Who are you?
We talked in the last post about the Amazing Power of God that flows through the use of His Name. Sometimes when people make this discovery, they immediately try it out. And just as immediately, they say, “It doesn’t work! I told you He does not do such things for me.”
Is God’s Name Powerful or not? Yes! Jesus was fond of telling parables. So let me tell you one. Suppose there was a million dollars in the Happy Bank. The account holder of the million dollars was Joe.
If you went to the Happy Bank and said, “Please give me some of Joe’s money. I am a member of his family,” would the bank just give you the money? No, they would not. You would have to be someone who was authorized to withdraw money from Joe’s account. If you were not an authorized person, you could make your request in as many ways as you could think of and still get nothing. In fact, the bank may call the police to alert them to someone trying to get money from Joe’s account.
Jesus was always a straight shooter. He told it like it is! In Matthew 7:21-23, He is recorded to have said,
Not everyone who says to Me,
“Lord, Lord,” will enter the Kingdom of Heaven,
but only the one who does the will of My Father,
Who is in Heaven.
Many will say to Me on that day,
“Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in Your Name
and in Your Name drive out demons
and in Your Name perform many miracles?”
Then I will tell them plainly,
“I never knew you.
Away from Me, you evildoers!”
The first step to being authorized to use the name of God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit is to know Him and do His Will. Notice, know Him, not know about Him. When you are truly One with Him, you are authorized to all the riches of His Glory.
Are You Really Married to God?
Remember in our Holy Relationship with God, we always put His Name (I AM) first. Then we follow it with whatever is true about Him. Jesus also taught this principle when He said,
For where two or three are gathered together
in My Name,
there I AM with them!
When you say what is true of God, He is ready to give you an amen. I AM is right there with you in All His Power!
But when you use God’s Name in front of something that is not true of Him, He will certainly not agree with you. And satan, the adversary of God, will be dancing with delight. He will agree with you immediately.
Example: If you say, “I am filled with Joy,” God will agree! If you say, “I am so depressed,” God will not agree, but satan will! And he will pour on everything he can to make you believe your statement of unbelief.
I’m Sure … No, Wait a Minute … I’m Not So Sure!
Many of us confidently use God’s Name and then check to see “if” it instantly came true. If it didn’t, doubt sets in. The Bible records many times when God made Promises long before earth people saw the fulfillment of those Promises. Unfortunately, in this age of instant gratification, it seems to be difficult for us to “wait upon the Lord.”
God is looking for those who will trust Him and obey Him, no matter how earthly circumstances appear. James, like Jesus, was also a straight shooter, who told things plainly.
In James 1:5-8, he said,
If any of you lack wisdom,
let him ask of God,
that gives to all men liberally,
and unbraids not;
and it shall be given him.
But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.
For he that wavers is like a wave of the sea,
driven with the wind and tossed.
For let not that man think
he shall receive anything of the Lord!
A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
In Hebrews 10:35-36, Paul gives the positive side of what James said.
So do not throw away your confidence;
it will be richly rewarded.
You need to persevere so that
when you have done the Will of God,
you will receive what He has promised!
I AM NOT!
Sad as the other misuses of God’s Name are, putting that three lettered word, NOT, after God’s Name, is a sure way to stop the flow of God’s Power. NOT following the name of God shows absolute defiance!
Once there was a man named Jonah, who was told to go where God assigned him to go. He said he would not. He found himself in the belly of a whale, rethinking what he said and did.
There was another man, named Peter, who loved Jesus very much. But under pressure, he cracked. When he realized his earth sword wasn’t going to get him very far and he was asked if he were a disciple of Jesus, three times, he said, “I am not!”
When you deny that you are One with God/Jesus/The Holy Spirit, you have just cut yourself off from His Power. Your hand happily serves you every day, getting its blood supply and oxygen as needed. However, if you cut your hand off and it is separated from the Body, it can no longer receive that which kept it alive.
Fortunately, Jesus allowed Peter a “do over.” But Jesus wanted to be sure Peter understood that he was expected to truly be Jesus’ Disciple in everything he said and did. He could no longer be ruled by emotion or careless actions based on emotion. He was expected to love as Jesus loved by caring for those Jesus loved.
Jesus, The Living Demonstration of the Great I AM!
In the next post, we will look at the I AM statements of Jesus and how He gives us the Gift and Assignment of keeping His Power flowing to the world!
Points to Ponder
Consider how you use the phrase “I AM.” Every several hours, take just five minutes and think about what you have said. You might be surprised!
If you discover you habitually use “I AM” negatively, talk with God about how you can break the habit. Awareness is the first step. But remember the Power to change comes from God. All He needs is your sincere willingness to let Him work!
When circumstances are overwhelming, what do you do? Whose report do you believe?
Are you totally surrendered to God in every area of your life? Is there anything He would ask you to do, that your answer would be, “I am not doing that!” If you identify an area of resistance, talk with God about it.
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