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JEHOVAH EL-SHADDAI (LIVING IN ABUNDANCE John. 10:10b. SEPT. 2011)

 As human beings we do have discussions and communications with other people. The reality is, however, that when such is done at a personal, intimate level; when, for example, the one who is discussing with you knows you by name, there exists a higher level of familiarity that could achieve better results. Further more, if the person we are discussing/communicating with knows the full meaning of each of our names or even knows us based on the ‘works of our hands’ there tends to be a much better appreciation of who we are and our abilities/potentials.

Let’s, for instance, consider a hypothetical situation of three different persons making basically the same request from me using three slightly different approaches. The three of them are all simply asking for water to drink:

The first person says: “hey! I am thirsty could you help me with a bottle of water from your Fridge?”

The second person says: “hey Fidelis! I am thirsty could you help me with a bottle of water from your Fridge?”

The third person says: “hey pastor Fidelis! I am thirsty could you help me with a bottle of water from your Fridge?”

It is most likely that I may respond a bit more profoundly to the second and third persons. The reason being that apart from the fact that the first person sounded sarcastic, arrogant and unfriendly, the second person somehow knows who I am; he is not likely to be a total stranger and this has implications. He called me by my first name! A negative response from me could therefore have more undesirable consequences down the line. The third person even went a step further by recognizing me by what I do. If I had water in my refrigerator and refused to give it to him, he would go to tell every fellow in town how, even pastors refuse to give water to the thirsty. That wouldn’t be in the character of ideal, kind pastors. When you put all that and more into consideration it would be absolutely difficult if not impossible for the second and third persons in this analogy not to receive positive answers to their requests.

If we as human creations of God would feel and react in a manner as exemplified in this hypothetical case how much more our creator, the Almighty God himself; after all we were made in his image and likeness. In Ps. 91:14 the scripture says “Because he has set his love upon me therefore will I deliver him: I will set him on high, because he hath known my name”.

Friend, I have discovered that often times Almighty God would want us to remind him of who he is with names that are much more relevant to the situation(s) that we are praying for; Names that would practically make it impossible for God to say no to us because of who he is. For instance if we want God to stand and fight for his children we can call him Jehovah Nissi (God our Banner/security; Ex. 17:15) or we can rather call Jesus Christ of Nazareth the Lion of the Tribe of Judah (Rev. 5:5); When we call him Jehovah-Jireh we mean that he is the God that is our Provider (Gen. 22:14). When we remember that he is indeed the God of Peace we call him Jehovah- Shalom (Judg 6:24). When we remember him as the Almighty, the all-sufficient God we call him Jehovah El Shaddai (Gen.17:1).

Permit me to do some bit of Theology here. Bible scholars believe that according to the original Hebrew texts the word ‘El’ is another name that is translated to mean God. ‘Shaddai’, many scholars believe, is derived from the Hebrew word ‘Shad’ which is believed to mean ‘breast’. The relationship here is that Shaddai by interpretation of the Hebrew text refers to ‘God completely nourishing, satisfying and supplying his people with all their needs as a mother would her child. Connected with the word for God: El, this denotes God who freely gives nourishment and blessings; he is our sustainer’ He is the all sufficient one; He is Lord God Almighty (BLB.Org, 2002).

Bible scholars also believe that God appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as El Shaddai (Almighty God) as is contained in Gen. 17:1, Ex. 6:3. Elsewhere in the New Testament Apostle Paul particularly wrote to the church in Philippians and said “ But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus” (Phil 4:19). If we go by the earlier explanation of EL Shaddai we would appreciate that like Abraham, Isaac and Jacob did, Apostle Paul was one of the personalities in the scriptures who understood the power of the almighty God as El Shaddai, through our Lord Jesus Christ.

If, among many others, God was El Shaddai to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Paul perhaps it would make sense to look a bit more closely at the lives of those four, in relation to ours, as case studies to see if there are similarities / parallels with respect to their battles, victories and successes.

Abraham’s wife; Sarah, Isaac’s wife; Rebekah and Jacob’s wife; Rachel all had issues with bareness. However almighty God intervened and each challenge became an awesome testimony; Sarah conceived and had Isaac, Rebekah conceived and had Jacob and Esau, Rachel conceived and had Joseph. Each child- product of the challenging times was indeed special. This tells me straight away that if any one, any believer is going through any form of barreness (spiritual or material) at the moment and the fellow asks from Jehovah El Shaddai, the person will receive deliverance in Jesus name (Gen. 21:1-5, 25:19-22, 30:1,22-25)

Abraham, Isaac and Jacob were also highly prosperous. Abraham had great possession of herds, male and female servants. Isaac was so prosperous that the whole nation of the philistines envied him. Jacob became so successful that he’s became the descendants of the most high God as named even till this day as Israel. That tells me that when we call him Jehovah El Shaddai he will bless us with riches, prosperity and Abundance even as unto the example of Jacob, Isaac and Abraham (Gen. 21:34-35, 26:12-14).

At a certain point in their lives God told them where to stay in accordance with his will and wish. He made Abraham to move away from his father’s house to another land. He directed Isaac to remain and sow in the Land even when there was famine in the Land. He took Israel to Egypt and later away from Egypt to the Promised Land (Gen. 12:1-2, Gen. 26:1-3). The lesson here is that when we trust God as El Shaddai he decides where you would stay for abundance and prosperity. He directs you to stay even when situations and circumstances are rather forcing you to go, he tells you to go, even when the world is encouraging you to stay. Are you at a point in your life, in your business, in your office, where you are contemplating whether to stay or to quit, are you at a point in that partnership/relationship where you are so confused that you don’t know what next to do? Call him Jehovah El Shaddai and he will intervene in the mighty name of Jesus.

Their original, defective names were changed; Abram was changed to Abraham, Jacob was changed to Israel, Saul was changed to Paul (Gen. 17:5, 32:28, Acts.13:9).  God knew that they wouldn’t attain their destinies with such limiting names. Therefore God changed the man’s name from Abram (the barren) to Abraham (father of nations), from Jacob (the supplanter/cheater) to Israel (the beloved/chosen of the Lord); from Saul (the persecutor of the children of God) to Paul (An apostle of the resurrected Christ). Has the world given you a name that is not your name? Have they given you a name that is not in conformity with your portion in redemption? Have they used the ugly situation you may be passing through now to nick- name you? Have they for instance nick-named you the Jobless, the mad, the addict, the confused, the single, the stupid, the paralyzed, and the brain- dead. Then call on Jehovah El Shaddai, obey him and just like he did for the beloved of old, he will also give you a new name and grant you victory in the mighty name of Jesus Christ.

Apostle Paul knew the God he served as the All-sufficient God.  He acknowledged that as long as Almighty God through his son Jesus Christ of Nazareth was with him, he (Paul) had an infinite ability to do and accomplish all things (Phil. 4:13). However even when no other church seemed to remember Paul (with respect to giving and receiving) Almighty God caused the Philippian church to remember and bless him. What he received from the Philippian church was so much that he didn’t lack anything as he said ‘but I have all and abound; I am full, having received of Epaphroditus the things which were sent from you, an odor of a sweet smell, a sacrifice acceptable, well pleasing to God”(Phil. 4:18). The one gift he got from the Philippian church was more than enough. Does it seem as the world has forgotten you? Have you been good to people and rather they pay you back with evil all the time? Have people deliberately sat on your promotion in spite of your several records of high productivity and excellence? Is gratitude a scarce word in the dictionary of most people you have helped? All you need is one ‘Philipian experience” Just one! Call him Jehovah El Shaddai and remembrance will come your way, this season, as it did even for Apostle Paul in the mighty name of Jesus.

God, our father, is the all- sufficient. His resources are infinite. He is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He is the God of Apostle Paul. Jesus Christ of Nazareth is his only begotten son. With God nothing shall be impossible (Lk. 1:37). He is the Almighty and his name is Jehovah El-Shaddai!

If you have not given your life to Christ please do so now for tomorrow might be too late.

God bless you.

Pastor Fidelis Nwachukwu

RCCG Throne of Grace Parish

32 E. Washington St

Hagerstown MD 21740, USA

Email: rccgthroneofgraceparish@ymail.com

Website: http://www.rccgthroneofgraceusa.org

 

Posted on Sunday, September 25, 2011 at 11:51pm