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From Praying the Names of Jesus Week Seven, Day Two


The Name
The world has never seen a king like Christ, a ruler mightier than any earthly sovereign and more powerful than the unseen powers of the universe. Though he entered the world humbly, as an infant born in Bethlehem, Magi from the east still recognized him as the newborn king. Though his reign unfolds in hidden ways, he has promised to come again, at which time he will reveal himself unambiguously as "King of kings and Lord of lords." When you pray to Jesus, the King of kings, call to mind his mastery not only over human beings but over nature, disease, and death itself.

Key Scripture
On his robe and on his thigh he has this name written: king of kings and lord of lords. Revelation 19:16

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Tuesday
Praying the Name

Jesus replied, "Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God without being born again."

"How can anyone be born when they are old?" Nicodemus asked. "Surely they cannot enter a second time into their mother's womb to be born!"

Jesus answered, "Very truly I tell you, no one can enter the kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at my saying, ‘You must be born again.' The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." John 3:3 - 8

Reflect On: John 3:3 - 8.

Praise God: For building a kingdom that will endure.

Offer Thanks: That God has called you into his kingdom.

Confess: Any tendency to try to pressure or force others to believe.

Ask God: To help you to spread the kingdom his way.

Have you ever thought about the challenges of being a king — of presiding over a large group of people with differing temperaments, desires, needs, values, and interests? If you've ever been a parent, a teacher, a boss, or a building contractor, you know how difficult it can sometimes be to get people to act responsibly — like trying to get ducks to fly backwards or dogs to stop barking. Of course, one way to get people to behave is to force them.

Some nations have developed extreme measures for controlling their populations. One Islamic country has a law on the books that punishes nonconforming females with seventy-four lashes or a year in prison simply for violating its dress code. Secular regimes can be just as bad. North Korea, for instance, has a history of using food as a form of control, allotting rations according to political, social, or professional status. And when the Communist Party first came to power in China, it attempted to regulate every aspect of people's lives, even deciding which party members would be allowed to marry. In the early 1950s it also controlled how much time spouses could spend together, limiting cohabitation to one day a week. Even today, it tries to control birth rates by severely penalizing couples who give birth to more than one child.

This tendency to try to control people crops up even in free societies where filmmakers distort the truth to sway public opinion or political parties use lies and half-truths to influence elections. But God's kingdom, presided over by the most powerful ruler in the universe, operates on entirely different principles. Its integrity depends not on external force but on the internal, indestructible power of Christ's love. Our king begins by inviting, never compelling, us to join his kingdom.

When we do, he reverses the outside-in formula whereby we are forced to conform, and, instead, begins to transform us internally by the power of his Spirit. It is the indwelling presence and power of the Spirit that enables us to become more Christlike.

As one early Christian writer put it, God "was determined to save us by persuasion, and not by compulsion — for there is no compulsion found with God. His mission was no pursuit or hounding of us, it was an invitation."1 In this way, step by step, Christ builds the only kind of kingdom that will last — the only kind worth living in forever.

Thank God today for the greatest of all invitations — to entrust your life to King Jesus, who calls you to live and reign with him forever. And while you are thanking him, remember that there is never any compulsion in Christ. We cannot pressure or coerce others into the kingdom. Only God's Spirit can enable a man or woman to be born again into God's kingdom. Each of us is called not to advance the kingdom by force but to spread it through the contagious power of Christ's love. Pray today that God will use your life as an eloquent invitation to bring others to himself, so that they may join you in praising him as King of kings and Lord of lords.
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January 29

Look to Jesus To Know the Father

Philip saith unto him, Lord, shew us the Father, and it sufficeth us. Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Shew us the Father? Believest thou not that I am in the Father, and the Father in me? the words that I speak unto you I speak not of myself: but the Father that dwelleth in me, he doeth the works. —John 14:8-10

Philip had one burning desire—for Jesus to show them the Father. You see, the world didn’t understand God. They didn’t know what God looked like. Then Jesus came along as love manifested in the flesh and said, “If you want to know what the Father looks like, look at Me. I’ll show you what the Father looks like, sounds like, and acts like. I only do that which I see My Father do.” (John 5:19.) Jesus also said in that verse, “The Father in Me does the work. I’m not healing people; God is healing them through Me.” Therefore, everything Jesus did had to be the will of God. If God didn’t supply the power, Jesus couldn’t give it out. Jesus acted out God’s will for the human race. And what did Jesus do? He healed all who would receive healing in faith. What didn’t He do? He never made people sick or left people sick who believed to be healed. Study the ministry of Jesus, so you’ll know for a fact healing is God’s will for all—for you.

Confession: Jesus revealed the Father’s desire to heal His people. That means my Father heals me when I come to Him in faith.
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January 27

Jesus: The Image of the Father

[The Father] hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. —Colossians 1:13-15

The world has a warped idea of what God is like. People often think God is causing all their problems. They have a mental picture of God sitting up in heaven with a big club waiting for them to make a mistake so He can hit them on the head. In other words, they think God makes them sick, steals their money, or kills their families. But if you want to know what God is really like, look at Jesus. Jesus gives us a picture of God. In Colossians 1:15, Jesus is called “the image of the invisible God.” Jesus Himself said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” (John 14:9.) Follow Jesus’ earthly ministry to see God’s will in action. You see, everything Jesus did (or didn’t do) represented God’s will. Jesus led a perfect, sinless life. He never stole, never killed, and never destroyed. He never made anyone sick and never left anyone sick who believed Him to be healed. He never said, “This sickness is here to teach you something, to perfect you, or to make you more pious.” He never said, “This sickness is good for you.” Jesus acted out God’s will for mankind. He never refused healing to anyone, and He won’t refuse healing to you.

Confession: Jesus healed everyone who came to Him in faith. Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so I come to Him in faith, knowing He will heal me too.
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January 26

Healing and the Gospel Are for All

And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name...they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. —Mark 16:15-18

At times I’ve prayed, “Lord, I laid hands on Brother So-and-so, and he didn’t get any better.” But notice in this passage God didn’t say, “Just go lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” No, He starts out by saying, “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Then He says, “These signs shall follow them that believe….” We aren’t supposed to just go around looking for sick people to lay hands on. They will run away if we do that. First, we have to tell them the good news of the Gospel—that it’s God’s will to heal them. Then we lay hands on them; then they will recover. We make a mistake rushing to lay hands on people without teaching them to cooperate with the Word. I remember a case like that. People laid hands on a man to pray for him, but the moment they were done, he said, ”Well, that sure didn’t work.” He didn’t expect it to work because no one had taught him how it was supposed to work. If that same man had heard the Gospel first, he could’ve gotten in agreement with the person praying for him. He could’ve known for himself that God’s will is healing for all.

Confession: I’m always ready to give God’s Word to someone in need because it will produce faith in me and all who hear it.
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January 27

Jesus: The Image of the Father

[The Father] hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: in whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature. —Colossians 1:13-15

The world has a warped idea of what God is like. People often think God is causing all their problems. They have a mental picture of God sitting up in heaven with a big club waiting for them to make a mistake so He can hit them on the head. In other words, they think God makes them sick, steals their money, or kills their families. But if you want to know what God is really like, look at Jesus. Jesus gives us a picture of God. In Colossians 1:15, Jesus is called “the image of the invisible God.” Jesus Himself said, “If you’ve seen Me, you’ve seen the Father.” (John 14:9.) Follow Jesus’ earthly ministry to see God’s will in action. You see, everything Jesus did (or didn’t do) represented God’s will. Jesus led a perfect, sinless life. He never stole, never killed, and never destroyed. He never made anyone sick and never left anyone sick who believed Him to be healed. He never said, “This sickness is here to teach you something, to perfect you, or to make you more pious.” He never said, “This sickness is good for you.” Jesus acted out God’s will for mankind. He never refused healing to anyone, and He won’t refuse healing to you.

Confession: Jesus healed everyone who came to Him in faith. Hebrews 13:8 says Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, so I come to Him in faith, knowing He will heal me too.
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January 16

Healing Belongs to You

And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. —1 Corinthians 11:24

At the moment you found out Jesus’ blood was shed for your sins and you believed in your heart and confessed Him as Lord, nothing could stop your salvation. Well, the same should be true when you make a declaration of healing by faith. You find out the truth in God’s Word that Jesus’ body was broken for your healing; you believe and confess Him as your healer. Then nothing can stop your healing. For too long, Church tradition has taught people only half of redemption. All over the world, ministers have preached “whosoever will” shall receive salvation. But many of those same people have also told Christians, “Healing isn’t for today. God can heal, but that doesn’t mean He always will. Sometimes prayers for healing work; sometimes they don’t.” As a result, Christians must get rid of a lot of doubt and unbelief before they can take hold of healing. It’s different on the mission field. Every time Janet and I visit a place where the Gospel has never been preached, we tell the people Jesus paid the same price for their sins and their sicknesses. The people eagerly receive and get saved and healed at the same time. Sickness is the price we pay for not understanding the Atonement. But bless God, we’re as healed as we’re saved. Healing belongs to whosoever will believe. Healing belongs to you!

Confession: Healing belongs to me just as much as salvation does. Jesus is as much my healer as He is my Savior. I walk in the full benefits of my redemption.

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January 14

Don’t Leave the Door Open

As the bird by wandering, as the swallow by flying, so the curse causeless shall not come. —Proverbs 26:2

If you were to leave the front door of your home wide open, any kind of animal—even a skunk—could walk right in. Spiritually speaking, Christians sometimes leave a “door” open to their lives for the enemy’s “skunk” to enter. Perhaps you’re having trouble with obstacles the devil keeps throwing your way and you’ve done everything you know to do. Well, check to see if you’ve left a door open. For instance, by that I mean, are you walking in love? Are you harboring unforgiveness in your heart toward anyone? You see, unforgiveness stops faith from working, because faith works by love, and love always forgives. (Gal. 5:6.) We may be trying to believe God for healing, but if we harbor unforgiveness in our hearts faith will not work. Sometimes people think they just can’t forgive. They claim that the devil won’t let them. No, it isn’t the devil who won’t let people forgive; it’s their own flesh—and the flesh can always be put under. Forgiveness is not a feeling; it’s a decision. We may have to reinforce that commitment to forgive again and again, but it’s well worth the effort. When we keep all our doors shut, no skunks can get in to steal our blessings.

Confession: I refuse to walk in unforgiveness and open the door to the devil. I won’t allow the enemy’s curse to come back on me. I choose to forgive, no matter what anyone does. I walk in love.

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January 15

Forgiveness and Healing— Both Are Yours in Christ

Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits: who forgiveth all thine iniquities; who healeth all thy diseases. —Psalm 103:2,3

Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation show that both forgiveness and healing were provided on the Cross. These Scriptures show that when you’re forgiven, you can be healed as well. And when you’re healed, you can also be forgiven. Forgiveness and healing go hand in hand and cannot be separated. We are made righteous through the shed blood of Jesus Christ, and we are healed through the stripes He bore. You may ask, “But what if I’m sick today as a result of living in sin in the past?” Even if sin opened the door to sickness, you can be forgiven and healed at the same time because of God’s love and mercy. So don’t take one part of Jesus’ redemptive work and leave the other behind. If one part of God’s plan of redemption is for today, then all of it is for today. Jesus’ body was broken for you as surely as His blood was shed for you. You have as much right to be healed as you do to be saved and forgiven from sin. It’s a package deal, and it all belongs to you!

Confession: When I received Jesus as my Savior, I also received Him as my Healer. I meditate on all of His benefits. His blood was shed for my sins, and His body was broken for my healing.

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