He Knows Your Name

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One of the first things parents do is give their child a name.

We begin to respond to that name very early. Throughout life we long to hear our name, to be picked for the team, to be recognized for our accomplishments, to hear it in that special way that comes when it is spoken by the one we love.

As life goes on we begin to understand our name means something more than just identifying who we are, it identifies what we are. John is a talented athlete, Julie is a skilled doctor. Jack is a gifted speaker, Jamie is a talented singer and songwriter. There is recognition in a name there is identification in a name. But things in life  happen, that attempt to define our name, who we are in a way we were never meant to be.

Regret, sorrow, failure, addicted, broken, defeated, shame

We all were there at one time, many still are, known by, identified by, defined by a name that is not meant to be ours. One of the greatest lies of the enemy is “God may have done that for them, but not for you.”

You aren’t good enough,

You aren’t worth it,

You’ve gone to far

You’ve sinned too much

You are worthless

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Lies all lies.

But there is good news. He knows your name, the name that was meant for you all along.

It is true Christ died for all, but He also suffered and died for one. You.

When you decide to turn away from the name that is not yours, and call out to Him he hears you.  He knows your name. And He has given you other names

Redeemed, adopted, member of the family,  child, heir, rescued, delivered, forgiven, victorious!*

“See how very much our Father loves us, for he calls us his children, and that is what we are! 1 John 3:1

Because as Scripture says, “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. ” Romans 10:13

I am the good shepherd; I know my own sheep, and they know me. John10:14

Nothing dirty or defiled will get into the City, and no one who defiles or deceives. Only those whose names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life will get in. Revelation 21:27

*Ephesians 1

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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