Many people dont even think of God. Many dont know there IS a God. But what about you? If you are reading this then you obviously are aware there is a God. You are aware because you are reading this article. If you are just becoming aware, then this article will maybe help clear up some misconceptions people have about God.
I remember being a little girl and thinking that God was this big person, bigger than the mountains who would punish us if we did something wrong. I could imagine this country-sized hand coming down out of Heaven to hit me when I did something wrong. My image of God was distorted. Fortunately for me, God cleared up my misconceptions.
I have a book called NAMES OF GOD by Moody Press. In it there is a list of names by which we can know God as. It is by no means an exhaustive list, but it is a start. I would like to share Gods true image with you. I hope and pray that you will learn the true and loving nature of a God who would go to any lengths to see our salvation in Him.
From the book alone God is said to be called:
Elohim to express the general idea of greatness and glory (page 12)
Jehovah is translated LORD in capitals to distinguish it from another Hebrew word, Adonai, also translated Lord. Jehovah is absolutely self-existent, the One who in Himself possesses essential life, permanent existence. (page 19)
El-shaddai God Almighty
Adonai - Lord
Jehovah-jireh God Provides
Jehovah-rophe God Heals
Jehovah-nissi God my Banner
Jehovah-MKaddesh God my Sanctification
Jehovah-shalom God my Peace
Jehovah-tsidkenu 0 God my Righteousness
Jehovah-rohi God my Shepherd
Jehovah-shammah God is there with us
After you see all the wonderful things God is, contained in the following lists, it is hardly going to be possible to go on thinking that God is going to squash us if we do something wrong. He is not like our earthly fathers, mothers, friends and others we have contact with. He is unique in every way. You wont be sorry for taking the time to read this article. It is uplifting, positive and, in my personal opinion, exciting!
God is a merciful God who loves us so much that He gave us the greatest gift He had His Sons life in place of ours! What greater gift than to be given a chance at eternal life when we dont even deserve it!!! GOD IS LOVE!!!
God loves us so much that He sent us Someone who will watch over us and guide us. Who is this person? It is the Holy Spirit. He lives within our hearts and is willing to guide us if we let Him.
God is our protector. He will protect us from the evil one of this world and all his servants. He will protect us when we are fighting a spiritual battle. God protects those He loves.
God is peace. When we are troubled, all we need to do is speak His name. In this case, I say Jesus because peace follows when I speak it. Whisper Jesus a few times and you will find out the peace that comes from just saying His name.
God is Light. God is the Light in this dark world. The world in which we live is very dark with wars, crimes, revenge, violence, anger, and so many things that go against His very nature. And in the darkness God sends His light most often through us, His children. You may be in a dark place yourself and all of a sudden somebody will come along and when that person leaves, you feel lighter and released from a burden. That is God sending His light into your life.
God is our Strength. When we are weary, He will carry us on through. When we cant take one more step, He lifts us and carries us until we are able to once again walk on our own.
God is our Shepherd. Psalm 23 is most well known as being the Shepherds Psalm. It is by far my favourite Psalm. In it God is described as leading us beside still waters where it is calm and safe. It tells us that He provides a meal for us while our enemies can only sit by and watch us feast. He also protects us with His rod. And even if we seem to walk in dark valleys of death and sorrow, He is there with us never leaving us alone.
God is merciful. To a creation that doesnt deserve it, God grants mercy to those who ask for it. The first step to Gods mercy is through His Sons death and resurrection which provides a way for man to meet with God once again. Adam and Eve broke that path but Gods Son Jesus, put the cross between God and man and by the cross we can commune once again with our Creator.
God is always present. He is everywhere at all times. He is the only creation that can actually do this. He can be here with me as I write this article and He can be where you are when you are reading this article as well as being overseas with anybody who asks for His presence. He is all knowing, all-present and omnipotent. He is always everywhere.
I could go on and on, but I am going to leave the following lists of the names of God for you to ponder yourself. The list is long, but stop and think Who we are talking about! Nobody else could have as many names as God and therefore He deserves a long and exhaustive list. And it is good for us to study it because He wants us to know Him intimately, better and daily. Enjoy learning about our One True Loving God.
From searching the internet I have even more instances of names we can use to know God as. Some of these include:
Yahweh His Majesty
El-Elyon The Most High God, the Exalted One
El Olam - God of eternity, God the everlasting One
El Berith - God of the covenant
El Roi - God who sees
El Hoseem - God who creates
Light - God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. (1 John 1:5)
Life - Now choose life, so that you and your children may live and that you may love the LORD your God, listen to his voice, and hold fast to him. For the LORD is your life ... (Deuteronomy 30:20)
Love - But I am like an olive tree flourishing in the house of God; I trust in God's unfailing love for ever and ever. (Psalms 52:8)
Spirit - God is spirit (John 4:24)
Immanuel - God with us.
Alpha and Omega - First and Last, King of Kings.
The above names were found on http://www.godandscience.org/doctrine/godsnames.html
I found a very comprehensive list on the following site www.lillyofthevalleyva.com/ jesuslovesyou-godsnames-complist.html
The Names of GOD
A Comprehensive List of the Names of GOD in the Old Testament
The Primary Names of GOD
Elohim-GOD (Genesis 1:1)
-The strong creator
Jehovah-LORD (Genesis 2:4)
-The self-existing One
Adonai-LORD/Master (Genesis 15:2)
-The Headship Name
The Compound Names
The LORD GOD
"Jehovah El and Jehovah Elohim"
Jehovah El Elohim (Joshua 22:22)
- The LORD GOD of GODS
Jehovah Elohim (Genesis 2:4, 3:9-13, 21)
- The LORD GOD
Jehovah Elohe Abothekem (Joshua 18:3)
- The LORD GOD of Your Fathers
Jehovah El Elyon (Genesis 14:22)
- The LORD, the Most High GOD
Jehovah El Emeth (Psalms 31:5)
- LORD GOD of Truth
Jehovah El Gemuwal (Jeremiah 51:56)
- The LORD GOD of Recompenses
Jehovah Elohim Tsebaoth (Psalms 59:5, Isaiah 28:22)
- LORD GOD of Hosts
Jehovah Elohe Yeshuathi (Psalms 88:1)
- LORD GOD of My Salvation
Jehovah Elohe Yisrael (Psalms 41:13)
- The LORD GOD of Israel
The Compound Names
"El, Elohim, and Elohe"
Elohim (Genesis 1:1)
Elohim Bashamayim (Joshua 2:11)
- GOD in Heaven
El Bethel (Genesis 35:7)
- GOD of the House of GOD
Elohe Chaseddi (Psalms 59:10)
- The GOD of My Mercy
Elohe Yisrael (Genesis 33:20)
- GOD, the GOD of Israel
El Elyon (Genesis 14:18, Daniel 3:26, Psalms 78:56)
- The Most High GOD
El Emunah (Deuteronomy 7:9)
- The Faithful GOD
El Gibbor (Isaiah 9:6)
- Mighty GOD
El Hakabodh (Psalms 29:3)
- The GOD of Glory
El Hay (Joshua 3:10, Jeremiah 23:36, Daniel 3:26)
- The Living GOD
El Hayyay (Psalms 42:8)
- GOD of My Life
Elohim Kedoshim (Joshua 24:19)
- Holy GOD
El Kanna (Exodus 20:5)
- Jealous GOD
El Kanno (Joshua 24:19)
- Jealous GOD
Elohe Mauzi (Psalms 43:2)
- GOD of My Strength
Elohim Machase Lanu (Psalms 62:8)
- GOD Our Refuge
Eli Maelekhi (Psalms 68:24)
- GOD My King
El Marom (Micah 6:6)
- GOD Most High
El Nekamoth (Psalms 18:47)
- GOD that Avengeth
El Nose (Psalms 99:8)
- GOD that Forgave
Elohenu Olam (Psalms 48:14)
- Our Everlasting GOD
Elohim Ozer Li (Psalms 54:4)
- GOD My Helper
El Rai (Genesis 16:13)
- GOD Seest Me
Elsali (Psalms 42:9)
GOD, My Rock
El Shaddai (Genesis 17:1,2, Ezekiel 10:5)
- Almighty GOD
Elohim Shophtim Ba-arets (Psalms 58:11)
- GOD that Judgeth in the Earth
El Simchath Gili (Psalms 43:4)
- GOD My Exceeding Joy
Elohim Tsebaoth (Psalms 80:7, Jeremiah 35:17&38:17)
- GOD of Hosts
Elohe Tishuathi (Psalms 18:46&51:14)
- GOD of My Salvation
Elohe Tsadeki (Psalms 4:1)
- GOD of My Righteousness
Elohe Yakob (Psalms 20:1)
- GOD of Israel
Elohe Yisrael (Psalms 59:5)
- GOD of Isreal
The Compound Names
Jehovah (Exodus 6:2,3)
- The LORD
Adonai Jehovah (Genesis 15:2)
- Lord GOD
Jehovah Adon Kol Ha-arets (Joshua 3:11)
- The LORD, the Lord of All the Earth
Jehovah Bore (Isaiah 40:28)
- The LORD Creator
Jehovah Chereb (Deuteronomy 33:29)
- The LORD... the Sword
Jehovah Eli (Psalms 18:2)
- The LORD My GOD
Jehovah Elyon (Genesis 14:18-20)
- The LORD Most High
Jehovah Gibbor Milchamah (Psalms 24:8)
- The LORD Mighty In Battle
Jehovah Maginnenu (Psalms 89:18)
- The LORD Our Defense
Jehovah Goelekh (Isaiah 49:26&60:16)
- The LORD Thy Redeemer
Jehovah Hashopet (Judges 11:27)
- The LORD the Judge
Jehovah Hoshiah (Psalms 20:9)
- O LORD Save
Jehovah Immeka (Judges 6:12)
- The LORD Is with You
Jehovah Izuz Wegibbor (Psalms 24:8)
- The LORD Strong and Mighty
Jehovah-jireth (Genesis 22:14)
- The LORD Shall Provide
Jehovah Kabodhi (Psalms 3:3)
- The LORD My GOD
Jehovah Kanna Shemo (Exodus 34:14)
- The LORD Whose Name Is Jealous
Jehovah Keren-Yishi (Psalms 18:2)
- The LORD the Horn of My Salvation
Jehovah Machsi (Psalms 91:9)
The LORD My Refuge
Jehovah Magen (Deuteronomy 33:29)
- The LORD the Shield
Jehovah Makkeh (Ezekiel 7:9)
- The LORD that Smiteth
Jehovah Mauzzam (Psalms 37:39)
- The LORD Their Strength
Jehovah Mauzzi (Jeremiah 16:19)
- The LORD My Fortress
Ha-Melech Jehovah (Psalms 98:6)
- The LORD the King
Jehovah Melech Olam (Psalms 10:16)
- The LORD King Forever
Jehovah Mephalti (Psalms 18:2)
- The LORD My Deliverer
Jehovah Mekaddishkem (Exodus 31:13)
- The LORD that Sanctifies You
Jehovah Metsudhathi (Psalms 18:2)
- The LORD My High Tower
Jehovah Moshiekh (Isaiah 49:26&60:16)
- The LORD Your Savior
Jehovah Nissi (Exodus 17:15)
- The LORD My Banner
Jehovah Ori (Psalms 27:1)
- The LORD My Light
Jehovah Uzzi (Psalms 28:7)
- The LORD My Strength
Jehovah Rophe (Exodus 15:26)
- The LORD (our) Healer
Jehovah Roi (Psalms 23:1)
- The LORD My Shepherd
Jehovah Sabaoth (Tsebaoth) (I Samuel 1:3)
- The LORD of Hosts
Jehovah Sali (Psalms 18:2)
- The LORD My Rock
Jehovah Shalom (Judges 6:24)
- The LORD (our) Peace
Jehovah Shammah (Ezekiel 48:35)
The LORD Is There
Jehovah Tsidkenu (Jeremiah 23:6)
- The LORD Our Righteousness
Jehovah Tsuri (Psalms 19:14)
- O LORD My Strength
There are three primary names of GOD in the Old Testement; GOD (Elohim), LORD (Jehovah, or Yahweh), and LORD/Master (Adonai). Beyond these, GOD is called by over eighty other compound names or descriptive titles.
"The many descriptive titles and names of GOD given in Scripture are like lightening flashes in a summer night, revealing His nature and works."
From http://www.allaboutgod.com/god-names.htm I was able to find this list of the names of God:
God Names - The Names for God the Father
Father (Matthew 6:9); The God Of Israel (Matthew 15:31); Heaven (Matthew 21:25).
Power (Mark 14:62).
Lord God of Israel (Luke 1:68).
Lord God (Acts 3:22); The God Of Glory (Acts 7:2); The God Of Our Fathers (Acts 7:32); The God Of Abraham, Isaac And Jacob (Acts 7:32).
The Divine Nature (Romans 1:20); The Creator (Romans 1:25); Daddy/abba (Romans 8:15).
Father of Mercies (2 Corinthians 1:3); God Of All Comfort (2 Corinthians 1:3); The Living God (2 Corinthians 3:3); Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18).
The Father Of Glory (Ephesians 1:17).
Father Of Our Lord Yeshua The Messiah (Colossians 1:3).
The Eternal Immortal Invisible King (1 Timothy 1:17); Sovereign (1 Timothy 6:15); God The Father (2 Timothy 1:2).
The Majesty (Hebrews 1:3); The Most High God (Hebrews 7:1); The Father Of Spirits (Hebrews 12:9); A Consuming Fire (Hebrews 12:29); God Of Peace (Hebrews 13:20).
The Father Of Lights (James 1:17); The Lawgiver And Judge (James 4:12); Lord Of Armies (James 5:4).
The Majestic Glory (2 Peter 1:17).
The Almighty (Revelation 1:8); The King Of The Nations (Revelation 15:3).
So, now I am curious. What is your opinion of God now? Is it different than before you read this? I know my view of God has changed drastically the more I write articles and learn of His true nature. I love God with everything He has given me both in my being and in my world. I know He will never leave me, hurt me, lie to me, abuse me or do any kind of harm to me. He is loving, powerful, protecting and so much more. He is reliable, honest, faithful, and He will never let me go through anything that He and I together cannot handle and make it through.
Dear God, thank You for loving me. Thank You for showing me the many wonderful Names You have. Thank You for teaching me that You are warm, caring, loving, encouraging, protecting and so much more. Bless Your name that is above all other names. May You be glorified in my life in this life and in life hereafter when I will be with You always. In Jesus holy name I pray, Amen.