Jenny, my daughter in law, sat Keri in her time out chair for the third time with the warning, “If you do this again, I’m going to take away your bears.”
Keri, who is barely two years old, replied, “No way!” None of us are sure where she got the expression, but sometimes problems, situations and just life can leave us with an even stronger, “No way!”
Seeing our brand new grandson brought back memories of how I felt when I was left all alone with my firstborn, Jason, for the first time. I remember standing at the door when my mom left, almost frozen in place with the realization of the enormous task that I had before me. I was totally overwhelmed with the responsibility of nurturing and equipping a child for life.
As I touch the velvety skin of my newborn grandson I am reminded of the gravity of parenting. And while there are few responsibility, in my opinion, no responsibility, more important than parenting, there are other responsibilities and problems that can immobilize us. Challenges that leave us shaking our head, declaring, “No Way!” Regardless of what you are facing, I want to remind you there is a way. I’m not talking about gritting your teeth and struggling through it. I’m talking about thriving instead of merely surviving.
But how do we live out that truth while facing day to day struggles and outright battles.The secret is– face all of life armed with prayer and Scripture. Scripture for wisdom and insight; and prayer that invites God into your situation. I love mixing Scripture into my prayer time, like you mix other favorite ingredients to make an incredible combination, like carmel and chocolate. I will move on without staying on that rabbit trail. Praying the Scripture has enriched my prayer and built my faith to expect answers from God.
If you’ve ever heard me teach on prayer, you know I’ve prayed the Redemptive Names of God for many years. But in my quiet time I began to ask, “Why are these seven names of God considered redemptive names?
F.F. Bosworth credits Mr. Scofield with identifying the redemptive names. On page 30 of Christ the Healer, Mr. Bosworth quotes from the Scofield Bible.
“Jehovah is distinctly the redemption name of Deity,” and means the self-existent One who reveals Himself.” These seven redemptive names, he says, point to “a continuous and increasing self-revelation.” He then says, “In His redemptive relation to man, Jehovah has seven compound names which reveal Him as meeting every need of man from his lost state to the end.”
I got excited. The cross is where Jesus paid the penalty for my sins and purchased my salvation. Jehovah wants to reveal himself to me, to us, so we can discover more clearly who He really is. We see Him revealing Himself all through the Old Testament, but in order for a name to be a redemptive name, it must be directly linked to the cross.
I stood at the door of this year like I stood at my front door when Jason was a tiny infant, “No way!” And then my thoughts went to “Which way? Why that way and not my way?” and back to, “No Way!!” But instead of focusing on the challenges, I began to think about taking the revelation of Whom He really is into my challenges. Because His redemptive names are related to the cross and the work of the cross is completed, I can boldly ask for what He purchased at the cross. I prayed sorta like this.
Father, I am so thankful that you are JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH. You are with me. Because of the blood of Christ you pulled me close. (Ephesians 2:13) You are not far away shouting to me, but you are right here with me in the middle of all the decisions I have to make. I am not alone as I face this situation. As I face my day I take you with me.
Thank you Father, that you are JEHOVAH-RA-AH, my shepherd. (John 10:11) You lead me, you guide me, you nourish me and provide for me just like a shepherd does his sheep.
Thank you Father, that you are JEHOVAH-SHALOM, my peace. (Colossians 1:20) I will not be afraid. I will trust in you. Thank you for your peace that is far beyond normal, natural peace. Your peace is big enough to flow into all my being, all my situations, into every area of my life.
Thank you Father, I am so glad that you are JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU, my righteousness. (2 Corinthians 5:21)I could never achieve it. I will never earn it by being good enough. I don’t deserve it, but I receive it because Jesus makes me righteous, in right standing with God. I take off the rags of shame, rejection and guilt, and put on the spotless robe of right standing with God. I am humbled and honored to receive your lavish gift.
Thank you Father, that you are JEHOVAH-NISSI, my victory. You always cause me to triumph in Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57) I am confident in your ability to help me do what I should do. I shake off self doubt. I shake off unworthiness because you value me. I thank you that you make me worthy. You enable me to win in every situation.
Thank you, Father, thank you that you are JEHOVAH-RAPHA, my healer. You heal my body! You heal my emotions. You make me completely whole. I claim your promise. I stand on your word.
Thank you, Father, that as I step into this situation, JEHOVAH-JIREH, you are my provider. You meet all my needs. I am so thankful that your provision is complete. Your provision includes finances, wisdom,favor and direction. I am so thankful.I praise you Father, for revealing your nature to me through your names. I thank you that because of the finished work of the cross, your redemptive nature is available to flow into every area of my life.
Thank you Father, for revealing the scope of salvation that was purchased at the cross through your redemptive names that reflect your redemptive nature.
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Quoted from F.F. Bosworth’s Christ the Healer I changed the verses to NIV version.
JEHOVAH-SHAMMAH is translated “The LORD is there,” or present, revealing to us the redemptive privilege of enjoying His presence. Ephesians 2:13 NIV (©1984)”But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far away have been brought near through the blood of Christ.”
JEHOVAH-RA-AH is translated “The LORD is my Shepherd.” John 10:11 “I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
JEHOVAH-SHALOM is translated “The LORD our Peace” and reveals to us the redemptive privilege of having His peace.
John 14:27 “My peace I give unto you.” This blessing is in the Atonement because “the chastisement of our peace was upon him” when He Colossians 1:20 NIV (©1984) “and through him to reconcile to himself all things, whether things on earth or things in heaven, by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross.”
JEHOVAH-TSIDKENU is translated “The LORD our Righteousness.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 He becomes our righteousness by bearing our sins on the Cross. Therefore, our redemptive privilege of receiving “the gift of righteousness” is an atonement blessing.
JEHOVAH-NISSI means “The LORD is our Banner,” or “Victor,” or “Captain.” And having disarmed the powers and authorities, he made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them by the cross. Colossians 2:15 It was when, by the cross, Christ triumphed over principalities and powers that He provided for us, through the Atonement, the redemptive privilege of saying, “1 Corinthians 15:57 “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.”
JEHOVAH-RAPHA is translated “I am the LORD thy Physician,” or “I am the LORD that healeth thee.” 1 Peter 2:24 “He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; by his wounds you have been healed.” Isaiah 53:5 “But he was pierced for our transgressions, he was crushed for our iniquities; the punishment that brought us peace was upon him, and by his wounds we are healed.This name is given to reveal to us our redemptive privilege of being healed. This privilege is purchased by the Atonement. The redemptive chapter of Isaiah (Isaiah 54) declares, “Surely he hath borne our sicknesses and carried our pains.”
JEHOVAH-JIREH means “The LORD will provide” Romans 8:32 NIV “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all–how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” Genesis 22:8 Abraham answered, “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering, my son.” v14 “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. And the two of them went on together.” KJV “And Abraham called the name of that place Jehovahjireh: as it is said to this day, In the mount of the LORD it shall be seen.”and Christ was the offering provided for our complete redemption.