Praying the Names of God – February 12

From Praying the Names of Jesus Week Nine, Day Five

The Name
Most of us are so familiar with the title “Christ” that we tend to consider it part of Jesus’ personal name. But what exactly does it mean? Like “Messiah,” “Christ” means the “anointed one.” The phrase “anointed one” refers to someone who has been set apart for a special mission.

That was how the first Christians thought about Jesus. As Israel’s Messiah, he was the greatest of all kings, the one called and empowered to destroy God’s enemies and extend his kingdom throughout the earth. His mission was to put an end to our deepest troubles — to rebellion, sin, and death. When we pray to Jesus Christ, we are praying to the Messiah, the Anointed One, whose mission involves calling the world back to God through the power of his love.

Key Scripture
Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and ChristActs 2:36

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Friday
 Promises Associated with His Name

What is the one word every young person wants to hear, especially from a parent? I’ll give you a clue. It starts with “y” and ends with “s.” It has only three letters, and it is the opposite of no. “Yes, you can have the car tonight.” “Yes, you can go to the concert.” “Yes, you can sleep as late as you like.” Yes, yes, yes . . . human beings love this word. So it makes perfect sense that Paul equates it with Jesus, saying that Christ is the positive answer to every promise God has made. “Yes, I forgive you.” “Yes, I am with you.” “Yes, I love you and will never let you go.”

Jesus Christ, now and forever — God’s resounding yes to everyone who asks.

Promises in Scripture

But as surely as God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes” and “No.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by me and Silas and Timothy, was not “Yes” and “No,” but in him it has always been “Yes.” For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. Now it is God who makes both us and you stand firm in Christ. He anointed us, set his seal of ownership on us, and put his Spirit in our hearts as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come. 2 Corinthians 1:18-22

But Christ has indeed been raised from the dead, the firstfruits of those who have fallen asleep. For since death came through a man, the resurrection of the dead comes also through a man. For as in Adam all die, so in Christ all will be made alive. 1 Corinthians 15:20-22

Continued Prayer and Praise

Reflect on the prophecies. (Psalm 22; 69:20-21; Isaiah 52Zechariah 9:9Luke 24:45-48)

Understand his role. (Psalm 72:1-8Isaiah 11:1-9)

Guard against false messiahs. (Matthew 24:24Philippians 2:5-111 John 2:18-24)

Reflect on his anointing. (Luke 4:14-21John 12:1-7)

Remember, nothing can separate you from the love of Christ. (Romans 8:32-37)

Clothe yourself in Christ. (Galatians 3:26-28

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A Song For Morning And Evening – One Year Devotions for Men

It is good to proclaim your unfailing love in the morning, your faithfulness in the evening. – Psalm 92:2

Composer Franz Schubert died destitute in Vienna at the age of thirty-one, leaving nothing but his clothes and what his brother called “some old music.” It transpired that this “old music” contained a series of beautiful songs (lieder) which are still performed today. One of his best known song series was based on twenty poems written by a traveling horn player. We know nothing of the horn player’s travails, but we know enough of Schubert’s life to marvel that a man experiencing such pain and sadness could write such beautiful music. Schubert wrote to a friend, “I feel myself to be the most unhappy, unfortunate creature in the world. . . . Every night, when I go to sleep, I hope I will not wake again, and every morning reminds me only of yesterday’s unhappiness.”10

The ancient book of Psalms is another song series. The psalms have been in use for millennia in the liturgy and life of the people of Israel. Psalm 92, for instance, is a song “to be sung on the Lord’s day” (Ps. 92:TITLE). This does not mean that ancient worshipers sang praises only on the Lord’s day. Those who follow the psalmist’s thinking know that “it is good to proclaim [the Lord’s] unfailing love in the morning, [his] faithfulness in the evening” (92:2). Every morning, every evening.

Morning and evening thankfulness is good, not only because it lifts the downcast soul and makes the godly “flourish like palm trees” (92:12), but also because it is an expression that comes from the satisfied soul. That soul can say, “You thrill me, Lord, with all you have done for me!” (92:4), and marvels, “Lord, . . . how deep are your thoughts” (92:5). The thankful heart is made “strong as a wild bull” and exclaims, “How refreshed I am by your power!” (92:10).

By contrast, the miserable soul compounds its own pain. Schubert went to sleep dreading the next morning, and woke reliving the previous day’s unhappiness. But if a man cannot recount the Lord’s goodness, if he cannot recognize it in what is common, in good times and in bad, he will not think to “give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to the Most High” (92:1).

If you go to bed miserable, you stand a good chance of waking up sad, but if you lay your head on the pillow with thanksgiving, you are more likely to greet the morning with joy. And you may even sing as you shave!

For Further Study: Psalm 92

Excerpted from The One Year Devotions for MenCopyright ©2000 by Stuart Briscoe. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers. All rights reserved.

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Daily in Christ 2/12

February 12THE ULTIMATE FAITH-OBJECTHebrews 13:8Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today, yes and forever. The fact that you claim to believe is not the issue of faith. It’s what you believe or in whom you believe that will determine whether or not your faith will be rewarded. Everybody walks by faith every day. Every time you drive on the highway, you do so by faith. Are the objects of your faith on the highway reliable? Most of the time they are because most drivers drive safely. But you may have been involved in an accident because you placed your faith in another driver who proved to be untrustworthy. What happens when the object of your faith fails you? You give up on it–maybe not immediately, but how many failures would you tolerate before saying never again? Once faith is damaged or lost, it is very difficult to regain. Your belief isn’t the problem; it’s the object of your belief that either rewards or destroys your f aith. If your marriage partner has been unfaithful to you, or a friend or relative has hurt you badly, your faith in that person is weak because he or she did not live up to your trust. When faith in a person is shattered, it may take months to rebuild it. Some faith-objects, however, are solid. You set your watch, plan your calendar, and schedule your day believing that the earth will continue to revolve on its axis and rotate around the sun at its current speed. If the earth’s orbit shifted just a few degrees, our lives would be turned to chaos. But so far the laws governing the physical universe have been among the most trustworthy faith-objects we have. The ultimate faith-object, of course, is not the sun, but the Son. It is His immutability–the fact that He never changes–that makes Him eminently trustworthy (Numbers 23:19Malachi 3:6). He has never failed to be and do all that He said He would be and do. He is eternally faithful. Prayer: All I have needed Your hand has provided. Great is Your faithfulness, Lord, unto me.

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Somebody Loves You – February 12, 2021

FRIDAY February 12, 2021

Blessed Sons of Faith

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.
Galatians 3:7-9

Abraham believed the promises of God by faith. In turn, God credited it to his account for righteousness. Believing in God is the right thing to do. Righteousness is a moral condition, an acceptable state in which a person stands before God. People cannot stand before God in their own righteousness––through works. Believing and trusting in Jesus Christ by faith is what makes a person righteous.

God can see farther into history than anyone can see. God used Abraham. Later on he would become the father of both Jews and Gentiles. God promised Abraham:

“Get out of your country, from your family and from your father’s house, to a land that I will show you. I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and I will curse him who curses you; and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:1-3).

God announced this good news before it happened. Jews and Gentiles would become part of a spiritual race. The Gentiles would be justified by faith and become Abraham’s sons only because they have believed in Jesus Christ. Gentiles became spiritual Jews. Abraham became their father. He is the father of faith. It is so incredible when you read it. Imagine, you and I are blessed sons of faith in Christ.

Faith goes up the stairs that love has built and looks out the window which hope has opened.
~Charles Spurgeon~

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