The Names of God
He is Lord!
"I am the Lord
Jesus Christ is Lord, and He reigns supreme over all! Whether we acknowledge this truth or not -- and most
will not -- He remains the almighty, invincible Ruler of the universe.
It doesn't matter that the
"wise in this age" invent alternative answers to the origin of life.
God is still the "Lord of heaven and earth" -- our eternal Maker and
"gives to all
life, breath, and all things."
Public schools may ban His
truth and outlaw prayer, but they can't change His reality. The
Lord, who made the earth and all its creatures, continues to guard,
sustain and use all things for His own eternal purposes.
"For by Him all
things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth,
visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or
principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and
for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things
The media may deny His
existence and mock His loving presence with those who trust Him, yet
the truth still remains:
“In Him we live and move and have
church managers may try to reinvent both God and His gospel, but
they can't touch our eternal, unchanging Lord or His timeless
truths. "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End,"
says the Lord,
"who is and who was and who is to come."
comes again -- which He surely will -- He will deal with "all the
harsh things which ungodly sinners have spoken against Him.” Jude
14-15 Many are laughing now, but they won't when they face His
justice. “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And
“The Lord will
judge His people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the
hands of the living God."
the world's proud leaders continue their age-old battle against this
glorious Lord of heaven and earth. Like former kings and nations,
they have redefined God, outlawed His truths and set standards that
would conform our beliefs to their contrary visions. Yet, even
in our changing times,
"there is nothing new
under the sun,"
and the question raised by the psalmist about 3000 years ago is as
relevant now as then:
do the nations rage and the people plot a vain thing?
The kings of the earth set themselves and the rulers take counsel
Against the Lord and against His Anointed, saying,
'Let us break Their bonds in pieces and cast away Their cords from
"He who sits in the
heavens shall laugh;
The Lord shall hold them in derision.
Then He shall speak to them in His wrath,
And distress them
in His deep displeasure."
Skeptics have always wanted
to conform the Lord to their visions of benevolent deities. But
our mighty Lord is not like Santa Claus, fairy godmothers, the world's
"helpful spirits" or the New Age angels that dish out favors to
blinded followers. He doesn't tolerate sin, nor does He excuse our
lukewarm faith or growing acceptance of religious synthesis. Fellowship between
good and evil, truth and myth, or God and idols is incompatible with
"I am the Lord,"
us, "that is
My name; and My glory I will not give to another." Isaiah 42:8
calls us to faith and purity, not compromise or unbiblical unity.
not think that I came to bring peace on earth,"
Lord. "I did
not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to ‘set a man
against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a
daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law’; and ‘a man’s enemies
will be those of his own household.’ ... And he who does not take
his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his
life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find
This message may never be
heard in today's feel-good seeker churches. God's Word has always
offended those who prefer to pave their own way -- or to walk the
wide, popular highways of the masses. That's why Biblical
Christianity remains intolerable to the world. Those who trust
Jesus as their Lord can expect rejection, not popularity:
"From that time many of His disciples went
back and walked with Him no more. Then Jesus said to the twelve,
“Do you also want to go away?” But Simon Peter answered Him, “Lord,
to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life. Also we
have come to believe and know that You are the Christ, the Son of the
Like Peter, we must follow Christ,
our Lord. Where else would we go? He alone is our hope, our sufficiency, our
fountain of wisdom, our source strength, our very life -- both now and
No wonder Paul's
heart cried out in prayer and exultation,
"God forbid that I
should boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom
the world has been crucified to me, and I to the world. "
"Oh, the depth of
the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable
are His judgments and His ways past finding out! 'For who has known
the mind of the Lord? Or who has become His counselor? Or who has
first given to Him and it shall be repaid to him?' For of Him and
through Him and to Him are all things, to whom be glory forever." Romans
Precious and wonderful Lord, we surrender our lives to Your sovereign
will and keeping. We give You back our hearts and will, our time and
talents... all that we are and have. Only You, our glorious Lord and
Maker, know how we can best honor You and conform to Your purpose for
our lives. So fill us "with the knowledge of [Your] will in all wisdom
and spiritual understanding," so that we may "walk worthy" of Your
greatness and glory -- blessing others through the grace You have
showered on us. Thank You, dearest Lord.