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The Name of Jesus

 

 

The Name of Jesus

“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)

In today’s culture, the name Jesus, (for the majority) flippantly flies off our tongues without a second thought.  For some, they use it in vain. I remember a time in an elevator when a young man, said “Jesus” (in a not so kind way.)  I just stood there looking at him, he roughly said, “WHAT?  I didnt swear!”  I simply responded, “You have no idea.”  The verse says, “At the name of Jesus, every knee SHOULD bow…”  Frankly, it is not a suggestion. Sorry Dude!

For others, the name of Jesus is used habitually only in routine, “In Jesus name, Amen.” I have known a few, who state the name of Jesus with the mentality ‘I want it, to get it, I use it’ as if a magic wand waved over their desires.

Yet, there are those, to them the name is precious, intimate, powerful and spoken with respect.

According to the New Testament all of God is expressed and displayed in Jesus,  “For in Christ all the fullness of the Deity lives in bodily form…” (Col. 2:9) Jesus, Himself said in John 14:9 “He who has seen Me has seen the Father” In Acts 2:36 and Acts 17:3 it explicitly says that Jesus is the Christ. He is the long awaited Messiah, whom over 100 prophecies were fulfilled – “Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.”

Both Joseph (Matthew 1:21) and Mary (Luke 1:31) were instructed at different times to name the Son of God, Jesus. There was no confusion, no arguments, no making a list and voting on it. It HAD to be Jesus. There was nothing unusual or outstanding about the name. It was a common name and many Jewish parents named their boys Jesus, up until the second century.  In some cultures the name is still given. It takes the Person behind the name to unveil the true impact of the name.

The name Jesus is Iesous in the Greek, (ee-ya-sooce) being used 972 times, meaning ‘salvation’. It comes from the Hebrew word Yeshua or Y’shuah, the name in which Joshua is derived. In short, it is a compound name, Yah, (Yahweh/Jehovah) – yasha (savior, deliverer) Jehovah our Savior. The name speaks of His mission and purpose to mankind, “To seek and save the lost…” (Luke 19:10)

Andrew Murray a well known Theologian says “A name is a word or expression in which a person is represented to us.”  The name and title of Jesus Christ varies as we progress through the New Testament.  The disciples knew Him first as Jesus, then the Messiah (Christ.) And no Christ was not Jesus’ last name, Christ means ‘Anointed One.’ Thus prior to His resurrection He was primarily known as Jesus Christ. After His resurrection, He often was referred to as Christ Jesus.  Paul first knew Jesus from a heavenly perspective (see Acts 9:1-6) his experience reversed to those of the disciples, he was faced with His Lordship, and then knew Him in an intimate way as Jesus. Even Stephen calls out when he was being stoned, “Lord Jesus!” (Acts 7:59).

There is a divine release every time the name of Jesus is used in a godly manner.   There is amazing power and authority in the name.  Jesus declares 17 times “In My name…” Believers gather (Matthew 18:20) Welcome a child (Mark 9:37) Receive a person in need (Mark 9:41) Bring glory to the Father (John 14:13) Request for divine provision (John 14:14) Holy Spirit is sent (John 14:26)  Salvation comes in His name, “Everyone who calls on the name of the LORD will be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

We see the disciples operating in the anointing of the Spirit through the name of Jesus, in faith they were sent as His representatives, like those given a Kings signet ring, holding divine authority.  Acts 3:6-7, Peter heals the crippled man, “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.’ Taking him by the hand, he helped him up and instantly ‘the man’s feet and ankles became strong.’  We too, in faith walk in the same authority!  Jesus says; “I tell you the truth, anyone who has faith in Me will do what I have been doing. He will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in My name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father.”  (John 14:12-13)  We will do… SO THAT, the Father is glorified!  Jesus.

We are also baptized in the name of Jesus, this is found in what I call the ‘Peter Package’ Acts 2:38, “Peter replied,Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit’, (see also Acts 10:48) Baptism identifies us with Jesus and with the community of believers. We are going down in the waters dead to self, coming up alive in the character of Christ, we now share in the benefits of the fullness of God, yet we also carry the responsibly of that name.  Go, do, and be in MY name!

Satan does NOT want people to find out about the true worth of the name of Jesus.  “Signs will accompany those who believe.  In My name they will drive out demons, they will speak in new tongues.” (in red letters, Mark 16:17) Even the devils are powerless because of His name,  “Lord, even the demons obey us when we use Your name!”  (Luke 10:17) He knows. So he does everything in his power – so we will not.  Charles Stanley writes, “Satan is capable of deceiving you, craftily manipulating you, and seducing you… he’s going to come back again and again.  Paul didn’t just admonish us to be strong in the Lord-he told us how to be strong.” (Emphasis mine)

When we speak the name of Jesus and stand clothed in His nature we are telling the devil, “You have to go through Jesus to get to me!” Wahoo! Go GOD! We are told to put on the full amour of God, (Ephesians 6:10-18) in doing this we are wrapping ourselves in the name and identity of Jesus Christ.  We are now clothed in righteousness, peace, faith, salvation and we hold and raise the Word of God applicable for every need.  James 4:7 (see also 1 Peter 5:8-9) “Resist the devil and he will flee.” This ‘resisting’ is not passive avoidance, but literally means to take a stand, to set oneself against.  It is taking an aggressive offense!

I dare to be so bold as to say, that the picture of Jesus has become so distorted that at times we still see Him on the canvas painting (and leave Him there) Standing at the door knocking, dressed in His white rob, with His head slightly bent as if to listen for a response and a soft facial expression. BUT … when you need Him most – Revelation chapter 5, He IS standing, but now beside the throne of God, all saints and angels bow and cry out “Worthy, Worthy is the Lamb…” Awesome!  I’m not done yet. Chapter 19, Jesus is now seen not as the slain Lamb, BUT the Victorious Warrior… (vv.11-16) “He sat on a white horse… His eyes are a flame of fire….He is clothed in a robe dipped in blood, His name is the Word of God, on His thigh is written KING of KINGS and LORD of LORDS!”  Now, who do you want in your corner! Jesus.

Listed among the 10 Commandments, is the command: “You shall not take the name of the LORD your God in vain…” In other words do “Not misuse the name of the LORD your God.” (Exodus 20:7)  “Lotish et Shem YHWH Eloheicha I’shav.” (Spell Check hates it when I do that) In the Hebrew, basically “Do not make His name worthless.”  Stop – Pause and think on that.  May we know Jesus so intimately, His name precious on our tongue, “Jesus.” The name full of power and authority. May it be said with strong confidence knowing “Him that is true…” (1 John 5:20)

Jesus.

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)

This is an excerpt from “Knowing God by His Names” (see whole study: https://inspiredfountain.com/category/knowing-god-by-his-names-study/

Resources used in this study: Living & Praying in the Name of Jesus – by Dick Eastman & Jack Hayford; Article – Restoration of the Sacred Name (Author Unknown); Article – How Did the Name Jesus Originate? – by Dr. Lee Warren, B.A.,D.D.; He Shall be Called – By Robert J. Morgan; When the Enemy Strikes – by Charles Stanley; The Name of Jesus – by Kenneth E. Hagin;  Lexicon of Greek Names; Theological Dictionary of the N.T.; The Strong’s Concordance; The Complete Word Study Dictionary of the Old Testament; The Vines Expository Dictionary; The Theological Wordbook of the Old Testament.

Translations Used: Complete Jewish Bible, New American Standard Bible, New International Version, King James Version, English Standard Version, Young’s Literal Translation, Revised Standard Version, New Living Translation, The Hebrew Interlinear. For devotional insight – The Message.

Tattered But True

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Psalm 46:1  A tattered piece of paper.  I carried this with me for days. While standing at the checkout stand at the store, I felt it in my pocket. When reaching for my keys as I held my granddaughters hand when picking her up from kindergarten, it was there, a reminder. The Psalmist wrote, “The unfolding of Your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.” (119:130) and by golly, I be one. Simple. A very simple gesture, to carry a very powerful word.

Each time I pulled this paper out and unfolded it, I was reminded again of the faithfulness of God, even when I don’t sense Him,  He is there. ‘Ever-present’ in the Hebrew, is rendered: “…one-being-found exceedingly.” The word ‘present’ here is the progressive past tense ‘to find.’ According to ‘context always determines meaning,’ the word picture is amazing. God IS. God is my refuge, He is my strength, He is the ONE being found exceedingly,  Presence in my present. I will find Him today, I will find Him tomorrow as my refuge, as my strength.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” – Find.

Tattered but true.  May we unfold and find.

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)

 

 

 

Our Words Handed Over

 

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits.” – Proverbs 18:21

In our ladies group we have been seeking wisdom as we splash around in the book of Proverbs. This week we looked at the wisdom of our WORDS. May I just begin with, “OUCH!” How painful to see how our words hurt, cripple and potentially destroy. Yet, in turn they have the ability to extend love, health and kindness. As the ladies came in to class, I instructed them to think of a word, just one positive ‘word’ that was either spoken to them with impacting results or a word they desire would be given to them, write it down on the bright 3×5 card provided and then place it face down on the table (leaving it there for now.)

Studying this week I came across something that I wish I would have known YEARS ago. “Death and life are in the power of the tongue…” Power. Power here in the Hebrew is ‘yad’ which literally is … hand. Yes, that’s right, I checked multiple resources … ‘hand.’ The Hebrew bible words it: “Death and life are in the hand of the tongue…” According to ‘context always determines meaning,’ the word picture can translate as: We can either hand someone encouragement that births life or hand them strangling devastating words that tear down and destroy. Not only are we to consider and nurture what is in our heart, but also how that transfers to what we are ‘handing over’ with our words. Paints a vibrant picture doesn’t it! Jesus said, “But the things that come out of the mouth come from the heart...” – Matthew 15:18

‘Yad’ also conveys the idea of strength and power. Our words have creative power, what I say to another can potentially help carve out an understanding about themselves, others or a circumstance. Is the carving good or harmful? Or may we consider also when leaving a conversation, have you like me, quickly regret what we did NOT say? Oh we don’t want to leave the person ‘empty handed’, with words we didn’t hand over – life giving words of love, hope and generosity. “Reckless words pierce like a sword, but the tongue of the wise brings healing.” – Proverbs 12:18 May we leave healing in their hands.

I was taken to Genesis 14; Abram, (not yet called Abraham) had just successfully rescued his nephew Lot from being taken captive by a group of mean Kings, he along with the inhabitants of Sodom, which included all their stuff as well. Abram bringing the folks home, was met by the King of Sodom, the king told Abe that he just wanted his people and Abe could keep all the loot. I love Abram’s response, “I have raised my hand to the LORD God Most High, Creator of heaven and earth, and have taken an oath that I will accept nothing belonging to you…” Amazing response, but wait for it… “I have raised my hand…” Hand, ‘yad.’ Because of the relationship with his God, Abe raised his ‘power’ to say NO! Even though taking the stuff would make Abe even wealthier, he knew of the wickedness of Sodom and wanted no part of it. Immediately following this, God tells Abram, “Do not be afraid, Abram. I am your shield, your very great reward.” (15:1) There is reward in the power of righteously saying “NO!” A word of strength.

A side note: When communicating with someone, when they go to hand us words, words that are not uplifting, words of discouragement, hurtful or full of destructive power. Don’t take it. Patsy Clairmont said, “Have you ever considered that our spoken words not only go out, but they also go in?” Yes, by all means seek if the words are true, even though not given kindly, ask God to help us make proper adjustments, but refuse taking in destructive words. Doing so, is not a healthy habit.

In the closing of class, to help visualize all this, I asked the ladies to take the 3×5 card with their cherished word on it and hand it to the person next to them. They had just demonstrated how our spoken words are placed in the hands of others. (See what you’re missing at Bible study.)

Does this require awareness? Yes. Does it require Holy Spirit accountability? Yes. Does it take discipline? Yes. Growing maturity? Yes. And because we are fallible people, our heart and words will fail us, does it at times take forgiveness? Yes.

Words. If you can’t find the right, kind, GOOD words, as my dad used to say, “If you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything at all.” (Primarily with us said in reference to speaking with siblings.) It could be summed up in Proverbs 30:32b “Lay thine hand upon thy mouth.” King Jimmy.

For my beloved Janice. “Forgive me.”

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)

In addition to the above, we viewed Beth Moore’s video teaching ‘Wising Up’ her study of the book of Proverbs.

Calculating Our Thoughts

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, THINK about these things.” – Philippians 4:8 (emphasis mine) Interesting, the word Paul uses for ‘think’ (or as some translations use ‘dwell’) it is an accounting term, it can be translated, “to calculate with a logical conclusion.” But it is not only an accounting term; it takes a step beyond and looks at the ‘object’ of what is being ‘counted.’ In essence, taking inventory and estimating its value. So Paul is saying, (DeDe’s visual analogy) place your thought in the middle of the room, get out your clipboard. Going down the list, does what you are thinking about, reading, and listening to; can you check off each box? As you walk around it, taking a serious look, can you check off true, honorable, just and pure? Do they add up to ‘excellent and worthy of praise’ according to GOD’s standard?

When trying to understand something, often we look at what it is NOT. In this case, the opposite (in the Greek) would mean to ignore. It is rejecting the examination results, setting it aside and ultimately deeming the results ‘ineffective.’ Meaning… “Regardless that what I am thinking about does not add up to be God worthy, I will IGNORE that fact, pushing it out of the equation, I continue on, I will not be effected by this thought pattern.” (Um… nope)

The verses just prior Paul’s list of thinking: “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” (vss 6,7) Do we really want to trample all over this with our unchecked God worthy thinking? I can guarantee, if ‘unchecked’ we will run amuck!  We will hurt others, ourselves and God’s heart.

SO… As the saying goes, “Do the math…” Look at the list, (which is not all conclusive) do those things ‘add up’ to the good stuff of God?

Calculating our thoughts.

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)

Commit?

 

Delight yourself in the LORD and He will give you the desires of your heart. COMMIT your way to the LORD; trust in Him and He will act.” – Psalm 37:4-5 (emphasis mine)

‘Commit’ is a very (did I say ‘very’) active word picture. In the Hebrew, it means to roll away or roll into a heap. Yet it’s meaning can breathe, “To roll away from oneself and upon someone else.”  Let’s stop and think about this for a brief moment.  This rolling is an act of … trust. It is allowing yourself to be engulfed into something else. (Let’s read that again and consider our recent ‘engulfment‘)

King David wrote: “Everyone who sees me mocks me. They sneer and shake their heads, saying,  “Is this the one who relies on the LORD? Then let the LORD save him! If the LORD loves him so much, let the LORD rescue him!” – Psalm 22:7-8   “Relies” is the same word.  They knew David ‘rolled himself up in God.’  It was evident.

David committed.  He goes on to pen, “I will declare Your name to my brothers; in the congregation I will praise You… All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD  … and will bow down before Him.”  (vss 22, 27)

The best picture to describe this would be like a snowball, as it rolls in the snow, it takes on more and more and MORE snow, until what it was as it started is no longer distinguishable, it takes on new form. It becomes what it was rolled in. Committed.

The author of Proverbs addresses this: “All the ways of a man are pure in his own eyes, but the Lord weighs the thoughts and intents of the heart. (AMP) Commit your actions to the LORD, and your plans will succeed.” (NLT, Proverbs 16:2,3)  Roll it all up in God!

Let us keep in mind, WHATever, WHOever we commit ourselves to, we become rolled up as one.

May we commit, rolling ourselves up in God, all that He is, all that He says and all that He has for us.

Committed.

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)

No More ‘Kick Me’

I read daily from a variety of authors, I adore Charles Spurgeon, Andrew Murray, Oswald Chambers, Ann Spangler just to name a few. Of recent, I have begun going through the Psalms on a daily basis, reading “This Year, The Psalms” by Jim Kutnow.

This week we are in Psalm 49, “No man cannot redeem themselves from death by paying a ransom to God. Redemption does not come so easily, for no one can ever pay enough to live forever and never see the grave.” (vss 7-9) In Mr Kutnow’s expository notes, he took us to Paul’s strong statement of being RANSOMED: “God made Him (Jesus) who had no sin to become sin for us, so that in Him we might become the righteousness of God (2 Cor. 5:21, emphasis mine) Mr Kutnow goes on to say, “So worthy in God’s sight is Christ’s atoning work that it is sufficient to pay the sin debt of every human being who has ever lived or whoever will live. (Inserting a hardy “AMEN!”) However, only those who personally trust in Christ’s atoning work have that value applied to themselves.” I have to admit, I had to stop and laugh (kinda) at the imagery it yelled (for me) I pictured an exchange of ‘signs’ (if you will) We are no longer identified with a ‘Kick Me’ or ‘Loser’ or ‘Condemned’ on our back. NO. We now have a new sign ‘applied’ to us, JESUS!

And those of us who mucked things up pretty bad, we hang our head and with a shrug we shuffle off onto the sidelines. WAIT. Stop. Turn around.  Your relationship with God intact, but you may have injured your fellowship with Him,  BUT… “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” – 1 John 1:9  Fellowship restored.  Most use this verse as an evangelistic tool, however, John wrote it under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, “This is the message we have heard from Him and declare to you…” (v5) Who are the ‘you?’ Christians.  Jesus followers.  They (we) have already took the steps into the God arena.

So I encourage us, to stand tall and wear Christ’s applied atoning work.  He is the answer for Psalm 49, He IS enough!

If need be, seek out the Faithful One, come in agreement with Him (confess) and re-adjust your sign.

Identified as one of His.

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on towards love & good deeds.” – Hebrews 10:24)

 

Holy Green Thumb Gardening

Tulips, daffodils and cheery blossomed trees, SPRING. Can I hear an AMEN! With it brings, spring cleaning, garage sales and garden plotting. For many of us, we may not have a green thumb even though we find ourselves standing in the garden center of Home Depot staring at the veggie plants with lofty dreams of luscious gardens.

To have a healthy garden, you need healthy soil. Jesus spoke of this in Luke chapter 8, the Parable of the farmer, the seed and the dirt (DeDe’s paraphrase) He spoke of four different ‘garden spots’ each representing the human heart and how it hears and responds to the seed, which is the word of God. First is the indifferent heart, the seed falls on the path, it is trampled down and doesn’t grow, basically becomes bird food. ‘Wayside hearers’ allow the seed to be easily snatched away. Second is the inconsistent heart, seed landing in the rocky ground, they believe for a while, they begin to sprout, but they don’t really allow their roots to go deep, they are great beginners, yet not good ‘finishers.’ Their results? They soon dry up and die. Third, the distracted heart, seed landing in the weed area, so many weeds, worries and even pleasures which eventually chokes life right out of them. Then, the fourth, the devoted heart, the one who hears the word, clings to it, nurtures and watches it mature in their life.

The well tended healthy soil.

The Lord showed me a picture how we can help in the ‘gardening process’ of someone’s life. We are called to affect and impact others by our words, attitudes and actions, being the word of God to them. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a great word of knowledge, or pulling out the 4 Spiritual Laws, it may be a simple heartfelt word of encouragement. As Paul exhorts,  “…speech as is good and beneficial to the spiritual progress of others, as is fitting to the need and the occasion, that it may be a blessing and give grace to those who hear it.”  (Eph. 4:29) What we say or do may just be what that person needs to help rake over and remove some rocks in their heart.  John wrote:  “Let us stop just saying we love people; let us really love them, and show it by our actions.” (1 John 3:18)

Remembering a few years ago, I pulled my car up to get gas, it was a chilly and windy day. The poor attendant shuffling up, opening my window I caught the smell of ‘breakfast’ at the nearby Jack in the Box. After paying for my gas, I felt the Lord say “Go buy him breakfast.” So I drove over and did just that and took it back and handed it to him. With a surprised look, he said “What is this for?” I told him “Just because and pass on the kindness and God loves YOU.” “THANKS!” He exclaimed. As I drove away I prayed for him and for the next God-lover who comes through his line, that they too would share God’s love boldly. We are used of God in His orchestrating events in other people’s’ lives, IF we are obedient. I may have just helped till his ground and perhaps pull a few weeds. We never know the heart condition of those who cross our path. The attendant’s heart, or might I say, his soil now ready (or more ready) for the Word, the life changing Word. The next person shares their testimony along with the gospel, he might, just might hear it with a lil bit less rocky ears.

So we can have a HOLY green thumb, planting kindness and love, God’s word in ACTION. Did God love the gas attendant enough to send me to buy him breakfast? YES!  Did God love me enough to speak a word for me to obey?  Yes!

Here’s a challenge, while out eating, just before you bow your head, when the food server brings your meal, tell them you are about to pray and ask them if there is anything you could pray for, for THEM. (I have never had someone turn me down.) Pulling weeds and removing a few rocks.

How are our gardening skills? Perhaps we need to consider the condition of our own soil, is it labeled indifferent, inconsistent, distracted or devoted.

Have a great God-loving, green thumb gardening week.

In Him, DeDe (“Let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love & good deeds.” – Heb. 10:24)