Friday, January 7, 2011

Open the floodgates...

I just wanted to share a few things that God has been showing me throughout the week...

On the third day of the fast, during lunchtime, I was praying when suddenly the name 'El-Shaddai' came to mind. I knew that this was a name of God; however, I didn't know what it meant. Through study, I learned that this name means 'God Almighty'. Upon further study, I also learned that the first time God referred to himself as 'God Almighty' was when he spoke to Abraham regarding the multiplication of his seed.

Other sources also defined the name 'El-Shaddai' or 'God-Almighty' as:

-the power of God

-one who nourishes, supplies and satisfies

-God, all-sufficient

-the God who nurtures and provides

-one who sustains

- blessing and fruitfulness

During this study, I was also lead to the following scripture, which is the same passage that has been heavy on my heart for a few months now...

“Arise, shine, for your light has come,
and the glory of the LORD rises upon you.
See, darkness covers the earth
and thick darkness is over the peoples,
but the LORD rises upon you
and his glory appears over you.
Nations will come to your light,
and kings to the brightness of your dawn.
“Lift up your eyes and look about you:
All assemble and come to you;
your sons come from afar,
and your daughters are carried on the hip.
Then you will look and be radiant,
your heart will throb and swell with joy;
the wealth on the seas will be brought to you,
to you the riches of the nations will come.
(Isaiah 60:1-5)

I was singing this song for the rest of the day...
thank you, Lord, for your promises are true!!!

The next day, this word was immediately confirmed when I read the first scripture referenced in the daily meditation, which happened to be about Abraham...

As it is written: “I have made you a father of many nations.”He is our father in the sight of God, in whom he believed—the God who gives life to the dead and calls into being things that were not. Against all hope, Abraham in hope believed and so became the father of many nations, just as it had been said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” Without weakening in his faith, he faced the fact that his body was as good as dead—since he was about a hundred years old—and that Sarah’s womb was also dead. Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised. This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.” (Romans 4:17-22)

This word was again confirmed in tonight's prayer meeting. We prayed together there..."Lord, we offer ourselves as empty vessels"...

...and we pray now...Fill us father. Thank you for your promises. As Abraham, we will believe against all hope, we will not waver in our faith, and will give all the glory to you, our Lord. You are able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works within us. You are faithful to complete the work that you began in us. Open the floodgates...

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