As a senior pastor/teaching elder, I spend more of my week studying God’s Word than doing almost anything else. Therefore, I’m always looking for good resources to help me in my sermon preparation, which is why I recommend Delighting in the Names of God by Rachel Larkin. While the title is self-explanatory, you should expect more than good theology lessons. Ms. Larkin goes beyond simply explaining the names of God to telling you how you will benefit from this greater understanding. By the time you finish the beginning of the book, you will look forward to the following chapters. She also uses herself as an example and discusses how she’s grown spiritually from her personal study. Each chapter concludes with helpful questions that allow the
book to be used in two ways:
- For personal Bible study
- For group studies, whether
home groups or Sunday schools
Regardless of the way you read Delighting in the Names of God, I’m
confident it will be a blessing to you. I plan to keep it handy for those times
I encounter names of God in Scripture and want further information.
I’ve invited Rachel to describe her book in her own words and how it will benefit you…
There are many ways to deepen your prayer life
which I explain in Simple Prayer: The Guide for
Ordinary People Seeking the Extraordinary
but the there is one surprising way that I stumbled upon more than a
decade ago – Delighting
in the Names of God.
In 2007, I decided to study the first seven Hebrew
names of God. I discovered that I didn’t really know God at all even though I
had been a born-again Christian for three decades at that time! I
uncovered a God who wanted to be discovered by me
. A God who was
incredibly interested in the individual and in nations. A God who wants to
reveal His nature and character to us through His Hebrew names. I learned more about God through studying His names
than from any other Bible study that I had done. I began to know
personally, in the nitty-gritty of daily life. As each Hebrew name was revealed
to me, I was able to believe
in God’s true image – not a false
or inaccurate image of God. There are many people who say they know about God
but very few who really know
God. There is an enormous
difference. Anybody can know about God – even satan and his demons know about
God. But knowing God
is something deeper, more personal, and
deeply life changing. It’s moving from acknowledging God’s existence
God) to surrendering your whole life for Him to
invade and transform. When you begin to know God personally in your life
you enter an abundance that is absolutely awesome.
- Abundance of
Peace – because God is peace
- Abundance of
Love – because God is love
- Abundance of
Grace – because God gives grace abundantly
- Abundance of
Provision – because God is our provider
What is your image of God?
Who is God to you?
Many Christians have a major problem relating to
God in a personal way. This is because of false images of God that people have
built up over time.
These false images filter everything.
In some people’s minds, God seems to be this big
“man upstairs” that is just waiting for us to fail in some way. Or a God that
is so big and impersonal that there is no way that He would be interested in
little old me. Maybe, you have an abusive father and it is stopping you from
relating to God the Father. Many Christians feel that God is a God of judgement
and they live their lives in a state of guilt and fear. Yes, Jesus is coming as
King to judge the world but if you are a Christian, you have already accepted
Jesus’ solution for your punishment. Jesus took your punishment! All your past,
present and future sins have been atoned for, covered by Jesus’ shed blood.
There is now NO condemnation for those in Christ Jesus. You have been sent free.
How do you replace a distorted concept of God?
The solution is to renew your mind. “Do not be conformed to this world but be
transformed by the renewal of your mind that by testing you may discern what is
the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12:2 ESV)
To have the right, correct image of God we need our
minds to be renewed. When our minds are renewed we will then be able to relate
with God. How can you relate to someone when you don’t really
know them? How do we get to know God? How do we renew our minds with the truth of who God
really is? There is a way that God has provided for us – His
Names. We can renew our minds and discover who God really is by His Hebrew
Once my mind was renewed with the truth of who God
is through studying these seven Hebrew names, I began to delight in Him through
prayer. I gained a firmer grasp on exactly Who I was addressing my prayers to.
A deep revelation of the character and personality of God bought a depth to my
prayers that I had not experienced before.
I now knew Who I was praying to.
To find out more check out “Delighting
in the Names of God:8 Weeks to a Deeper Prayer Life”
About the Author Rachel Larkin is an author, speaker, chartered accountant
and home-school mum. She lives in New Zealand with her husband and their three
young adult sons. She has a passion to see believers growing in faith and
prayer as well as developing their potential for Jesus. She writes at rachellarkin.com. To find out more on seeing God turn
up in your daily life, Rachel has a free eBook available for download – TheUntold Story: 7 Steps to Seeing God in the Midst of your Real Messy Life