“I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleansed; I shall cleanse you of all your defilement and all your idols. I shall give you a new heart, and put a new Spirit in you; I shall remove the heart of stone from your bodies and give you a heart of flesh instead. I shall put my Spirit in you, and make you keep my laws and sincerely respect my observances” (Ezekiel 36:25-27)
(Taken from the day’s Reading: Morning Prayer for Sunday, Psalter Week 2; The Breviary (Ab. V) pp 467)
We often call on the Name of God multiple times a day. We also say a lot in the name of God. For instance, we always say, “I beg you in the Name of God, do this for me”. “May the name of God be praised”, and so on.
God’s name is very special to us because according to the word of God, it is in God that we live, move and have our being. (Acts 17:28) He made us and we belong to Him, we are the sheep of His flock. (Psalm 100:3)
I always ask myself, what is the Name of God to me? By which name do I know God? Who is God to me? In asking these questions, I am faced with a lot of life changing circumstances and the reality of my acceptance of my true nature as a child of God. I also bear in mind that my acceptance or non-acceptance does not change the reality of God’s existence neither does it affect God’s true Nature. God is God and He remains the same yesterday, today and forever. (cf. Hebrews 13:8)
When God revealed His identity to Moses on Mount Horeb, he said, “I am he who is”. (Exodus 3: 14) He further explained this to Moses saying, “I am Yahweh, the God of your ancestors; the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob”. You need to look back at the lives of these people: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to see the true meaning of God’s Name, as God identified Himself and manifested Himself to them. Most importantly, we must take note the He is the same God, yet He is the God of different individuals in the persons of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Remember, He did not say, I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. No! He said, “I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac and the God of Jacob”. Does it have any meaning to you? Yes, It should. And this is where I am driving at when I ask the question, what is the name of God?
What is the name of God to you?
The Word says: “they will see the Lord face to face, and His name will be written on their foreheads” (Revelation (22:4)
My relationship with God is my personal experience. In the same way, your relationship with God should be your personal experience. It should not be a relationship modeled according to the pastor’s teaching, prophet’s word, Church’s doctrines. No. Though they may serve as guides as prompted by the Holy Spirit, they are not the model; Christ is! Our relationship with God should be a relationship lived according to God’s word; modeled according to God’s plan.
As there are no two same persons in this world, no matter how similar they look or how much they resemble each other, that same way, our encounter, relationship and closeness to God differ from one person to another. That is why God identified Himself as “the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob” and the just the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Our personal encounter with God determines who God is to us and what he represents in our lives; that is the Name of God written in our hearts.
Today, God tells us through his prophet; “I shall put my Spirit in you, and make you keep my laws and sincerely respect my observances (Ezekiel 36:27). He says: “I shall pour clean water over you and you will be cleaned; I shall cleanse you of all your defilement and all your idols. I shall give you a new heart, and put a new Spirit in you”.
May we today ask him to reveal himself to us in the way he wants us to know him. Just as he is the God of Abraham, may he be My God. To me, He is “Elohay Mauzi” – “The God of my Strength”. (cf. Exodus 15)
Once you discover God in your life and know him by his name as made manifest to you; call him by that name and you will see the Might of His Strength; for circumstances shall bow to you! That is power! That is Wealth!
– The Minister of Wealth Creation –