By: Pastor Ed Young
Posted: August 9, 2017
From Series: Just What I Needed
John 11:25-26, “Jesus said to her, ‘I am the resurrection and the life. The one who believes in me will live, even though they die; and whoever lives by believing in me will never die. Do you believe this?’”
JEHOVAH is the most frequently used name for God in Scripture. It is mentioned over 6,800 times and it means “to be” and “to live”. No life can exist outside of Him, because He is the uncaused first cause. This means He came from nowhere, and with nothing He created everything we can see and beyond into the infinite universe. Not only is JEHOVAH self-existent, He is self-sufficient. He depends on nothing or no one. Nothing happens without Him allowing it to happen. And He is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow: All Knowing, All Powerful, and Fully Present everywhere at all times. There is no God like our God! JEHOVAH is the one and only Living God. He is the great I AM!
Love is not merely a characteristic of God—JEHOVAH God is love! He who sent His only Son to live righteously, die sacrificially, and rise bodily is the very definition of love. Jesus is JEHOVAH in the New Testament. He said, “I am the bread of life, whoever comes to Me will never go hungry and whoever believes in Me will never thirst”. This means we serve a personal and relational God. He never intended for us to live apart from Him. If that were the case, we wouldn’t exist—why would He create people to watch them feed on lustful desires and die to sin? Conversely, He has pursued every person ever born, and right now, He’s pursuing you!
Father God, I am comforted by the strength of Your presence. I delight in Your name. Help me to love the way You love. Today, I lift up (list at least 2 people). Touch their hearts as I invite them to church this weekend, and open their eyes to witness Your life-changing grace.
It’s already mid-week, and the weekend will be here before we know it. Have you invited those whose names you wrote on the heart-shaped sticky notes last weekend? Continue praying for them even if they can’t make it this weekend. Because chances are, they will eventually accept your invitation if you keep on asking!
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