Continuing my 2020 Lenten Journey- with personal thoughts and commentary by Martha McDuff Wiggins on the book “Lord I Want To Know You” by Kay Arthur.
A Short Review Thus Far
From the study book:
— In 1 Corinthians, the resurrection chapter, verse 46 reads, “However, the spiritual is not first, bu the natural; then the spiritual.” The primary subject in 1 Corinthians 15 is the first and last Adam: our body through the first Adam is a natural body, and through the last Adam, Christ, it’s a spiritual body. Within this statement is a principle—even in our reactions the natural will precede the spiritual. In other words, because we live in a natural body we can expect the natural impulse of the flesh to be first in our reactions!—
We often react to circumstances rather than respond to them through knowledge of our Lord. When we know our LORD (His names), when we walk in His Ways (call upon His name), we become filled with His Spirit. Filled with His Spirit, we respond rather than react. We respond through the fruits of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control.
So far we have studied 8 beautiful names of the LORD. Here they are, each with its full meaning:
Elohim, The Creator
El Elyon, The God Most High
El Roi, The God Who Sees
El Shaddai, The All-Sufficient One
Adonai, Your LORD and Master
Jehovah, The Self-Existent One
Jehovah-jireh, The LORD Will Provide
Jehovah-rapha, The God Who Heals
Because we live in a natural body, our natural instincts will always try to override, overrule, our spiritual inclinations.
Our goal in learning these beautiful names of the LORD, is to cultivate within ourselves a spiritual response mechanism, one that causes us to immediately turn to Him; to first call upon His name in whatever our need may be, rather than act impulsively on our own.
Remember “the name of the LORD is a strong tower; the righty runs into it and is safe” (Proverbs 18:10).
In the study book days 27 and 28 provide information on a certain method of study. I am skipping over them and will continue on to our next name in the study tomorrow.
Mental action to facilitate your Lenten Journey:
Use your hand to cover the meanings of the names listed above. Read each name aloud. Can you say it’s meaning from memory? If not… try to memorize each. It’s much easier to call on El Roi, when you know His attribute of seeing all.
Further action if so inclined:
Think back over the past few days. Can you recall any instances where you had a gut reaction to something and responded accordingly? If you would have first called upon a name of the LORD, and responded from His Spirit within, would the outcome have been different?