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Praise the Most High God – by Michael Youssef

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Praise the Most High God – by Michael Youssef

“Elohim, the Most High God The first name God revealed to humanity was Elohim, a name that appears more than twenty-five hundred times throughout the Old Testament.

God’s people knew that this name referred to the “most high” God or the “highest” God—the God above all creation, the God who initiated and created all of life. Living all around God’s people were pagans who worshiped gods they had fashioned and defined according to human standards. To declare that there was only one God and that He reigned supreme over the entire universe

was a radically different concept. When God’s people encountered nations who worshiped Baal, the god of fertility, the Hebrews responded, “We worship Elohim, the One who authorizes the birth of children.”

When they encountered pagans who worshiped the god Shamish, the sun god, the Hebrews responded, “We worship Elohim. He is the One who put the sun in its place and who governs its course.” Elohim, the God of all creation, includes all three persons of the Trinity.

We know that Jesus was present at Creation. As John writes: “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made” (John 1:1-3).

We know also that the Holy Spirit was present at creation: “The Spirit of God was hovering over the waters” (Genesis 1:2). God the Holy Spirit has been “moving” and “hovering” over life ever since. He is the Creator of all “newness of life” that we experience in Christ Jesus. Praise Elohim!

 He is the one true and living God. He alone is God. He is the Creator of each new day in our life, each new experience we encounter, and each new spiritual work in us. He is the Author and Finisher of our faith”.

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I praise You, Elohim, as “the great God, the great King above all gods.”

“Great is the Lord and most worthy of praise; he is to be feared above all gods.”Psalms 95:3; 96:4

“I know that the Lord is great, that our Lord is greater than all gods. The Lord does whatever pleases him, in the heavens and on the earth, in the seas and all their depths.” For this I praise and exalt You, Most High God. Psalm 135:5-6

“How great is your goodness, which you have stored up for those who fear you, which you bestow in the sight of men on those who take refuge in you.” Psalm 31:19

 

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Ephesians 1:17

Ephesians 1:17

Here is one of the most powerful apostolic prayers in the whole of the Bible. I want to begin to look at this prayer and explore the Holy Spirit’s meaning and how it relates to us in very practical terms.

This was not only for the Christians in Ephesus but for us today in the 21st century. You can pray this for yourself and others also.

I want to give a few different translations of this verse first.

Ephesians 1:17
Expanded Bible (EXB)

17 asking the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, to give you
·a spirit of wisdom [or spiritual wisdom; or the Spirit of wisdom] and revelation so that you will know him better.

Ephesians 1:17The Voice (VOICE)

17 God of our Lord Jesus the Anointed, Father of Glory: I call out to You on behalf of Your people.
Give them minds ready to receive wisdom and revelation so they will truly know You.

Ephesians 1:17Contemporary English Version (CEV)

17 I ask the glorious Father and God of our Lord Jesus Christ to give you his Spirit.
The Spirit will make you wise and let you understand what it means to know God.

How absolutely vital it is for Christians to understand and to experience this prayer of Paul: “The God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of him” (Eph. 1.17).

The same way air is vital to life is the same way the spirit of wisdom and revelation is vital to knowing Jesus.

How necessary it is, Paul points out, for us to have the spirit of wisdom and revelation if we are to know God at all.

It means life or death to our Christian life.

There is no way of knowing God and His eternal will except through the spirit of wisdom and revelation.

Paul begins his prayer with these words:

“that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give unto you a spirit of wisdom and revelation, so you might know him better”

Why does Paul long for the Ephesian believers to have the spirit of wisdom and revelation?  Well, he tells us if we are to know God at all, it will only be by the spirit of wisdom and revelation.

As a spirit of wisdom [or spiritual wisdom; or the Spirit of wisdom] and revelation is the only means that you will ever know him better.

There are three things Paul prays for and they will only be experientialy  known by having a spirit of wisdom and revelation given to us.

(1) “The knowledge of him” (v.17)—This is knowing God
himself.

(2)That ye may know what is the hope of his calling, what the riches of the glory of his inheritance in the saints” (v.18)—

 And (3)What the exceeding greatness of his power to us-ward who believe” (v.19)—

This statement shows us what power God will use today to achieve His purpose and to accomplish His plan. Hence it deals especially with our relationship to Him today and also our relationship to His purpose in eternity.

I will explore this prayer closer but right now I want to pray for you,

I’m asking the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, to give you a spiritual wisdom  and revelation so that you will know him better.

I pray also that you will have greater understanding in your heart (the eyes of your heart may be enlightened)  so you will know (understand clearly) the hope to which he has called you and that you will know (understand clearly) how rich and glorious are the blessings God has promised (the riches of his glorious inheritance for) his holy people.

And that you will know that God’s power is very (exceedingly; overwhelmingly) great for you who believe.

That power was demonstrated in the great strength God used to raise Christ from the dead and put him at his right side; in the heavenly realm. In the mighty name of Christ Jesus our Lord.


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FREE eBook | Christianity Is Not Religion by James A. Fowler

Christianity Is Not Religion by James A. Fowler

“The need of the hour is to distinguish and differentiate between “religion” and Christianity. Most people in the Western world have so long identified these terms and thought them to be synonymous and equivalent, that it takes a sharp can-opener of rational argument, or the sharper still “Word of God” (Heb. 4:12), to reveal the contrasting dichotomy between Christianity and “religion.”

This attempt to differentiate between the two may indeed be presumptuous, but on the other hand it might be used of God to bring the revelation of spiritual understanding that would allow someone to make the important distinction and enjoy the reality of Jesus’ life.” Click here= = => to Read more about Christianity Is Not Religion.