The God Who Sees

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He is called in the Hebrews tongue, EL-ROI.

El – ROI means the-God-Who-Sees.

To the Bible

Genesis 16:1-13
V.13 NIV: She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

Background Story

Her name was Hagar. She’s Sarah, Abraham’s wife’s maid, that’s given to Abraham, to have children with. And when she got pregnant, she disregarded Sarah her mistress. And when Sarah dealt harshly with her, she fled from home into the wilderness. And little did she know that she was going to have an encounter of a lifetime. The Angel of the Lord found her in the wilderness.

There in the wilderness, a conversation ensued, and the Angel of the Lord told her all that would become of her unborn baby, Ishmael. And asked Hagar to go back and submit to her mistress, Sarah.

And this was her comment: “You are the God who sees me,” she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.”

God Isn’t Done With You

And just when she thought all was over, then came the Angel of the Lord, striking a conversation with her, foretelling the future of her unborn baby. Imagine the overwhelming joy Hagar must have felt. In an instant, her lost hope was restored. Her prison of abandonment was shattered. Her fears gave way to faith.

I can imagine her say, “So God really cares about me. Hmmmm. So He even sees me!”

Yes, Hagar, God really cares about you. And He does see you. For He is the-God-Who-Sees!

Imagine all that Hagar felt out there alone in that scary wilderness. She was now away from the security or the safety of Abraham’s home. She must have felt abandoned by the man she had come to love, the man whose child she was carrying. She felt rejected by the woman she had lived her whole life serving. The fear for the life of her unborn baby was there. So far as she was concerned, there’s no future for her nor the child. Her world had come to an abrupt end.

God Cares About You

Father God is not out of touch with your pains and struggles. No! He’s been where you at.

Hebrews 4:15 says,
“For we don’t have a High Priest who is not in touch with our realities, and who can’t empathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are , yet without sin.”

“And because He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted. “
(Hebrews 2:18)

El – Roi, the Go-Who-sees-YOU understands, because He has been there. And hear what He says to you NOW:
” for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]”
~Hebrews 13:5

He is the-God-Who-Sees!

Maybe you’re also wondering like Hagar if anyone cares. Maybe you’re feeling abandoned. Or betrayed… Maybe your dreams and hopes for the future have shattered…

He is still the-God-Who-Sees. He sees you, right where you’re at. He knows and feels what you’re going through. And He wants to meet you in the middle of that situation, that shame, that lack, the abuse, that disgrace, that fear, that troubled marriage, that heartbreak.

It’s my earnest prayer that, in the midst of your ordeal, you’ll encounter the-God-Who-Sees. Amen

The God Who Is Present

THE NAMES OF GOD.

The God Who is present.

You may be wondering, why study the Names of God?
Jesus let us in on the relevance of knowing the Names of God.
In John 17:26, He said, in a conversation with the Father:
“And I have declared to them Your name, and will declare it, THAT THE LOVE WITH WHICH YOU LOVED ME MAY BE IN THEM, AND I IN THEM.”

So we are learning about the names of God, that our hearts may be established in His love, the very love with which He loved Jesus Christ, the Son of His love!

What does a name tell us? What’s in a name that gives it such power?
Do names have any more significance besides identification?

Names are revealing. Names, especially in the Eastern cultures carried far more significance than they do in the Western world.

In the ancient civilization, names were thought to reveal the essential nature and character of a person – the way he/she reasons and does things.

With this background insight, it becomes easier to understand the Names of God and how they give us a revelation of Who He is and what He does. Studying the Names of God would reveal His love nature. And you could never know of His love without falling head-over-heels in love with Him. 😍

We shall start with the name JEHOVAH SHAMMAH, which means the-Lord-is-present.

“The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits. “And the name of the city from that time on will be: the Lord is there.”
~ Ezekiel 48:35

This Name speaks of the relational nature of God. We see Him in the Garden of Eden, having intimacies with man and His wife. He cherished His communion with them. Then sin comes in and destroys that beautiful relationship.
But that’s not all. Next, we see God sacrificing His very own Son, to reconcile man back to Himself and restore that precious relationship He once had with humanity.

God is a Father Who loves to have a vital relationship with His children. He wants to be present in your life. He longs to be involved with every detail of your life. He doesn’t want to be distant. No!
He is not an absentee Father. No!
He yearns to live, not just with you, but in you, in your heart… To dance with you, sing over you, cry with you, and rejoice with you… To comfort, guide, strengthen and watch over you.

He’s engraved you on the palm of His hands. Your face is ever before Him. He would never leave nor forsake you.

“…for He [God] Himself has said, I will not in any way fail you nor give you up nor leave you without support. [I will] not, [I will] not, [I will] not in any degree leave you helpless nor forsake nor let [you] down (relax My hold on you)! [Assuredly not!]”
~Hebrews 13:5, AMP

This truth should be a shield, to protect your heart from the feeling of loneliness and helplessness.
For you’re NEVER ALONE!

He is the God Who is present!

World-Conquering Beliefs

World-Conquering Beliefs!

Happy new year friends!

We shall start this year with something very basic, but pivotal to a life of success and victory. We shall start with BELIEFS.

Our beliefs influence how we respond to life and people. And different beliefs have varying influences on us. For instance, your beliefs about a particular person will affect the way you think and feel about that person, and even the meanings you attach to his or her behavior. But these specific beliefs may not affect your attitude towards other people.

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Made For Intimacy

You were made for intimacy!

God made the birds to fly and the fishes to swim. God made you for love and intimacy. To live life unloved is like clipping the wings of a bird or the fins of a fish. It’s to be unfulfilled.

After God made man, the Bible tells us something deep about the man God created. “And God said, it is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him an help meet for him.”
(Genesis 2:18)

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The Root of Greed is Insecurity

The root of greed is insecurity born out of a deception!

I spent some time on this Bible verse, and my eyes got opened to something I had not seen before. I was seeing, in a new light that, the greedy longing to have more and more, is rooted in an insecurity, which is born out of deception.
Let’s take a look at the Scripture.

“Speaking to the people, he went on, ” Take care! Protect yourself against the least bit of greed. Life is not defined by what you have, even when you have a lot.”
(Luke 12:15, MSG)

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Compassion Saves Your Heart From Becoming Hardened

Compassion saves your heart from becoming hardened!

In a a previous post, we saw that the Creator had blessed each of us with a HEART OF COMPASSION. That’s a heart with the capacity to feel God’s deep feelings for the pains or sufferings of people, and the strong desire to alleviate them.

The heart is a spiritual sense organ just the same way we have physical sense organs. The physical sense organs make us aware of the physical environment. The heart is the organ of spiritual touch. God reaches us through our hearts. Through our heart, we become aware of what God’s heartbeat.

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We All Need An Enlarged Capacity For Forgiveness

Do you feel like you need an enlarged capacity for forgiveness?

When people can’t forgive, when they say things like, “this is unforgivable,” it means that they have sized up the gravity of the offenses, weighed them against their ability to love (or capacity for forgiveness), and they have been outweighed. It’s like trying to place a 100kg weight on a 10 year old. That child will be crushed completely under the weight!

When you feel like the hurt is more than you can handle, that the offense is unforgivable, it’s simply because your human capacity for love and forgiveness has been overrun! You can’t handle evil in your own human strength. It will overweigh and crush you every time. You need to switch over to God’s capacity to forbear and to forgive.
The Psalmist said He is compassionate and
merciful.

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Living From The HEART of COMPASSION

Living from the heart of compassion is what I call living authentically!

To live authentically is to live life true to who you really are; to live from the centre or core of your being; to be in touch with and completely yield to your inner deep wiring.

Our hearts were designed for COMPASSION.
When the all-wise God was making you, He carefully placed within you something called BOWEL or a HEART of COMPASSION – the capacity to be able to enter into someone else’s world and feel what they are feeling.

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Forgive And Embrace Yourself

Forgive and embrace yourself. For God isn’t holding a grudge against you!

We invest one more day looking at what it really means to be loved by God. And today we shall focus on His unconditional forgiveness.

Last week a brother of mine had some issues with his health. And when he got to a pharmacist, he was diagnosed of typhoid and malaria fever. He was given appropriate medication, and by the next day, the guy was on his feet again. Praise God!

However, the most interesting part of his story is that, when a certain pastor, who felt that the guy had disrespected her (even though the guy in question didn’t even know he had wronged her!) heard about his health challenge, she said that the young man was sick because he had disrespected her.

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Accept Yourself

Accept Yourself!

When God says “I love you,” He meant that He has ACCEPTED YOU. So go right on ahead and accept yourself for who you are, irrespective of whether someone else accepts you or not.

We are all driven by the need for acceptance. It’s a God-given need built deep into everyone of us.

The world is more starved of unconditional love and acceptance than it is of food and safe drinking water. This famine isn’t only in the ghettoes of the world, but also in the palaces. It’s a plaque of both the rich and the poor; the young and the old; the weak and the strong alike; the civilized and the primitive.

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