The Name of the Lord

Our help is in the name of the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth. Psalm 124:8

I love the way the Apostle Paul encouraged the Christians under his purview.  In his letter to the church in Rome, he declares to these new believers, “For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship (Romans 8:15).” In other words, Paul is reminding them that they are God’s beloved children, endowed with Christ’s spirit and co-heirs with Him.

Why did Paul waste precious ink reminding Christians that they had received this “Spirit of sonship?” Because with this sonship we have been given a spirit of fervent faith rather than a spirit of foolish fear. Why is this important? Because we face some pretty scary struggles in life. And when these struggles find our doorstep, how we stand up to these struggles says a great deal about our faith and who we are in Christ.

If we are co-heirs with Christ, God’s dearly beloved Son, then His spirit of courage and faith flows freely in our veins. As such, we need not fear what Satan or this world may throw our way because the Living Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth, stands alongside us to strengthen our spirits. As the psalmist so aptly put it in today’s passage, our help is in the name of the Lord!

Nothing shall separate us from the love and power of Christ. Absolutely nothing! He will not forsake us, He will not give up on us, He will not stop interceding for us, and He will not give us more than we can handle. Why? Because we are His beloved children! As co-heirs with Christ, we are more than conquerors because His love flows through us and He conquered everything on earth to include death!

As you face your struggles today, face them with fervent faith rather than foolish fear. Remember, you have Christ’s courageous spirit within you. It flows through your veins as surely as the blood that keeps you alive. You need not fear dementia, terminal illness, or even death for you have a spirit of courage and strength given to you by your Heavenly Father through His precious Son. So seek His strength, seek His power, seek His comfort, seek His assurance, and call upon the Name of the Lord for therein lies your hope!

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2 Responses to The Name of the Lord

  1. Chris Walsh says:

    Paul,
    I am compelled to write you and tell you how thankful I am to Jesus Christ for you and to you. And I am amazed at your testimony. God is truely using you to help so many people.
    I work in activities in memory care and once a week do devotions. I’ve been relying on your devotions. I mix your devotions with prayer, someof my own input interspersed with youtube Christian music. Each time I print out a copy of your devotion enlarged to fit the page, so they might read along if they like, and on the back I put more scripture. There is such a great response from the residents. Even many of the sleepy people wake, read, listen, smile, some even raise their hands and sing. They look forward to devotions and so do I.
    It’s wonderful to read through a full weeks worth of your devotions and be so encouaged each time. Today you have preached me happy!
    “Nothing shall separate us from the love and power of Christ. Absolutely nothing! He will not forsake us, He will not give up on us, He will not stop interceding for us, and He will not give us more than we can handle. Why? Because we are His beloved children! As co-heirs with Christ, we are more than conquerors because His love flows through us and He conquered everything on earth to include death!”
    Today is devotion day and I am ready, again.
    Thank you so much!
    Grace and peace be yours,
    Chris Walsh

    • paul says:

      Chris, your words overwhelm me. I am humbled by how you use these devotions to touch the lives of so many. Thanks for your kind words but I must give all the credit to Jesus Christ who sustains me and gives me the Scripture and words to write. Without Him I would be nothing. And like you said, and I agree, we are more than conquerors through Him who gave His life for us. God bless, Paul

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