Calling on the Name of the Lord
While meditating on the Name of the Lord I began to realize that I really had no clue (biblically speaking) what it really means to “Call upon the Name of the Lord” – which we are told is an act that results in salvation…and as we are soon to discover…SO MUCH MORE!
The Hebrew word for "name" is "shem". In Biblical Hebrew, to trust in someone's SHEM means to trust Him because of who he is. To bless someone's SHEM means to bless him because of who he is.
When Abram perceived the Lord, he had an encounter which changed his very SHEM…the essence of who Abram (and Sarai) was – their “shem” - was transformed and they “became” Abraham and Sarah – in essence new creations (II Corinthians 5:17). It is significant to note that the letters added to their names are letters from the Name (SHEM) of God. Imagine, the Lord of all the universe married parts of His SHEM with their shem to create in Abram and Sarai what was lacking in them to fulfill their purpose.
Now, re-read Genesis 17:3-8…only this time place yourself in the Presence of the God of the Universe – imagine, if you can, that you too are truly perceiving God, having an encounter in which your very essence is being merged with Him…Every “and God said” and every “I will…” is not a simple promise, but a prophetic proclamation backed by the creative force of the Godhead. Each word, resounding with the same power that created the known universe, is God declaring what IS and what Abraham WILL experience – to God (who lives outside of time) these things already are! To Abraham, these things are now moving from the realm of the spirit and into the natural through a process that he gets to be intimately involved in.
Galatians 3:29 refers back to this moment and tells us that if we are "Christ’s then we are Abraham’s seed and heirs according to the promise." He is making OUR shem great!
When we "Call upon the Name of the Lord" we are prophesying the essential reality of who He is into our existence! We are not simply saying His name as one might "wish upon a star". We are engaging the Spiritual reality and starting a process that will cause a crossing over of the dimensions...as an act of our faith we are manifesting His presence, His essential reality, His shem in the earth...
Thank you, one and all for your prayers and financial support of our Mexico 2017 missions trip. We ministered once again in both Galeana and in San Luis Potosí. The church in Galeana that we ministered las year has grown immensely (about double in size). The saints are out carrying the gospel of salvation at their jobs and in the marketplaces. We were privileged to teach a group twice the size of last year. Opening the scriptures about God’s promises to us concerning our Abrahamic covenant. We also ministered prophetically and witnessed salvations and deliverances from addiction. The mission church that we ministered at, which was gathering in the pastor’s home is now in their own facilities and going strong. We were able to minister to the congregations of both churches. We also were able to participate in a church picnic outing and experience some of the beauty that Mexico has to offer. Thank you for making it possible for us to share the ministry on our redeemed identity in Christ in Galeana!
In San Luis, Potosí we ministered in both the Sunday morning services and in several cell group Bible Studies around the city. I was privileged to lead these groups in our studies of Dreams, the Infilling of the Holy Spirit, and our Redeemed Identity in Christ. A huge thank you to our host pastors: Samuel & Martha Langston and José Luis “Pepe” & Mari Banda.