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Jesus: The Name above all Names(Part I)

Key Scripture: Philippians 2:9 (KJV) Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

SUMMARY

Anything and everything that exists around the world are addressed and referred by ‘names.’ A name brings to our minds  their character, personality, nature and being. Names also bring out our emotions and attitude towards the same. In the Bible, we read that whoever had a quest to know God and His name led them to a great blessing! This sermon introduces us to the power revealed in the Name of Jesus. Call out His name now and His name has the power to save, heal and restore us today!

SERMON POINTS

Genesis 5: 2 Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called their name Adam, in the day when they were created.

As we look at the names of the people in the Bible we know that the first name was given by God. The first man Adam was created by God with a woman inside of him and was named by Him. God named people and sometimes renamed people based on the destiny they had. He had a special purpose for them.God renamed Abram to Abraham meaning ‘father of many nations’ and Sarai as Sarah meaning ‘princess’ because God had a purpose.

People however named their children on the basis of the situations they were in. For example we see ‘Jabez’ or ‘Ichabod’ according to their situations. So, whenever God has a divine purpose He would name and rename people.

God calls us by name!

Isaiah 43:1,2 (KJV) But now thus saith the Lord that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine. When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee. For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: I gave Egypt for thy ransom, Ethiopia and Seba for thee.

How wonderful is it to know in this context that God calls us by our name. If He calls us by name our destiny and future is blessed.

Whoever wanted to know the name(His character,person,nature) of the Lord were blessed.

Genesis 32:29(KJV) And Jacob asked him, and said, Tell me, I pray thee, thy name. And he said, Wherefore is it that thou dost ask after my name? And he blessed him there.

Jacob was fighting a divine fight. As he struggled with God all night long but there was something happening inside of him. Jacob wanted to know more about the mysterious character with whom he had been contending and because he asked His name, he was blessed there. From henceforth, God renamed him and called him Israel. Therefore, let us struggle more with God today so that He can bless us. For it is better for us to struggle with God than to struggle with man and know His name!

Exodus 3:13,14(KJV) And Moses said unto God, Behold, when I come unto the children of Israel, and shall say unto them, The God of your fathers hath sent me unto you; and they shall say to me, What is his name? what shall I say unto them? And God said unto Moses, I Am That I Am: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I Am hath sent me unto you.

Moses the greatest of prophets in the Old Testament was sent by God to lead the Israelite’s. Moses like any other man was keen in knowing His name and was empowered to declare the name of the Great God by whom he was sent.

The Revelation of the Name:

Acts 9:5(KJV) And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

It was only in the New Testament that the long-anticipated answer of His name was revealed. Mary the virgin and her husband Joseph was directed by heavens to name the Son to be born in their house as “JESUS”(Yeshua-meaning salvation). Then Saul on the road to Damascus heard that blessed name of Jesus . God the Father bodily dwelt in Jesus Christ. St. Paul’s life was never the same again, he experienced the presence of God so closely and became the greatest apostle, writing the glorious spiritual experiences of his time.

The name that was sought for so many years was now unraveled to us. God revealed His Holy Name; Jesus the name that is exalted above every other name for us to experience, receive and live out His name!

Jesus: The Name

1) Represents His Person.

Luke 1:31-33 (KJV) And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

Jesus the name of God revealed before His birth to Mary represents His person. He was the Son of the Highest God manifested in flesh unto whom the throne was given to rule. A Saviour appointed and sent in person to save humanity; the scripture says that He shall rule forever and that His kingdom shall have no end. So, let us welcome and accept the person of Jesus in our life today. When we say “JESUS” we experience glorious experiences as determined by heavens!

2) Represents His Character.

Matthew 1:21 (KJV) And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name Jesus: for he shall save his people from their sins.

We might be surrounded with many names that bring anxiety, pain, fear and distress but blessed is the name of Jesus who being born two thousand years ago still brings in peace, love, joy and happiness in our lives. Jesus Christ was sent with an assignment that brought and still brings salvation from all our sins, healing from our sickness and a hope to an eternal life!

Acts 4:12 (KJV) Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Nobody can pull Him down for He is highly exalted by God; there is no other name given to men under heaven other than the name of Jesus by which we can be saved.

3) Represents Our Destiny in Him.

Colossians 1:27,28 (KJV) To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory: Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus:

Colossians 2:9, 10 says “For in him dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily. And ye are complete in him, which is the head of all principality and power:” In Jesus Christ we find the fulness of the God Head and only in Him are we complete.

God the Father bodily dwells in Jesus Christ. His name is greater and bigger than any other name. Do we have Jesus in our life? If we know Jesus than we are in the highest level, if not then in the lowest level. His name is the highest pursuit and serving in His name is the greatest privilege.There is no greater a knowledge one man could have than to experience and know that we are complete in Him. When the name Jesus comes  the fullness of God, the nature of God, the kindness of God and the love of God comes in to our life. So, are we ready to let Him in today?

CONCLUSION

With Jesus we are complete but without Him we are incomplete. If in the Old Testament, people were blessed by the pursuit of knowing His Name how much more will we be blessed to know and experience the Name Jesus! Therefore, come let us know Him in person  and His character as we become complete in Him and adore His Holy name.

 

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A Life of Prayer.

Key Scripture: Acts 9:11 (KJV) And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth.

SUMMARY

There is nothing better in this world than prayer and nothing more effective when someone prays for us. Our prayer has the widest and the highest coverage area. It covers the heavens and reaches to all vicinity in the earth; all our supplications, all our prayers and praying for all the saints is the hallmark of a Christian faith. Therefore, pray a prayer that can move the mountains and shake the nations, be men of great faith and prayer!

SERMON POINTS

Acts 9:9-11 (KJV) And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink. And there was a certain disciple at Damascus, named Ananias; and to him said the Lord in a vision, Ananias. And he said, Behold, I am here, Lord. And the Lord said unto him, Arise, and go into the street which is called Straight, and enquire in the house of Judas for one called Saul, of Tarsus: for, behold, he prayeth.

The book of Acts is also called a ‘Prayer book.’ Throughout the book of Acts, we read a series of prayer attitude with different episodes and in lives of many. In chapter nine we read four powerful word that God is telling about Saul to Ananias, “For behold he prayeth.”

We don’t like to pray and have termed it ‘hard.’ We don’t like to do anything related to church activities or for God. We have become hard-hearted, uninterested in doing God’s work but remember God is interested in doing things what we are not interested in!

St. Paul an Epitome of Prayer

Ephesians 1:16 (KJV) Cease not to give thanks for you, making mention of you in my prayers;

We know that throughout the life of St. Paul, he was great man of prayer. In all his epistles, he has written and laid much emphasizes on prayer. To the Ephesians he writes that he mentions them in his prayers with thanksgiving. He mentions in his writings the guidelines, importance and the fruits of a powerful prayer life.

  • Posture in Prayer

Ephesians 3:14 (KJV) For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ

Knowing our posture before the Lord is important, it signifies our love and reverence to the Lord. St. Paul says that He bows down before God in prayer. This is very important if we know how to bow down before God in prayer, we will stand before any man. So, set your posture right before God today!

  • The Hallmark

Ephesians 6:18 (KJV) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

Our prayer has a wide and the highest coverage area. It covers the heavens and reaches to all vicinity in the earth; all our supplications, all our prayers and praying for all the saints is the hallmark of a Christian faith. It doesn’t really matter if our intelligence has been infested by our companies to produce more effectively and creatively because at the end of the day the so called ‘acquired intelligence’ comes from God alone. Therefore, have a new Godly vision today and desire a life to be a life of powerful prayer!

  • The Fruits of a Prayerful Life

Ephesians 6:19 (KJV) And for me, that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel.

A life of Prayer will make us humble, approachable and soft natured person. According to St. Paul as we live a life of prayer we begin to speak boldly of the gospel and we live how we ought to live not how we thought to live. In Isaiah 55:8 (KJV) For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord.

Even Moses was raised in the palace but his heart and thought was for the people and hence he was able to lead the Israelite’s through the wilderness. Therefore, don’t consider any thought as moderate because what we think as the lowest thought could be the highest thought for the Lord.

How to Have a Life of Prayer?

1) Foundation of prayer

Acts 7:60 (KJV) And he kneeled down, and cried with a loud voice, Lord, lay not this sin to their charge. And when he had said this, he fell asleep.

The foundation of prayer which somebody has put into our life is very precious. When Stephen the first martyr of the gospel was stoned to death, he knelt down and prayed an eight-letter prayer that Lord, lay not this sin to their charge and later we read in the following verse that St. Paul then Saul was consenting unto his death. This is the power of the earnest prayer of a spirit filled man, his prayer can bring souls during his lifetime and after his death too. Stephen laid a strong foundation of prayer and Saul who used to breathe out, persecute threatening and slaughter against the disciples of the Lord later is revealed of God’s glory and power to becomes a mighty vessel for the Lord.

For whom will we lay the Foundation of prayer? Will it be to any tribal group, society or community who don’t know the love of God or Can we be a Stephen of this generation? A man who laid a foundation of prayer for Saul, who used to breathe sufferings to the Christians could now breathe out prayer.

Today lay the foundation of prayer to our children’s life so that it will support to lay the foundation of prayer on somebody else’s life. We are already laid on the foundation of prayer by our Lord Himself in John 17:20 (KJV) Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;

Understand that we cannot escape from prayer if we are holding strong in our prayer to the Lord. Get inside the prayer room today. A life which is built on the foundation of prayer will never shake us because it is the foundation of our salvation which has the widest and the highest coverage area. Therefore, as long as we have the foundation of a continuous prayer chain we are safe in the arms of the Lord.

2) Revelation of Jesus Christ

Acts 9:3,4 (KJV) And as he journeyed, he came near Damascus: and suddenly there shined round about him a light from heaven: And he fell to the earth, and heard a voice saying unto him, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? And he said, Who art thou, Lord? And the Lord said, I am Jesus whom thou persecutest: it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

If we get the glimpse of the Lord Jesus, nobody can force us to get up from kneeling down.

The light will shine in and through our lives. No darkness will hover in our families, health and work place. The Lord will put the feet back into our life.

As Saul, neared Damascus, the bible says that a bright light shone from heaven and he heard a loud voice saying, “Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me?” And he asked the Lord questions about who He is? Have we ever asked this question to Jesus? Who He is in our lives? Or do we have a revelation of Jesus in our lives today?

Philippians 3:10 (KJV) That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;

If St. Paul a great servant of God says that he may know the Savior more how much more should we know Him? And if we haven’t had this conversation or the revelation of the Lord before then it means we haven’t prayed enough to have the knowledge about Him.

Psalms 27:4 (KJV) One thing have I desired of the Lord, that will I seek after; that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life, to behold the beauty of the Lord, and to enquire in his temple.

The Psalmist says that his only desire is to seek the Lord and dwell in His house all the days of his life but if we haven’t known Him and don’t desire of Him that means we haven’t had the revelation of Jesus yet.

Psalms 103:14 (KJV) For He knoweth our frame; he remembereth that we are dust.

This worldly name or fame can’t frame us because We are the dust of the earth. We are here today and gone tomorrow but what we can build is someone with our prayer life which can stay with them forever. As we build in prayer, a step closer to God, He likes it! So, have the revelation of God in prayer.

3) Life should be transformed.

Romans 12:2,3 (KJV) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. For I say, through the grace given unto me, to every man that is among you, not to think of himself more highly than he ought to think; but to think soberly, according as God hath dealt to every man the measure of faith.

The ancient Greek word for transformation is ‘Metanoia.’ We all know the transformation that happened in St. Paul’s life then Saul when he had the revelation of the Lord. Revelation of the Lord will transform us. Saul’s spiritual eyes were opened and he was never the same again. What is God trying to do in our life today?

Acts 9:9 (KJV) And he was three days without sight, and neither did eat nor drink.

The bible says that after the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ Paul didn’t eat or drink even God says not to worry for food and drink because the pagans seek those things but when our lives are transformed we pray to seek the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto us.

When we pray, the roughest sinners will be made the smoothest general. God will change our hearts to accept people and to be accepted in His kingdom.

Today the question is, have we had a transformation? If we have a transformation, the Lord changes our heart, our passion for the Lord will expand and we will be in a street called ‘Straight.’ The Lord will cause our crooked paths to be straight and the mark of our true conversion will be sealed in our prayer life. Remember nothing is important and glorious than being transformed and praying to the Lord because the Lord hears the prayer of the righteous and gives an answer to his prayers.

4) Impartation of the Holy Spirit

Acts 9:15,16 (KJV) But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel: For I will shew him how great things he must suffer for my name’s sake.

The Lord says to Ananias to go to Saul, for he is a chosen vessel bearing the name of God before the kings and children of Israel. God also says that He would show Saul the great sufferings that he must face for His name’s sake. What is the Lord showing us today? Are we ready to bear the sufferings for His name’s sake?

Acts 9:17 (KJV) And Ananias went his way, and entered into the house; and putting his hands on him said, Brother Saul, the Lord, even Jesus, that appeared unto thee in the way as thou camest, hath sent me, that thou mightest receive thy sight, and be filled with the Holy Ghost. And immediately there fell from his eyes as it had been scales: and he received sight forthwith, and arose, and was baptized.

Having the revelation of God is not complete without the works being executed through His church and His servants. St. Paul wouldn’t have executed His works only by seeing the revelation of Jesus with his eyes closed until God sends Ananias a Pastor to put his hand on Paul. God works in marvelous ways by sending Pastors to open our spiritual eyes through His word. Therefore, if we want miracles, the touch of God then love and respect the pastors and men of God. Never discourage and dishearten them otherwise the scales in our eyes would forever remain to blind, delusion and cripple us.

The bible records that immediately as Ananias put his hands on him, the scales fell from his eyes and received his sight, he was filled with the Holy Spirit. Our Christian life is a touch of a miracle life, healing come when we pray. We should be senders of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit will in turn deposit the grace of prayer unto our life.

CONCLUSION

God desires our life to be a life of prayer, to pray without ceasing. When we have a strong foundation of Prayer, we can build someone up, the revelation of Jesus will bring forth a bright light to shine in and through our lives, desiring and dwelling in His house. As we dwell in His house we are transformed into His newness with His Holy Spirit who deposits the grace of prayer unto our life. Remember Christian life is not a ‘Play-ground’ but a ‘Pray-ground.’ When we have a life of prayer it will be contagious, conscious and continuous with the power of the Holy Spirit. So, do you want to burn the sweet incense of prayer to God today?