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The Name

I was driving down the road the other day with Jenn Johnson’s song, “The Mention of Your Name” on repeat. It. Is. Amazing. (You can listen to it here: https://youtu.be/5vXPVGeccCw.) As I listened over and over, I felt the Spirit of God wash over me and He spoke to me so strongly. He said, “My children are living so far below their station. If this very earth and everything on it is held together by the power in the Name, how much more can I do? There is so much more that I have provided but they just won’t believe.” Friends, there are things in our lives that we allow that would be utterly and completely obliterated if we just remembered who we are and whose we are — if we remembered the power in the Name.

What is provided to us that Name? Everything. Period. End quote. There is nothing that wasn’t accomplished for us at the cross. Smith Wigglesworth said, “There is nothing impossible with God. All the impossibility is with us when we measure God by the limitations of our unbelief.” God’s word says it, that makes it so. One of our Pastors said recently, “‘I believe’ are two words that will change everything, if you mean it.” We have to make a choice to simply believe. Our misstep comes in when we live our lives focused on our circumstance. We should never, never, never let our circumstance change our view of God. Our circumstance ought to be changed solely on our view of God and His Word — for they never have and never will change. In Malachi 3:6a God tells us, “I am the Lord, I do not change.” Philippians 2:9-11 tells us that He has been given a name that is above every name. Cancer. Heart Disease. Diabetes. Poverty. Fear. Lack. Anxiety. Those are all just names. And they are so far below THE Name.

“Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high.” (Hebrews 1:3) If Jesus — who the Bible calls the Word — ceased to exist, this world would cease to exist. He upholds all things by the word of His power — and all means all. Ephesians 2:5-6 tells us, “Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” If we are in Him, and He is seated at the right hand of the Father then that’s where we are too! His rights are our rights. His authority is our authority. If Jesus can command the wind and waves to cease, so can we. If Jesus can command the Legion to leave, so can we. If Jesus can heal the sick and cleanse the leper, so can we. If Jesus can live above sin, so can we. If Jesus can live in the fullness of God, so can we! If God’s Word says we can do it, we can. If God’s word says we can have it, we can. Its time for we the church to rise up and stop weighing our expectation by our understanding and only believe in that precious Name.

John 1:1-2, “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. The same was in the beginning with God. All things were made by Him; and without Him was not anything made that was made.”

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Pressing In

“If only I may touch His clothes, I shall be made well.”

Mark 5:28

I can’t seem to get off of this topic. Pressing. Persistence. So many times we want Jesus to press through to us, but it doesn’t work that way. To accomplish and receive God’s best for us, we have to press. What does it take for us to press? Not just hope or belief but faith. Faith that as we press through whatever is in our way that God’s promise is there.

The woman with the issue of blood knew how to press — literally and spiritually. She was stricken for 12 years with something that separated her from all she loved. She didn’t just have the sniffles. What she had made her unclean and 12 years of that is a long time! Leviticus 15:19 lays out the law concerning her issue. “If a woman has a discharge, and the discharge from her body is blood, she shall be set apart seven days; and whoever touches her shall be unclean until evening.” One minute she was living a normal life, and the next? Ostracized. But she made a choice. To not stay where she was — where her condition would never change. She made a choice to step toward Jesus. And when we choose Jesus our lives are forever changed.

Mark 5:26 tells us she “had suffered many thing for many physicians, She had spent all that she had and was no better.” What disappointment. What desperation. That when she heard she heard of Jesus, she acted on what he had heard. She knew that if she but touched the hem of His garment that she would be made whole. She knew that by pressing through the crowd she would be breaking the law, and by doing so would cause those she touched in the press to be unclean. Oh what reward! Mark 5:29 says, immediately the blood dried up and she felt that she was healed! Jesus confirmed that her faith had made her well.

What our circumstances say doesn’t matter. What other people say doesn’t matter. What the Word of God says is the only thing that matters. I’ve heard people say, “Jesus said it, I believe it, and that settles it.” In actual fact, if Jesus said it that just plum settles it. Period. Don’t give up. Don’t give in. Press in to Him and be made whole!

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Pressing On

“Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me.”

Philippians 3:12

We run. We press. We fight. In this battle we call life we are not called to retreat — not ever. If you are going up river and you are not rowing what are you doing? You are going backward. If you are floating in the ocean with no purpose, what are you doing? You are drifting. These are two things we must never do. The Christian life is meant to be lived with purpose and intention.

In Philippians 3:12-14, Paul says, ” Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” There are so many action words in here! Attain. Press. Lay hold. Apprehend. Reach. Don’t let the enemy trick you into lethargy or inactivity. Faith is active.

I went through a season in my life where I hunkered down within myself and tried to outwait my enemy. All that served to do was to allow the him to build a stronghold around me. You’ve heard the term “a rolling stone gathers no moss?” Well I wasn’t rolling. And it showed in all areas of my life. Stuff grew in all around me until it was nearly impossible to move. But for the power of God and His mercy, I would still be there.

Pressing requires effort. It requires movement. It requires us to remember who we are in Christ Jesus. To forget our shortcomings and downright failures of the past and shake ourselves free. Yes, Jesus already freed us from the wages of death and hell and seated us at the right hand of the Father. But that doesn’t do us any good if we don’t recognize and accept the validity of that fact. It’s time to break free and press on!