OPEN HEAVENS DAILY DEVOTIONAL. THURSDAY 7 MAY 2015. THEME : WHAT’S IN A NAME?

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MEMORISE : And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in
his name among nations, beginning at Jerusalem. LUKE 24 : 47.

READ : LUKE 1 : 30 – 35.
30 And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour
with God.
31 And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and
shalt call his name JESUS.
32 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:
33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there
shall be no end.
34 Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man?
35 And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon
thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that
holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God.

BIBLE IN ONE YEAR : 1 SAMUEL 10 : 11 AND MARK 5 : 1 – 20.

God attaches great significance to names. It is unfortunate that many people
don’t pay attention to the importance of the names they bear or the names
they give to their children. Africans, like the Jews, consider the meaning of a
name before they give it to their children or to someone else.
The Name that the Almighty God chose to give to His only begotten Son is very
significant. It is a wonder-working Name. In Matthew 1 : 21, we are told the
reason why the miracle child Mary would give birth to should bear the Name
Jesus :
“And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall
save his people from their sins.”
Salvation from sin is the greatest wonder in the history of mankind because
the Bible expressly declares sin as a plague affecting all men. Romans 3 : 23
says that :
“For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;”
The Name Jesus therefore proclaims to the world thus: “Behold the Man who
came to achieve the greatest wonder the world needs.”
This is where practitioners of some other religions get confused. They wonder
how the Name of one Man can save another man; not to talk of the claim that
this same Name can save all who believe in it. They wonder silently and loudly;
they try to rationalise the workability of this declaration which God Almighty
Himself made concerning His only begotten Son. Beloved, I encourage you not
to bother about how it works.

Evidence abounds as to how on the merit of this Name, souls have received and
are receiving the forgiveness of sin. Not only that, the positive
transformation that occurs in those who believe in this Name is indisputable
proof of the wonders the Name of Jesus performs from generation to
generation.
One of my sons testified that when he believed in the Name of Jesus, not only
was he forgiven, he was also miraculous transformed. He experienced the
disappearance of curses and abusive words from his vocabulary. He testified
that “The curse words could just not come out anymore even when I tried”. To
have this same experience, I encourage you to surrender your life totally to
Him today. You need to identify with the Owner of this Name before it can work
for you. God bless you as you do so today in Jesus’ Name.

ACTION POINT :
Make sure you know and belong to the Owner of the Name, JESUS. By this, you
will experience transformational wonders, not only in your spiritual life but
also in your family and business.

AUTHOR : Pst. E . A ADEBOYE.

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