“You are the God who sees me,” said Hagar. –Genesis 16:1-15 written by Ruth Dickson

“You are the God who sees me,” said Hagar. –Genesis 16:1-15

The book of Genesis hosts a somewhat controversial story of a woman who gave God a name… The writer of Genesis thought it a story worthy of record; to etch it in history, for the whole world to see.

Hagar, an Egyptian maid-servant, met the “angel of the Lord” by a spring of water.

The Spirit of the Lord, is a Spring of Life to all who drink from Him. In this case, the angel of the Lord found Hagar. He met her in her wilderness and spoke life over her.

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What a story of Grace!

 Hagar, a maid and least in her society, found mercy and grace, where she least expected it. Do you know God reaches out to the least in society, He goes out of His way to fight for the disenfranchised. God speaks on behalf of those who face injustice. God saves the souls of those who are lost.

What a wilderness experience!

So much so, that Hagar gave Yahweh (God) a name, recorded in history forever. “She gave this name to the LORD who spoke to her”: EL ROI.

“You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” (EL ROI).

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Why do you ask my name seeing it is wonderful?” by Ruth Dickson

Just like Sarah, Rachel and Hannah, Manoah’s wife, described as barren, received a miracle from the Lord. This miracle was announced by the angel of the Lord. This promise was given at a time when Israel lived in Sin. Because of Israel’s depravity and sin, they were constantly overrun and bombarded by the Philistines. They needed a Saviour to deliver them from the hands of their enemies.

Manoah prayed to also have a special visitation from the Lord because the angel had spoken to his wife. His prayers were granted and the angel of the Lord appeared the second time. This time, his wife ran to get him.

Upon hearing the message, Manoah was filled with great joy and tried to offer the angel of the Lord, who appeared like a man, food to eat. The Lord did not need anything from Manoah, but accepted a sacrificial burnt offering.

“And Manoah said to the angel of the Lord, “What is your Name…” (Judges 13: 17), but the Angel of the Lord gave a response that was unexpected. As in the case of Jacob, the Angel of the Lord responded with a question, “Why do you ask my name seeing it is Wonderful?

That Wonderful Name:
Manoah was given a glimpse of the glory of God (Judges 13:17-20). The name “Wonderful” as prophesied by Isaiah in Isaiah Chapter 9:6-7, speaks of the glory and wonder of One who is incomprehensible, inaccessible and unsearchable. He is beyond human understanding. The Lord is worshipped in the beauty of holiness and splendor. He resides in the firmament of power and glory. What radiance and power surrounds the name that is unparalleled. There is no greater name than the name of the Jesus, the Son of God, the glory of Heaven and Earth, the Savior of the World.

“Who has ascended to heaven and come down? Who has gathered the wind in his fists? Who has wrapped up the waters in a garment? Who has established all the ends of the earth? What is his name, and what is his son’s name? Surely you know!” Proverbs 30:4
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“Please tell me your name,” asked Jacob. (Genesis 32:29) written by Ruth Dickson

“Please tell me your name,” asked Jacob. (Genesis 32:29)

Jacob’s heart was disquieted with him. The news of Esau marching towards him with four–hundred men caused Jacob to take action (Genesis 32: 6-8). In fear, and expecting to be attacked by Esau, Jacob asked his wives, children, servants with his life-stock, to walk ahead of him.  However, in the midst of the commotion, Jacob did one important thing, He cried out to God! (Genesis 32:11-21).

Jacob Struggles with God (Genesis 32:24-28).

Scripture describes Jacob as getting into the place where he “wrestled” with a supernatural being in prayer. Jacob struggled with God, but did not prevail.  His mysterious conversation with God, described as a battle, resulted in a dislocated hip-joint. No man can struggle with God and prevail. Jacob would not have his way this time.

Please tell me Your Name? (Genesis 32:29)

Jacob asked God His name. In response to Jacob’s question, God asked Him a question, “Why is it that you ask about My name?”

God chose not to reveal himself further to Jacob; He had to make do with what God had already revealed. Though Jacob did not get a response to his question, he did get a blessing.

If you believe in Jesus Christ today, you have a greater revelation about who God is than Jacob. In Christ, you come boldly before God’s throne of Grace. You see God face to face.

God Gave Jacob a new Identity!

You may be facing a challenge, may I encourage you to wrestle with God in prayer like Jacob. You may feel weak, pray anyway.  It is not in the strength of your prayer, but in the strength of God’s Spirit, that abides with you, as you pray. In Jacobs’s weakness, God’s power was made perfect. Jacob had to come clean with God and prevail in prayer, to the point where God dislocated his hip.

Jacob could not change the past; God did not change his past; but God did what was most important:

God gave Jacob a new identity. In Christ, you become brand new. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

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To Know God: Written by Ruth Dickson.

To Know God:
God revealed certain aspects of  himself to the Children of Israel. To them, He performed many miracles. They witnessed, God’s hand  against the Egyptians, as He executed great judgements. God revealed himself as the Healer in Exodus 15:26. He promised to spare the Israelites from what He did to the Egyptians, if they simply obeyed Him.

To David, He revealed His beauty and majesty. Take a walk through the Palms of the Psalms to see the beauty and majesty of God. The Psalms record the dynamics of David’s personal relationship with God  and how God revealed Himself to him.

Today, those in Christ have a better covenant. They have God, in person, to show them the Way. The Old Testament saints looked at God, and despite all He did, they could not see Him clearly, neither could they understand His ways.

All in Christ:
If you know Jesus Christ and submit to His authority in your life, He will show you – clearly – who He is. God has chosen to reveal himself clearly through His Son Jesus CHRIST. He is central to revealing God (John 14:6).

The only way to know the Father is through the Son. The Father, Son and Holy Spirit are co-eternal, they co-exist, in great mystery, majesty and power. God has revealed himself through His Son. Bless the Lord Jesus Christ for all He has done today. He most worthy.

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The Remnant: written by Ruth Dickson.

…Keep You From the Evil One:

This earth is the Lord’s and its fullness thereof… The most powerful and effective instrument God uses to protect and sanctify His children is His very own Word, The Word of God.

The Salt & Light of the Earth:

As a child of God, you are the salt and light of the earth. Your journey here does not go unnoticed by the watching world. In fact, Jesus made petition to the Father, to keep you for the duration of your stay here and to keep you from the evil one! (John 17:15).

Lord, “keep us from the evil one”:

Jesus knew what was in this world before He came to save it. He knew  there would be a great spiritual battle over His great  inheritance – the souls – God had given Him. This is why Jesus prayed to the Father for His people to be devoted to Him alone.

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Jesus  prayed that His people be concecrated to Him, to be vessels – set  apart – for  His glory.

The Remnant:

There are a Remnant who have not bowed the knee to Baal, but bow the knee before their Father in Heaven, day and night. They are concecrated to God and do all He asks them to do.

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Pray Without Ceasing:

Do you belong to this Remnant? Pray without ceasing, continue in your supplications, day and night. Remember, you belong to Jesus, He is glorified in you. Rejoice in Him at all times. Believe in His Word. Pray that Almighty God, “keep you from the evil one,” as Jesus promised…
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Willful Disobedience written by Ruth Dickson

Willful Disobedience:

In willful Disobedience, you disregard the voice of God. Willful disobedience is to be obstinate, intentional and deliberate. It is to do wrong, on purpose. It means to be intentional in what should not be done. This is willful disobedience (James 4:17).

Divine Mercy:

Despite the sinful nature of mankind, God did not condemn them, but showed mercy.
The Son of God came to this earth to reconcile men to God. He knew that many would be saved and called out of this dark world and its systems. They would follow Him.

Obedience to the Holy Spirit:

To obey the Voice of the Holy Spirit is to obey the voice of God. It was well known to Prophets, like Ezekiel, that God would put His Spirit within and cause people to obey Him (Ezekiel 36:27).

Jesus Christ knew He would physically leave this world, but His tangible presence would remain. God’s chosen people are not be left alone. The abiding presence and companionship of the Sweet Holy Spirit abides with them forever. John 14:15-16.

The Spirit of Truth.

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of Truth. It is the Holy Spirit who guides us in all Truth. (John 16:12-13). It is God’s desire that His people listen to His voice, understand His ways and live by them. Naturally, the sinful nature of the every human dominates. The action and mindset without the influence and power of the Holy Spirit works in opposition to God (Gal. 5:17). God’s Spirit separates men and women from the ways of this world.

Divine Grace:

It is by Divine grace that sinful men and women of this increasingly carnal world are shown mercy.
When a person yields to the Holy Spirit, it is not by the will of man, but the will of God.

Divine Hope:

There is a ray of light that shines brightly within the children of God. It speaks of hope, truth and promise.
There is a river that flows within God’s people. It is a never ending source of life.

There is a fire that burns and glows within God’s people, regardless of its size, it cannot be put out.

God’s people are like Palm trees; they flourish and grow like the Cedar trees in Lebanon.


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