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Words

James 5:12 – “But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.”

Why do we feel that we need to use God’s name in vain? Are we trying to verify the intent of our words? Are we trying to confirm our words? Are we trying to sound important? What is it? Why do people think they sound intelligent when using it?

James is reminding us that we need to have honesty and integrity and truthfulness in our words. We shouldn’t have to verify or solidify what we are saying by invoking God’s holy name. No, our words should stand alone. 

But they don’t. Too often we tell that little white lie or stretch the truth just a bit or leave out a few of the details. In other words, we hide the truth and smother our honesty in hopes to make ourself look just a bit better. 

I think we all are guilty of this from time to time. And shame on us for that being the case.

I don’t have any profound advice or words of wisdom. Just this bit of info to offer you -watch your words. They mean something- to everyone, including, and especially, God. 

Matthew 12:36,37 – “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment. For by thy words thou shalt be justified, and by thy words thou shalt be condemned.”

New name

Revelation 2:17 – “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; To him that overcometh will I give to eat of the hidden manna, and will give him a white stone, and in the stone a new name written, which no man knoweth saving he that receiveth it.”

Twinkle Pointy-Toes. That’s my elf name. It’s getting close to Christmas and out comes the meme to identify your elf name. It’s not too bad, really. I kinda like the idea that I twinkle – not always annoyingly bright, but rather changing and creating interest to those who take the time to look. As for the pointy toes, well, I guess that a good swift kick in the pants might not be such a good idea as punishment. 

Any way…

A new name. God has promised that those who overcome will get a new name. I wonder what mine will be. How does He choose it? I’m sure that He doesn’t take the first letter of your first name and make it one thing and the last name from the month you were born in. No, it has to be way more interesting than that. Maybe He will give me a name that best fits my service to Him or maybe it’s related to what He loves best about me or maybe it’s my most shining characteristic. Who knows. But what I do know, is I want one – a new name. 

Overcoming. Overcoming what? Sin. The church that was being addressed in this verse had some serious problems – they had chased after false doctrine.  They had wondered from The Path. John, through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, was encouraging these people to overcome the temptation to follow after beliefs that were not of God. 

There are so many opportunities for false doctrine out there. So many people claiming they are right and everyone else is wrong. I believe the Bible. I read the Bible. I believe the Bible is the Word of God. I believe it has the answer to every question I could ever come up with. True, questions about the content of the internet isn’t specifically in there, but guarding your heart and keeping away from the appearance of evil is. 

If the content of a person’s message cannot be directly found in the Word of God, I don’t believe it. Opinions are not what is important. What God says is important. And that, is how I will overcome and get a new name – I choose to believe God and His Word. 

It is fun to learn your elf name and wondering about your new Heavenly name is interesting. But for now, I think we all need to focus on overcoming. I don’t know about you, but I want to be found faithful. I want to be found waiting for Him. I want to be found being a good steward of the gifts He has given me. 

All in a Name

John 16:7 – “Nevertheless I tell you the truth; It is expedient for you that I go away: for if I go not away, the Comforter will not come unto you; but if I depart, I will send him unto you.”

I love to look at the meanings of names. My name, Melissa, means “honeybee”. I think that the meaning behind the name gives one some insight on the character of that person. 

I was reading in a devotional book of mine yesterday and came across seven of the names of the Holy Spirit.      

  1. Comforter – One Who relieves another of mental distress
  2. Counselor – One Whose profession is to give advice and manage causes
  3. Helper – One Who furnishes with relief or support. One Who is of use and Who waits upon another
  4. Intercessor – One Who acts between parties to reconcile differences
  5. Advocate – One Who pleads the cause of another
  6. Strengthener – One Who causes you to grow, become stronger, endure, and resist attack
  7. Standby – One Who can be relied on either for regular use or in emergencies. 

(From Pursing More of Jesus by Anne Graham Lotz, pg. 167)

When I think about the Holy Spirit, I often forget about all that He is. I forget about all the ways in which He interacts and intercedes in my life. I don’t appreciate Him the way that I should. When it has been a hard day at work – the Comforter. When I don’t now how to handle a situation – the Counselor. When my responsibilities overwhelm me – the Helper. When I hurt a friend and ask for forgiveness – the Intercessor. When someone says something bad about me – the Advocate. When I ask for help to change my habit of sin – the Strengthener. When suddenly my life is turned upside down – the Standby. 

Every day, I need Him. Every situation, I need Him. 

I’m not sure how people make it without Jesus in their life. I can’t imagine the hardship and loneliness they face. I know that when I choose to walk even just a little bit away from Him, I feel like I am in a black hole and it is swallowing me up. 

Jesus was saddened by the truth that He would have to leave His friends, His disciples. He knew that they needed Him now more than ever. But He also understood that if He didn’t go away, that the Holy Spirit could not enter the scene. It would be awesome to see Jesus face to face like the disciples did, but having the Holy Spirit live within us provides a level of comfort and understanding that I don’t think the disciples had until the day of Pentecost. 

Having the Holy Spirit in us is an underutilized source of amazing power. There is so much that we have available to us as followers of Christ. But we put Jesus in His nice little box and only bring Him out on holidays, Sundays and in the case of an emergency. 

So let me encourage you today to let Him out of the box and give Him the opportunity to stretch His Holy muscles and do something amazing in your life. You see, these names I listed only scratches the surface of the Names of God and the attributes He possesses. If you just allow Him to be this list in your life, so many things will happen. But if you research all the Names of God and the meanings behind each name and allow Him to be all those things too, man, the world will shake. And this just isn’t for you, the reader. This is a challenge for me as well. I need this just as much as you do. We are all in this together.