The Power of God’s Names Bible Online Study | Week 2

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It is our second week of The Power of God’s Names by Tony Evans and what an amazing one it has been.  After a desperate phone call last week, I found myself on a ‘gifted’ flight to help a dear friend who was near death in a government hospital in Mexico.  The government hospitals in Mexico are very dirty and patients have to have a caregiver with them at all times.  My friend, who is diabetic and has been near renal failure for some time, was admitted with severe peritonitis. I cared for her during the day and spent the nights watching her chest rise and fall with each breath.

During this week I found myself in a state of constant prayer.  Never has the Lord been closer to me than when I am walking through difficult and trying circumstances.  Jehovah, the name He uses when He wants to reveal Himself to us in a more personal way, took on a very special meaning to me as I walked with my dear friend through the valley of the shadow of death.

Sometimes God lets us hit rock bottom because He wants us to realize the He’s  THE Rock at the bottom. Tony Evans

As I sang to her and prayed over her, one of the other caregivers asked if I would pray for his father.  His father had been unable to get out of bed for weeks and was also admitted for severe peritonitis.  Many people from their home church had come to sing over him, recite scriptures and pray for him.   This precious young man, sensing his father’s time was near, wept openly with me as he shared some of his sweet family memories.  The two of us sat on the stairwell and prayed together for not only our family, but the rest of those who were ill in the same room.

hospital 1I think we were all amazed that his father made it through the night.  We find it difficult to imagine that things will get better when we are in the midst of our darkest hours.  Often it is easier to see how the Lord moved in our lives after the difficulties have subsided.  Later that morning as the doctors drew up discharge papers for my dear friend, which was in itself a miracle, the young man’s mother returned to care for her beloved husband.  This is what she said…

“It has been ages since you have seen the sun my darling.  Let’s go see the sun together.  Do you remember the sun?”  She picked up the frail man and put him on his feet facing her.  She held him in her arms and after a while, she began moving him ever so slowly towards the window.  They stopped frequently and the short 10 foot trip took more than 30 minutes to accomplish.  All along the difficult journey, she would carefully lift his face in her hands and point it toward the warm sunlight that came streaming through the window.  She was a woman of great faith, I heard her praying every night and day that she was there,  lovingly caring for beloved.

Through misty eyes, I was able to capture this inspirational moment. {a real miracle}

Take a moment and ask yourself how long has it been since you have seen The Son? Let’s go see Him together, okay?  As we continue to study the Power of His Wonderful Names together, let’s inspire one another to turn our faces toward the Son.  Who knows what miracles lie ahead of us as we move toward the warmth of His everlasting embrace.

 

ASSIGNMENT FOR THE WEEK

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS FOR THE WEEK (share answers in small groups)

1.  When have you found yourself between a rock and a hard place?  How quickly did you realize that God was the solution? (page 42)

2.  When have you been tempted to define God based on who you wanted Him to be? (page 46)

3.  On a scale of 1 to 10, how would you honestly rate you desire to know God on a deeper level?  What steps have you taken in the past, and what steps do you plan to take to deepen your relationship with God? (page 51)

4.  In what areas have you resisted God’s ownership of your life?  Do you see a need to change?  (page 57)

 

 

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