What's in a Name?

#36 To Live Without Needing God

Posted: Friday, August 9th, 2019
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About What’s In A Name? Series

What's in a name? Names identify, explain, and serve to distinguish one from another. What do God's names reveal to us about Him, coming from Him?

Devotional

Genesis 3:4-5 NASB
The serpent said to the woman, “You surely will not die! For God knows that in the day you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

The sin of Eden’s couple was the seemingly harmless wrong of self-sufficiency. This is the pompous drive that Abram inherited, the independence to work out, in his own way and time and effort, the purpose of God.

“I will decide for myself.”
“I can know on my own.”
“I will do as I please.”
“I can make it happen.”

The serpent tempted Eve and Adam to live without needing God. And that is sin! The essence of sin, the meaning of sin, is just this: “I am sufficient in myself to know, to do and to live. I can. I will. Without God’s help.” 

Other Devotionals in What’s In A Name? Series

Power in the Name #53 Why Can't We See Our Shocking God? #52 Commanded to Bear Fruit #51 Unending Multiplication #50 Vision of the Almighty #49 El Shaddai, God's Abundance and Might #48 The Real Taking of God Within #47 Blessings of the Deep #46 Foolish and Weak Yet Chosen #45 The Unfathomable, Mystery God #44 Childish and Untaught #43 Almighty Source of All Things #42 The Source for All Humanity #41 Seed Like Stars and Sand #40 A Staggering Multiplication #39 Abundance of the Triune God #38 God Commands and Completes #37 God of Impossibilities
#36 To Live Without Needing God (Currently Viewing)
#35 God Almighty Needs no Help #34 God Revealed in His Names #33 Abraham's Divine Order #32 Faith is Not an Achievement #31 A Promise is His Command #30 Father of Many Nations #29 Destiny Enlarged by Faith #28 A New Name for Abram #27 The Unstoppable Effect #26 Our Blindness to God #25 Before God Almighty, Abram Fell #24 The Long List of God's 'I Will' #23 Waiting for the End of Effort #22 The Great Possibility #21 A Humanly Impossible Calling #20 Face to Face with Our God #19 Back to His Waiting Arms #18 Clearing the Path to God's Heart #17 Greater Than All We Know #16 The End of Human Effort #15 Numbers in Scripture #14 Treasure Old and New #13 Unending Fellowship with God #12 God Can Begin When We End #11 Price of Failing to Wait #10 Nature and Destiny in the Name #9 Mother of All the Living #8 Unique Identity Lost in the Fall #7 This is Now Bone of My Bones #6 To Name Every Living Thing #5 The Strange Way that Adam is Named #4 Choosing a Name is a Serious Matter #3 The Naming of Creation #2 Nothing Is without a Name #1 What is the Importance of a Name?