January 6, 2011

Whats in a Name?

I listened to a Podcasts from Matt Lantz the other day. It was quality. The Lord has given him so much wisdom, and he is very generous with sharing it... here are some tidbits from his upper room discourse podcast. Thanks Mr. Lantz.

John 14:12-14
“Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father. And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it”

 “ ‘WHATSOEVER ye shall ask in my Name, that will I do.'  Jesus means the promise literally.  Christians have sought to limit it:  it looked too free; it was hardly safe to trust man so unconditionally.  We did not understand that the word `in my Name' is its own safeguard.  It is a spiritual power that no one can use further the capacity for, by his living and acting in that Name. As we bear that Name before men, we have power to it before God.  O let us plead for God's Holy Spirit to show us what the Name means, and what the right of it is. It is through the Spirit that the Name, which is above every name in heaven, will take the place of supremacy in our heart and life too.”- Andrew Murray

[This is the key to Abiding: obediance, How can I obey: believe]

In Jesus name isn’t a mantra, not a magic phrase that we tack onto the end of a prayer to make it work, the only way we have this power is by living and abiding in Christ. ‘’In that moment if you ask anything I will do it for you.’’

“Only he who believes is obedient, and only he who is obedient believes.”- Dietrich Bonhoeffer 

Andrew Murray's writings are free at ccel.org... check it owt.