Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Can You Hear Me Now?

Then Peter said, "Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk" (Acts 3:6).

It is easy to skim over words and phrases until I turn to a devotional and have it brought out in more depth. Recently I heard a teacher on the radio explain that when Jesus is saying something three times in Scripture it is to make a point and we need to pay close attention. So when I read Scripture or devotional and hear a verse over and over again, I have to believe that there is a point Jesus wants me to understand! After reading this verse I read from a devotioanl called God Calling. This is what I read:

Dear Name

"Jesus." Say my name often. It was in my name Peter bade the lame man walk. "In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth arise and walk."

"Jesus." The very sounding of My Name in Love and tenderness drives away all evil. It is the word before which all the hosts of evil flee.

"Jesus." My Name is the call for a life-line to rescue you from temptation.

"Jesus." The Name that banishes loneliness-dispels gloom.

"Jesus." Summons help to conquer your faults.

I will set you on high because you have known My Name.

Yes! My Name "Jesus." Use it more. Use it tenderly, Use it prayerfully. Use it powerfully.

How about you? Is there something from your reading that has become a recurring theme? What is Jesus speaking to you lately? Are you and I paying attention?

Kathy Withers

Kathy's on staff at America's KESWICK in the Development Department. Kathy has been married to her husband Dave for 26 years. They have two adult children. Kathy is active in her local Church and has previously served as a Teaching Director for Community Bible Study. Her passion is to encourage women to deepen their walk with Jesus Christ by finding and living out the truths of God's Word.

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