In the Name of Jesus

      Visiting my husband of sixty-five years, I kissed him and asked, Do you know who I am?  He said your voice is familiar, but he didn’t have a name.  “Emily, your wife,” I responded.  He said, “I was hoping so!”  What is in a name?
      When we visited, he began praying brief prayers, ending each one with, “In Jesus’ Name!” He ended with a declaration, “I love you, Lord Jesus!” He might not remember me after sixty-five years of marriage, but He remembers the Lord of Life.
       Is it because he was created in the image of God (Genesis 1:27) or is it because God implanted eternity in his heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11).  I give thanks to the Jesus and can feel His Smile, as Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Matthew 11:28
    When the aid came into the room to apply lotion to my husband’s dry skin, Ed said, “God bless you!  Thank you!”  From the depths of Lewy Body Dementia and a heart of love, God has given him a ministry pointing to Jesus. This is a blessing to all who will hear.
       I smile as I listen to Ed’s voice.  Because of the disease Ed has, I am seeing and hearing his heart, God sees and hears.
       Have you wondered about the many names of God and the meanings of these names?  Here are a few of my favorites that describe the One we follow, in the link above:  
·      ELOHIM[el-oh-heem]: God “Creator, Mighty and Strong
·      EL SHADDAI [el-shah-dahy]: “God Almighty,” “The Mighty One of Jacob”
·      ADONAI [ˌædɒˈnaɪ; ah-daw-nahy]: “Lord
·      YAHWEH-JIREH [yah-way-ji-reh]: “The Lord Will Provide” 
·      YAHWEH-RAPHA [yah-way-raw-faw]: “The Lord Who Heals
·      YAHWEH-ROHI [yah-way-roh-hee]: “The Lord Our Shepherd
·      EL-OLAM [el-oh-lahm]: “Everlasting God
       Names have meaning to God. He knew us before we were and chose us.  Oh, to belong to Jesus so that all we do is done in the Name of Jesus, He, who loves each of us!  We often wonder what our names mean.  My Dad once told me, “I can’t give you much, but I give you my good name. Guard your name in the way you live.”
       When we are baptized in The Name of the Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit, our name is enhanced.  We become more than we were before we became an Ambassador of Christ.  Do we honor His Name with His love in our lives?  Or, do we defame His Name and his Gift of Grace?  Do we use His Name to curse others or show his love to others?  Do we love our enemies and pray for them?
       It is not important what others or Facebook says we are, but it is most important what God says who we are.  So now we can rejoice in our wonderful new relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has made us friends of God. Romans 5:11.
Now when I say, In Jesus’ Name, the power of God shakes me to the core. 
       Jesus taught His Disciples how to pray, written in Matthew 6:9-15. 
Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.  May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven.  Give us today the food we need, and forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who sin against us. And don’t let us yield to temptation, but rescue us from the evil one.  If you forgive those who sin against you, your heavenly Father will forgive you.   But if you refuse to forgive others, your Father will not forgive your sins
         Our Father in heaven, may your name be kept holy.  May your Kingdom come soon. May your will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. 
         How can this be?  We are sinful people, excusing our sin by saying, “Just this once, A little won’t hurt, or I’ll wait until tomorrow to pray, to live for Him…”
         The time to love and serve others in the name of Jesus is now.  The time to actively pursue a peace that gives joy in the Name of Jesus is now. The time to pray and chase away the evil one in the Name of Jesus is now.  The time to mend our ways and let Him heal our souls in the Name of Jesus is now.
         The head that once was crowned with thorns, is crowned             with glory now.
      The one who wore our sin and shame, Now robed in                   majesty.
      The radiance of perfect love, Now shines for all to see.
      Your Name, Your name is victory. All praise will rise.
        To Christ our king, Your Name Your Name is victory.
      All praise will rise To Christ our King! 
   On the way to Jerusalem, many people spread their coats on the road for Jesus. Others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road.  Some of the people were walking ahead of Jesus. Others were walking behind him. They all shouted, “Praise to the Son of David!  ‘Welcome! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Praise to God in heaven!”  Then Jesus went into Jerusalem. All the people in the city were confused. They asked, “Who is this man?”  Matthew 21:8-1
   “Jesus told us to go and speak to the people. He told us to tell them that he is the one God chose to be the Judge of all who are living and all who have died.  Everyone who believes in Jesus will have their sins forgiven through his name. All the prophets agree that this is true.” Acts 10:42-43
   Your faithful love is better than life, so my lips praise you. By my life, I will praise you.  In your name, I lift my hands in prayer. When I sit down to satisfy my hunger, my joyful lips hunger to praise you! Psalm 63:3-5
   You are great and do amazing things. You and you alone are God.  Lord, teach me your ways, and I will live and obey your truths. Help me make worshiping your name the most important thing in my life.  My Lord God, I praise you with all my heart. I will honor your name forever! Psalm 86:10-12
   Those who win the victory will be pillars in the temple of my God. I will make that happen for them. They will never again have to leave God’s temple. I will write on them the name of my God and the name of the city of my God. That city is the new Jerusalem. It is coming down out of heaven from my God. I will also write my new name on them. Revelation 3:11-12

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