The Name

The Name of Jesus Christ is forever high and lifted up.

First things first. God defines reality. Because Christ in love stooped so low to reach you and me, God has exalted Him forever.

He’s earned it. Christ rules the universe –regardless of the illusions that parade around us.

Did I hear the idea of the name of Christ being brought low?

Nope.

Never.

Impossible.

The name of Christ has never been, and never will be, brought low.

Anytime an individual speaks attempting to bring Christ’s name down, the name stays where it has always been, highly exalted and omnipotent.

The individual speaking the derogatory words is not affecting the name of Christ at all. What he is affecting is his own reputation and karma in the universe by advertising his ignorance loudly declaring to all the world that he is a fool with a wicked heart. The mockery is simply a loud cry for salvation.

Just as sowing and reaping applies to every one of us, every word he speaks will boomerang right back in his face in this life, and in the life to come.

The Name of the LORD is a strong tower.

Among the millions of testimonies around the world, here are a few of the more recent I have heard:

During the 911 attacks, a believer working on one of the impacted floors called on the Name of the Lord aloud in overwhelm as the plane penetrated the building. Suddenly he found himself in the rubble unharmed and protected underneath his desk which had fallen through the floor. Above him untouched on his desk was his Holy Bible. Everything and everyone else around him was destroyed except for one friend. The co-worker friend heard his cry for help, reached down, grabbed his hand and helped him up to safety. They then escaped together through an opening in the floor below to the stairs.

In a massive Texas storm, a family found themselves trapped sitting on the beams in their attic with flood waters rising around them and no way of escape. As a tornado passed over, the father huddled around his wife and children declaring calmly and repeatedly, “We’re resting in the LORD. We’re resting in the LORD…” The waters never climbed any higher around them. The following day they came to find that every house around them had been leveled during the storm, and although flooded, theirs lay completely unharmed by the winds.

A woman drowning in the same flood waters was reported screaming in desperation, “Jesus! Save me!” A moment later, a large mattress came floating by her. She quickly grabbed on to it and was saved from drowning.

A group of men stranded at sea were struggling for their lives. Their boat had capsized and sharks had begun surrounding them as night fell. The believers among the capsized treaded water close together and began calling on the Name of the Lord quoting Psalm 91 repeatedly. After many hours quoting and treading water in the dark of night, when the morning came they alone were spared by the sharks.

It’s funny that we have any hesitancy in believing these stories when they illustrate the very nature and character of God.

Psalm 14:1
The [empty-headed] fool has said in his heart, There is no God.

Philippians 2:9
Therefore [because He stooped so low] God has highly exalted Him and has freely bestowed on Him the name that is above every name,

Psalm 138:2
I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!

Galatians 6:7
Do not be deceived and deluded and misled; God will not allow Himself to be sneered at (scorned, disdained, or mocked by mere pretensions or professions, or by His precepts being set aside.) [He inevitably deludes himself who attempts to delude God.] For whatever a man sows, that and that only is what he will reap.

Romans 10:13
For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord [invoking Him as Lord] will be saved.

Psalm 124:8
Our help is in the name of the Lord, Who made heaven and earth.

Joel 2:32
And whoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be delivered and saved

Psalm 91
HE WHO [a]dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall remain stable and fixed under the shadow of the Almighty [Whose power no foe can withstand].
I will say of the Lord, He is my Refuge and my Fortress, my God; on Him I lean and rely, and in Him I [confidently] trust!
For [then] He will deliver you from the snare of the fowler and from the deadly pestilence.
[Then] He will cover you with His pinions, and under His wings shall you trust and find refuge; His truth and His faithfulness are a shield and a buckler.
You shall not be afraid of the terror of the night, nor of the arrow (the evil plots and slanders of the wicked) that flies by day,
Nor of the pestilence that stalks in darkness, nor of the destruction and sudden death that surprise and lay waste at noonday.
A thousand may fall at your side, and ten thousand at your right hand, but it shall not come near you.
Only a spectator shall you be [yourself inaccessible in the secret place of the Most High] as you witness the reward of the wicked.

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Because you have made the Lord your refuge, and the Most High your dwelling place,
There shall no evil befall you, nor any plague or calamity come near your tent.
For He will give His angels [especial] charge over you to accompany and defend and preserve you in all your ways [of obedience and service].
They shall bear you up on their hands, lest you dash your foot against a stone.
You shall tread upon the lion and adder; the young lion and the serpent shall you trample underfoot.
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore will I deliver him; I will set him on high, because he knows and understands My name [has a personal knowledge of My mercy, love, and kindness–trusts and relies on Me, knowing I will never forsake him, no, never].
He shall call upon Me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.
With long life will I satisfy him and show him My salvation.

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About ashleydwille

Author Ashley D. Wille was always searching for spiritual answers. “True and lasting satisfaction always proved just out of reach. Now, in midlife, I have come to find my soul satiated in God. Through sweet surprises, difficult climbs, and excruciating valleys, the Master’s hand has shaped me. All along the way, God has taught me many things. What He has taught me most is that many of my beliefs about Him were wrong.” Her book, My Journey Through the Cross, is a personal insight shared by an amazing woman. Through her profound experiences and inner struggles, Wille shows how she was able to break through false layers of thinking and move into a deeper relationship with God. Her beautiful journey is just waiting to be shared. If you are ready to live your life free of guilt and shame, you too can learn how to walk in spiritual freedom.
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