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08 April 2016
GOD-TRACKING IS HONOURING THE NAME ABOVE ALL NAMES – JESUS CHRIST!
Therefore, God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him
the name that is above every name.
Funny how we read the words, “Frequent use of mild bad language”, in the viewing guidance controls on the reverse of many DVD boxes, but when we watch the film it turns out the “mild bad language” is actually the use of the words, “Jesus” or “Christ”. In fact, the use of the Lord’s name as an expletive is so common these days that the average millennial has no idea that Jesus Christ is the name of a real person. There is power in the name of Jesus; there is salvation in the name of Jesus and there is answer to prayer in the name of Jesus.
In his epistle to Philippi Paul writes about the name of Jesus. He tells us that Jesus is the incarnation of the Almighty God and yet, he did not consider equality with God something to brag about. In fact, he says the Son of God humbled himself to the lowest form of ridicule and death, that of crucifixion. The righteous One became our sin on the cross so that we could become God’s righteousness in him. But then, because of his humble obedience, God exalted Jesus above every man, spirit and force. Listen: “God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth.” The name of Jesus is powerful – supremely powerful! At that name your knee and my knee as well as the knee of every human, angel and demon will prostrate. It was through Christ that God Created the universe. There is power in the name of Jesus; any wonder why the devil attempts to belittle that name?
After healing the lame man at the temple gate, Peter and John were dragged before the Sanhedrin. The authorities challenged them on the use of the name of Jesus to perform a healing. In response, Peter said, “There is salvation in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.” Jesus Christ was sinless, yet God placed on him the sin of the world, because all the world has sinned and come short of God’s righteousness. He died to take the results of that sin, but, because Jesus was sinless, he rose victoriously from the dead. In this act, Jesus Christ opened the way for all who would call on his name to be saved. There is power and salvation in the name of Jesus; any wonder why the devil attempts to belittle that name?
Jesus once used the analogy of a grapevine to describe his relationship with his followers. He said, “I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.” By this he was saying that we need to remain connected to him. We connect to Christ in faith when we accept him as Lord and Saviour. But Jesus said we need to abide in him. In other words, we enter into covenant with him, like a wife enters into covenant with her husband. When a woman marries a man she takes on his name. My wife is called, Karen Anderson. When you entered covenant with Jesus Christ you took on his name, Christian. Therefore, just as my wife bares my name in business and daily dealings so too do you bare the name of Jesus in your daily life. And it is in that name that you pray! By the authority of the name of Jesus you approach the throne of God with confidence. Therefore, Jesus confidently said, “I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give it to you.” There is power, there is salvation and there is answered prayer in the name of Jesus; any wonder why the devil attempts to belittle that Name?
God-tracking is honouring the name above all names – Jesus Christ!
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Help me to never again become so casually familiar with that name that I become guilty of blasphemy
“Dear God, forgive me if I have ever taken your name for granted, or disrespectfully used the name of Jesus Christ. Today I affirm that I come to you, Almighty God, in the name of Jesus and seek your hand on my life, in that name. I declare that the name of Jesus Christ is the name above all names and I humbly bow my knee to that name. Thank you for giving me salvation, in that name. Thank you that I experience answered prayers, in that name. Help me to never again become so casually familiar with that name that I become guilty of blasphemy. Your name is great! You are high and exalted! Glory to God, in the name of Jesus! Amen.”
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