Something About The Name Jesus...

If you are reading this, I do not believe it was by accident or happenstance. My prayer is that this blog would be a conduit for the Lord to minister, renew, educate, equip, and bless us all.

Recently, while praying with a friend on the telephone, she was ending the prayer and said" Lord, we pray in the name of Jehovah, Jah, Allah..."

I was shocked. I know we live in a politically correct society where people will not use Jesus in public, on Facebook, or just in case it offends someone else. But what about Jesus? Don't you think it's offensive to die for someone who is embarassed to use your name? God is such a generic term, Jesus sets believers apart from the world.

I did not know how to approach the situation at the time but decided to do a study in the Word about the name of Jesus.

Why do we use this name and what is the big deal? In short, because He told us to but there's more.

More than a song, there is truly something about the name of Jesus. The Bible says that there is no other name under heaven by which men must be saved (Acts 4:12). It also explains that "If anyone acknowledges that Jesus is the Son of God, God lives in them, and they in God (1 John 4:15)."

One point I made to my good friend when we spoke again was that if I introduce myself as Christian, would I respond if she called me another name like Tiffany or Stephanie? Nothing wrong with these names, they're just not my name. So if I ignore anyone calling me by that name, they cannot be offended. See my point...

The Lord revealed himself through the Jewish people and gave us His name (The Father and Son are one (John 10:30). There are many, many names we know Him by so we have no excuse to add names He did not give us.

But in the new testament, when Christ was instructing His disciples how to get their prayers answered, He said this: "And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son" John 14:13.

He went on in the Book of Phillipians 2:9-11 to say:

"Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:
That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."
There is authority in the name of Jesus. Authority that cannot be found in the name God or anything else. This is why the enemy does not want this name used and why it is not politically-correct. This is why Christians MUST use this name!

Thoughts? Comments?
I am very interested to hear what you are thinking about this topic.

Endurance - Growing Up in the Faith

It takes endurance to grow up in life and in the faith. We go through seasons, we have ups and downs, and our perspective is constantly changing based on our knowledge and experiences.

It is enlightening when we start to compare spiritual and natural things in our lives. Though we are natural beings living as flesh, Christianity requires us to "set our affections on things above (Colossians 3:2)" as opposed to the world which follows after the "lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life (1 John 2:16)."

When we become born-again, we forget that we are newly born babes in Christ and often forget the stages of a baby. This can give us unrealistic expectations of ourselves and others.

Would you be upset with an infant for not going to the bathroom on their own, or not telling you when they want to eat instead of crying to get your attention?

Of course not. This is completely age appropriate behavior for an infant. But when the child matures the requirements change. This is just as it is with us.

Our Heavenly Father is far more protective, loving, and wise than the best parents on planet Earth. For his children, those who have professed Christ as Lord and Savior, we can be assured that in any and every circumstance, our Father is but a prayer away. 

We can also be assured that the trials and less-than-desirable circumstances that may come are designed to increase our spiritual fitness. Our ability to overcome temptation and snares of the enemy. Just as you can never gain muscle gain without lifting weights, you can also never grow up spiritually without trials, tribulations, and learning how to rely on the Word of God. 

This truth can be easily forgotten in the midst of a trial. We tend to forget this when the trials come one after another, and we often lose strength when being attacked on so many fronts. But this is absolutely necessary for our spiritual maturation. Enduring trials as good soldiers is part of growing up in Christ. 2 Timothy 2:3 tells us: "You therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ."

If we are to be as Christ, the Son of GOD who casted out demons and healed the sick, we can expect the devil will throw every obstacle in our way he can think of. If our marriages are healthy, he'll attack our finances, or our kids. His goal is to wear us out so we will walk away from the Lord, lamenting that being on His side is not worth the fight, the struggle. 

But this is a deception. No matter what side you are on, LIFE will still happen. You might as well be on the side that is honest, true, loving, and willing to protect and care for you. This is why a relationship with Christ beyond church on Sundays is crucial. 

The Lord allows the attacks of the enemy to increase according to our ability to withstand and overcome. These necessary trials are just as effective as going to the gym is for the physical body. Without resistance and training, the body cannot grow stronger. A strong body is a healthy body. 

A strong spirit is a heathy spirit. Do not be afraid or lose sight of what the finish holds for you: VICTORY!

For we "overcome by the Blood of The Lamb and the word of our testimony (Revelations 12:11)"