Sermon prepared by the Holy Spirit and Pastor Andrew T. Okai
Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany
February 4, 2018
Sermon text: Isaiah 40:28–31a
Sermon theme: Grace for All the Gears of Life
Grace, mercy, and peace...
Throughout Epiphany we have been talking about how God establishes relationships with us with the primary purpose of building fellowship, and how when fellowship is built, our perspectives are changed and when our perspectives change, it affects our priorities.
Today we will talk about how knowing God helps us stay in fellowship with him. This is a very important subject, because the first attack against believers is to steal us away from believing God.
The names of God
The word Lord comes from the Hebrew word Jehovah, which means “the self-existent One” or every other being in the universe depends on another being for its existence, but God depends upon no one; he exists within himself, by himself, and for himself.
This name identifies him as a covenant keeper, as the God who stands by his word, a God who can be trusted.
This name appears many times in the Old Testament:
- Jehovah-Rohi – The LORD My Shepherd
- Jehovah-Jireh – The LORD Will Provider
- Jehovah-Shalom – The LORD My Peace
- Jehovah-Raphi – The LORD My Healer
- Jehovah-Tsidkenu – The LORD My Righteousness
- Jehovah-Shammah – The LORD Is There
- Jehovah-Nissi– The LORD Our Banner
- Jehovah-M’Kaddesh – The LORD My Sanctifier
- Jehovah-El Elyon – The LORD Most High
The nature of God
God never gets tired, even though he is holding all things by the power of his word
The text also talks about how his knowledge is beyond our human comprehension.
The power of God
God reminds us that even the strongest man is prone to weakness and failure. We are cautioned to wait on the Lord. We hope, we wait, and we pray...