I hate the enemy.
With a passion I hate him. He takes anything that God wants to give us for our good and enjoyment and pleasure and he twists it and makes it ugly and painful. He takes rainbows--given to us by God as a sign of hope and His enduring, holy love--and distorts it into something that is used to symbolize an unholy, irreverent sexual act.
he takes marriage--ordained by God as a union between one man and one woman--and deteriorates it into meaning little else than hooking up for a while and then leaving when it gets boring.
he takes relationship that God has given to each of us through His Son, Jesus Christ, and turns it into nothing more than a religion of self-pride. And then he takes those religions down deeper, darker avenues of God-distorting, Christ-lowering, self-elevating, heart-crushing, lying, mindless, evil organizations.
And people swallow the lies hook, line and sinker.
And the aftermath is never-ending. The pain goes on, the disappointment continues, and true love goes unfulfilled. And it's not just the story of my loved one I'm talking about. I keep hearing about others who are faced with their own enemy-warping joy-stealing stories. And all in the week of Christmas. What a coincidence. Not.
This is Christmas week and I will lift my God high. I will magnify the Name of Jesus above all names. I will ascribe to Him the glory and honor that is due His Name and more, if there ever could be more.
He is my Abba, my Father, my Counselor, my Comforter, my Truth. He is my Hope, my Future, my Love, my Teacher, my All in All.
He is the blessed King of kings, Lord of lords and God of gods. He is Elohim, Jehovah-Jireh and Jehovah-Rophe. He is Jehovah-Nissi and Jehovah-Shalom. He is the great Shepherd, the eternal Judge and He will have the last word.
He is El Shaddai.
He is the Alpha and the Omega and His Word will stand forever. He is the Rock of solid ground.
He is beautiful and His love is perfection. He does no wrong and tells no lies. He keeps every promise. Every soul who asks He will receive.
His Name is Emmanual--God with us. He stepped down from His high and lofty throne where He was worshipped and controlled the universe to show us just how much He loves us.
I think no one has said it better than S. M. Lockridge. I hope you join me in worshipping the one and only true God as you listen to Pastor Lockridge extol the great and mighty Name of our God.
You can read the Names of God here.
With all love and sincerety and hope for all God's blessings,