The topic of our todays’ Bible Study is The theme Jehovah El Shaddai by Amb
TEXT :- Genesis 17 verse 1
Now the interpretation of Jehovah El shaddai is The Sufficient God
Now looking at the word sufficient
1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said to him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be you perfect.
What do we know as the word *Sufficient*
What is Sufficient?
It means Enough, Abundant. The word Sufficient means to possess adequate talents or accomplishments,to be qualified and to be fit.
Being capable of meeting obligations, being responsible. It also means self sufficiency, self satisfied and content.
Lastly it means equal to the end proposed:adequate wants,it means to have enough,to be competent and ample.
Sufficient God can be said to be a God that is capable of meeting obligations, a God that possess adequate talents or accomplishments
A God that can sustain Himself.It implies that he is the All Sufficient God who needs no man’s opinion or suggestion to maintain His original power and potency. He direct the affairs of men and causes all things to work according to how he so desire and according to his Word.
A God qualified to be God..
Sufficient God a God that can maintain His pureness, freshness such that he did not derive His source from elsewhere.
Genesis chapter 17:1 explains the intention and the description of God as the El Shaddai which means Almighty God
Almighty means unlimited in might, Omnipotent,all powerful, irresistible.
Almighty means Great, extreme, terrible.
Our God is great, extreme and terrible.
Our God is so great that he need no supporter to remain God
Let’s look at Genesis chapter 17 verse 1
Genesis 17:1 And when Abram was ninety years old and nine, the LORD appeared to Abram, and said unto him, I am the Almighty God; walk before me, and be thou perfect.
The Almighty says am Sufficient,am responsible for whatever your life will become in my hands, I have enough resources and capacity to make you into what I before ordained you to be.
I am not short of ways of being extreme and terrible even on your behalf. My part cannot be shaken or dismissed because of inadequacy. Am ever capable of meeting the needs of men and to render help when needed.
Don’t be bothered ad to whether am worth following or not because I AM.
Genesis chapter 17 Verse 1 says
Our lives may seem to be somehow to us but the Almighty says
Don’t be anxious of knowing if your life will not be wasted in my hands. I am the Almighty,having extreme capacity to make something out of nothing such that even if your life seems to be a nonentity as long as it’s in my hands. You are secured. HALLELUJAH.
The Almighty also says in this present time don’t think am inadequate to perform all my promises and to bring them to pass. Am able and am always competent at my duty post,I never sleep nor slumber.
However looking closely at that Genesis chapter 17:1 points out a condition and instruction, He said walk before me and be thou perfect.
God is not first demanding our work for him. He longs much more for our walk with him.
The first aspect is walk before me,not work,he demands that we walk before him always in a close relationship of love, communion and fellowship.
Living a life of devotion before him.
This clarify the point and desire of wanting to work for God but not desirous of walking with him,this wanting is not fulfilling the heart of God.
*Much more than working,he desire your walk with him*
Do you as a person desire working for God, let it spring from a deliberate consistent and unbroken walk with him in fellowship and communion,where you are actually tested,trusted and approved of God.
And its actually because God did not want workers who do not know his character, his intention and his heart desire.
*I say you only know the God you have been with, you can only represent well the God you have known via intimacy*
1 John 1:1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked upon, and our hands have handled, of the Word of life; 1:2 (For the life was manifested, and we have seen it, and bear witness, and shew unto you that eternal life, which was with the Father, and was manifested unto us;) 1:3 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.
Daniel 3:16 Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, answered and said to the king, O Nebuchadnezzar, we are not careful to answer thee in this matter. 3:17 If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the burning fiery furnace, and he will deliver us out of thine hand, O king. 3:18 But if not, be it known unto thee, O king, that we will not serve thy gods, nor worship the golden image which thou hast set up.
And you can forget what you are told but whatever you handled and touch can’t be forgotten easily
Remember Thomas, he opened up and thank God he did,he would have been living with what he was told,he choose to handle
And this is only possible in our walk with him via intimacy
Mark 3:13 says he goeth up to a mountain and call unto himself those whom he would and they came unto him
Verse 14 says he ordain twelve *to be with him* and that he *might* send them out to preach,heal and cast out devils.
Me as a person I dont just want to hear from others,i want to see and touch him
What about you?
Its amazing to know he is going to grant our heart desire tonight not tomorrow
A clear revelation and manifestation of God can only be clear in the life of a man that has been with God
Check the life of Elijah who said before the God whom I stand, there shall be no rain. Notice he has been before God before he came before men, kings and a whole nation.
Wonderful ambassadors *if u want to stand well before men,first go and stay with God till his presence rubs off on you.*
Now check yourself,do you have that desire to represent God, then desire intimacy with God. Enoch’s life is still standing for us but the great secret is in His walking. Genesis 5:22,24.
The man Enoch walked with God and God was pleaded to take him to himself. This man did not taste death because he pleased God.
When a man’s way please the Lord he decide to do extraordinary and supernatural things for such a person. Ah,I want to please God
Remember its what you desire that you acquire (will be delivered to you).
God awaits your answer.
There are diverse ways you can and this ways are in levels,which connotes that a man may desire may choose to remain at the initial level while another desire to press more. Even though God meant deep and awesome things for us.
What’s your desire?
Now checking back at Genesis chapter 17:1
God desire that his children will walk with him and be perfect, not just casual walking or a sluggish walking but perfect and this might raise a confusion in us that how can I be perfect with God in this crooked world. Hallelujah because the word says With God all things are possible
It’s that as you walk you grow,and as you grow,you grow to perfection.
God is not asking us to be what we can’t become.
HOW THEN DO I WALK WITH GOD?
(1) By being saved. John 3:16. The love of God and his desire for us to be saved made him gave us Jesus. Jesus is the only access to God. No other way. He alone is the way. *Are you saved*
Salvation is accepting your state of sinfulness,seeing your helplessness and accepting the love of God and receiving the gift of salvation in Christ by inviting Him to your life,accepting him as Lord and Savior.
Please don’t assume, assumptions are costly,be sure, check now,are you really saved?
(2) A consistent and deliberate devotion to God.
A man may actually be serving God without being committed to him. The purpose may be to get peoples applause and remark. By surrendering all to him.God cannot be mocked, he sees the heart,he knows if you are devoted to him or not.Why not choose to be devoted? The reward of devotion are from God and it grants you stability and make you more focus, hereby enhancing your destiny fulfillment.
We shouldn’t forget I said these ways are in levels, meaning the first can’t be done last or ommitted and it can’t be rearranged.
1 Samuel 16:7 highlights the reward of devotion here on earth. 7 But the LORD said to Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD sees not as man sees; for man looks on the outward appearance, but the LORD looks on the heart.
(3) An ever growing communion with God.
Some don’t want to be alone with God, yet they want to preach about God. Some do not want to learn yet they want to teach, I advise please don’t join that gang. Its not accepted in the kingdom of God, you learn before teaching, you knee before standing. Be committed to spending quality time with your maker daily in the secret before seeking to represent him among men.
Please don’t be a person who comes to God only when you need a revelation l to teach and inspire men.Desire Intimacy with God. Isaiah 40:31
(4) In Humility and Meekness.
The meek will he guide in judgment,the meek will he show his way. Are you meek?
The Lord resist the proud but gives Grace to the humble. James 4:6
Learn how to stay with God in fellowship not just do revelation
6 But he gives more grace. Why he said, God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.
God always answer will always resist a proud man And will always do.
Remember he can’t change
He is the same forever.
A wise man humble himself in the sight of God that he may be lifted. *Don’t lift yourself up,let God lift you up himself*
James 4:10 humility and meekness draws the heart of God and only such receive constant Grace to function well in life,and to work without being exhausted. And such receive Grace to stand.
Are you meek? If you are,it will be visible because you will always be supported by God and you receive his help constantly.
Its the meek that will be led to the secret place and only the meek will understand his ways by revelation.
The essence of prayer in our lives cannot be overemphasized. Men that walked with God knows how to communicate with him and receive answers. Are you prayerful. Prayer isn’t all about talking, you listen because God is committed to instruct, guide and comfort us.
It takes humility to wait before God
When you know how to hear him speak to you,be consistent so that you can be fond of his voice. Not in overfamiliarity but clarity in recognising his voice and understanding his instruction. John 16:23-24
How wonderful it Is to walk with God in constant brokenness.
Let’s look at 2 chronicles 7:14
Brokenness is a state of complete surrender, brokenness is a recognition of your imperfections and your adequacy outside the mercy and help of God.
That you are a christian is not enough, are you broken?
Brokenness is the strategy designed by God to kill pride in ourlives.
(6)Love for evangelism.
You show that you really love God through your love for your fellow human beings and brethren. Your love for God is only genuine when you love your neighbor,and that love will make you sacrifice for them,sacrifice of time, resources, food,material, comfort and so on just to help and support them because of the love. This love will trigger you to reach out to the sinners,the poor,the needy,the oppressed, the orphans, the widows and the less privileged ones. 1John 3:18
Pride is the refusal to acknowledge that (you and I) are inadequate without God.
Brokenness kills the sense of self sufficiency in us.
The feeling that I can do without God, the feeling that I only need him when things are getting out of hand is a sign of Pride.
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*A broken and a contrite heart is a heart that is perpetually living with the revelation that outside God am inadequate* Psalm 34:18
God values the sincerity in the heart of while on earth saw the hearts of many and was moved with compassion towards them. A broken heart does not argue with God
This kind of heart makes one enjoy the Sufficiency of God and it makes our lives a wonder on earth. It’s this kind of heart that can be in stead with God.
The best attitude that attracts God to men in a helpless way is a broken and contrite heart.
*Crying (praying) to God from a state of brokenness will never leave our lives, families, and even territories the same way* Psalm 51:17
God is moved towards sinners who are of a contrite heart.
Every time people are broken, God always respond in mercy, see Jonah 3:4-10
Jonah knew God as a merciful God. See Jonah 4:2
This is the conclusion
Go before the Lord with a heart of brokenness.
Plead for the mercy of the Lord in all areas.
the lord is gracious, merciful, slow to anger and of a great kindness, he is rich in love
Remember his mercy are new every morning.