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.
I was driving to a missions conference, alone at last! Alone with my thoughts and no interruptions. Often it is when I am driving and “uninterruptible” that I ask God questions and He speaks to my heart and begins a transformative journey. On my drive I was pondering the violence in our culture, really it’s world-wide. “What would You say to us, Lord?”
Interestingly, God reminded me of the inscription on the Statue of Liberty written by a Emma Lazarus: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free.” This quote comes from her sonnet, New Colossus, which she wrote for a fundraiser auction to raise money for the pedestal upon which the Statue of Liberty now sits.
This poet surely captured a piece of the heart of God when it comes to the kinds of people He beckons to His feast. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus said:
28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest.
29 Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
30 For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
The prophet Isaiah also said: (Isaiah 55)
1“Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.”
As I pondered the immensity of God’s love for us I saw a vision. There was a person (male or female, I couldn’t tell) laying in a pool of black, stinking, muck. S/he was covered from head to toe in black “yuck”, and was unrecognizable because of the filth. I saw the two hand reach down from above toward this person and I thought: “YES! Lord, you are going to pull them out of this mess and clean them up!” However, that’s not what happened. The hands took the hands of the person, arms embraced them, and the hands caressed them and loved them IN the yuck. The presence of God accompanied this person IN the mess and appeared to make no effort to change them.
I heard the Holy Spirit say: “I love you IN your anger, racism, violence, religion, and egoism. I join you in it. I walk with you through ALL your human experience, because I love you so much. I am passionate about you! I won’t be without you! So, bring me all the parts of you that you hate. I can handle it. I want to walk with you in this journey.”
Jesus, didn’t just enter into humanity once for our salvation. He is continually entering into our egoistic systems and redeeming us. All too often we mistake God’s presence with His “blanket endorsement” of our beliefs, actions, and systems.
We misunderstand His love and His redemptive nature. We think that because God is with us we MUST be the ones with the “right” doctrine, behavior, what-have-you. We think that we must be “right” to be accepted when in reality we are accepted because He is right.
One final thought from Romans 8
38 And I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[b] neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow—not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love.
39 No power in the sky above or in the earth below—indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.