Manifested Name – Part Two

A man is only as good as his word, and his name comes to represent his word.  Get to work.

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John 17:6a – I have manifested thy name unto the men which thou gavest me out of the world:

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Yesterday I wrote concerning some of the names by which Jehovah was known in the Old Testament.  Jesus said He had manifested that Name unto the men Father had given Him.  To more fully understand that statement, we must realize that the four Gospels are really not part of the New Testament, though man has basically tried to make that of them.  The four Gospels actually focus on the earthly ministry of Jesus Christ.  They speak of the conception, birth, childhood, ministry, death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus, all of which took place under the Old Covenant.  It was a ministry in which Jesus functioned as a prophet under the law of the Old Testament, NOT the New Testament.

So when Jesus said He had manifested Father’s Name, He was referring to Father’s Name as it related to Old Covenant Scripture.  But what did Jesus do to manifest Father’s Name?  Let’s consider that in the light of the Old Testament names from yesterday’s Second Miler.  “El,” meaning “Almighty,” was manifested through the authority of covenant Jesus demonstrated throughout His earthly ministry, and it’s culmination in that setting came when He said “all power in heaven and earth” was given to Him.  He in truth declared Himself to be “almighty.”  “Shaddai” was demonstrated through both His ability and great heart for the supply of provision for all who followed Him.  “Jehovah,” or “Lord,” is clearly seen in His experience with His disciples who declared Him to be “the Christ, the Son of the living God,” at which Jesus said, “Flesh and blood has not revealed this unto you, by My Father which is in heaven.”  And in one of His final utterances before His death, from the cross Jesus cried, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani.”  The term “Eloi” is the singular of “Elohim.”  “Elohim” means “Gods;” not in a possessive sense, but in the plural sense, that being Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Yet Jesus, as He hung on the cross, clearly speaking to His heavenly Father, used the singular term, “Eloi,” meaning, “My God.”  And this identity is set forth clearly in the words of Thomas when he encountered the resurrected Lord.  He called Jesus, “My Lord and my God.”

Through the reading of the works of Jesus, and by the identification of those who spoke of what they saw in Him, we can clearly see that Jesus manifested Father’s Name to them through His works and by the revelation of Holy Spirit through His earthly ministry.  Once again today I challenge you; if Jesus manifested Father’s Name, and we are expected to do the works He did, then it falls our responsibility to do the same – to manifest Father’s Name, and now the Name of Jesus, to those in whose lives we exercise influence. 

Manna for Today – John 17; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23; Mark 11:22-24; Luke 4:18-21;       John 8:29; Luke 1:37; Hebrews 1:3; Joshua 1:6-9; Proverbs 4:20-23; Matthew 12:35-37

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Manifested Name – Part One

What does it mean to “manifest a name?”

Finish the Work

To finish, you must first start.

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John 17:4 – I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.

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Take a moment to re-read our Text for Today, perhaps more than once.  Read it slowly, methodically, looking for discovery.  These are the words of Jesus.  He makes two complete statements, but because they first is not ended with a period, it indicates that the two statements are inextricably tied together in order to give a more complete disclosure of information and intent.

Jesus said, “I have glorfied thee (Father) on the earth:”  In the Scriptures we find numerous references to what it means to glorify Father.  For instance, Jesus said, “Herein is My Father glorified, that you bear much fruit.”  Being fruitful, then, is one element of glorifying Father.  We are to glorify God in body and spirit.  But in our Text for Today, Jesus simply said, “I have glorified thee on the earth:”  He spoke these words as He was about to close His earthly ministry, just before His arrest and crucifixion.  He sets no parameters on His statement.  It is, in fact, what would be called “a blanket statement;” that is a statement that covers the entire subject.  Jesus had glorified, not partly so, but completely so, the Father.

And it is His next statement that brings clarity to His first statement.  Jesus said, “I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do.”  In this statement is a powerful revelation to anyone who is truly seeking to glorify Father.  Every believer has a place in the body of Christ, and being in that place give indication that every believer has a work to accomplish in the body of Christ.  Ours is NOT a “total work” Jesus was sent to perform, but it IS a specific work, that when performed, becomes a vital and productive part of what the entire body must perform before the coming of the Lord.  I don’t know what your specific work it, but God does, and if you aren’t already fully aware of it, He will reveal it to you.  At this point, I ask the question: do you want to be able to say to Father as Jesus did, “I have glorified You on the earth.”?  I certainly do.  In our Text for Today is the life-changing revelation of how you can say that very thing to Father.  You must be able to say to Father the second statement in our Text for Today.  You must be able to say, “I have finished the work You gave me to do.”  We’re not talking about someone else’s work, but your work.  We are not talking about thinking about your work, but doing it, and more than that, finishing it.  We must learn to focus on what God has given each of us to do, seeing to it that we complete our own assignments, and that we do so joyously.  If each of us will do what we are assigned to do, we can truly glorify our Father. 

Manna for Today – John 17; 1 Corinthians 7:19-25; 1 John 5:3; John 14:15-17; James 1:22-25;        John 15:8; 1 Corinthians 6:20

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Use Your Benefits

More often than not, most people never fully use the capacity of anything they buy or possess.

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John 17:3 – And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent.

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The story is told of a mountain man who came to town for his annual supplies.  He walked into a new store in town and found a salesman showing of a new chain saw that was in stock.  The mountain man asked about the saw, and the salesman told him that with that saw, he could easily cut two or three cords of wood per day; guaranteed.  Hearing that, the mountain man immediate bought the saw and took it home.  Two weeks later he returned the saw to the store, telling the salesman that on his best day, he had only been able to cut a little less than a cord of wood.  The salesman took the saw and examined it.  It was properly fueled and oiled, the chain was quite sharp, and everything seemed in order.  As the mountain man looked on, the salesman primed the saw, pulled the starter rope, and the chain saw fired up with a roar, at which the mountain man recoiled and excitedly asked, “What’s that!?”

You see, the mountain man held in his hands the ability to cut more wood in day than he had ever thought possible.  But not having been shown or taught the capabilities of the saw, and not having read the instruction manual, he never knew what he possessed, thus never enjoyed the full capacity of the ability he held in his hands.  How often has this been the case in the body of Christ with believers who have lived their lives untaught, unshown, and untrained in the use of what is fully in their possession?  And how many believers have not taken time to read and even come close to grasping all that has been provided to them can help them produce?  Sadly, this scenario has played out all to often for many Christians who meant well, but living with a lack of knowledge, found themselves incapable of producing what was expected of them.

Take a moment to examine your own productivity, fruitfulness, and record of victory in your walk as a believer, as a joint-heir with Christ, and as an ambassador of the King.  Are you living at the level He has described in His Word?  If you are, praise the Lord!  If not, it’s time for changes to be made, and they begin in your heart, mind, and fellowship.  Hide the Word in your heart, build your faith, renew your mind to the Word, and chose NOW to be a doer of the Word, and not a hearer only.  Father is waiting to confirm His Word with signs following as you follow through in His covenant.  

Manna for Today – John 17; Proverbs 29:18; Hosea 4:6; James 1:22-25; Mark 16:15-20

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That We May Glorify Him

The Hour Never Left

Some seasons are short; some are longer; some last for generations.

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John 17:1 – These words spake Jesus, and lifted up his eyes to heaven, and said, Father, the hour is come; glorify thy Son, that thy Son also may glorify thee:

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Today I want to bring you to a point of forced thoughtfulness; forced consideration.  Read our Text for Today once more; read it slowly.  Now consider my words.  It is clearly stated that these are the words of Jesus, the Messiah.  He said, “Father, the hour is come; glorify Thy Son, that Thy Son also may glorify Thee.”  Once again, let us give this close and accurate consideration.  Jesus, Who at the moment of His speaking, was the “only Begotten Son of God,” by His Own confession, was desirous to glorify the Father.  But to do so, something was necessary.  According to His Own words, Jesus also stated, that for the Son to glorify the Father, the Father FIRST had to glorify the Son.  Look at it again.  This is a powerful revelation that is certainly applicable to EVERY son of God, and that means EVERY member of the body of Christ.  One cannot put aside the reasoning in this passage.  IF Jesus, the only begotten Son, needed to first be glorified by the Father before He could glorify the Father, how much more would this apply to you and me?

Jesus said the “hour is come;” that means.  That means “the time has arrived” for something to take place.  My friend, just because the time has arrived in no way means the time has passed away.  For instance, in John 4:23, Jesus said, “But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him.”  On the day of Pentecost, that hour came, and it has not gone away.  We still live in that hour, and what a glorious hour it is.  Now return your thoughts to Jesus’ words in our Text for Today.  And again I ask, if Jesus needed to be glorified by Father so He could in turn glorify Father, would the same not apply to any son of God who is not only an heir of God, but a joint-heir with Christ?

My point is this, and I pray one that encourages you in this reading.  Are you a child of God?  If so, as a son of God, it is your responsibility to live, act, speak, and serve in such a way as to glorify Father.  That being true, here is the wonderful news you need to hear.  Before you can glorify Father, Father must glorify you; not as in a glorified body.  That will come later.  But as a joint-heir with Christ, doing the works of Jesus, fulfilling the divine commission of Mark 16.  This is the will of God for you; NOW!  The “hour” of which Jesus spoke has not gone away.  It is still in effect TODAY.  Go live it! 

Manna for Today – John 17; Matthew 5:13-16; John 15:8; Romans 15:6; 1 Peter 2:12; 1 Peter 4:16;          1 Corinthians 6:20; 2 Corinthians 9:13; John 17:22; Romans 8:17; John 14:12-14; Mark 16:15-20

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Go Ahead: It’s A Great Fight

The only good fight I know about is when you’re fighting a foe that’s already been defeated.

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John 16:33 – These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.

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Our Text for Today is one of those passages in God’s truth that both inspires and motivates the believer.  Today’s world is, to say the least, a horrible mess.  It is truly Biblical; people are eating and drinking, not for survival and living, but for pleasure and personal fulfillment.  They are marrying and giving in marriage, and freely exercising themselves in marital level relationships with no thought at all for covenant, but only for personal satisfaction.  Pre-marital nuptial agreements have made the marriage union a business deal for profit in which one partner seeks to take advantage of the other if the marriage is ever ended.  And in today’s world, the marriage contract is not even considered in the majority of cases.  More people are simply choosing to live together in in physical union with no consideration of the spiritual or soulish aspects of such a union.  And we can include this addendum – the earth is filled with violence; religious groups, gangs, domestic, drug cartels, and other organized crime, wars and rumors of wars, terrorism and violence such has never been seen in such a broad spectrum.  That’s the world in which we live.  But fret not.  Read our Text for Today once again.  Jesus said, “In this world you shall have tribulation (troubles, temptations, tests, trials): but be of good cheer (take heart); I have overcome the world.”  In other words, the war is already won, and has given us all His weaponry so we can live in victory.  If you believe that, how can you not be inspired, encouraged, of good cheer, and excited about each day before you?

If you hold these words of our Lord foremost in your thinking and meditation as you encounter each new day before you, the idea of fighting “the good fight of faith” takes on an entirely new meaning with depth of understanding so great that you will fear for and be anxious about nothing, but in everything, by prayer and thanksgiving, make your requests known to the Lord, fully expecting and knowing that what you ask, you shall receive.

So go ahead, my friend.  Engage the enemy; fight the good fight.  Don’t be afraid.  Yes, when you’re in a fight, you might get a bruise or two, but bruises from a good fight go away, but the victory won belongs to you for eternity.  May the words spoken by the demons confronted by the seven sons of Sceva be said of believers today.  Those demons said, “Jesus we know (intimately), and Paul we know (we’ve heard of).”  When you fight the “good fight,” that is the report that will be heard of you by every demonic force of hell.  So go ahead; build your reputation by fighting “the good fight.” 

Manna for Today – John 16:25-33; 1 John 5:4; Hebrews 11:1-6; Romans 10:6-17; 1 Timothy 6:12

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He’ll Do It Again!

Never forget that “No word from God shall be void of the power required to bring it to pass.”

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John 16:28 – I came forth from the Father, and am come into the world: again, I leave the world, and go to the Father.

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Today I want to our primary focus to be on one word; “again.”  It is from the Greek word, “palin,” and its meaning is truly significant.  According to Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of Bible, it means “(through the idea of oscillatory repetition); (adverbially) anew, that is, (of place) back, (of time) once more, or (conjugationally) furthermore or on the other hand: – again.”  This is the same word used in Hebrews 1 concerning the work of Father in bringing Jesus forth in resurrection in which Father He would be a Father to Jesus, His first-born Son, again.  The indication is clear.  Jehovah had been Father to Jesus at His birth in Bethlehem, and He would be a Father to Jesus again from the point of His resurrection.

We see this same word, “again,” (palin) being used by Jesus in Matthew18:19 in reference to the power of agreement.  This referred to a principle of Bible faith that Jesus had shared with His disciples at some prior time, and here references it once more.  Each time this word, palin, is used it speaks to a matter of repetition of something that had happened previously, and at the same time, because it was taking place in that current establishment of God’s kingdom, it was fresh, new again, new once more.  The point we must receive here is that regardless of how often we have read a passage, heard an anointed word from the Lord, or had the Lord cause us to focus on a particular point, though it may have happened many times previously, and though it may at this moment be happening again, we should always embrace that which God is doing as fresh, new, and alive NOW.

Once again, consider our Text for Today.  It seems that Jesus was always moving, always carrying out redemption’s plan, always pressing forward, always demonstrating Father’s love, always showing how faith works, always saying and doing those things that pleased the Father.  Whenever He came to points of completion, He was already aware of what was before Him.  At age 12 He was aware He should be about His Father’s business.  At age 30 He was aware it was time to “fulfill all of righteousness” in water baptism and being infilled with Holy Spirit.  He knew when it was time to walk on water, go to Bethany to finish a work for Lazarus, to be in the garden, and when to say, “It is finished.”  And in out Text for Today, He knew it was time to move once “again.”   What is He about to do for you that He’s already done?  What is His next “again” for you? 

Manna for Today – John 16:25-33; Hebrews 1:1-8; Hebrews 13:8; Malachi 3:6; John 14:12-17; Ecclesiastes 3:15; Luke 1:37 (Amplified Bible); Matthew 18:18-20

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ResponsibleBelievers

It’s time for believers to accept the responsibilities that befall them as believers.

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John 16:26 – At that day ye shall ask in my name: and I say not unto you, that I will pray the Father for you:

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Since the first failure by mankind in the Garden of Eden, apart from God, man will seek to avoid the heavy responsibility for their own failures and failing decisions.  Adam blamed the woman.  The woman blamed the serpent.  Sports teams blame the coach.  Industry blames the CEO.  Churches blame the pastor.  And all those who are blamed generally find someone else toward whom they attempt to direct blame.

Sadly this attitude has entered Christian life to the extreme.  Today it almost seems rare to find a believer who fully embraces his/her authority as set forth in the Word of God.  Almost everywhere I travel, I hear believers asking the Lord to cause demonic attacks on their life to stop, praying for God to bind Satanic and hellish operations, asking the Lord to cast our devils, and asking God to provide things for them that the Lord has already said are in their own power to receive and possess.  And there, of course, there are those who still call on Jesus to answer their prayers, when Jesus has said that would not be the case in the church age.  And how many are the prayers that conclude with the statement, “if it be Thy divine will,” while the person praying has take little to no time to discover what the Word says about the will of God in that matter.  Such praying is absolving one’s self of personal responsibility of knowing the will of God through study and meditation of the Word of God, and is therefore faithless praying.  In such the Father is NOT pleased.

My friend, it is well past time for the church to rise up and accept its responsibility as the salt of the earth, the light of the world, ambassadors of and joint-heirs with Christ, as those who have been sent into the earth to do the very works Jesus did, and greater.  Yes, Jesus “ever lives to make intercession” for the saints according to the will of God, but His intercession in NO WAY takes the place of our own study, prayer, confession, and exercising of the works we have been commissioned to carry out.  When we have done our job, He intercedes for us in our daily walk that we might live pleasing to Father, and it is through His intercession that He calls for supernatural intervention when we are not even aware that such is needed.  Sadly, it has been the failure of the church to embrace its responsibility that hinders His work as Intercessor on our behalf.  If we will know His grace in our lives, we must first exercise faith toward Him through our lives.  You see, it’s still true, GRACE COMES THROUGH FAITH.

Manna for Today – John 16:25-33; Mark 11:22-24; John 14:12-14; John 15:7; John 16:23

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Plain Talk

It’s time for plain talk.

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John 16:25 – These things have I spoken unto you in proverbs: but the time cometh, when I shall no more speak unto you in proverbs, but I shall shew you plainly of the Father.

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In earlier verses leading to our Text for Today, Jesus spoke a series of brief, one verse proverbs.  A proverb, in the Biblical sense, is a simple and concrete saying based on truth revealed in God’s Word, and is generally stated to show forth an example of that truth in a clearly understandable fashion.  That is precisely what Jesus was doing in this passage in the 16th chapter of John.   He was speaking in a manner that would reveal to His disciples the events that were about to transpire.  In each saying He used, He was taking the disciples on a journey from their current circumstance with Him being present, through His arrest, beating, scourging, mocking, and ridicule, to His crucifixion and burial, all the way to His resurrection, visible appearances, ascension, and sending of Holy Spirit for the “grand opening” of His church.  Imagine saying in about 30 words what has just taken more than 50 to describe what has been said.  And Jesus did it repeatedly; absolutely amazing.  Once again, He was speaking truths in a very abbreviated form that carried with them far broader meaning that needed to be taught to His people.

Now consider the command of Jesus to “teach.”  An examination of His earthly ministry shows Him going before the people again and again, and while He certainly “preached,” (or proclaimed), it seems that most of His dissertations were set forth in His “teaching.”  I am convinced that Jesus was making a powerful statement about the delivery of the Gospel to His covenant people.  This brings us to what many would say is a matter of semantics, and they would be correct.  IT IS A MATTER OF SEMANTICS.  We have ALL been called to “preach the Gospel to every creature.”  But remember the words of Jesus concerning the work of “making disciples.”  In that work, Jesus specifically used the command of “teaching them to observe.”

Could it be that today’s church is battling through the results of being “preached to” for decades while being greatly deprived of clear and accurate “teaching” of the Word of God.  In my own observations, I have seen that Christians who have been consistently TAUGHT the Word of God generally live a more victorious life, and seem to be more consistent in their faith and service to the Lord and His church.  Could it be said that while PREACHING may serve to inspire more people to become believers in the Lord’s army, TEACHING, on the other hand, makes strong soldiers of the cross of those new recruits?  Imagine the army of the Lord today, standing tall, filled with the Spirit, and as the light of the world, illuminating the battlefield of life with the light that comes from the “entrance of the Word.”  It is surely time for truth to be taught; for some PLAIN TALK. 

Manna for Today – John 16:25-33; Matthew 28:18-20; Psalm 119:130

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