The Spiritual House Cleaning Manual – Lesson 8

The Power of Knowing Who You Are Praying To

 

Now that you have started to read the word of God, something will begin in your heart (if it hasn’t happened already) you will start naturally talking to God. The fancy word for that is called “praying”. This is your spirit beginning to reach out to God.
So we need to find out first of all, who am I praying to?
Who is the God of the Bible?
  1. The all warring – Allah
  2. The Self- existing One – Jehovah
  3. A Trinity – consisting of a Father, a Son & a Holy Spirit
  4. The Lord God Almighty – Jesus Christ
Let’s examine the Bible to find out just who God is…
The first time the word “God” is mentioned in the Bible is in Genesis 1:1
Gen 1:1(KJV)
In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.
We need to apply basic Biblical interpretation skills here:
  • Who wrote the book of Genesis?
             Moses wrote the first 5 books of the Bible
  • Who was it written to?
             It was part of the Old Testament Law written to the children of Israel.
To properly interpret this scripture we need to look through the eyes of Moses as he is the one doing the writing.
Who was Moses talking about when he wrote about “God”?
Deut 34:10 (KJV)
And there arose not a prophet since in Israel like unto Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face.
Exod 24:8-11(KJV)
And Moses took the blood, and sprinkled it on the people, and said, Behold the blood of the covenant, which the LORD hath made with you concerning all these words.
Then went up Moses, and Aaron, Nadab, and Abihu, and seventy of the elders of Israel:
And they saw the God of Israel: and there was under his feet as it were a paved work of a sapphire stone, and as it were the body of heaven in his clearness.
And upon the nobles of the children of Israel he laid not his hand: also they saw God, and did eat and drink.
This is incredible eye witness account; here someone actually met God face to face, talked with him as two friends that sit down and talk, not just Moses but seventy elders of Israel.
Who did they see?
They saw only one God – listen to what Moses writes here …

 

Deut 6:4(KJV)
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:

 

 

This is the very foundation of the Bible and of the Old Testament law, that there is only one God.
This one God has many attributes and characteristics just like those of us whom he created but he is only one God.
This totally eliminates a trinity of three persons who are co-equal, co-eternal and co-powerful.
The fact that man is made in God’s image should convince us that there is only one God. A man can have many roles but he is still only one man and has only one name.
The name of God is a real study in itself and we will cover some of that topic in Chapter 10.
The Bible never, ever refers to God as Allah. The word “Allah” is not even in the Bible.
Let’s look again at what the Bible does call Him…
Deut 6:4 (KJV)
Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God is one LORD:
The word English word “Lord” is translated from the Hebrew word…
3068  Yehovah-
Jehovah (Yahweh) “the existing One”; the proper name of the one true God; unpronounced except with the vowel pointings of 0136 *(1)
Yes, the God of the Old Testament is none other than…
The Self- existing One – Jehovah
So where does Jesus Christ fit into all this?
If you have never heard what I’m about to share with you or if no one has ever had the pleasure to tell you…then let me be the first!
Jesus Christ is none other than Jehovah of the Old Testament come in the flesh!
Jesus’ very name means –
2424  Iesous-
Jesus = “Jehovah (Yahweh) is salvation” *(2)
 
Jesus Christ is Almighty God come in a human body.
There is so much scripture to prove this that it would take a book on its own to list all the scriptural proofs.
I’ll include just a few here to drive home the point.
First – the God of the Old Testament was referred to the “First and the Last.”

 

Isa 44:6(NIV)
“This is what the LORD says– Israel’s King and Redeemer, the LORD Almighty: I am the first and I am the last; apart from me there is no God.

 

The apostle John when he has his vision on the isle of Patmos sees the “First and the Last” and it is none other than Jesus Christ!
The Lord, Jesus Christ, himself states here that He is the First and the Last and that He lived, died and is alive for ever!

Rev 1:17-18(KJV)

And when I saw him, I fell at his feet as dead. And he laid his right hand upon me, saying unto me, Fear not; I am the first and the last: I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.

 

That is pretty powerful proof! The risen Jesus Christ is declaring that he alone is the God of the Old Testament!
Look at this prophecy of Isaiah’s concerning who was coming…
Isa 9:6-7 (KJV)
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.
This scripture talks about Jesus and look what it calls Him – The Mighty God – The Everlasting Father!
Even Jesus closest friends didn’t all know who Jesus was.
Look at this conversation between Jesus and Philip…

John 14:6-9(KJV)

Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father?

Thomas, another disciple really didn’t know until after Jesus was resurrected who Jesus was…

John 20:27-29(KJV)

Then saith he to Thomas, Reach hither thy finger, and behold my hands; and reach hither thy hand, and thrust it into my side: and be not faithless, but believing. And Thomas answered and said unto him, My Lord and my God. Jesus saith unto him, Thomas, because thou hast seen me, thou hast believed: blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.

The apostle Paul puts it this way…
2 Cor 5:19(KJV)
To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself.
Since Jesus is Almighty God – many will ask, “How then does the Holy Spirit come into all this?”
It Bible is very clear. God is a Spirit
Jesus said…
John 4:24 (KJV)
God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth.
That Spirit is Holy…
1Thes 4:8(KJV)
He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
That Holy Spirit overshadowed the virgin Mary.
Luke 1:35(KJV)
And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost *shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.
*Holy Ghost are Holy Spirit are interchangeable in the scriptures and mean the same thing.
Then the child that was born of Mary was both perfect man & perfect God and his name is Jesus Christ.
As a man – he ate, got tired, and slept.
As God – he calmed the sea, healed the sick, raised the dead, was transfigured on the mountain, shed his blood, and was raised from the dead.
Then, He ascended into heaven and sent back His Spirit (the Holy Ghost) to indwell believers.
Acts 1:5(KJV)
For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
Acts 2:4 (KJV)
And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
Col 1:27(KJV)
To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:
Jesus said…
John 14:17-18(KJV)
Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you. I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
One God = One Spirit = One Father = One Holy Ghost = One Lord = Jesus Christ
 
Eph 4:5-6 (KJV)
One Lord, one faith, one baptism,
One God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all,
and in you all.
Ps 71:22 (KJV)
I will also praise thee with the psaltery, even thy truth, O my God: unto thee will I sing with the harp, O thou Holy One of Israel.
Never is God referred to as a holy three or a holy three in one in the Bible. Always the Lord is referred to as the Holy One! He has held many offices, jobs or titles – the Father in Creation, the Son in Redemption and the Holy Ghost in Regeneration – but always it is the Lord doing the work and his name is JESUS CHRIST.
So…when you pray. Pray to the Lord call him by his name and talk to Him as a dear friend. He has been aching for you to talk to him for years. For you to really know who He is and what He is like.
If you have believed in a trinity of gods or more than one god or a different god other than Jesus Christ, then you need to ask Him to forgive you for being deceived by the Devil… because you know something? The devil believes that there is only one God, but he sure doesn’t want you to know that!
James 2:19(KJV)
Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.
This is your second real source of power against the devil and his demons – KNOWING who Jesus is and to whom you are praying.

 

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