WHEN GOD ‘NAME DROPS’…

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Have you ever noticed someone name dropping? When they use the fact that they know someone, or have met someone to their advantage? Have you ever done it?

Have you ever noticed God ‘name dropping’ in scripture? Not only does He name drop, but He also has called out specific names for one reason or another throughout history.


God knows us all by name…by what we’re called and who we are.


Why or when does God ‘name drop’ your name?

Why does God call out your name?

God does some name dropping in the book of Ezekiel. When Ezekiel is prophesying about judgment for persistent unfaithfulness, God states that when He allows calamity to come upon the land, even Noah, Daniel and Job would not be able to deliver the people, but only themselves. But the fact that He called out these men’s names…that He referred to them…speaks to their righteousness, prominence, influence and standing with God.

Ezekiel 14:14 (NKJV)

14 Even if these three men, Noah, Daniel, and Job, were in it, they would deliver only themselves by their righteousness,” says the Lord God.

In what context does God call out your name? Look at a few examples of God calling out some names…

Genesis 17:5 (NKJV)

No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham; for I have made you a father of many nations.

1 Samuel 3:4 (NKJV)

that the Lord called Samuel. And he answered, “Here I am!”

Job 1:8 (NKJV)

Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil?

Matthew 16:18 (NKJV)

18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.

Matthew 16:23(NKJV)

23 But He turned and said to Peter, “Get behind Me, Satan! You are an offense to Me, for you are not mindful of the things of God, but the things of men.

Luke 19:5 (NKJV)

And when Jesus came to the place, He looked up and saw him,[a] and said to him, “Zacchaeus, make haste and come down, for today I must stay at your house.”

Acts 9:4  (NKJV)

Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”

How has God ‘dropped’ or called out your name?

To give you your purpose?

To brag on you?

To judge you?

To come to Him?

Go go away from Him?

To fellowship with you?

To use you as an example?

Remember God knows your name, but you control how He uses it.

BE BLESSTIFIED!

 

 

 

 

 

 

WHY WAS JESUS SILENT? (From my archives)

When you think God isn’t listening…

MATTHEW 15:21-28 (NKJV)

21 Then Jesus went out from there and departed to the region of Tyre and Sidon.22 And behold, a woman of Canaan came from that region and cried out to Him, saying, “Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is severely demon-possessed.”

23 But He answered her not a word.

And His disciples came and urged Him, saying, “Send her away, for she cries out after us.” 24 But He answered and said, “I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” 25 Then she came and worshiped Him, saying, “Lord, help me!” 26 But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throwit to the little dogs.” 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” 28 Then Jesus answered and said to her, “O woman, great is your faith! Let it be to you as you desire.” And her daughter was healed from that very hour.

Why did Jesus remain silent in verse 23?

Why didn’t He answer the woman when she first asked?

If she had left, angry or discouraged because Jesus didn’t answer immediately, then her daughter would not have been delivered.

Our God is a God of order…Just because He’s silent, doesn’t mean that He doesn’t listen. God has His own timing…

Galations 4:4 (NKJV)

In the fullness of time, He gave His only Son… 

Acts 17:30-31 (KJV)

30  And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: 31 Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead.

Yes, there are examples throughout the bible of God’s timing.

Jesus tells us why He initially remains silent to the Canaanite woman…He tells her he was sent FIRST to lost sheep of Israel. His answer could even be perceived as harsh.

It wasn’t time for the Gentiles yet…BUT, it’s possible that Jesus also remained silent so we could see the example of the woman’s persistent faith.

Jesus’ silence prompted the woman to worship Jesus even more, and be more persistent (vs 25).

Those around her were able to witness her great faith and persistence…She didn’t get offended, angry or discouraged.

Sometimes people will get, super spiritual and tell you to ask God and let it go…that continuing to ask is a lack of faith…but the bible teaches persistence in God’s silence (Luke 11:5-13, Luke 8:1-8) still having faith through the persistence.

It’s HOW you continue to ask, your attitude as you ask that matters (the woman remained humble and didn’t get angry or impatient with Jesus). After all, persistence is a sign of faith that your persistence will pay off, right?

This woman’s persistence and great faith prompted God to act beyond His timing on her behalf, PERSONALLY.

God can do the same thing for us today. If you’re asking God to move in your life…

DON’T GIVE UP…

DON’T BE DISCOURAGED…

DON’T GET ANGRY AT GOD…

AND MOST IMPORTANTLY DON’T LOOSE FAITH, even if you feel God is being harsh!

Be content to be patient and work within God’s timing, and sometimes He will do something for us ‘personally’ to confirm our faith…

Strengthen our faith…

And display our faith so others can see and believe.

BE BLESSTIFIED!!!

 

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