The Honor of His Name

March 10, 2016

 

Jeremiah 14:7

Although our sins testify against us, O Lord, do something for the sake of your name.

For our backsliding is great; we have sinned against you.

The Honor of His Name

Jeremiah writes this scripture at a time of great judgement befalling Israel because of their backsliding and rebellion.  Jeremiah, in his day, was like the proverbial square peg in a round hole.  He didn’t fit  because he was the representative of God’s name and God’s name had lost all honor in the land.  Jeremiah remarks in Chapter 15:16-17, ” When your words came, I ate them;

they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, O Lord God Almighty.  17I never sat in the company of revelers, never made merry with them; I sat alone because your hand was on me and you had filled me with indignation.”  Bearing the Lord’s name can be a lonely and unpopular place even when you are surrounded by those who profess His name, but their hearts are far from Him.  

God’s name is HOLY.  He has called us, His people by His name; with that blessing and  privilege we are called to holiness to bear is name in honor and righteousness.  Needless to say, God is jealous over His name and His reputation.  How many people in the world misunderstand God’s true nature and character, because we, who are called to be the people of God, have misrepresented Him?  How many today reject Christ, because of what they see in the lives of the people who call themselves Christians?  

God is saying that His judgement begins at His house.  Like Jeremiah, the word of God’s judgement is not one we would desire to speak, but out of His commission we must speak.  God is going to bring judgement to His house to restore honor back to His name.  He has entrusted us with His name, but many of us have not held it in holy regard and reverence.  We have not feared His name as we ought to fear it.  Hebrews 10:26 says, “Dear friends, if we deliberately continue sinning after we have received knowledge of the truth, there is no longer any sacrifice that will cover these sins.”  If Jesus is coming for a bride without spot or wrinkle then know that she has to be cleansed.  

The trumpet has been sounding for some time now for us to turn our hearts wholly to the Lord in the light of what is coming in the earth.  It is a time when your faith will come with a price and like Jeremiah you may well become a reproach to the congregation around you as you sanctify your heart and life unto Christ.  Christ will no longer be about our religious verbiage, but about the epistle that He has penned in our hearts and that is read of all men.  The reality of who we are will be revealed and not just who we have professed to be.  

Father is reminding me of the scripture in Matthew 10:32-40 that says, ““Whoever acknowledges me before men, I will also acknowledge him before my Father in heaven. 33But whoever disowns me before men, I will disown him before my Father in heaven.

34“Do not suppose that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35For I have come to turn

“‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law—36a man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ 

37“Anyone who loves his father or mother more than me is not worthy of me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me; 38and anyone who does not take his cross and follow me is not worthy of me. 39Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

40“He who receives you receives me, and he who receives me receives the one who sent me. 41Anyone who receives a prophet because he is a prophet will receive a prophet’s reward, and anyone who receives a righteous man because he is a righteous man will receive a righteous man’s reward. 42And if anyone gives even a cup of cold water to one of these little ones because he is my disciple, I tell you the truth, he will certainly not lose his reward.””  

There is a winnowing about to take place in the house of God where the wheat and the chaff will be thrashed and separated.  While our soul ties run deep, our spiritual ties with Father must run even deeper.  Stand in the truth and the vindication of the Name of the Lord, for honor must be restored to His Name!

Blessings,

#kent

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