THE NAME OF THE LORD IN YOUR HOME
"His name shall be called Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace"
How much does the name of the Lord feature in your home? Is He the most talked about name? Or are other names more prevalent on the lips of you and your children? Are praises ringing to His name throughout the day? The answers to these questions reveal the true essence of our Christianity. If His name is rarely mentioned, rarely praised, rarely honored, and rarely spoken about we have to wonder if we really belong to His name.
Let's look at the Scriptures to see what our response should be to the name of the Lord. We should...
ANOINT with oil in the name of the Lord
James 5:14-16 says, "Is any sick among you? let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up: and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him. Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed."
It is natural to want people to pray for us when we are sick, but often we forget that God tells us to ask the elders of the church to anoint us with oil in the name of the Lord. It's good to go about things God's way, isn't it?
EXALT the name of the Lord
David exclaimed in Psalm 34:3, "O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together." To exalt His name means "to lift up on high" for His name is above every other name in heaven and in earth. Let's do this together as a family each new day.
BELIEVE in the name of the Lord
I am sure that John 1:12 is a Scripture you have memorized. It is an important Scripture for all our children memorize. It says, "But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name." It all starts with believing on His name, the only name through which we can receive salvation. Peter, filled with the Holy Ghost, said, "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). Another important Scripture for you and your children to memorize. Read also John 2:23; 20:31 and Acts 10:43.
BE BAPTIZED in the name of the Lord
Acts 2:38 says, "And Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost." Read also Acts 8:;16; 108; 19:5 and 22:16.
BLESS the name of the Lord
Psalm 113:2 says, "Blessed be the name of the Lord from this time forth and forevermore." Blessing the Lord should be the habit of our lives. Not only in the good times, but in the hard times, too. Job's example is such a challenge to us, isn't it? When God took away the hedge of protection He had put around Job and allowed Satan to get at him, in one day he lost everything he owned. His oxen, asses, sheep, camels, All his servants. And most heart-wrenching of all--his beloved sons and daughters. Only he and his wife were left!
What did Job do? "Then Job arose, and rent his mantle, and shaved his head, and fell down upon the ground, and worshipped, and said, Naked came I out of my mother's womb, and naked shall I return thither: the Lord gave, the Lord hath taken away; BLESSED BE THE NAME OF THE LORD" (Job 1:20-21).
Psalm 103:1 should be our daily testimony, "Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me, bless his holy name." Read also Nehemiah 9:5; Psalm 96:2, 100:4, 72:9 and 145:21.
BUILD your home to the name of the Lord
In 2 Chronicles 2:1-4 we read how "Solomon determined to build a house for the name of the Lord . . . Behold, I build an house to the name of the Lord my God, to dedicate it to him."
Solomon had a burning passion to build a house to the name of the Lord. This should also be our burning passion, to build a home that is a dwelling place for God and to the honor of HIs name, as well as for our husband and children. Keep this vision before you as you begin each day. Your life has purpose. You are in a great building program. There is nothing more awesome that you could do than build a home to the name of the Lord. Make everything you do in your home worthy of His glorious name.
Blessings from Nancy Campbell
"Oh God, I acknowledge that your name is above every name. Help me to honor an exalt your name in my home. I want your name to be spoken about more than any other. Amen."
I am in the greatest building program of all time--building a house to the name of the Lord.