FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2016
Key Bible Verse: “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matthew 7:21)
Dig Deeper: Acts 19:11-20
When you fix your eyes on God’s character and believe with all your heart that what God has said about himself and what he has said about you will come to pass, he can bring you out of even the darkest of scenarios. Unfortunately, too few people come to now the fullness of his hope simply because they fail to know and reverence God’s name.
David wrote in Psalm 86:11, “Teach me your way, O LORD; I will walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name” (NASB). Fearing God’s name empowers us to walk in his way and in his truth. Fearing his name is the key to living the abundant life and fulfilling our destiny. When we fear God’s name, honouring him with our lives, we can ask whatever we wish, and it will be given to us (John 16:23-24). God’s name, and subsequently Jesus Christ’s name, bring protection and provision. But the key to accessing that protection and provision is to know his character and esteem [him].
If God recognizes that you know little of his character and don’t align your thoughts and choices under his overarching rule, you can toss out his name all you want, but you’ll simply be name-dropping.
– Tony Evans in The Power of God’s Names
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