Saturday, September 14, 2013

September 14, 2013 … He knows my name!

Daily Berry Patch Devotions in 2013 - Day 257

Devotional Song: Go to this link ...  Please take in this poignant and powerful meditation on the Name of “Jesus”, including the song, … There’s Just Something About That Name.

Highlight meditation passage – Matthew 10: 30 [with verses 29-31 [NLT]:  
29 Not even a sparrow, worth only half a penny, can fall to the ground without your Father knowing it. 30 And the very hairs on your head are all numbered. 31 So don’t be afraid; you are more valuable to him than a whole flock of sparrows.
 Highlight reading study of Matthew, Chapters 10`: Go to this link

Reference Passage #1: Genesis 36: 15-16 [Challenges come into our lives to develop our wings so that we can fly alone in this world.] … [NLT] …  
15 These are the descendants of Esau who became the leaders of various clans: The descendants of Esau’s oldest son, Eliphaz, became the leaders of the clans of Teman, Omar, Zepho, Kenaz, 16 Korah, Gatam, and Amalek. These are the clan leaders in the land of Edom who descended from Eliphaz. All these were descendants of Esau’s wife Adah.

Reference study of Ephesians, Chapters 6: 10-18`: Go to this link … 

My Journal for Today: Names are important in the Bible. People were named by their parents and sometimes later changed by others to designate their character and who they were in God’s grand scheme. Maybe you’ve done some study on this, … such as Abram’s name being changed to Abraham. Moses changed Hoshea’s name to “Joshua;” and we know that this name, which is the same one for “Yeshua” or “Jesus” in Hebrew, means “The Lord Who Saves.” That’s sort of meaningful, wouldn’t you say?

Of course, we know that God Himself instructed Jesus’ parents to name Him “Yeshua,” or in English translated “Jesus;” and He certainly was appropriately named to become the One Who would save all of mankind. I hope you’ve taken the time to take in this morning’s meditation and devotional song, which tells the story of some in the Bible who came into contact with the God-man, “Yeshua,” Who was also “Yeshua HaMashiach,” … or … Jesus, The Messiah.

Yes, names are important. … Os Hillman, the author/editor of the daily devotionals which I’m using as the framework of my daily quiet-times with God this year, later in life discovered that his actual, given first name, “Omar,” was a name from the Bible. As you can read above in Genesis, Chapter 36, “Omar” was one of the sons of Esau; and Hillman discovered that the name in Arabic meant “disciple” and in Hebrew it meant, “famous speaker/teacher.” Well, as it turns out, Omar Smallwood (or “Os”) Hillman did become a rather famous disciple of Christ and teacher of those in the workplace as to how to apply Christ to their lives on the job.

 So, does God really know our name? … Does He really care about our identity? … Well, later in my life, after I became a Christian, I discovered that my name, “William,” actually means “helmeted warrior;” and go figure, after being an atheist warrior against Christians for many years, I later became the Director of a ministry right on the front lines of spiritual warfare [see this link for Battle Plan Ministry], becoming a warrior, helmeted by salvation (see Ephesians 6: 10-18 linked above) to fight FOR Jesus and not against Him. But in both cases, my name “William” fit my character; and God knew all along that I would one day come from fighting AGAINST Him to being on the frontlines of battle FOR Him.

Yes, as our highlight passage above (from Matthew 10) tells us, we are not only known by God, even to each hair on our heads; but either in this life or in the next, God is going to give us a name which absolutely fits the character we’ll have in our eternal relationship with our Lord. Jesus changed Simon’s name to “Peter;” and Jesus has a name which will fit you and me for eternity.

But for now, all we need to do is focus our attention on the Name of “Jesus,”: and as the devotional song above sings, “There’s Just Something About that Name!”

My Prayer for Today … Oh yes, dear Lord, JESUS, … Your Name is wonderful!! … Amen

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