Friday, February 11, 2011

In Jesus' Name

So I was praying last night while I was walking back from class to my car across campus.  I was just talkin to God about whatever was on my mind, then I saw my car (which was parked in a 30 minute loading spot) and the thought came into my mind that I might have a ticket.  So I then preceded to pray: "Lord, please don't let there be a ticket on my car.....in Jesus' name."

Then IMMEDIATELY after saying those words out loud, I was like hold up a second.  What the heck does there not being a ticket on my car have to do with Jesus' name?????  I started saying all this stuff directly to God.  In fact, it would only be just if I had a ticket on my car, seeing as I was parked in a 30-minute spot for more than 2 hours.  I had to apologize to God because I was praying something in Jesus' name that had NOTHING to do with Jesus' name at all.

There is a popular verse in the Bible that reads as such (some of my favorite verses in the Bible in fact):

"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." - John 14:12-14

Jesus says that anything we ask for in His name He will give us.  Therefore, as long as we tag "in Jesus' name" at the end of our prayers then we automatically get whatever we asked for right??  God please give me an A on this test......in Jesus' name.  God please give me a new car......in Jesus' name.  God please beat down my enemies and make me thrive over them......in Jesus' name.

FALSE!!!  We have taken the name of Jesus and made it into a tagline or phrase, myself included on a REGULAR basis.  It seriously has become habit to just end prayers with "in your name, amen."  This is a bad thing.  Seriously, I feel like I'm just trying to trick God into "keeping His promise."

 I act like, "Oh God, you said you'd give me anything I ask for in your name, and I said the words "in your name," so you aren't keeping your promise if you don't give me whatever I ask for."  How freakin pathetic.  To ask for something in Jesus' name means to ask in accordance with the mission of his name.  Let me hit you with a few examples to illustrate this a lil bit.

Our forefathers in America stood for freedom in our government so we would say: "In the name of our forefathers, let's adhere to the Constitution they formulated."
MLK stood for the freedom of his people and the end of racism so we would say: "In the name of Martin Luther King Jr., let's end segregation and racism."
Love is all about having a full heart so we would say: "Stop, in the name of love, before you break my heart."

If our requests have nothing to do with Jesus' name (aka his mission/his will/what he stood for) then why should we pretend that it is to glorify the Father?  Didn't Jesus say that the reason He will give us anything we ask in His name is "so that the Father may be glorified in the Son?"  Therefore, if we are asking for something that is not with the sole purpose of bringing glory to God, then we should NOT say that it is in Jesus' name....because it purely isn't.  All we are doing is making a slight mockery of the most powerful name in all existence.  Whatever language you say it in, whether you say Jesus, Jeshua, Yeshua, or whatever translation of His name, let's not just throw it out there for trivial things that have nothing to do with bringing glory to that name.

I'm going to try to make it a point to only say "in Jesus' name" when I actually mean those words, as opposed to just throwing it on the end of every request I make.  So Lord, in Jesus' name, please help us to glorify you and your mighty name and forgive us for being so stupid and religious (the bad kind).

Much peace and love.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Knowing Isn't Enough

So this is a phrase God has been telling me and/or reminding me of on a constant basis lately: "knowing is not enough."  Basically, just knowing what is right is not enough; knowing who God is is not enough; knowing God's will is not enough.  OBEDIENCE is a big deal.

There are plenty of times when a situation will rise up and I know what to do or how to act in order to be in accordance with God's will and in order to please Him......yet, all the time I decide NOT to do it.

Here is the bigger issue of what I'm talking about though.  God will give me a vision or a prophetic dream for someone or about something and I will KNOW it is from God, but knowing is not enough.  I often times will even have an immediate interpretation for said vision or dream and know it's purpose and meaning, but knowing is not enough.  Most of the time, the visions I get are not for myself but for others.  I will know what they mean, but I'll be too much of a 'fraidy cat to tell the person.  I either am afraid of being wrong about whatever God has told me, or I'm afraid the person won't accept it because they don't know me well and I might just come across as some psycho, crazy weirdo (a very handsome psycho, crazy weirdo...but a psycho, crazy weirdo nonetheless).

Anyway, I'ma keep this one short cuz I have food in the oven that I'm bout to get down on, but I'll end with this.  Understanding the mysteries of God is not something to be taken lightly.  Receiving revelation from God is a true gift and He doesn't make us aware of these special things just so that we can know them.  He makes us aware of these things so that we will use them and act upon them.

Jesus didn't tell us that we would do greater things than even He did during His time on earth so that we would NOT do them.  He told us so that by knowing, we would then have the faith to actually accomplish those things.  So, if you're like me, then let's change things up and start making some moves instead of bragging about how much we KNOW.  Knowledge is worthless without wisdom.  And wisdom says action speaks louder than words.

Much love and peace.