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   Week of

Jesus is coming soon

What's in a name?

Good morning, everyone. Welcome to "Try Jesus!" If this is your first time joining us, it’s great to have you with us. I would like to thank all the new members for joining "Try Jesus."

I would also like to welcome those in South Dakota, Michigan, Iowa, Virginia, and Arkansas. It is a pleasure to have you with us today. "I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the LORD." (Psalm 122:1 KJV).

Isn't it great to see people have their life set free by the power of God's word? How many of you from last week were delivered from the constant press of the enemy? The child of God always has authority to kick the enemy out.

Today is your day to draw closer. It's time to draw near. It's time to open up. It's time for some "agape" life building. Let's welcome his loving presence throughout "TRY JESUS."

"Heavenly Father, thank you for giving us life today. Thank you for watching over us this week. Thank you for being our provider. Thank you for the joy of the Lord. Thank you for gathering hearts around your spiritual alter.

Lord your word today is alive and active. May the Holy Spirit open our eyes so we may see anything that is hindering our relationship with you. Father, reveal things, people, or attitudes of our hearts that lead us away from you.

Help us to stand in your armor of truth, and may the sword of the Spirit (The Bible) be soldered from our hand to our heart. Holy Spirit, guide us and teach us the truth today.

Thank you for your power and strength of the Holy Spirit to begin opening the eyes of our heart so our devotion can be solely on you. We love you, and praise you, in Jesus’ name, Amen."

How many of you have ever been given something you didn't like? How many of you pretended to like something just to appease and make the person feel ok about what they gave you?

Have you ever been given something that stuck with you, even though it made you cringe inside? Have you ever tried to change something someone gave to you? What about a nickname?

Have you tried to reject a name that people kept giving you? Once It's been applied and glued on tight, it can be very difficult to get rid. Many individuals that have been victims eventually just throw up their hands and say, "Whatever!"

So, what does a person have to do to earn a nickname? Does it come more from doing something good or does a nickname come more quickly from doing something bad? Maybe the nickname comes in neutral fashion.

We all know that names are given to "know." But this to "know" also involves characteristics of such people. You can have a sports team with three players with the same name.

Obviously, you could still tell the difference of who is who by personality and character. Even twins having the same name have character and personality differences.

Names of people, places, and things have been around since creation began. But as we go to the source of names, we find that names have an important meaning behind them. Again, we give names to everything.

However, names have become increasingly complex over the years. Names for people that were considered common place 30-50 years ago are no longer used as much.

I would like to express my sincerity to those who have been given outlandish names in this century (Smile). Some of the names given to children today are way out there.

Did you know there are laws in some states that ban certain names for individuals. There are some of the worst baby names that I looked up and wondered, "Do the parents know what kind of life their children will have?"

Some parents believe that choosing an unconventional and unused name is a cool idea. In the process, they pick crazy or unusual names for their little ones and make their life hard. Some children later grow up and change their names.

But the source of all naming starts and ends with God, our creator. He spoke everything into existence (Genesis 1:1). In your quite time of reading and meditation, you can read the names and definition attributed to (by) God.

Elohim: Meaning: God. Reference: (Genesis 1:1; Numbers 23:19; Psalm 19:1). Significance: Refers to God’s power and might. He is the only supreme and true God.

Yahweh: Meaning: The LORD. Reference: (Genesis 2:4; Exodus 6:2-3). Significance: The proper name of God.

El Elyon: Meaning: God Most High. Reference: (Genesis 14:17-20; Numbers 24:16; Psalm 7:17; Isaiah 14:13-14). Significance: He is above all gods; nothing in life is more sacred.

El Roi: Meaning: God Who Sees. Reference: (Genesis 16:13). Significance: God oversees all creation and the affairs of people.

El Shaddai: Meaning: God Almighty. Reference: (Genesis 17:1; Psalm 91:1). Significance: God is all-powerful.

Yahweh Yireh: Meaning: The LORD Will Provide. Reference: (Genesis 22:13-14). Significance: God will provide for our real needs.

Yahweh Nissi: Meaning: The LORD Is My Banner. Reference: (Exodus 17:15). Significance: We should remember God for helping us.

Adonai: Meaning: Lord. Reference: (Genesis 18:27) Significance: God alone is the head over all.

Yahweh Elohe Yisrael: Meaning: LORD God of Israel. Reference: (Judges 5:3; Psalm 59:5; Isaiah 17:6; Zephaniah 2:9). Significance: He is the God of the nation.

Yahweh Shalom: Meaning: The LORD Is Peace
Reference: (Judges 6:24). Significance: God gives us peace, so we need not fear.

Qedosh Yisrael: Meaning: Holy One of Israel
Reference: (Isaiah 1:4). Significance: God is morally perfect.

Yahweh Sabaoth: Meaning: LORD Almighty, LORD of Heaven’s Armies, or LORD of Hosts (Hosts refers to armies but also to all the heavenly powers.) Reference: (1 Samuel 1:3; Isaiah 6:1-3). Significance: God is our savior and protector.

El Olam: Meaning: The Everlasting God. Reference: (Isaiah 40:28-31). Significance: God is eternal. He will never die.

Yahweh Tsidqenu: Meaning: The LORD Is Our Righteousness. Reference: (Jeremiah 23:6; 33:16). Significance: God alone can save us and make us righteous.

Yahweh Shammah: Meaning: The LORD Is There. Reference: (Ezekiel 48:35). Significance: God is always present with us.

Attiq Yomin: Meaning: Ancient of Days or Ancient One. Reference: (Daniel 7:9-13). Significance: God is the ultimate authority. He will one day judge all nations.

I am laying the foundation this morning, that only can begin and end with God through the man Christ Jesus, the Son of God, the Savior of mankind, God incarnate. (Matthew 1:20-23; Isaiah 9:6). God is the originator of everything that is named.

He spoke, and everything was. He gave Adam the ability to name things. God named everything (Genesis 1:1-10; 2:19-24; Exodus 3:15; 28:9; 34:14; Deuteronomy 18:5; 28:58; 2 Chronicles 7:14; Psalm 8:1; 147:4; Isaiah 42:8; Daniel 12:1; Luke 10:20).

God constitutes the distinctive designation of a person or thing by name. We all have been given names. They hold a place in all names ever given while here on earth. No name, no matter the title in front of it or behind it is above anyone else.

We are created in the image of God equally. We have all sinned and are in need of one name that is above all names. Only his name shall every knee bow and every tongue confess that he is Lord. (Romans 10:8-13).

Please read these powerful words of God aloud in your hearing.
"Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved." (Acts 4:12 KJV). There is simply no other way to heaven.

It is completely impossible to get there outside of the name Jesus. Many times, here on earth, a person's name will carry much powerful weight behind it. Have you ever heard someone who has not been permitted entry to something utter the words, "Do you know who I am!" Do you know my name!"

All that bravotoss and pride might work in many places around the country, but once you leave this earth, you'll stand in front of another name. This name you will bow to. Or as Charles Barkley would say, "Guarantee!" Here's what Jesus said.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6 KJV). That simply means if we don't have his name in our hearts as Lord and Savior, there is no entrance into his Kingdom.

God has exalted this one and only name above every name on earth. Even those who spell their name the same as his. This name will live on throughout eternity. Please read aloud these powerful words to your spirit.

9} "Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name:

10} That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;

11} And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11 KJV).

Those who think their "name is their game" and that Jesus will except them based on their status of fame and giving great amounts of money to charities everywhere will be surprised to hear these words.

21} "Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.

22} Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works?

23} And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity." (Matthew 7:21-23 KJV).

Today, we live

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