February 1, 2016

Adonai Sal’i: God our Rock w/ a Giveaway

If you’re stopping by from my Proverbs 31 Encouragement for Today Devotion, welcome! I’m so thankful you’re here!

I can hardly contain my excitement about our new Proverbs 31 Bible Study Class that begins March 7th. We’ll be using my new book and clips from my teaching DVDs, “I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God.” Click here to learn more and stay connected with me through my blog for reminders on when and how to register.

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If you’re a bit curious about what we’ll be studying, below are some great ways to get a taste of what you’ll find tucked between the covers:

Sign up for my FREE 5-Day Devotional “Five Days to Knowing God More Intimately” here.

Download a sample chapter here.

 

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“I Know His Name” takes us on a journey through eight magnificent names of God.

Below is a peek into Chapter 5.

God our Rock

Hers is a story of heart break and hope. She longed to have a child, a son, to carry on the family line. But Scripture says of this woman, “God had closed her womb.”

Who was this woman? Her name was Hannah. Her culture labeled her barren. A failure … a social embarrassment. Her inability to conceive left her broken and empty.

So as was common in her culture, her husband took another wife, Peninnah, who could conceive. This broke Hannah’s heart. Peninnah ridiculed Hannah year after year, shaming her to the point of deep despair.

Even though Hannah’s husband loved her deeply and devoted himself to her, despair turned to desperation. When she couldn’t stand it anymore, Hannah traveled to the tabernacle, the place where God dwelled. She humbled herself before Him and offered a deal. If you give me a child, I will give him back to you to serve you all the days of his life. When Eli, the priest, saw Hannah praying, he comforted her and joined her in prayer, asking God to give her the desire of her heart.

Hannah’s was a prayer birthed from sorrow and suffering. She laid her soul bare before the Lord. She so longed for a son that once born, she was willing to sacrifice him and give him back to the Lord.

What an example for us! To not remain stuck in places of bitterness, unforgiveness, and despair. Emotions that hold us hostage and drag us down to dark and desperate places.

Instead, we must turn to our Father in Heaven. In Him alone we will find peace and hope, as Hannah did.

God met Hannah in this desperate place. And she met God in a very personal way.

Hannah conceived and gave birth to a son. She named him Samuel. When he turned three, Hannah honored her deal with God. She brought Samuel to the tabernacle and gave him to the Lord.

Hannah prayed these words as she surrendered her child to God:

My heart rejoices in the Lord;
    in the Lord my horn is lifted high.
My mouth boasts over my enemies,
    for I delight in your deliverance.

 “There is no one holy like the Lord;
    there is no one besides you;
    there is no Rock like our God (1 Samuel 2:1-2).

The Voice says, “there is no rock as solid as our True God.”

It was in this dark and desperate place that Hannah had a personal encounter with God our Rock.

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This name in Hebrew is a transliteration of the Hebrew word “Tsur” and is used to symbolize an immovable foundation. It depicts God’s constancy, strength, power and presence. He is our solid foundation … unshakeable … the underlying reality of all that we know to be good and true and real. In every trial, we can know that He is our Rock.

These words are NOT adjectives to describe God. They are His attributes. Expressions of His character.

Hannah found STRENGTH, CONSTANCY, and UNSHAKEALBLE CONFIDENCE in God.

And the great news!

Hannah’s God is our God. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. So when you’re having a hard week. When you feel is as if you’re on sinking sand. When life overwhelms. When you feel adrift amidst it all, call upon God our Rock!

When your mind shouts lies:

Don’t cry out to God. He’s not there.

You’re not worth it. He’s not listening.

Swallow that pill

Take that drink.

Listen to the Truth:

Cry out to God your Rock. He is there.

You are Worthy. He is listening.

Feed on the Bread of Life.

Drink the Living Water.

STAND on the Rock.

PRAY to the Rock.

“Thank You, Lord, that You alone are my ROCK and my salvation, my fortress; I shall not be greatly shaken.” Psalm 62:1-2

“Thank You, Lord, my ROCK,  that You alone can lift me out of this slimy pit, out of the mud and mire. You alone can set my feet upon a rock and give me a firm place to stand.” Psalm 40:2

Anchor yourself to the Rock.

Meet more magnificent names of God in my new book “I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God” releasing TOMORROW! To learn more about the book and how to get a copy, click here.

Giveaway

Thank you for sharing part of your day with me. I have prayed for every person who would stop by today. For God our Rock to speak to you in a personal way through this post.

For a chance to win a copy of “I Know His Name” and the DVD teachings, leave a comment to let me know you stopped by. If we reach over 200 comments, I’ll give away two sets!

I’ll announce the winner on Monday, February 8th in a new post.

Blessings,

January 21, 2016

“I Am a Jealous God” + Free Devotional

Today my heart is full, and I have so much to share! Here’s what’s happening today on the blog.

First, I’m sharing an excerpt from my new book, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God, that reveals two names of God that transformed my heart and then my marriage.

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Second, I share how you can sign up for my FREE 5 day companion devotional to I Know His Name!

And finally, I announce last week’s winner of a signed copy of I Know His Name!

So let’s begin!!

Excerpt taken from Chapter 5, I Know His Name:

“Jealous God” and “All-Consuming Fire”

“Jealousy.” A word loaded with negative connotations. So, why then, does God call Himself a jealous God? Because, as is so often true, our human experience cannot comprehend God’s divine ways. Isaiah 55:11 says it best,

My intentions are not always yours, and I do not go about things as you do. My thoughts and My ways are above and beyond you, just as heaven is far from your reach here on earth. (The Voice).

What images or memories does the word “jealousy” conjure up in your mind?

This word points to one of the lowest points in my marriage, a time that I don’t often think about anymore, let alone like to share. My husband, Monty, and I began marriage in a very difficult place. Eleven months before we walked down the aisle, I had been raped by an armed masked man hiding in my apartment. Being a newlywed is difficult enough without bringing in such heavy baggage.

This horrific experience damaged me deeply from the inside out. And, though I tried counseling and other medical methods of healing, it seemed as if healing would never come.

I lived most days donning a mask. Few knew the fear, anger, loneliness, and despair that governed my life. I tried to be a “good” wife and make my husband happy. But I just couldn’t. Intimacy was too hard….brought back too many terrible memories.

Yet, I needed Monty. He was the only one I could trust to keep me safe. For years, I couldn’t take a shower unless he was in the house. I was terrified to stay alone, even for a few hours. So when he left to play basketball or go to dinner with friends, I became frustrated and angry, pouting and crying, complaining that he needed to put me first.

This caused an enormous rift in our marriage. Days were hard and nights were long. Soon I began to imagine Monty looking elsewhere for the companionship he lacked with me. I needed to know where he was at all times and who he was with. When I couldn’t get hold of him, I would panic, my mind going to places and imagining things it shouldn’t. Jealousy consumed me. And believe me, jealousy is an all-consuming emotion that destroys everything in its path.

However, this destructive earthly jealousy is not the same as God’s jealousy. The crux of our lesson today is to gain an understanding of God’s heavenly jealousy.

Scripture teaches our Lord is a jealous God who loves us wholly and completely, without condition, and who, in return, demands our whole-hearted love and full devotion. He is also a Consuming Fire, who will ultimately destroy whatever is opposed to His holiness.

My name is Jealous, and I am a jealous God.” (Exodus 34:14, The Voice).

Be careful not to forget the covenant of the Lord your God that he made with you; do not make for yourselves an idol in the form of anything the Lord your God has forbidden. For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God. Deuteronomy 4:23-24 (NIV).

The Voice says,

So be very careful! Don’t forget the covenant the Eternal your God made with you; don’t make yourselves an idol in the shape of anything. The Eternal your God has commanded you not to!  The Eternal your God burns with jealousy when you’re not completely loyal to Him. Deuteronomy 4:23-24.

The dictionary defines jealousy as “mental uneasiness from suspicion or fear of rivalry, unfaithfulness.” As jealousy grows, it’s no longer just a feeling of uneasiness, it becomes a mental obsession that feeds you lies. My jealousy had become just that. How ashamed I am now of how I acted and treated this good and godly man God had given me.

Yet, as God opened the door of my heart to His healing, the jealousy began to subside. Why? Because in Christ, I finally had found my “true first love.” Until that time, I thought I had found that love in Monty. But I confused love and need. I saw Monty as my savior. He kept me safe. I needed him more than anything. I couldn’t imagine life without him.  He was my defender and my protector from the evil in the world.  As long as I was with him, I would be safe. The thought of losing him terrified me because I truly did not think that I could live without him.

May I just tell you, what I just described is a very unhealthy relationship. We should never “need” our husbands, our children, or anyone else, this way. Ironically, I was so afraid of losing him that I treated him in a way that could potentially have driven him away.

No one on this earth can ever be our savior. We have only one Savior, and His name is Jesus.

In time, my healing came as I opened God’s Word. I met God and His Son, Jesus, in a new way that led me to really get it! I began a new love relationship with Him and as I did, God put my marriage in perspective. God became my first love. Monty became the gift God had given me on this earth to reveal His love to me. As God took His rightful place on the throne of my heart, Monty took his rightful place in my heart as well. Our marriage changed dramatically as I no longer lived consumed by jealousy. Of course, I never want to lose Monty, but I have come to know that I could and would be able to live without Him. He and my children are the greatest gifts God has given me, and I love them with all my heart. But I hold them loosely in my hand because they are God’s first and then mine.

FREE 5 day devotional, “Five Days to Knowing God More Intimately.”

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In the pages of this devotional, I share five names of God to give you a glimpse of what you will find in the pages of my new book, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God.” There is an easy sign up below.

Click here to sign up for Wendy’s “5 Days to Knowing God More Intimately” companion

And finally, congratulations Christine C. from New York for winning the signed copy of I Know His Name!

Blessings,

January 18, 2016

FREE Devotional: “Five Days to Knowing God More Intimately”

Hey friends, last week I shared about my newest Bible study, I Know His Name: Discovering Power in the Names of God, releasing February 2.

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I’ve written a FREE 5-day devotional, “Five Days to Knowing God More Intimately”, to give  you a taste of what I teach and share in I Know His Name. And TODAY I’m excited to share it with you!!

I Know His Name Five Day Devotional Companion by Wendy Blight

In this companion devotional, I share five names of God to give you a glimpse of what you will find in the pages of my Bible study, I Know His Name. My prayer is as you meet God in each devotion, He will give you a deep desire to know Him, really know Him. To delve deeper into His marvelous names.

He is waiting to meet with you!

I look forward to our journey together!

Click here to sign up for Wendy’s “5 Days to Knowing God More Intimately” companion devotional:

**Hot off the press! Last week’s winner of I Know His Name is ….

Christine, who posted on 1/11 at 8:21 a.m.

Congratulations! Please e-mail me at deuteronomysix@aol.com and send me your last name and mailing address so we can mail you your book when they arrive. **

Blessings,