In Jewish thought, a name is not merely an arbitrary designation, a random combination of sounds. In our modern western culture, names do little more than distinguish this person from that person. Yet, in Jewish culture a name conveys the nature and essence of the thing named. The lover says, “Your name is poured out like perfume” (SOS 1:3). A name is not just a trivial label in Jewish thinking, it represents the history, reputation, fragrance and power of the being named.

God could have remained anonymous. He could have said stayed hidden in darkness, shrouded in mystery but from the very beginning God wanted to be known. He made His name known to beings whose names could never match His in power, worth, or authority.

Knowing God’s names is critical to our comprehension and application of the strength and victory that come through His multidimensional nature. God wants us to come face-to-face with His power and majesty. In fact, throughout the Bible, when God revealed a new aspect of His character to His people, He often did this by revealing a new name. God had a name to meet the need of any situation ancient Israel may have come up against. Not just them, but whatever our present situation, God has a name that fits it.

William Sanford LaSor says, “To learn a person’s name is to enter into a relationship with his very being.” My hope is that through this series of messages, you will be introduced to God as if for the first time— through His names. You will come to know Him in ways you haven’t previously known. My hope isn’t merely that you will learn how to pronounce some of His names, but rather that His name will be like perfume poured out before you. When you identify and understand which name relates to your particular situation, you will be able to connect with God’s power to deliver you in that situation.

Part 1 - El Shaddai

Song of Solomon 1:3, 13; Exodus 6:3; Genesis 17:1, 3, 15-21; 49:25; Isaiah 66:12-13; Ephesians 3:20-21; Ruth 1:20-21; 4:16-17

Rabbi Michael Vowell

It is El Shaddai who overrules your insufficiency with His sufficiency. He sustains life, who pours divine life into barren souls and creates abundant fruit. It is El Shaddai’s work to make that which was once desolated into a fruitful land, to turn hopeless into hope, to turn bareness into new life. It is El Shaddai’s joy to comfort all who are down trodden, discouraged, waiting for promises. It is El Shaddai’s who causes the light to shine forth on the dark horizons just beyond where all hope seemed lost, El Shaddai shows hope has just begun. To encounter El Shaddai is to encounter the inexhaustible stores of His bounty, of the riches and fullness of His grace in self-sacrificing love pouring itself out for others. El Shaddai never wearies of pouring His mercies and blessings upon His people.

Part 2 - El Elyon

Psalm 91:1-2; Genesis 14:14-24; Isaiah 14:11-14; Luke 8:28; Acts 16:17; 1 John 4:4

Rabbi Michael Vowell

It is El Elyon who overrules your lack of power with His power. In this message Rabbi Vowell show you the significance of the character of this name. Most of us have people in our lives that are sitting pretty high. Or we feel like there are situations beyond our control or power.  In this message you will see no matter how high the person or situation, El Elyon is higher still. El Elyon is the maker of heaven and earth. People or situations that appear to be higher than you are users of heaven and earth. They don’t call the shots. They don’t have the final say. No one is higher than El Elyon. He puts everyone in their place. When people, powers or situations seek to intimidate you, your recourse is to call on the name of El Elyon. Know that there is always someone higher, stronger, and more influential than them.

Part 3 - Elohe Israel

Psalm 72:18-19; 1 Samuel 1:7-8, 17-20, 28; 2:5, 21; Habakkuk 2:3; 2 Kings 13:16-19; Luke 1:68-69; Acts 13:17-33

Rabbi Michael Vowell

The God of Israel exceeds your dreams. The people of Israel started with a unique question, “Who is God?” While other peoples started with a question, “What is God?” Israel started with a “Who” question. The answer to that question is He is the God of Israel. That name means something. It refers to God, in His mighty power, acting on behalf of His people in a way that always exceeded what they were hoping for. We hoped to win a battle, He wants to win the war. We hope to manage a problem, He wants to free us from the problem. We hope to have a lucky streak; the God of Israel wants to supply us with blessings. In this message, you will learn that to call on the Name of the God of Israel is to believe and expect amazing things from His hand.

Part 4 - Adonai

Psalm 68:20-21; 118:25-26; Exodus 2:11-12; 3:11, 14-17, 20-21; 33:18-20; 34:6-7; Genesis 15:7; Leviticus 26:13; Isaiah 48:17-18; Proverbs 16:7

Rabbi Michael Vowell

At some point, everyone finds themselves in what appears to be a hopeless situation.  Maybe you had nothing to do with getting in that situation. It could be a sudden change in your health, a tragic loss of a loved one or layoffs at your company. Other times, maybe it was a choice you made that put you in what appears to be a hopeless situation.  The good news is that the Scriptures tell us that when men and woman experienced Adonai they experienced the One who could snatch victory out of the jaws of defeat. Regardless of what landed you in your current situation, Adonai’s presence can bring about your deliverance when you call upon His Name.

Part 5 - Adonai Tzvaot

Psalm 37:30-31; 59:11; 1 Samuel 17:4-54; Zechariah 4:6-7; Leviticus 24:16; 1 John 5:14-15

Rabbi Michael Vowell

We all have Goliaths to face. By Goliaths I mean your health, your financial situation, your work, or a relationship. In this message, you will learn how to not let your mind drift towards, “what is Goliath going to do to me” but rather have a mindset like David that says, “Watch what the Lord of Hosts is going to do my Goliaths.” You will learn how to have confidence in the Lord of Hosts, to start speaking to your Goliaths and telling them that since the Lord of Hosts is with you that you will be healthy, whole, the head and not the tail, blessed not cursed and full of life.

Part 6 - Adonai Yireh

Genesis 22:9-14; Romans 8:31-32; Philippians 4:19; Mark 11:20-24; 2 Kings 4:1-7

Rabbi Philip Lanning

Can we really trust God to provide all our needs? Is His provision limited to our spiritual needs? In this message, we will explore how Abraham's life changing encounter with Adonia Yireh, on Mount Moriah, has prophetic implications for all humanity.  Adonia Yireh provided the ultimate sacrifice, and He continues to provide for His children. Discover the key to unlocking His provision in your life and the confidence to declare "He's got this" over every situation.

Part 7 - Yeshua

Mark 20:20-28; Philippians 2:5-11; 2 Chronicles 33:11-13; 1 Peter 5:5-6; Isaiah 66:1-2; Proverbs 22:4

Rabbi Michael Vowell

Yeshua is the most unique person in human history—God in the flesh—His Name deserves the highest place. His Name should be our everything. As the earth revolves around the sun, so should our lives revolve around the Name Yeshua, the center of our existence. When men and women, throughout all ages encountered Yeshua, they encountered the Name that promises promotion through humility. In this message Rabbi Vowell will show you how the way to go up is to go down, the way to get to the front is to run to the back, that it is the servant, the meek, the humble that God will promote at just the right time.