Praying Through the Names of God: A 40­-Day Devotional

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Day Thirty-Five: El Sim Chat Gili

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God My Exceeding Joy

There is a difference between happiness and joy. Happiness is a temporary pleasure in our circumstances. It is an emotion based on outside influences that are unstable. In times of hardship the emotion of happiness is impossible.

However, scripture repeats from beginning to end that we can be joyful in our trials. Joy is that deep down satisfaction that comes when what we know is true of God—He is infinitely loving, He is always good, He is unceasingly forgiving—lines up with our experience of God. Joy is not dependent on our circumstances because it is found in the presence of God. We can have joy in our difficulties because we have the expectation that our good and loving Father is taking care of us, through the good and the bad times.

Psalm 43:3-5

“Send out your light and your truth; let them lead me; let them bring me to your Holy hill and to your dwelling! Then I will go to the altar Of God, to God my exceeding joy, and I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God. Why are you cast down, O my soul, and why are you in turmoil within me? Hope in God; for I shall again praise him, my salvation and my God.”

Meditations

When have you experienced God as El Sim Chat Gili, your exceeding joy?

Repent of believing the struggles you go through are make it impossible for God to give you joy.
Pray and ask El Sim Chat Gili to give you the unquenchable joy your soul craves.
Listen and think and allow the Holy Spirit to minister to you about the difference between happiness and joy.
Meditate and imagine El Sim Chat Gili in the midst of your circumstances. What does that look like? Can you see Him working in the midst of your troubles?

Day Thirty-Four: Yahweh Chelqi

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The Lord My Portion

The idea of our “portion” is weird to us in America. But in the ancient Hebrew culture you knew what the “portion” of the inheritance was at birth. Your portion depended upon your gender and your place in the birth order. As adopted children of God we have an inheritance that is given to us as soon as we are re-born. We are not just heirs of God, but we are co-heirs with Christ. We get the double-portion of inheritance only available to the first-born son!!

God not only gives us our portion, but God is our portion! In His presence we find true happiness and satisfaction. We find a desire for Him as well as a delight in being with Him.

Psalm 73:25-26

“Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.”

Meditations

Have you valued the things God can do for you more than His presence in your life?

Repent of anytime you dismissed God’s presence because you were more interested in His presents.
Pray and ask Yahweh Chelqi for more of His presence in your life
Listen and think about where the Holy Spirit is showing you Yahweh Chelqi’s presence is in your life.
Meditate and imagine what Yahweh Chelqi means. What difference does it make that God is our inheritance?

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