The Name Above All Names

Jesus, Name above all names

Philippians 2:5-11 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Because of what Jesus did in leaving Heaven and coming to earth in the form of a man, becoming a servant and dying a criminal’s death to purchase the redemption of mankind, God has given Him the NAME above every name, that everything in heaven and earth and under the earth should recognize His deity and authority and bow their knee to Him, confessing that He is Lord so that God the Father will be glorified in and through His life.

In looking at what a NAME means we can look into the actual Greek and Hebrew definitions and see clearly what each verse is talking about when written in the context of the passage. Vine’s Complete Expository Dictionary of Old and New Testament Words gives these definitions of the word “name”:

Name – Noun, Greek word onoma is used

  • in general of the “name” by which a person or thing is called
  • for all that a “name” implies, of authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence, etc, of everything that the “name” covers.

    a. of the “Name” of God as expressing His attributes

    b. of the “Name” of Christ

    • 1. representing the authority of Christ e.g., Matt. 18:5 “on the ground of My authority”.
    • 2. in the power of
    • 3. in acknowledgment or confession of
    • 4. in recognition of the authority of
    • 5. owing to the fact that one is called by Christ’s “Name” or is identified with Him
  • as standing, by metonymy, for “persons”

So, in looking at the scriptures as to what they say about the name we can identify which meaning is correct that applies to that verse of scripture. Strong’s concordance gives the number of the word which corresponds with the proper rendering of the defintion. In verse 9 above, the number that Strong’s has assigned to that word “name” is 3686 which, when looked up in a Strong’s Concordance we find that number to correspond with the Greek word for that word “name”, which is onoma. Then in looking in the Vine’s Complete Expository of Old and New Testament Words we search for “name” and find the Greek word onoma to see that the definition falls in one of the above 3 categories. This particular use of “name” in verse 9 would fall under the definition of “all that a name implies, of authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence, etc., of everything that the “name” covers.”

God has given Jesus the “name” that carries all authority, character, rank, majesty, power, excellence, and everything that His name would cover that is above all other names! He is the Name above all names and everything in heaven, in earth and under the earth must bow it’s knee to the authority that Jesus carries! In His name salvation is given; in His name demons tremble and flee; in His name sickness and disease must go; in His name all powers must bow; in His name problems must be solved; in HIS NAME!

There is salvation in the name of Jesus; there is healing in the name of Jesus; there is deliverance in the name of Jesus; there is hope in the name of Jesus; there is power in the name of Jesus! Everything that man has need of is found in the authority, character, rank, majesty, power, and excellence of the NAME of JESUS!

God has exalted or lifted Him up above ALL to the highest position! Jesus’s obedience to death for the payment of man’s sin, is followed by a super-exalted position of honor and glory that every tongue should confess that He is Lord!

Confess – Strong’s #1843 – exomologeo – means to acknowledge or agree fully; to confess, profess, or acknowledge openly.

There is coming a day when every person, spiritual or natural born, will openly acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father! Either you do it now by accepting Him as your own personal Savior and Lord or you will do it later before being cast out of His presence to spend eternity in outer darkness!

Acts 3:10-12 “Let it be known to you all, and to all the people of Israel, that by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified, whom God raised from the dead, by Him this man stands here before you whole. “This is the ‘stone which was rejected by you builders, which has become the chief cornerstone.’ “Nor is there salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved.”

Other – Strong’s #2087 – heteros – means different, generic distinction, another kind, not of the same nature, form, or class. Here heteros denotes a distinction and an exclusivity, with no second choices, opinions, or options. “Jesus, You are the One. You are the only One. There is no other, NO OTHER!

There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved! There is salvation in the NAME of JESUS!

When we come to the place that we realize that we need a Savior to pay the price for our sin, we can turn to Jesus knowing that if we confess Him as our Savior and Lord we will be saved. Since we learned yesterday that salvation is more than just forgiveness of sin, but also includes healing, deliverance, reconciliation between family members, financial prosperity, simply anything that you have need of, we can be assured that when we confess Jesus as the answer to our need, we can know that He is the One to provide for that need in our lives. There is forgiveness of sins in the Name of Jesus; there is Healing in the Name of Jesus; there is prosperity or wholeness in the Name of Jesus, there is reconciliation in the Name of Jesus. His authority covers every need that man has!

Have you confessed Him as Lord over your problems, over your health, over you sin, over your family, over your job, over your need? He is waiting to save you from all destruction!

Father, I thank You that there is everything that we have need of in the Name of Jesus! He rules over all and I confess Him as my Lord as well as my Savior! To Him be all glory and honor and praise for His Name is exalted above every other name whether in heaven, on the earth or under the earth. Father, I declare that sin must bow to the name of Jesus, sickness and disease must bow to the name of Jesus, financial difficulties must bow to the name of Jesus, family dysfunctions must bow to the name of Jesus, generational curses must bow to the name of Jesus, demonic oppression must bow to the name of Jesus! In Jesus’ Name I declare freedom to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, healing to the brokenhearted, release to the oppressed, and the year of jubilee to those who are caught in financial distress! I speak life to the sick in the Name of Jesus and command sickness and disease to go out of their bodies! Father, I thank You for all that the Name of Jesus comprises! Thank You for giving Jesus to be our Savior and Lord! All praise be unto You! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

The name above all names

The Greatest Gift Ever Given!

Angels singing Glory to God

Luke 2:8-20 NLT That night some shepherds were in the fields outside the village, guarding their flocks of sheep. Suddenly, an angel of the Lord appeared among them, and the radiance of the Lord’s glory surrounded them. They were terribly frightened, but the angel reassured them. “Don’t be afraid!” he said. “I bring you good news of great joy for everyone! The Savior—yes, the Messiah, the Lord—has been born tonight in Bethlehem, the city of David! And this is how you will recognize him: You will find a baby lying in a manger, wrapped snugly in strips of cloth!” Suddenly, the angel was joined by a vast host of others—the armies of heaven—praising God: “Glory to God in the highest heaven, and peace on earth to all whom God favors.” When the angels had returned to heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem! Let’s see this wonderful thing that has happened, which the Lord has told us about.” They ran to the village and found Mary and Joseph. And there was the baby, lying in the manger. Then the shepherds told everyone what had happened and what the angel had said to them about this child. All who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often. The shepherds went back to their fields and flocks, glorifying and praising God for what the angels had told them, and because they had seen the child, just as the angel had said.

Can you imagine how quiet it must have been in that dark night after the sheep had been bedded down and the shepherds were relaxing from a day of caring for their flocks? When SUDDENLY…..an angel of the Lord appeared among them and the night sky lit up with the radiance of God’s glory! In just a twinkling of an eye their whole world changed from dark to light! That’s what happens in a person’s life when God’s glory shows up! Jesus is the glory of God in human form. His message of hope was shared with a group of shepherds. This was the greatest birth announcement ever made and it wasn’t given to kings or priests; it was given to lowly shepherds; those who, as an occupation, cared for sheep.

The first thing the angel said to the shepherds was “don’t be afraid”! In every visitation that we’ve seen from an angel that came to give a message to someone from God regarding the birth of Jesus we’ve heard “don’t be afraid”, or “do not fear”. God’s love casts out all fear. Fear is not from God, it comes as a message from the evil one who is the instigator of all negative forms of fear. The reverential fear of God is what comes from God; it is a respect, a reverence for who God is to us that causes us to love what He loves and hate what He hates. But fear that causes terror within the heart of a person comes from our enemy, the devil. The angel was instructed to tell the shepherds to not fear because God is the God of love.

2 Timothy 1:7 For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline.

1 John 4:16-18 NLT We know how much God loves us, and we have put our trust in him. God is love, and all who live in love live in God, and God lives in them. And as we live in God, our love grows more perfect. So we will not be afraid on the day of judgment, but we can face him with confidence because we are like Christ here in this world. Such love has no fear because perfect love expels all fear. If we are afraid, it is for fear of judgment, and this shows that his love has not been perfected in us. We love each other as a result of his loving us first.

It has been said that there are 365 “fear nots” in the Word of God; one for each day of the year. God does not want His children to be afraid and especially not when they are encountering Him, or communing with His Spirit or having a visit from an angelic messenger. If fear is present when you are having a spiritual encounter with the Lord, it may be another spirit other than God’s Spirit. We are instructed in 1 John 4:1 to test the spirits to make sure they are of God.

1 John 4:1 NKJV Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits, whether they are of God; because many false prophets have gone out into the world.

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Immediately after the angel gave the shepherds the message from God the night sky became aglow with the heavenly host singing praises to our God! “Glory to God in the highest, And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!” Christmas is not about giving and receiving presents, although we celebrate His birth through giving gifts to others. But Christmas is about Jesus! He is the Center of Christmas! He is the reason that we celebrate! Glory to God for sending Jesus to save mankind from their sin! Jesus came to bring peace on earth; peace between God and man and relationally to men with each other. When the Prince of Peace comes to live in the hearts of men we will see the ultimate peace on earth that Jesus came to give us. When we receive Him as Savior and Lord we experience peace with God that dispels all fear and gives us the hope for a bright future filled with His goodness!

Know Jesus, know peace

Know Jesus—know peace! No Jesus—no peace!

The next thing that we see happening in the life of the shepherds on that night when an angel of the Lord came to tell them of the birth of the King was that they acted on His word. We can hear the word of God spoken to us through His messenger but it’s not really ours or appropriated into our lives until we act on it. They could have heard what the angel said and rejoiced in what they heard but it was made more real to them when they acted on it by going to see the baby of which the angel had spoken. When we act on His word we are stepping out in faith saying, “I believe it and I receive it as God’s word for me in my life right now”! James calls that action as being a person who is not just hearing the word of God but doing it!

James 1:22-24 NLT And remember, it is a message to obey, not just to listen to. If you don’t obey, you are only fooling yourself. For if you just listen and don’t obey, it is like looking at your face in a mirror but doing nothing to improve your appearance. You see yourself, walk away, and forget what you look like.

The Word of God is exponentially multiplied in your life when you hear AND do it. When you read or hear it you receive one level of power from it, but when you add to it the doing then the reality of it is multiplied to you and change comes into your life. We are changed by what God says to us. His word changes our hearts and lives. We are changed from the ways of the world to know the way God thinks through the renewing of our minds to His word. (Romans 12:2) The shepherds lives were changed that night by what the angel of the Lord said to them and through their obedience to go see the baby for themselves.

When the shepherds heard the word from the angel and went to see the baby Jesus they couldn’t contain their excitement and had to go tell what they had heard and seen! When we have an encounter with the living God we are compelled to tell others about Him. We want to share what He has placed in our hearts; we want to give away the salvation that He has given us so others can know Him as well. The shepherds told everyone what had happened to them and what the angel had said to them about his child.

Luke 2:18, 19 NLT And all who heard the shepherds’ story were astonished, but Mary quietly treasured these things in her heart and thought about them often.

They had to tell others about Jesus! When you’ve had a great experience in your life you want to share it with others. It is natural to let what is on the inside of you flow out to those around you. The greatest story ever told is the story of Jesus!

And the last thing that we see taking place in the lives of these shepherds is that they went back to their flocks praising God for what the angel had told them and having seen the child, just as the angel had said. The outflow of an encounter with the Lord Jesus is praise! When we draw close to Him through a living and vital relationship with Him the natural thing to do is praise Him! Our spirit connects with the Holy Spirit within us and the automatic outflow is that of praise! God fills your life with praise for Him!

Have you had an encounter with the Lord Jesus Christ, or do you simply know Jesus as the baby in the manger? Have you seen Him as Savior and Lord or just a little baby, helpless and defenseless? If you want to see Him as Your own personal Savior and Lord, just ask Him into your heart today and He will come in and save you and give you a new life, filled with His presence.

Father, I pray for those today who may want to receive Jesus as Savior and Lord. I pray that they will open their hearts to You and ask You into their lives to change them and give them a reason to continue living. For those who are depressed I pray that they will allow the Prince of Peace to come into their lives and bring peace in the midst of their sorrow. I pray that they will ask You to save them and give them new life. I pray that the eyes of the blind will be opened today to see Jesus in all His glory! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

~If you want to know more about receiving Jesus as your own personal Savior and Lord, please go to my page titled “The Road To Salvation”.  There you will find instructions on how to pray to receive Jesus as your Savior.

Give Thanks

 

Psalm 95:1-7 Oh come, let us sing to the LORD! Let us shout joyfully to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before His presence with thanksgiving; Let us shout joyfully to Him with psalms. For the LORD is the great God; And the great King above all gods. In His hand are the deep places of the earth; The heights of the hills are His also. The sea is His, for He made it; And His hands formed the dry land. Oh come, let us worship and bow down; Let us kneel before the LORD our Maker; For He is our God, And we are the people of His pasture. And the sheep of His hand. Today, if you will heart His voice;

I am so thankful this morning that I belong to the Lord Jesus! I am His and He is mine. God has so blessed me with such a great salvation. I have a covenant with God that is secured by the blood of Jesus. Usually with a covenant both parties must keep their part of the covenant or it is null and void. But in this case our covenant with God is between Him and His Son so I don’t have to worry about keeping a part of it. I have a right to the covenant benefits because I am in Christ Jesus. When I invited Him into my heart to be my personal Lord and Savior I became a beneficiary of His covenant benefits. That means I have forgiveness of sin, protection from my enemies, healing for my body, provision for my needs, peace when I am in the midst of a storm and whatever else that I need to live a prosperous and successful life. Jesus paid for it all!

Ephesians 1:4 says that He “has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly paces in Christ.”

Deuteronomy 28:1-13 says that when I live my life in obedience to the Lord that all these blessings will come upon me and overtake me:

You will be blessed in your towns and in the country.

You will be blessed with many children and productive fields.

You will be blessed with fertile herds and flocks.

You will be blessed with baskets overflowing with fruit, and with kneading bowls filled with bread.

You will be blessed wherever you go, both in coming and in going.

“The LORD will conquer your enemies when they attack you. They will attack you from one direction, but they will scatter from you in seven!

“The LORD will bless everything you do and will fill your storehouses with grain. The LORD your God will bless you in the land He is giving you.

“If you obey the commands of the LORD your God and walk in His ways, the LORD will establish you as His holy people as He solemnly promised to do. Then all the nations of the world will see that you are a people claimed by the LORD, and they will stand in awe of you.

“The LORD will give you an abundance of good things in the land He swore to give your ancestors—many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. The LORD will send rain at the proper time from His rich treasury in the heavens to bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God and carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always have the upper hand.”

The reason that I am so blessed is so that I can be a blessing to those around me!

Genesis 12:2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you And make your name great; And you shall be a blessing.

God spoke that promise to Abram speaking of him being the Father of faith and, by so, making His people children of faith. I am a Son of Abraham by faith in Christ Jesus and so I fall under the blessing of Abraham and the children of God.

Galatians 3:7-9 Therefore know that only those who are of faith are sons of Abraham. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel to Abraham beforehand, saying, “In you all the nations shall be blessed.” So then those who are of faith are blessed with believing Abraham.

With all that said, I can say this morning that I am thankful that I am so blessed!

Father, I thank You for making me Your child. I thank You for giving Jesus Christ that I might be redeemed and reconciled to You. You are my God and I am the sheep of Your pasture. Thank You for providing for my every need. And thank You for blessing me with all the blessings of life. You have been so good to me! And I praise You this morning and thank You from the bottom of my heart. I am blessed to be a blessing. May all who come in contact with me know that You are the reason that I am blessed. May Your blessing flow through me to touch others for Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of God. May I bless others with the blessings that You have bestowed on me. May my hands be open to release the goodness that You have given me so that others may receive blessings from my God through me. With a grateful heart I offer up thanksgiving unto You this morning for You have been so good to me! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

Jesus Is The Bridge Over Troubled Waters

 

Proverbs 18:24 A man who has friends must himself be friendly, But there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.

It’s not often that I wake up with a secular song running through my mind, but this morning I kept hearing the song, “Bridge Over Troubled Waters” speaking to my spirit. As I listened to this song I realized that Jesus is the bridge over troubled waters for us. He is the one who gives us safe crossing over the troubles that arise in our lives. God provided a safe haven for us that protects us from the storms of life when we enter into a relationship with His Son, Jesus Christ.

John 15:14, 15 “You are My friends if you do whatever I command you. “No longer do I call you servants, for a servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all things that I heard from My Father I have made known to you.”

We are no longer servants of God, but through Jesus we have become His friends. He comforts and shelters us from the troubling times that rage around us. He is our bridge over troubled waters. It’s through communion with His Spirit who lives within us that we find comfort in times of trouble, a friend who’s always there, leadership and guidance when we have lost our way and one who sticks close to us through all kinds of life’s challenges.

The song speaks of someone being there to lay down his life to be that bridge over troubled waters for his friend. Jesus laid down His life that He might be that bridge to God for His friends.

John 15:13 “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.

John 10:17, 18 “Therefore My Father loves Me, because I lay down My life that I may take it again. “No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have receive from My Father.”

Jesus willingly went to the cross for us that He might bridge the gap that was between us and the Heavenly Father because of our sin. He is the way that leads to reconciliation with God that no man could make. It took the sinless blood of Jesus to make the bridge that would lead us over the gulf of sin into the presence of God. He has reconciled sinful man with a holy God!

Ephesians 2:14-18 For He Himself is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of separation, having abolished in His flesh the enmity, that is, the law of commandments contained in ordinances, so as to create in Himself one new man from the two, thus making peace, and that He might reconcile them, bot to God in one body through the cross, thereby putting to death the enmity. And He came and preached peace to you who were afar off and to those who were near. For through Him we both have access by one Spirit to the Father.

Have you traveled the cross that bridges the gap between you and the Father? Jesus is the only way to get there.

John 14:6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.

There is no other way to get to the Father except the way of the cross. You must come through the blood of Jesus, accepting what He did for you, personally, through Him laying down His life for your sins. Sin kept us from being able to come into the presence of a holy God, but the blood of the sinless Son of God restored us to right relationship with Him.

2 Corinthians 5:21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.

Jesus took our sin upon Himself and nailed it to the cross, making us dead to sin and alive to Him when we we receive His payment for our sin. Salvation comes to us as we realize that we are born as sinners and we can’t do anything for ourselves to save us from our sins. Then we come to an understanding that Christ died for us that we might not have to spend eternity separated from God because of our sin. He laid down His life and became that bridge over troubled waters for us. We receive salvation through faith in Him as a personal relationship, not a legalistic, ritualistic approach to God, but as one who knows Jesus and accepts His personal payment for our sin.

Romans 10:6-10; 13 NLT But the way of getting right with God through faith says, “You don’t need to go to heaven” (to find Christ and bring him down to help you). And it says, “You don’t need to go to the place of the dead” ( to bring Christ back to life again). Salvation that comes from trusting Christ—which is the message we preach—is already within easy reach. In fact, the Scriptures say, “The message is close at hand; it is on your lips and in your heart.” For if you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by confessing with your mouth that you are saved. For “Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

Have you believed in your heart that Jesus died for you and God raised Him to new life again? Have you confessed Him as your Lord and Savior? That’s how you cross over the bridge into God’s presence. Those who haven’t crossed the bridge will spend eternity separated from the Father. But those who by faith receive what Jesus did for them on the cross and confess Him as their personal Savior and Lord have free access to the bridge that leads them across the troubled waters of life. They are free to cross over into God’s presence.

If you have never received that salvation that we have talked about this morning. It’s really very simple; people often feel that they have to perform to a certain standard to receive salvation. But as the above scripture says all you have to do is believe and receive! If you have never done that and you want to, please pray with me and mean it sincerely in your heart.

Father, I come before you now confessing that I am a sinner, both by birth and by choice. I have chosen to walk through life in my own way, that is apart from You. But I now realize that Jesus paid the price for my sin; that He died on that cross for me and that You raised Him from the dead; and that if I confess Him as my Lord I can receive access to that bridge that brings me into Your presence. I believe in my heart that Jesus is the only way to be reconciled to You, Father God. I believe that He died for me, that You raised Him back to new life and I confess Him now as my Savior and Lord. I thank You, Lord Jesus, for laying down Your life for me and for saving me. Thank You, Father, for making me Your child. From this day forward I will live for you! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

If you prayed that prayer and received Jesus into your heart you now have access to the Father, through the Son. He is your Savior and Lord and your name is recorded in heaven as being in the family of God. Congratulations! That is the most important decision a person can make and has to be made this side of death. We only have the freedom to choose while we are still alive. It is important that everyone understands that there is no choosing once you die. The choice has to be made now!

Father, I thank You for those who have chosen Jesus this morning. I pray for those who may be wavering in their decision to follow You. I pray that they will choose now, before it is too late, to be born into the family of God. Father, I also lift up those who are experiencing troubled waters in their lives. I pray that You will make Yourself real to them and show them that You are the bridge over the difficulties that we experience in life. We can walk above the raging storms of life, safe in You. Thank You for giving us free access to Your salvation! In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

 

Ocean Waves

 

When the ocean waves are crashing around us let’s remember that  our God is bigger than the waves of the sea!

Psalm 107:28, 29  Then they cry out to the LORD in their trouble, And He brings them out of their distresses.  He calms the storm, So that its waves are still.

Let’s proclaim that the waves of the sea are being stilled because He is LORD!

May God’s peace rest upon you!

 
Father, I pray for all those affected by the hurricane, Sandy.  I ask You, Lord, to still the waves, to calm the storm.  I speak peace to the storm in the name of Jesus.  Father, I ask You to restore what has been stolen from Your people.  I pray for those who have lost loved ones, that You will comfort them and reveal Yourself to them in a way that they have never known.  Give them peace in their hearts.  Father, for those who are afraid I ask that You will let Your presence be felt by them so that they can know that You are with them and You will take care of them.  For those who have lost property I ask that You would restore all that the devil has stolen from them through this monster storm.  Father, You are LORD over all!  May You be glorified even in the works of the enemy.  Thank You for saving, healing, delivering and restoring people who are sick, hurting, oppressed and in despair.  You reign supreme!  You are able to deliver and restore!  Thank You for being a stronghold in the time of trouble and a refuge from the storm.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

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