El Shaddai

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El Shaddai is one of the seven covenant names through which God revealed Himself to Israel. In Hebrew, it means “the All-Sufficient One” or “the God Who is more than enough.” The translators of the King James Version rendered El Shaddai as Almighty God. If He is the All-Sufficient One, then He is Almighty: the One Who is more than enough.

Psalm 91 lists seven things that El Shaddai will do for the person who sets his love upon Him.

  1. “I will deliver him.”

Our Heavenly Father is a delivering God. He raised up Moses and Aaron to lead Israel out of bondage. El Shaddai brought them out with a strong hand. And He is the same delivering God today.

  1. “I will set him on high, because he hath known my name.”

God honors the person who honors Him. Psalm 24:3–4 says, “Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.”

No one can cleanse their own hands or purify their own heart spiritually. But “there is a fountain filled with blood drawn from Immanuel’s veins; and sinners, plunged beneath that flood, lose all their guilty stains.”* You stand in the holy place because Christ cleansed you with His blood and robed you in His righteousness.

To receive the world’s honor, you must compromise or back off a little and lay down God’s power. I would rather have God’s honor.
Kenneth E. Hagin
  1. “He shall call upon me, and I will answer him.”

God has always been a prayer-answering God. Jeremiah 33:3 says, “Call unto me, and I will answer thee, and shew thee great and mighty things, which thou knowest not.”

Acts chapter 16 records a time when Paul and Silas were in prison. Scripture says that at midnight, they prayed and sang praises to God. The God Who answers prayer heard and delivered them. (See Acts 16:25–26.)

It was literally midnight when Paul and Silas prayed. But “midnight” is also symbolic. When you’re at the midnight of your life—in your darkest hour—the Bible tells you what to do. Pray and sing praises to God.

  1. “I will be with him in trouble; I will deliver him.”

God never said you wouldn’t have troubles. There’s no need in thinking that you will float through life on flowery beds of ease. You won’t. In fact, God infers that you will have trouble.

Psalm 34:19 says, “Many are the afflictions of the righteous: but the Lord delivereth him out of them all.” The Almighty God—the One Who is more than enough—said He would not only be with you; He would deliver you!

Some people seem to be content to stay in trouble. They say, “The Lord is with me.” But He’s not just with you; He’s there to deliver you and bring you out of your troubles.

    1. “I will honour him.”

    God’s honor is much better than the greatest honor the world can bestow. The world honors politicians, statesmen, generals, educators, and scientists. If they honor a preacher, it’s a modernistic person who doesn’t believe in the Virgin Birth or the authenticity of God’s Word.

    The world will never honor a Bible-believing, tongue-talking, divine healing-practicing preacher any more than they honored Jesus. To receive the world’s honor, you must compromise or back off a little and lay down God’s power. I would rather have God’s honor.

    1. “With long life will I satisfy him.”

    Psalm 91:16 is not talking about your spiritual life in eternity. It’s talking about a long life here on earth. The promise of long life is not just an Old Testament blessing. It belongs to you today.

    Peter was quoting Psalm 34:12 when he said, “For he that will love life, and see good days, let him refrain his tongue from evil, and his lips that they speak no guile” (1 Peter 3:10). Paul also said that honoring your father and mother comes with a promise: “Honour thy father and mother; (which is the first commandment with promise;) that it may be well with thee, and thou mayest live long on the earth” (Eph. 6:2–3).

    1. “I will show him my salvation.”

    Your redemption in Christ is twofold. Jesus died on the cross of Calvary not only for your sins but also to free you from sickness and disease. In Hebrew, Isaiah 53:4 reads, “Surely he hath borne our sicknesses, and carried our pains.”

    Jesus bore your sins so you could be free from spiritual death and eternal separation from God. And He bore sickness and disease in His body so you could be free from infirmities. If you believe God laid your iniquities on Jesus for your salvation, then you should also be able to believe God laid sickness and disease on Him so you could be healed.


    [Editor’s Note: This article was adapted from Kenneth E. Hagin’s book El Shaddai: The God Who Is More Than Enough.]

    *William Cowper, “There Is a Fountain Filled With Blood” (1772), https://hymnary.org/text/there_is_a_fountain_filled_with_blood_dr.

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