Two Keys to Getting the Help You Need
The scripture reveals several keys that can help. I'm going to share with you two.
The first key is to recognize the source of help. It requires judgment on your part. You have to decide who will be the most effective help. The psalmist in Psalm 60:11 succinctly shares his decision as he appeals to God for help stating that "the help of man is useless."
God's help on the other hand is marvelous. The following scriptures reveal the second key as well as revealing who, what, when and why!
- Who - Psalms 121:1-2 I will lift up my eyes to the hills— From whence comes my help? My help comes from the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
- What - Psalms 124:8 Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.
- When - Proverbs 18:10 The name of the Lord is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe.
- Why - 1 Corinthians 1:25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.... 1 Corinthians 1:27-29 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty; And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are: That no flesh should glory in his presence.
The Second Key is the Name of the Lord
Here are the very basic tools you need. First, you need your Bible. Second, you need a Strong's Concordance. You can even find free tools like this online at places like BibleStudyTools.com or BlueLetterBible.org.
Then as you find scriptures like Judges 6:24 which says, "So Gideon built an altar there to the Lord, and called it The-Lord-Is-Peace...
Here's the challenge. English is somewhat restrictive as we find the Hebrew and Greek had fewer words which means the words they did use were often so much more meaningful. Therefore it's helpful to look up the words to see what the original meaning was. For example, the Strongs Concordance says:
- "The Lord" means: h3068. יְהוָֹה yhwh; from 1961; (the) self-Existent or Eternal; name of God: — the Lord. Compare 3050, 3069. AV (6519) - LORD 6510, GOD 4, JEHOVAH 4, variant 1; Jehovah = "the existing One"
- "Is Peace" means: h7965. שָׁלוֹם šâlôm; or שָׁלֹם shalom; from 7999; safe, i.e. (figuratively) well, happy, friendly; also (abstractly) welfare, i.e. health, prosperity, peace: — x do, familiar, x fare, favour, + friend, x great, (good) health, (x perfect, such as be at) peace(-able, -ably), prosper(-ity, -ous), rest, safe(-ty), salute, welfare, (x all is, be) well, x wholly.
Tha’s amazing. The Hebrew word shalom, refers to our safety, welfare, health, prosperity and peace!
Here's another example. Genesis 22:14 says, "And Abraham called the name of the place, The-Lord-Will-Provide; as it is said to this day, “In the Mount of the Lord it shall be provided.”
But look what "Will Provide" actually means: h7200. רָאָה râ’â; a primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitive, intransitive and causative): — advise self, appear, approve, behold, x certainly, consider, discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, x indeed, x joyfully, lo, look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, x be near, perceive, present, provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see(-r, -m, one another), shew (self), x sight of others, (e-)spy, stare, x surely, x think, view, visions
Wow! This would more accurately be translated “Yahweh Sees” because God saw Abraham's obedience and provided what Abraham needed at the time. A sacrifice! A substitute sacrifice to be exact.
God Magnifies His Name Above His Word!
God even went so far as to say that He magnified His name above His word in Psalm 138:2. Why? It is because His name is the seal or guarantee of His word. Deuteronomy 7:9 says that "He is God, the faithful God..." which reflects the nature found His statement in Ezekiel 12:28. It says, "Therefore say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord God: “None of My words will be postponed any more, but the word which I speak will be done,” says the Lord God.’ ”
Truly, God is a faithful God. He is also revealed as the habitation of justice and the hope of fathers.
All who found them have devoured them;
And their adversaries said, ‘We have not offended,
Because they have sinned against the Lord, the habitation of justice,
The Lord, the hope of their fathers.’
There are over 900+ Names of God that Reveal His Character and Nature
Each name reveals another aspect of His multifaceted nature and heart. It’s glorious. Names such as ABBA (Daddy) in Mark 13:46, Eternal Father in Isaiah 9:6, Advocate (Legal Council) in 1 John 2:1-2, The Almighty in 2 Corinthians 6:18, the Alpha and Omega (Beginning and the End) in Revelation 1:8 and Isaiah 41:4, The God who heals in Exodus 15:26.... Here’s a list. https://christiananswers.net/dictionary/namesofgod.html
So what is your challenge and or what do you need? Health, hope, deliverance, vindication, restoration, reconciliation... the list goes on. Then I am going to challenge to become a mature son or daughter of God. I'm going to challenge you to act like a king. Revelation 19:11 reveals what a king does. They make decisions and they make war. Kings were also meant to carry a measure of glory.
Proverbs 25:2 also says, "It is the glory of God to conceal a matter, But the glory of kings is to search out a matter." It is your job, it is my job to search the matter out. It's our job to study to show ourselves approved. That's what disciples do. that is what mature sons and daughters do. It's what kings do.
Once you discover a name of God then I'm going to encourage you to meditate upon it. Why? Because God takes note of those who meditate upon His name.
Malachi 3:16 says, "Then those who feared the Lord spoke to one another, And the Lord listened and heard them;
So a book of remembrance was written before Him For those who fear the Lord And who meditate on His name."
So what should we do with the names of God?
- Seek to know them.
- Trust in God’s character revealed through His name.
- Worship God with your tithes and offerings as you remember His names. Why? These are signs of your covenant with Him. They are expressions of your love and trust. In fact, in Deuteronomy 12:11 God says to take your offerings and tithes to the place "where the Lord your God chooses to make His name abide." This ties our giving, our worship, with His name and others who also honor His name. He goes on to reveal in Deuteronomy 26:11-15 that when you do this you must be careful not to give it to the dead nor for any unclean use. In other words, you need to make sure the altar where you give is pure. You know. A place where His name can abide.
Over the years, I’ve observed time and again. Those who have a covenant relationship which is also expressed through their worship with tithes and offerings see more prayers answered than those who do not. Why have we seen this.
I submit first, I teach them that the first purpose of giving is worship. To take your tithes and offerings where God chooses to make His name abide requires that you give out of your relationship with God. You need to ask Him where to take it.
Second, I teach all who are in covenant with KLI about Deuteronomy 26:12-15 where it says that after you've given to the place God tells you then "you shall say before the Lord your God: "I have removed the holy tithe from my house, and also I have given..... I have obeyed Your voice... look down from your holy habituation and bless.... (insert your family name).
There is power in obedience. There is power in obeying the voice of the Lord and angels "heed the voice of His word..." (Psalm 103:20).
I would say those who give and pray out of covenant “trust” while those who only seek prayer with no demonstration of covenant "wish." God sees this and even keeps an account in heaven. It reveals where a person's heart really is (Matthew 6:20-21).
I hope this blesses you. I have to confess. I got a little convicted myself and am stirred to renew my meditation upon the names of our Lord.