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Jehovah-Shammah - The Lord is there..
The name 'Jehovah-shammah' means 'The Lord is there'. It is mentioned only once in the Bible and thats in the last verse of the last chapter of the book of Ezekiel.
"And the name of the city from that time on will be:the Lord is there.” (Ezekiel 48:35).
This name of the Lord is symbolic of the Lord's holy city 'Jerusalem'. In Ezekiel's days, when the people of Jerusalem repeatedly sinned against God, and were unrepentant the presence of the Lord left not only the temple, but also from the city. Ezekiel saw the presence of God leaving the temple and the city in a vision. What a tragedy !!. With God's protection removed, the people were taken captives and scattered across the surrounding nations. However, the Lord did not completely abandon them. His compassion and mercy was always there for them as he continually brought them back to him. As a climax to his restoration and revival, The Lord promised that the city will be rebuilt, and renamed as 'Jehovah-Shammah' meaning that the 'Lord is there'.
Dear friend, Cheer up. The Lord is THERE in your life as well. He knows your future and has perfect control of it. So don't loose heart. He will walk with you and carry you through the toughest battles in your life. All you need is to desire his presence in your life, and invite him to walk with you, and put all your trust in him. God Bless you!!.
Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. (Genesis 21:1, NIV, Holy Bible)
கர்த்தர் தாம் சொல்லியிருந்தபடி சாராள்பேரில் கடாட்சமானார்;
கர்த்தர் தாம் உரைத்தபடியே சாராளுக்குச் செய்தருளினார். (ஆதியாகமம் 21:1.)
Dear friends in Christ,
This verse really touched me last week during the special meeting we had at our home. Our Lord is a Lord that never forgets what He promised and what He has planned for each one of us. So be cheerful and glad. Just like how He fulfilled the plans and promises as told in the verse above, He will fulfill every plan and promise He has for you. Rejoice in His grace and mercies.
You were bought with a price..
When seven year old Australian boy Sabastian Kent was taken to his family barn, the boy erupted with joyful tears on seeing the pony. He had reasons to be joyful. He had sold lemonade for two years, saving every penny he could, in order to raise money to pay for his own pony. What a joyful moment it was when he saw the pony that he had purchased through his own hard work. (Source : CNN, www.cnn.com/2016/10/16/asia/australia-boy-pony-trnd/).
Thinking about it, I am reminded that You and I were bought for a price( 1 Cor 6:20b). A price so high, that was paid for in full on the cross by Lord Jesus Christ. We were redeemed not by perishable things like silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without blemish or spot ( 1 Pet 1:18-19).
Yes, the price has already been paid, and you are freed by Jesus Christ. Imagine the joy it would bring to see you and me with him in eternity.
God Bless you !!
Many times when we pray, we pray like little naughty children who press the door bell and run away. We do not wait for Gods response. We are hasty and in rush and unable to pray with persistence. May God grant us the patience and perseverance to seek his will and act accordingly.