7 Things You Need to Know about God in 2024

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This list is building up on the amazing insights we get from Psalm 103 in this previous post:
Psalm 103 Blog Post

1. His Names

God has 7 names that He gives in the Old Testament which allow people to know who He is:
I. Jehovah Nissi: God is my Refuge.
Altars have names (did you know that?), and Moses built an altar, calling it Jehovah-Nissi,” which alluded to either the “Lord is my refuge” or the “Lord is my banner” (Exodus 17:16).
If you’re in trouble and you feel like you’re being hunted down, you can run to Him for safety (even if it’s your fault, as long as you truly repent. He knows all hearts and He knows if you’ve truly repented, so if you run to Him unworthily, you’re wasting your time. He sees through you. But if you mean it, He’ll be your refuge. He sees you and He’ll keep you safe).
II. Jehovah-Jireh: God Will Provide
God does not glory in poverty and lack. In Psalm 23, we see “I shall not want,” (Psalm 23:1). The “provision” name for God in Genesis 22:13-14 is Jehovah-Jireh or “God will provide.”
If you need it, He will provide it. When was the last time you stopped trying to do everything yourself and allowed God to provide for you the way He does all of creation (zebras don’t have to go on the dole or welfare. Lilies are dressed in more expensive and refined couture than Chanel or Dior. I’m just saying.)
III. Jehovah Rapha: God Heals
People always think differently about whether God heals or not, like healing is an optional choice on some cosmic menu: “Er…yes, I’m ready to order. I would like One God with some grace -but don’t go hyper with it… and hold the healing. Thanks.” So ludicrous. God is God people!!! If you want to stay sick, keep it to yourself! Don’t turn it into doctrine!!! As for me and my house, we will serve the LORD!
His Word says God is Jehovah Rapha, or “God that healeth” (Exodus 15:26), as he promised not to put “these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.” In Psalm 103, He repeats again after telling us NOT to forget ALL His benefits, that He HEALS ALL OUR DISEASES. Go and read it now. And believe it this time.
Psalm 103 Blog Post
I have to admit, as one of the Magi (I use this term to mean a learned person, a scientist, not a magician) I had a lot of trouble with this scripture. I was an undergraduate student living in Zambia when HIV was ravaging the land. People were dying all around. Our lecturers. Fellow students. Family members. It was crazy and it was such a dark foreboding time. I started to wonder if God healed viruses or whether this word was just for true biological entities (viruses straddle a weird position in biology because they are kind of alive and kind of not). So I brought all my learning and spent so much time trying to see which diseases were included in this scripture and which were not. Similar to when you are signing up for some service online and as you’re registering, you scroll to see if your country is there and breathe a sigh of relief because there you are on the list. Zambians generally don’t know how good that feels because we are usually missing from most lists together with Yemen. I’m not sure how I can explain this. I digress. I was trying to find a reason not to believe…when His word said ALL YOUR DISEASES.
God heals people, period. He does it whether you like it or not, whether you find some weird theology to chuck this attribute of God out or not. He just keeps on healing people because He said this about Himself in the Bible. If you don’t see this at work in your life, the problem is not with God. Do some introspection and if you ask the Holy Spirit to help you see, He’ll show you where you’re going wrong.
IV. Jehovah-Shalom: God Our Peace
In Judges 6:24, God is referred to as Jehovah-Shalom, which means “God our Peace.” Jesus is called the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and also Here, Gideon built an altar unto the Lord after he said unto him, “[p]eace be unto thee; fear not: thou shalt not die.”
V. Jehovah-Raah: God Our Way and Shepherd
Most people know Jesus as the Good Shepherd. He is Jehovah-Raah, “God our Way and Shepherd,” in Psalm 23:1.
VI. Jehovah Tsidkenu: God of Righteousness
In Jeremiah 23:6, God is referred to as Jehovah Tsidkenu. This means “God of Righteousness.”
VII. Jehovah-Shammah: God Is There/Ever-Present
God is the “Ever present light” when we meet Him as Jehovah-Shammah in Ezekiel 48:35, when referring to a large city.

2. His Nature

God is spirit, not physical. The spirit realm came before the physical realm (In Genesis God spoke the physical realm into existence FROM the spirit realm) and is superior to it. All physical things come from the spiritual. It makes zero sense to worship physical things.It is the dummest thing you can do.

3. His Will

His will is that all should come to know Him through Christ and no one should perish. (His justice requires that all wrongdoing must be judged. For those who accept Jesus Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, the payment for all wrongdoing has been paid on full. That’s why Christian are happy people) He has laid out every day of our lives before we were created and His will is that we walk in the works He prepared for us before the dawn of time. The activities He has prepared for us are custom-made for each of us, and this mission we have fits snugly into our God-given personality so we can excel at the work.
His will is that we excel in soul-winning and we excel in bringing a profit to the money He gave us in our lives for use in the Kingdom.

4. His Ways

God is not man that He should lie or a child of a man that He should lie. He exalts the humble and fights against the proud. His ways are so much higher than ours. He calls those things that are not as though they were.

5. His Acts

He fought on behalf of Israel and the Church, He fed them miraculously and healed them miraculously. He sent poisonous snakes against murmurers in the desert. He saved Rahab and her family for helping Isreal. He raised Jesus and others from the Dead.

6. His Character

He is full of mercy toward people and corrects His children because He loves them. He never changes.
Hebrews 13:8 (KJV)
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.

7. His Promises

He will bless you, your family and your kids’ kids if you’re faithful to His covenant.
2 Corinthians 1:20 KJV
For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

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