the following title. As Mike Murdock shared, he was healed of a grave illness after his dad spent the night simply proclaiming over and over, “Thou art a Mighty God, thou are at Mighty God, thou art a Mighty God.”

The important thing is that in the end you are transformed into one who follows the greatest commandment, love God and love other people, and in turn do all the good you can.



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