Monday, November 13, 2017

What Do You Need Him to Be?

Have you ever read a book that changed you? If you've read such a book you will notice that upon each successive reading, you were transformed again because you noticed something new. Some books can do this but as an avid reader, I know that they're not as timeless or alive as the Bible. No book has impacted or changed me like the Bible.

Without knowing it, whenever you read the Bible it is ministering to your deepest needs because that's what it was meant to do. (2 Timothy 3:16) There is nothing that you are going through that you won't find a relatable story, phrase or thought that can provide insight, foresight, and hindsight for you and your situation. As you read and your deepest needs are met in a supernatural way, you may wonder why you've never done this before. Discover the God of the Bible, who is what you need to him to be, at just the right time.

Genesis – Jesus is our Creator
Exodus – He is the Passover Lamb
Leviticus – The High Priest who intercedes for you
Numbers – Springs in the desert
Deuteronomy – He is our Deliverer
Joshua – Commander
Judges – Rightful Judge of our lives
Ruth – He is our Redeemer
1 Samuel –He is the Prophet, Priest, and King
2 Samuel – Rock of Salvation
1 Kings – Builder of a temple that will never fall
2 Kings – He is the reigning King
1 Chronicles – Son of David that is coming to rule
2 Chronicles – the King who reigns eternally
Ezra – Priest proclaiming freedom
Nehemiah – the Rebuilder of what is broken
Esther – Protector of his people
Job – Sovereign Mediator
Psalms – He is our song
Proverbs – Wisdom personified
Ecclesiastes – our Meaning for life
Song of Solomon – Author of faithful love
Isaiah – He is our Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace
Jeremiah – the weeping Messiah
Lamentations – He weeps for us
Ezekiel – Son of Man
Daniel – the Son of God with us in the fiery furnace and the Ancient of days
Hosea – A Faithful husband even when we run away
Joel – He is the baptizer of the Holy Spirit
Amos – delivers justice to the oppressed
Obadiah – He is Mighty to Save
Jonah – The great missionary
Micah – He casts our sin into the sea of forgetfulness
Nahum – He proclaims future world peace
Habakkuk – He crushes injustice
Zephaniah – He’s the Warrior who saves
Haggai – He restores our worship
Zechariah – He is Lord and King of all the earth
Malachi – Sun of righteousness who brings healing

This is only the Old Testament, where he became these things to real people like you and me. The folks in the Old Testament were looking and waiting for a Messiah, but that didn't happen until the New Testament, where the promise is fulfilled in Jesus.

Matthew – Jesus is The Messiah who is King
Mark – He is a faithful Servant
Luke – He is a Deliverer
John – The Messiah who is a God in the flesh
Acts – The Spirit who dwells in His people
Romans – The Power of God unto salvation
1 Corinthians – He is our conqueror over death; Our resurrection!
2 Corinthians – He is the triumphant One
Galatians – He is our inheritance
Ephesians – He is the Head of the Church
Philippians – He is the God that supplies all our needs
Colossians – He holds the supreme position of all things
1 Thessalonians – He is our comfort in the last days
2 Thessalonians – He is our returning King
1 Timothy – He is our Mediator
2 Timothy – He is Christ our Helper
Titus – He is our Hope
Philemon – He is a friend that sticks closer than a brother
Hebrews – He is our High Priest
James – He is our Judge
1 Peter – He is our hope in times of suffering
2 Peter – He is the restorer of all things
1 John – He is our Love and Light
2 John – He is your pattern
3 John – He is your truth
Jude – Jesus is the foundation of our faith
Revelation – The Alpha and the Omega

As you read through this list of all sixty-six books in the Bible, you will reach a glorious crescendo once at Revelation. Only Jesus could be all of the things. Only He can become what you need so that you can see that life with Him is worthwhile. If you're struggling, if you're lost, if you're in despair, before you pick up any other book, pick up the Bible and let it minister to your deepest needs.

For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. 
Hebrews 4:12

The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever. Isaiah 40:8

Have you read each book of the Bible? What's your favorite book or passage or what was your best take away after reading any part of the Good Book?


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  1. Well said Nylse. I am following you today on Lori's link up. I was so humbled by a book review that Valerie wrote about my book on the power of prayer. My favorite book to read is still the bible. Thank you for this reminder. Be well and may God bless you and yours.

  2. OH! I love this powerful list. I want to absorb each and every Name, each and every way He can be so much to and for me, if I allow Him in. Thank you for this. I am blessed.

  3. Hi Nylse, my favorite book to read is the bible. I have many favorite phrases but Philippians 4:6 profoundly changed my life. It strengthened my trust in God for EVERYTHING. I have been looking for Scriptures that talk about rebuilding and restoration and I am glad I have found them in this list. May God richly bless your ministry.

  4. I love the list you've meticulously provided for us, Nysle! It is such an encouragement to view the Scripture through this catalog of blessings and truths about God and His word. It would make a great infographic to share on Pinterest. Have you thought about doing something like that with it? I'll be sharing, my friend!


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