Yahweh Roi: The Lord is My Shepherd

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Roi, The Lord is My Shepherd. Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Roi, The Lord is My Shepherd. A shepherd is defined as someone who gives guidance to someone else. They guide and direct in a particular direction. The Lord as our Shepherd intends to guide our every step towards Him. The goal: His glory. The purpose: That no one would be lost. The result: Eternal life through and with Jesus Christ […]

Yahweh Roi: The Lord is My Shepherd

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Roi, The Lord is My Shepherd.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Roi, The Lord is My Shepherd. A shepherd is defined as someone who gives guidance to someone else. They guide and direct in a particular direction. The Lord as our Shepherd intends to guide our every step towards Him.

The goal: His glory.
The purpose: That no one would be lost.
The result: Eternal life through and with Jesus Christ.

If we ever find ourselves on the wrong path, because we have the love of our Shepherd, He will guide us in all things. His loving and protective watchful hand is always within reach to steer us back into the fold.

When the road appears easy, we must find ourselves never forgetting that we are not traveling alone. We are not capable of bringing about the good things that occur. It is the protection of our great Shepherd that sustains us and brings us into those places of Victory. When the way seems easy, we may become susceptible to forgetting that Yahweh Roi, the Lord is our Shepherd, is even there. Our level of comfort can be misleading and can on occasion cause us to lose our connection to the One who is our source for everything. Our focus becomes disrupted.

We may even find ourselves, as sheep, wandering off the path of righteousness. But Great News awaits us! Our Shepherd is there to keep us from straying, if we will turn and follow Him. When we hear His voice, His call that draws us near, He safeguards us and changes the course of our mind and our heart, keeping us from desiring things that are not like Him. In Yahweh Roi, we have all that we need.

Someone might say, “Hey! I’ve heard all of this before. But I don’t see any change in my life. What you are saying sounds good, but if He has all that I need, why is my heart still broken? Why am I struggling in my relationships? Why is my wayward child not lining up to God’s will? Why is this financial stress getting the best of me?”

These are all valid questions.

For me, if I may share, what it comes down to is trust in God. I’ve tried different paths, and have put my trust in various things, but the end result has still been the same. I saw no change and I was left with disappointment. When I go it alone, I have no one to turn to for strength. I exhaust myself in trying to find resolutions for my problems.

Have you perhaps exhausted yourself trying to find resolutions for your problems? Why not try God? There is nothing to lose.

Know that we can safely place our hope in Him. We can make a decision to put our faith in God and remember that everything in life is a process. We don’t hope in what we want to happen, but we hope in the God who knows what is best, because He has the end in view. He has the full picture. Every unanswered question in our minds, He already knows the solution and the way to get us there. Does it always feel good or look good while we are going through the process? No! It does not. But, we trust in the Word of God. It all does work together for good.

And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love God and are called according to his purpose for them.

ROMANS 8:28 NLT

First, we make a decision of our own free will to give God our heart and work each day to build an intimate relationship with Him. We do that by communing with Him (simply talking to Him) through prayer, and we listen to hear what He tells our heart. What God places within our heart, when it aligns with His Word, which means that we are reading and studying the Bible and praying for wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, then we will know that we truly heard His voice and can follow Yahweh Roi, the Lord is my Shepherd. He never leads us astray.

My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish. No one can snatch them away from me, for my Father has given them to me, and he is more powerful than anyone else. No one can snatch them from the Father’s hand. The Father and I are one.”

JOHN 10:27-30 NLT

Why should we travel life blindly with no hope and no direction when Yahweh Roi, the Lord is My Shepherd offers us a guided tour. He will help us to avoid the road blocks and the detours. He will make sure that we are not traveling down the wrong side of the road or down a one-way street, the wrong way.

For me, it is realizing that my faith is built one day at a time. I, one-by-one, am able to release the weights to the God who does the impossible. He knows best; therefore, when I don’t get my way, Yahweh Roi, the Lord is my Shepherd is guiding me in the direction that will ultimately bring Him glory for His greater purpose. When I let go of my will, the way becomes easier.

We are to remember that it’s not about us. Our lives quite possibly are being developed and will be used as a testimony to others, because God knows that once we finish the process, there are those that only we can reach. Without the test, we would have nothing to share with others. If everything always went our way, we would never turn to Him. We would be pumped up in our own strength to accomplish things and would fail to give Him the glory He is due.

Regardless of how many happy days we have here, we know that we have a hope for the future, eternal life. We all suffer, but to suffer for Christ’s sake means it is not all in vain. We have true hope. We have joy and when we don’t actually feel the joy, we are to count it as such.

Dear brothers and sisters, when troubles of any kind come your way, consider it an opportunity for great joy. For you know that when your faith is tested, your endurance has a chance to grow. So let it grow, for when your endurance is fully developed, you will be perfect and complete, needing nothing. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do.

JAMES 1:2-8 NLT

With all that I have endured over the past 7 years of my life, it was hard to say the least. This post may even find you in a season of hard times. If I may encourage you, know that I am still in the process, but I made a choice and that choice was to keep my eyes on God and to trust that He has a plan. Although the agony sometimes has been heavy, I had to simply decide to trust that every step forward, every day with Him, would ultimately result in all things working together for good. Every day is not good, but every day without Christ, is ultimately worse. Although life without Him may present itself as being better, my soul would be eternally lost. With anything in life, it is important to plan for the future. That includes the future of our soul.

I don’t always walk this walk perfectly and always wake up each day jumping for joy, but I have Yahweh Roi, the Lord is my Shepherd who provides the comfort that I need. When my soul becomes weary or I feel down looking at what is before me, I can choose to refocus and God renews my strength.

In every earthly relationship where we choose to give someone our heart, it comes down to trust and communication. We take the chance of being hurt and disappointed. If we are willing to take that chance with “man”, why not give God our heart. He loves us beyond how anyone else can love us. He has our best interest in mind at all times. He never does anything to hurt us, but we can’t be so quick to jump ship when things do not turn out as planned. When we give Him time and allow Him to work His will in and through us, life with Him is better than life without Him. With Him we are guaranteed eternal life. Being with Christ does not eliminate the results of life. We are in this world. But because we have Him, we have a guide along the right path. It’s a choice and one I am willing to stick with so that I will see what the end is going to be.

You are more than enough. I am more than enough. So let’s not look back. Let us finish the process.

Sometimes we desire to hear, “How do I even go about doing this? Why should I do this?” I pray that at least one heart is being touched, and that one soul is being refreshed and renewed. He never said it would be easy, but we can win the spiritual battle for our souls. We must press through and keep the end in mind. There is a purpose for it all. We cannot analyze everything based on what we see with our natural eyes and say, “Well if this isn’t working, why should I keep seeking God?” We instead must trust in the One who created us and believe that His way will bring about His desired will. We can become comfortable in uncomfortable situations because we have the comforter as our counselor, mentor, and friend. Why not open up our hearts willingly and give Him a try. He has all that we need. Who knows what we need? He does.

Now back to our regularly scheduled post. God seems to want to interrupt our regular life, our plans, with His own.

The Lord is my shepherd;
I have all that I need.
He lets me rest in green meadows;
he leads me beside peaceful streams.
He renews my strength.
He guides me along right paths,
bringing honor to his name.

PSALMS 23:1-3 NLT

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Yahweh Shalom: The Lord is Peace

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Shalom, The Lord is Peace. Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Shalom, The Lord is Peace. He is the source of all peace. When we find peace in Him, we find wholeness in this broken world. We can try to find it without being connected to Yahweh Shalom, The Lord is Peace, but it will never shine through our entire lives. Get connected to the source of all peace! […]

Yahweh Shalom: The Lord is Peace

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Shalom, The Lord is Peace.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Shalom, The Lord is Peace. He is the source of all peace. When we find peace in Him, we find wholeness in this broken world. We find the true connection that provides peace that trickles down into all areas of our lives.

The peace we receive from Yahweh Shalom, is like that of an electricity source. No matter what we try to do, if we turn on a lamp, and light does not shine through it, we cannot produce that light on our own. We cannot produce that light without being connected to the main power source of energy. We can change the bulb. We can plug and unplug it or even move it to another outlet. But unless our local connection is connected to the source, that light will never shine. Our entire home will be in darkness and without the energy that it needs to properly function.

So it is with the peace that we seek. We can try to find it without being connected to Yahweh Shalom, The Lord is Peace, but it will never shine through our entire lives. We will find ourselves in dark places trying to find peace in the things of this world. We will never have the peace that Yahweh Shalom, the Lord is Peace, provides. Amazingly, there is a remedy to this problem.

Get connected to the source of all peace!

As long as we stay connected to Him, we will be complete in God. We will find safety and rest for our weary souls.

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Yahweh Rophe: The Lord Who Heals

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals. Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals. When we think of healing, our minds tend to turn directly to physical healing. However, God cannot and should not be limited. Healing can come in many different forms. Yes, God does heal our bodies, not just here on earth while we are able to see the results first hand, but also He heals when someone is freed from their suffering and pain. It does not always come about according to our preferred plan, but God undeniably is a healer; He is Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals […]

Yahweh Rophe: The Lord Who Heals

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals. When we think of healing, our minds tend to turn directly to physical healing. However, God cannot and should not be limited. Healing can come in many different forms. Yes, God does heal our bodies, not just here on earth while we are able to see the results first hand, but also He heals when someone is freed from their suffering and pain. It does not always come about according to our preferred plan, but God undeniably is a healer; He is Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals.

But how about this? God sent His Son, Jesus, who came to save those who are lost, which at one point was each and every one of us; but, in His coming, Jesus also followed the plan of His Heavenly Father so that we might be made whole while we are here to do the Father’s will. This wholeness is not just for our physical bodies, but also for our souls, which consists of our will, our heart, and our emotions. He came to heal our minds and our broken hearts. He came to heal us from our disappointment and every discouraging moment that we have endured. He came to heal us from those things that try to keep us bound.

Christ came to heal EVERY sickness and disease.

A sickness and disease can be anything that Satan has attempted to overpower us with that is not in the will of God. Anything that clouds our understanding of who God is supposed to be in our lives, is something that we need to be healed from. Some things are visibly easy to recognize within ourselves or others. But some things are kept hidden; however, they can never be hidden from God. He sees all and knows all and has provided a way to heal all.

There is healing for our sin-filled natures.

I have discovered this principle of life—that when I want to do what is right, I inevitably do what is wrong.

ROMANS 7:21 NLT

That is why we need to know and call on Yahweh Rophe, The Lord Who Heals. He brings restoration and is the only One who can make us whole.

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Yahweh Yireh: The Lord Will Provide

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Yireh, The Lord will Provide. Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Yireh, the Lord will Provide. Now this is the God with whom I am intimately familiar. How about you? Again and again, there are times where it may seem to never be enough. God sees everyone of our needs […]

Yahweh Yireh: The Lord Will Provide

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Yahweh Yireh, The Lord will Provide.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is Yahweh Yireh, the Lord will Provide. Now this is the God with whom I am intimately familiar. How about you?

Again and again, there are times where it may seem to never be enough. Perhaps your area of not enough is in your finances. You see nothing but bills in view. Another area might be with your level of strength. You give and give and give and pour out to so many others in your life that there is never enough for yourself. Your time gets away from you and your patience is insufficient.

God sees every one of our needs, those we openly share and talk about with friends and loved ones, as well as, those needs we try to hide or prefer not to share with others. God, Yahweh Yireh, the Lord will Provide, supplies what we need in forethought to our problems or concerns, and will, in His sovereignty, bring those resolutions to light. When there appears to be no solution to be found, Yahweh Yireh is on the scene.

As our provider, there have been times when God has showed up for us when there was no other way out or through. Without his provision, situations could have potentially caved in around us.

But God!

I don’t know about you, but it is my desire to aspire to never forget the past ways that my provider, Yahweh Yireh, has made for me. He has shown to be a God who is faithful and even in a worse case scenario, His proven track record gives me comfort and peace. 

Let’s take a look at Abraham and how the Lord provided for him.

In Genesis chapter 12, we read about how Abraham was called by God. God told Abraham to leave his native country, his relatives, and his father’s family, and go to the land that He would show him. God’s promise to Abraham was to make him into a great nation. God declared that Abraham would be blessed.

As we move forward to Genesis chapter 15, through a vision, God spoke to Abraham and told him not to be afraid. God would protect him and his reward would be great. Though God promised to make Abraham into a great nation, God had yet to give Abraham any descendants of his own. Abraham began trying to come up with a solution that he was responsible for. Abraham rationalized that one of his servants would be his heir. But Yahweh Yireh, The Lord Will Provide, had other plans.

5 Then the Lord took Abram outside and said to him, “Look up into the sky and count the stars if you can. That’s how many descendants you will have!”
6 And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.

GENESIS 15:5-6 NLT

It’s very important that we see here that Abraham (then known as Abram) believed the Lord. The things that God wants to provide to us, those things that go beyond our normal needs, are things in which we must believe, in order to receive.

Without belief, those shut doors cannot be opened.

God made a promise to give Abraham and Sarah a son, together, that would be their blood heir through which many descendants would follow. This disclosure of the promise was only the beginning, as this would ultimately lead to Jesus Christ, our High Priest. He provides a way that now allows us to go to God, the Father, for ourselves through Him.

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El Shaddai: God Almighty

Today I would like us to journey alongside with El Shaddai, God Almighty. Our God, the one and true living God, is El Shaddai, God Almighty. With Him, nothing is impossible. When we seek Him for anything and everything, we can remain confident in His mighty power to deliver us, because He is El Shaddai, God Almighty […]

El Shaddai: God Almighty

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with El Shaddai, God Almighty.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is El Shaddai, God Almighty. With Him, nothing is impossible. When we seek Him for anything and everything, we can remain confident in His mighty power to deliver us, because He is El Shaddai, God Almighty.

In His mighty authority, God has already spoken into our lives who He created us to be, which was to be like Him, created in His very image. We are to be holy because He’s holy. We are made righteous through Jesus Christ. All we have to do is walk in it, act on it, and be about it. There is no problem that El Shaddai, God Almighty cannot solve. There is no situation that He cannot reverse. There is no place so low that He cannot reach. 

God, himself, spoke of His own character. He acknowledged that He is God Almighty. There is no second guessing this. There is no room for interpretation and no place for doubt. Even in those moments where we don’t feel as though His mighty hand is being effective in every detail of our lives, God said it, and that’s enough. 

When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am El-Shaddai—‘God Almighty.’ Serve me faithfully and live a blameless life.

GENESIS 17:1 NLT

Just as God directed Abram to serve Him, we, too, are to faithfully serve the Lord and live a blameless life before Him. Does this mean we are to be perfect? There is none perfect but El Shaddai, God Almighty. However, we are to continue daily to strive to this perfection, seeking to be like Christ, God’s Son, as they are one with the Holy Spirit. We want to have the attitude and nature of El Shaddai, God Almighty and to be obedient to His instructions. God is a God of order and we must live our lives in order with God’s purpose. 

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El Roi: The God Who Sees Me

Today I would like us to journey alongside with El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. Our God, the one and true living God, is El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. God sees us; where we have been, where we presently are, and where we are going […]

El Roi: The God Who Sees Me

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with El Roi, The God Who Sees Me.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is El Roi, The God Who Sees Me. God sees us; where we have been, where we presently are, and where we are going. El Roi sees our heart, our pain, and our disappointment. He sees where we are weak, and He sends His abundance of strength to lift us up. El Roi sees the end, where we are headed, and the great works He has prepared for us, all for His glory. He sees us as victorious in Christ Jesus.

El Roi, The God Who Sees Me, watches over every aspect of my life. 

Let’s take a look at the story of Hagar. Hagar was Sarai’s (later known as Sarah’s) maid, given by Sarai to her husband Abram (later known as Abraham) to conceive an heir. Hagar became Abram’s concubine and the mother of Ishmael.

Once Hagar became pregnant, she began to despise (dislike or maybe even possibly, hate) Sarai. As a result, Sarai went to Abram and complained about how she was being treated and the attitude that Hagar had against her. Sarai blamed Abram, even though it was her initial idea to give Hagar to her husband.

We, too, have possibly made decisions without seeking God first, and when the outcome was not as we had planned, we attempted to blame others. You see, Sarai did not pray and consult God for guidance and that led to confusion and just a big ole mess.

“Abram replied, “Look, she is your servant, so deal with her as you see fit.” Then Sarai treated Hagar so harshly that she finally ran away.”

GENESIS 16:6 NLT

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Elohim: God, Mighty Creator

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Elohim, God, our Mighty Creator. Our God, the one and true living God, is Elohim, God, Mighty Creator. God said it, and everything He spoke came into existence. This shows His ultimate power over the earth and all that is within it […]

Elohim: God, Mighty Creator

INTRODUCTION

As we continue to deepen our relationship with God, it is imperative that we truly know who He is. We know that He is our everything, Yes, but I would like to invite you to go on a little journey with me. The goal is to end this exploration with a better understanding and knowledge of who God is, through the study of some of the names of God.

It is my continued endeavor to grow in my faith in God and who He is, day by day. It is in the simple knowledge of who God is that my trust in Him will increase.

Today I would like us to journey alongside with Elohim, God, our Mighty Creator.

DEVOTION

Our God, the one and true living God, is Elohim, God, Mighty Creator. God said it, and everything He spoke came into existence. This shows His ultimate power over the earth and all that is within it. The most amazing part for me is how He chose to make us in His own image, to be like Him. He blessed all that He made and commanded us to be fruitful and multiply. We were given full reign over all that God created. Oh how He loves us, with an abundant, unfailing love.

God designed all that we see, as His gift to us.

In the Word of God, we find a passage where Jacob had a dream. And in this dream, God spoke to him.

“…I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham, and the God of your father, Isaac. The ground you are lying on belongs to you. I am giving it to you and your descendants. Your descendants will be as numerous as the dust of the earth! They will spread out in all directions – to the west and the east, to the north and the south. And all the families of the earth will be blessed through you and your descendants. What’s more, I am with you, and I will protect you wherever you go. One day I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have finished giving you everything I have promised you.”

Genesis 28:13-15 NLT

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