Who is God? Day 19

God is Jehovah-nissi. 

This name means “God our banner.” We may go from triumph to triumph and say, 

“Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” 

(1 Corinthians 15:57). 

The Amalekites came and attacked the Israelites at Rephidim. Moses said to Joshua,“Choose some of our men and go out to fight the Amalekites. Tomorrow I will stand on top of the hill with the staff of God in my hands.”

10 So Joshua fought the Amalekites as Moses had ordered, and Moses, Aaron and Hur went to the top of the hill. 11 As long as Moses held up his hands, the Israelites were winning, but whenever he lowered his hands, the Amalekites were winning. 12 When Moses’ hands grew tired, they took a stone and put it under him and he sat on it. Aaron and Hur held his hands up—one on one side, one on the other—so that his hands remained steady till sunset. 13 So Joshua overcame the Amalekite army with the sword.

14 Then the Lord said to Moses, “Write this on a scroll as something to be remembered and make sure that Joshua hears it, because I will completely blot out the name of Amalek from under heaven.”

15 Moses built an altar and called it The Lord is my Banner.

Exodus 17:8-15

Who is God? Day 18

God is sovereign. 

God is in control of our lives. His sovereignty is the attribute by which 

He rules His entire creation. To be sovereign, God must be all-knowing and all-powerful. 

11 Yours, Lord, is the greatness and the power
    and the glory and the majesty and the splendor,
    for everything in heaven and earth is yours.
Yours, Lord, is the kingdom;
    you are exalted as head over all.
12 Wealth and honor come from you;
    you are the ruler of all things.
In your hands are strength and power
    to exalt and give strength to all.
13 Now, our God, we give you thanks,
    and praise your glorious name.

1 Chronicles 29:11-13

Who is God? Day 17

God is merciful. (Day 17)

God’s compassion is infinite and inexhaustible. 

In the mercy of His provision in Christ, He took upon Himself the judgment that was due us. He waits and works now for all people everywhere to turn to Him, not wanting any to be lost. 

29 But if from there you seek the Lord your God, you will find him if you seek him with all your heart and with all your soul. 30 When you are in distress and all these things have happened to you, then in later days you will return to the Lord your God and obey him.31 For the Lord your God is a merciful God; he will not abandon or destroy you or forget the covenant with your ancestors, which he confirmed to them by oath.

Dueteronomy 4: 29-31


Who is God? Day 16

Who is God? (Day 16)
God is omnipresent. 
God is everywhere—close to everything, next to everyone.
 
“‘Do not I fill heaven and earth?’ declares the Lord.” 
7 Where can I go from your Spirit?
    Where can I flee from your presence?
8 If I go up to the heavens, you are there;
    if I make my bed in the depths, you are there.
9 If I rise on the wings of the dawn,
    if I settle on the far side of the sea,
10 even there your hand will guide me,
    your right hand will hold me fast.
11 If I say, “Surely the darkness will hide me
    and the light become night around me,”
12 even the darkness will not be dark to you;
    the night will shine like the day,
    for darkness is as light to you.
Psalm 139:7-12

 

Who is God? Day 15

Who is God? (Day 15)

God is omniscient. 

God knows all that can be known. 

His knowledge includes every possible thing that exists, has ever existed, or will ever exist. 

1 You have searched me, Lord,
and you know me.
2 You know when I sit and when I rise;
you perceive my thoughts from afar.
3 You discern my going out and my lying down;
you are familiar with all my ways.
4 Before a word is on my tongue
you, Lord, know it completely.
5 You hem me in behind and before,
and you lay your hand upon me.
6 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,
too lofty for me to attain.

Psalm 139:1-6

Who is God? Day 14

God is self-sufficient. 
He is the One who contains all, who gives all that is given, but who Himself can receive nothing that He has not first given. 
24 “The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by human hands. 
25 And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything. Rather, he himself gives everyone life and breath and everything else. 
26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands. 
27 God did this so that they would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from any one of us. 
28 ‘For in him we live and move and have our being.’ As some of your own poets have said, ‘We are his offspring.’
Acts 17:24-28

 

Who is God? Day 13

Who is God? (Day 13)
God is Jehovah-rophe. 
This name means “Jehovah heals.” God alone has the remedy for the healing of mankind. 
The Gospel is concerned with the physical, moral, and spiritual healing of all people. 
22 So Moses brought Israel from the Red sea, and they went out into the wilderness of Shur; and they went three days in the wilderness, and found no water.
23 And when they came to Marah, they could not drink of the waters of Marah, for they were bitter: therefore the name of it was called Marah.
24 And the people murmured against Moses, saying, What shall we drink?
25 And he cried unto the Lord; and the Lord shewed him a tree, which when he had cast into the waters, the waters were made sweet: there he made for them a statute and an ordinance, and there he proved them,
26 And said, If thou wilt diligently hearken to the voice of the Lord thy God, and wilt do that which is right in his sight, and wilt give ear to his commandments, and keep all his statutes, I will put none of these diseases upon thee, which I have brought upon the Egyptians: for I am the Lord that healeth thee.
Exodus 15:22-26

 

Who is God? Day 12

Who is God? (Day 12)
God is holy. 
God’s holiness is not simply the best we know made infinitely better. 
God is absolutely untainted. His holiness stands apart—unique and incomprehensible. 
8 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:
“‘Holy, holy, holy
is the Lord God Almighty,’
who was, and is, and is to come.”
9 Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever, 
10 the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:
11 “You are worthy, our Lord and God,
    to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,
    and by your will they were created
    and have their being.”
Revelation 4:8-11

 

Who is God? Day 11

Who is God? (Day 11)

God is just. 

God rules with absolute justice. 
Not fooled by appearances, God is fair, equitable, and impartial in all of His judgments. 

1 We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near; men tell of your wonderful deeds. 
2 You say, "I choose the appointed time; it is I who judge uprightly. 
3 When the earth and all its people quake, it is I who hold its pillars firm. "Selah" 
4 To the arrogant I say, 'Boast no more,' and to the wicked, 'Do not lift up your horns. 
5 Do not lift your horns against heaven; do not speak with outstretched neck.' " 
6 No one from the east or the west or from the desert can exalt a man. 
7 But it is God who judges: He brings one down, he exalts another.

Psalm 75:1-7


Who is God? Day 10

God is transcendent. 

We must not think of God as highest in an order of beings. 
This would be to grant Him eminence, even pre-eminence, but this is not enough. 
He is transcendent—existing beyond the created universe. 

God is higher than anything and anyone,
outshining everything you can see in the skies.
Who can compare with God, our God,
so majestically enthroned,
Surveying his magnificent
heavens and earth?
He picks up the poor from out of the dirt,
rescues the wretched who’ve been thrown out with the trash,
Seats them among the honored guests,
a place of honor among the brightest and best.
He gives childless couples a family,
gives them joy as the parents of children.
Hallelujah!

Psalm 113:4-9

Who is God? Day 9

God is immutable. 

All that God is, He has always been. All that He has been and is, He will ever be. 

He cannot change because He is perfect and will remain perfect.

25 In the beginning you laid the foundations of the earth, and the heavens are the work of your hands. 

26 They will perish, but you remain; they will all wear out like a garment. Like clothing you will change them and they will be discarded. 

27 But you remain the same, and your years will never end. 

28 The children of your servants will live in your presence; their descendants will be established before you."

Psalm 102:25-28

Who Is God: Day 8

God is Jehovah-shalom. 

This name means “the God of peace.” 

God could never give to others a peace that exceeds understanding if He Himself were not perfect, unfailing peace. 

16 And the Lord said to him, “But I will be with you, and you shall strike the Midianites as one man.” 

17 And he said to him, “If now I have found favor in your eyes, then show me a sign that it is you who speak with me. 

18 Please do not depart from here until I come to you and bring out my present and set it before you.” And he said, “I will stay till you return.”

19 So Gideon went into his house and prepared a young goat and unleavened cakes from an ephah of flour. The meat he put in a basket, and the broth he put in a pot, and brought them to him under the terebinth and presented them. 

20 And the angel of God said to him, “Take the meat and the unleavened cakes, and put them on this rock, andpour the broth over them.” And he did so. 

21 Then the angel of the Lord reached out the tip of the staff that was in his hand and touched the meat and the unleavened cakes. And fire sprang up from the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened cakes. And the angel of the Lordvanished from his sight. 

22 Then Gideon perceived that he was the angel of the Lord. And Gideon said, “Alas, O LordGod! For now I have seen the angel of the Lord face to face.” 

23 But the Lord said to him, “Peace be to you. Do not fear; you shall not die.” 

24 Then Gideon built an altar there to the Lord and called it, The Lord Is Peace. To this day it still stands at Ophrah, which belongs to the Abiezrites.

Judges 6:16-24

Who is God: Day 7

God is Jehovah-jireh. 
This name means “the God who provides.” 
Just as He provided yesterday, He will provide tomorrow. He grants deliverance from sin, the oil of joy for the ashes of sorrow, and eternal citizenship in His Kingdom. 
9 When they reached the place God had told him about, Abraham built an altar there and arranged the wood on it. He bound his son Isaac and laid him on the altar, on top of the wood. 10 Then he reached out his hand and took the knife to slay his son. 11 But the angel of the Lord called out to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Here I am,” he replied.
12 “Do not lay a hand on the boy,” he said. “Do not do anything to him. Now I know that you fear God, because you have not withheld from me your son, your only son.”
13 Abraham looked up and there in a thicket he saw a ram[a] caught by its horns. He went over and took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering instead of his son. 14 So Abraham called that place The Lord Will Provide. And to this day it is said, “On the mountain of the Lord it will be provided.”
Genesis 22:9-14

 

Who is God: Day 6

Who is God? (Day 6)

God is love. 

God’s love is so great that He gave His only Son to bring us into fellowship with Him. God’s love not only encompasses the world, but embraces each of us personally and intimately. 

7 Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. 
8 Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. 
9 This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. 
10 This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins.

1 John 4:7-10

Who is God: Day 5

God is good. 

The goodness of God is what disposes Him to be kind, benevolent, and full of good will toward all creation. 

65 Do good to your servant
    according to your word, Lord.
66 Teach me knowledge and good judgment,
    for I trust your commands.
67 Before I was afflicted I went astray,
    but now I obey your word.
68 You are good, and what you do is good;
    teach me your decrees.
69 Though the arrogant have smeared me with lies,
    I keep your precepts with all my heart.
70 Their hearts are callous and unfeeling,
    but I delight in your law.
71 It was good for me to be afflicted
    so that I might learn your decrees.
72 The law from your mouth is more precious to me
    than thousands of pieces of silver and gold.

Psalm 119:65-72

Who is God: Day 4

God is omnipotent. 
God has power. Since God is also infinite, whatever He has must be without limit; therefore, God has limitless power. 
17 “Ah, Sovereign Lord, you have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and outstretched arm. Nothing is too hard for you.
18 You show love to thousands but bring the punishment for the parents’ sins into the laps of their children after them. Great and mighty God, whose name is the Lord Almighty,
27 “I am the Lord, the God of all mankind. Is anything too hard for me?
Jeremiah 32:17,18, 27