Tessa Afshar, one of my favorite Biblical fiction authors, was recently featured in the pilot of Morning Star Bright Lights, a podcast sponsored by an independent Christian bookstore on the East Coast. The host closed by asking Afshar what word she would give to their listeners. Without hesitation, she replied, “We have to guard our faith.”
Afshar continued by describing how our faith is under attack. “The enemy wants to reduce it to such superficiality that it will shatter with the first storm” or “other people will just walk right by it.”
She urged listeners to contend with their faith—to protect and strengthen it.
Contend is an aggressive word. A wrestling word. The Hebrew Old Testament word means “to strive against.” In Isaiah 49:25 (NKJV), God says to Israel, “I will contend with him who contends with you.” What a promise!
The waves of hate and violence engulfing our country remind me that we can’t afford to be babes in the faith.
Here’s a simple way to guard and strengthen your faith. Read, pray over, and claim one name of God each day.
God didn’t write those verses for other people. He wrote those words for YOU. To YOU. So you could make each verse your own.
Each name says something about God’s character—and He embedded a promise in each name. What better way to learn more about God than by reading His names for Himself?
The Bible contains well over six hundred names for God. Don’t worry; I’m not giving you the whole list! Only 40 names. Divvy them up however you want.
It’s a way to intentionally press into God for the month of September.
|Hebrew name||English||Bible verse|
|Jehovah||The Lord||Exodus 6:2-3|
|Jehovah-Adon Kalu Ha’arets||Lord of Earth||Joshua 3:13|
|Jehovah-Bara||Lord Creator||Isaiah 40:28|
|Jehovah-Chatsahi||Lord my Strength||Psalm 27:1|
|Jehovah-Chereb||Lord the Sword||Deuteronomy 33:29|
|Jehovah-Eli||Lord my God||Psalm 18:2|
|Jehovah-Elyon||Lord Most High||Psalm 38:2|
|Jehovah-Gador Milchamah||Lord Mighty in Battle||Psalm 24:8|
|Jehovah-Ganan||Lord my Defense||Psalm 89:18|
|Jehovah-Go’el||Lord my Redeemer||Isaiah 49:26, 60:16|
|Jehovah-Hamelech||Lord King||Psalm 98:6|
|Jehovah-Hashopet||Lord my Judge||Judges 11:27|
|Jehovah-Helech ‘Olam||Lord King Forever||Psalm 10:16|
|Jehovah-Hoshe’ah||Lord Saves||Psalm 20:9|
|Jehovah-Jireh||Lord Provider||Genesis 22:14|
|Jehovah-Kabodhi||Lord of Glory||Psalm 3:3|
|Jehovah-Keren-Yish’i||Horn of my Salvation||Psalm 18:2|
|Jehovah-M’Kaddesh||Lord my Sanctifier||1 Corinthians 1:30|
|Jehovah-Machsi||Lord my Refuge||Psalm 91:9|
|Jehovah-Magen||Lord my Shield||Deuteronomy 33:29|
|Jehovah-Ma’oz||Lord my Fortress||Jeremiah 16:19|
|Jehovah-Mephalti||Lord my Deliverer||Psalm 18:2|
|Jehovah-Metshodhathi||Lord my Fortress||Psalm 18:2|
|Jehovah-Misqabbi||Lord my High Tower||Psalm 18:2|
|Jehovah-M’gaddishcem||Lord my Sanctifier||Exodus 31:13|
|Jehovah-Naheh||Lord who Smites||Ezekiel 7:9|
|Jehovah-Nissi||Lord my Banner||1 Chronicles 29:11-13|
|Jehovah-Rohi||Lord my Shepherd||Psalm 23|
|Jehovah-Rophe||Lord my Healer||Isaiah 53:4,5|
|Jehovah-Sabaoth||Lord of Hosts||1 Samuel 1:3|
|Jehovah-Sel’i||Lord my Rock||Psalm 18:2|
|Jehovah-Shalom||Lord of Peace||Isaiah 9:6
|Jehovah-Shammah||Lord who is Present||Hebrews 13:5|
|Jehovah-Tsori||Lord of Strength||Psalm 19:14|
|Jehovah-Yasha||Lord my Savior||Isaiah 49:26|
|Jehovah-‘Ez-Lami||Lord my Strength||Psalm 28:7|
|Jehovah-‘Immeku||Lord Is With You||Judges 6:12|
|Jehovah-‘Izoa Hakaboth||Lord Strong-Mighty||Psalm 24:8|
|Jehovah-‘Ori||Lord my Light||Psalm 27:1|
|Jehovah-‘Uzam||Lord Strength in Trouble||Isaiah 49:26|
(Chart adapted from: https://www.teachingoftheword.com/show_article.php?article_id=48)
If you want, you can make cards for each name and tack one on your bathroom mirror each day. Stick one in your wallet or purse each day. Just don’t make it legalistic—make it about God.
This is more than an exercise to reassure yourself that God is in control. When you thank God for who He is and pray the promises in each name to Him, you become a mirror—reflecting His glory back to Him. You can’t make God bigger, but you can magnify what He says about Himself by praising and praying your way through each name.
Will you do this with me? Let’s start September 1.
I pray this will strengthen your faith in how big God is … how He’s got this day, and every day to come. May God’s words about Himself encourage, bless, protect, and uphold you now and forever more.