What is God’s destiny for me?

Podcast Notes

Do you know where the word Yahweh comes from?

Yahweh, name for the God of Israelites, is originally YHWH in Hebrew but in order to pronounce it, over time, the vowels “a” and “e” were added by men so that we can pronounce it easily today as “Yaweh.”

The original YHWH cannot be pronounced easily. Try to pronounce it and what you end up with a breath of air, signifying the breath of God.  

So when God changed Abram and Sarai’s names to Abraham and Sarah, He retains their original identifies, He did not delineate their original identities but He made it better and transformed it by adding the “H” God element into their names. So now they are still Abraham and Sarah but they are boosted with the dynamism of God in their lives and their futures.

In the same way, God cherishes your unique identity, even those parts which you would rather forget or you hate. God accepts the full of you, but God transforms the bad parts by breathing in His new life into it. As we know, God’s breath contains the heavenly life of God. When he breathes into your names, your identities and destines are transformed into glorious and perfect, even you who are downtrodden, lost, misaligned and wasted.

God often transforms identities, destinies and lives of many people. Let’s look at some people in the Bible whom God transformed and super-packed their names and identities.  

FromTo Commentary
AbramAbrahamGen 17:5. As above
SaraiSarahGen 17:15. As above
JacobIsraelGen 32:22. Jacob meaning “deceiver” depicts his life of constantly having to outwit others in a harsh environment to get resources and do well. To Israel, because he wrestled with God and men and prevailed. 12 tribes of Israel.  
SaulPaulActs 26: 14. Notice the duality of both names, replacing “S” with “P” slightly, Saul shifts from being a persecutor of Christians to the great disciple of Jesus, Paul. God is amazing and creative!
SimonCephas, Peter, meaning rock.John 1:42. Impetuous, spontaneous Simon who faltered at his test disclaiming Jesus at His death. When Jesus encountered him again after His resurrection and gently restores him and bestows upon him Peter, Cephas Rock, stability and an unwavering faith in God.
Moses“drawn from the reeds” Reeds grow at riverside bank. Transition lines from boundaries from ocean / land. Hints at future when God will use Moses to part the red sea for Israelites to cross.
Jabez1 Chronicles 4:9 Someone who has a “bad” name as his name means pain. But God redeemed Jabez’s name and destiny when he cried out to God, and God turned his life into a blessing.  
Saul1 Sam 28 of King Saul. Saul is reminisce of Sheol (hell) as they stem from the same Hebrew root. It is that why Saul, when he departed from God, seek out the witch of Endor to call up the dead?
Other noteworthy review of names

You are God’s Handicraft

In practicing to decipher names on myself and others, I have found that God is much more creative, imagination, humorous and insightful than we often limit ourselves in thinking about Him. Most of all, I find that God takes a genuine delight in our names, our lives, destiny and potential. He is like a master artist and we are His handiworks, reflecting His glory, wisdom and overturning.

How to Start:

  1. Understand concept of your names, destiny and how God looks upon them
  2. Be open that God may inspire you on your names creatively. Here are just a few ways:
EtymologicalAnalysis of root meaning of a name and separate syllabus
Homologicalsimilarity of sound with another word,
Assonance  Rhyme, sounds
Word associationslinks one name to another   
Allusions  Words create new meanings when placed together 
Anagrammatic  rearranging of letters
  1. Prayerfully ask God to guide you
  2. Collect different hints and information that God brings to you over time. This process may take years but if you dutifully record them down, over time you will reveal more and more layers to your name and destiny that God tells you
  3. In the meanwhile you will also grow in God and understand what He wants in your best destiny for Him

Note: God should be the guide and source of our knowledge. Do not seek knowledge from forbidden sources e.g. divination.

What is your name and what is God speaking to you on your name and your unique destiny in Him?

No More Stealing!

Spiritual Warfare Series Lesson 2 Podcast Notes

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly. John 10:10

thief
κλέπτης (kleptēs)
Strong’s Greek 2812: A thief. From klepto; a stealer.

kill
θύσῃ (thysē)
Strong’s Greek 2380: A primary verb; properly, to rush, i.e. to sacrifice; by extension to immolate.

life,
ζωὴν (zōēn)
Strong’s Greek 2222: Life, both of physical (present) and of spiritual (particularly future) existence. From zao; life.

in all its fullness.
περισσὸν (perisson)
Strong’s Greek 4053: From peri; superabundant or superior; by implication, excessive; adverbially violently; neuter preeminence.

Be alert and of sober mind. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. 1 Peter 5:8

[and] alert.
γρηγορήσατε (grēgorēsate)
Strong’s Greek 1127: (a) I am awake (in the night), watch, (b) I am watchful, on the alert, vigilant. From egeiro; to keep awake, i.e. Watch.

Be sober-minded
Νήψατε (Nēpsate)
Strong’s Greek 3525: (lit: I am sober), I+C8:C11 am calm (vigilant), circumspect. Of uncertain affinity: to abstain from wine, i.e. be discreet.

seeking
ζητῶν (zētōn)
Strong’s Greek 2212: To seek, search for, desire, require, demand. Of uncertain affinity; to seek; specially, to worship, or to plot.

adversary
ἀντίδικος (antidikos)
Strong’s Greek 476: An opponent (at law), an adversary. From anti and dike; an opponent; specially, Satan.

prowls around
περιπατεῖ (peripatei)
Strong’s Greek 4043: From peri and pateo; to tread all around, i.e. Walk at large; figuratively, to live, deport oneself, follow.

to devour.
καταπιεῖν (katapiein)
Strong’s Greek 2666: To drink down, swallow, devour, destroy, consume. From kata and pino; to drink down, i.e. Gulp entire.

How, Who & Why Spiritual Warfare?

Spiritual Warfare Series Lesson 1 Podcast Notes

What is Spiritual Warfare?

– Prayer, Worship

“Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit,” says the Lord of hosts. Zech 4:6

“Make a joyful shout to God, all the earth! Sing out the honor of His name; make His praise glorious. Say to God, “How awesome are Your works! Through the greatness of Your power Your enemies shall submit themselves to You. All the earth shall worship You and sing praises to You; they shall sing praises to Your name.” Psalm 66:1-4

For though we walk in the flesh, we are not waging war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not of the flesh but have divine power to destroy strongholds. We destroy arguments and every lofty opinion raised against the knowledge of God, and take every thought captive to obey Christ.

2 Cor 10:3-5

[the] flesh, σαρκὶ (sarki), Strong’s Greek 4561: Flesh, body, human nature, materiality; kindred

we do not wage war, στρατευόμεθα (strateuometha), Strong’s Greek 4754: To wage war, fight, serve as a soldier; fig: of the warring lusts against the soul

divine, Θεῷ (Theō), Strong’s Greek 2316: A deity, especially the supreme Divinity; figuratively, a magistrate; by Hebraism, very.

power, δυνατὰ (dynata), Strong’s Greek 1415: (a) of persons: powerful, able, (b) of things: possible. From dunamai; powerful or capable; neuter possible

demolish, καθαίρεσιν (kathairesin), Strong’s Greek 2506: Taking down, razing, destroying. From kathaireo; demolition; figuratively, extinction.

strongholds, ὀχυρωμάτων (ochyrōmatōn), Strong’s Greek 3794: A fortress, strong defense, stronghold. From a remote derivative of echo; a castle.

Who do you fight?

– NEVER humans because God loves humans

Why do we fight?