One common belief at the heart of Christianity is that there is other name than the name of Jesus. We sing it during worship and recite it in our prayers, but what does this well-known, common phrase truly mean?
When we say this phrase, we declare that Jesus is the only name which stands and therefore, is the only One who is embedded in our hearts and minds. It confirms our belief to be a follower of the Saviour who paid the price for our sins by sacrificing Himself on the cross. As we dedicate and commit our lives to Him, we remain confident that our hope in Christ and there is no other name than the mighty, powerful name of Jesus.
‘Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.’ Psalm 20:7
Along with being completely transformed by God as we step into relationship with Him, we are called to possess a renewed mind which is focused on Jesus, as we journey to becoming more christlike.
As believers, we are to encourage, love and lift others with a renewed mind, as we instil hope into the lives of others. As we shift our thoughts and mindset from worldly ways ,which is to think we have no hope or Saviour, into thinking like Jesus, who had a faith-filled, hopeful optimistic mind, we distance ourselves from secular beliefs.
‘Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.’ Philippians 4:8
I have always been someone who strongly dislikes being in the deep end. Not feeling grounded and being unaware of my own surroundings always leaves me feeling daunted and frightened of what may happen.
Perhaps you’re someone like me who is unwilling to go into the deep end, and would rather stick to remaining in familiar waters. Without a doubt, God can place us into the deep end to build and strengthen our faith, but He does not neglect us and leave us there.
When we are faced with uncomfortable situations and go into the deep end, He promises to walk right beside us and develop us into being who He intended for us to be, christlike and filled with His love. God does not just toss us into the deep end to see whether we will survive or how we will get out; He builds our character to walk in obedience with His Word to become more bold, grounded and unshaken in faith.
‘Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the Lord your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.’ Deuteronomy 31:6
Normally, when my little niece comes over for the weekend, we reside in watching Disney films or taking trips out to the park. However, I planned something different for her to do this time as I had grown tired of going through the same routine each time she came.
I decided to teach her the parable of The Lost Sheep and make her aware that God restores and cares for each of us, which should lead us to do the same for others. Of course, I had to do this in a fun and educative way to keep her engaged and attentive.
We had lots of fun getting creative and making crafts to help her remember that she is truly loved and valued. I’m glad that she enjoyed it, as we ended up going through a second parable!
God does, and will, restore us back into His endless, unconditional love!
As Christians, God builds us to stand firm in our faith and wholly put our trust in Him when our path becomes rocky and difficult to handle. We are not meant to be shaken or wavering, but confident and bold that our hope in Christ is certain and true.
‘Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that in the Lord your labor is not in vain.’ 1 Corinthians 15:58
The fact is every Christian has the Holy Spirit living inside of them. The Holy Spirit is God and a personal being which guides, leads and nurtures us into becoming more Christlike.
And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit’ Ephesians 1:13
What the Holy Spirit touches, the Holy Spirit changes. When we are led by the Spirit, our choices and decisions become guided by God’s love and grace. We remain obedient to His Word and solely focus on living by faith in Christ. The manner in which He transforms and sanctifies us is through an ongoing journey in knowing God and being filled with the Spirit.
It’s my birthday tomorrow and I give all the thanks and glory to God for adding another year onto my life.
A few months back when I started this blog, I had so many thoughts running through my mind such as ‘How am I going to share my faith? Why would anybody care about what I think?’ Yet, God has been with me from the very start- not just when I started this blog, but from when He created me.
Regardless of how I feel the year has been progressing so far or my strengths and weaknesses, I know that God has a great plan for me, and for us all, because He promises it in His word.
‘For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.’ Jeremiah 29:11