advent devotional day 9, who we are next to HIM

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise him, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he had been conceived. 

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.  And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 

His name. 
His name has power and healing. 
Just saying it can fill you with strength and peace.  
Just calling out to Him brings Him near.

He has been called so many names throughout Scripture.

No matter what we choose to call Him, we are honoring Him as our Heavenly Father, Freeing Spirit and Saving Son.  No matter how we view ourselves, we are and always will be the body of Christ, never Christ Himself.  It’s important that we understand our place in the relationship;  He is Lord, we are not.

When we lift up the name of Jesus we are submitting to His power and allowing Him to be bigger.  After all, He was named for the job He would serve.

His name means:  God saves...  Not ‘God stands by as we try to save ourselves.’ or ‘God sits on the bench while we strikeout.’

He saves us.  With His miraculous birth He entered the world a King and with His death He left it our Savior.  Jesus is and always will be the true vine from which we draw life.  It is imperative that we recognize the magnitude of Him, and submit ourselves in everything.

This day is more a day of contemplation and reflection.  As the majority of us reading this are already believers, it is a matter of meditating on His name and knowing Him deeply.  Maybe you have known Jesus as any or all of the names written above, and maybe not.  

Today, re-read them, slowly, and know the person that name belongs to.  Know each part of Him who emulates each name.  The full list of names is much longer than we have compiled here, and His grace and love extend far beyond any list.  To say His name is to conjure power; to learn more of His names can only deepen our faith and gratitude for the life He has given us.

Which name speaks loudest to you?

Was there one you read for the first time?

Sometime today, if you don’t know already, look up the meaning of your own name.  Do you carry any traits that are representative of the name you were given?  Did your parents purposefully name you based on your name’s meaning?  Either way, know that the Lord knew you before you were formed, and even your name was known to Him.
And now that you know more names for the Lord, choose one that most represents the healing or love or saving that you need most in your life, and write it down somewhere.  Keep it with you and reflect often on that aspect of your sweet Savior.  Know that His only desire is to be near you.

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