Tuesday, May 5, 2009
you ever thought about the strength and power you posses in your name? Here are
a few things that demonstrate that power:
contracts are signed in your name, you and others are bound to an agreement.
There are huge penalties for breaking that contract.
documents that are established in your name give you the lawful ability to
drive, get married, and travel abroad. It allows access into areas that require
a legal ID.
name, you can own property. Land, homes, vehicles, electronics, jewelry and more
belong to you, if they are in your name.
children are in your name; you are responsible for them. They are also in your
name as a physical part of you, a representative and extension of you.
character is in your name. When your name is spoken, people see and react to
your character or their perception of your character.
have full power of attorney in someone else’s name. That power allows or gives
the legal right to that person to buy, sell, make decisions, and take action on
behalf of another.
In the past two newsletters, I have explored
Jesus’ last words to His disciples before He was taken captive by soldiers on
the Mt. of Olives. Reading the gospels in a chronological Bible (one with the
books put together in the order of events) made Jesus’ last words really pop
out to me as if to say, “Pay attention and understand what I am saying. This
is the summation of all I have been trying to teach.” These last, passionate
words are found in John chapters 15-17.
The first half of chapter 15
emphasizes two things, our need to dwell and be in an intimate relationship with
Jesus and His command for us to love each other, laying down our daily busy life
to cultivate real relationship. He states that this is the only way to receive
His joy. In the second half of chapter 15 and all of chapter 16 Jesus tells of
what will happen and gives us specific instructions. While studying these
scriptures, the Holy Spirit continually highlighted the words “in My name”.
These words can specifically be found in John 16:23 and 24, but after
researching what that statement means, I found that “being in His name” is
the found throughout the text. So, I want to share what I found while digging
into “in My name” and then paraphrase John 15 & 16. With a better
understanding of being in Christ’s name, these scriptures opened up in a new
First, I looked up the words
“in My name” up in the Strong’s Concordance.
In (#1722): a fixed position in place, time and state
My (#3450): I, me, mine, my
Name: This has a base from to which the root word must be
Base word - Ginosko
(#1097): to know, allow, be aware of, be resolved, understand, be sure of, can
It also has two roots – onoma:
authority, character and onimemi: notoriety (#3686)
When Jesus said for us to do
anything in His name He meant:
“___Fill in your name___,
understand, know, be resolved and aware, be completely sure (confident) that I
have given you My authority, character and notoriety to speak and be in My place
or for Me.” Personally, I need to grasp this understanding because He has
passed this power and authority on to you and me for a purpose. If we don’t
take what He has given us then we fail to help fulfill His purpose.
As Christ’s body, in His name,
we can now understand the following:
has made a covenant with us, which is stronger than a contract. In The Lost Secret of the New Covenant by Malcolm
Smith, we see
that a covenant is a binding,
unbreakable obligation between two parties, based on unconditional love and
sealed by both blood and a sacred oath. It creates a relationship in
which each party is bound by specific undertakings on each other’s behalf.
The parties to the covenant place themselves under the penalty of Divine
retribution should they attempt to avoid such undertakings. It is a
relationship that can only be broken by death.
His name He has given us legal access into spiritual realms. He gave us the
keys to the Kingdom. We have the legal authority over spiritual beings.
has ownership of us and in giving us His name He has also given us that
which is His.
are His children, born now into His name. We are His representatives and
extensions of Him.
Christians, we are in His name and His character is what people need to see
through us as we live it daily.
His name, He has given us full “power of attorney” to act and speak on
that in mind, let me paraphrase John 15:16-John 16.
explains, “The world hates and rejected me; because you belong to Me (are in
My name), it will do the same to you. But take every chance to tell others about
me (represent me to others). The Holy Spirit will help you.”
need to make this clear so that you will not abandon your faith. Do not give
up when adversity comes; that will be your opportunity to shine”.
churches may kick you out; you will be attacked verbally, emotionally and maybe
even physically by ‘Christians’. Understand that these people truly believe
they are doing God a favor in coming after you. The truth is they know about the
Father, but they do not know the Father. They have no intimate relationship with
Him. Because they do not dwell in Me, they do not know love or joy.”
physical time on earth is through, but I will be here with everyone in My spirit
form. My spirit will touch the heart of all men so that they will feel the
conviction of sin and the need for God’s righteousness. Judgment is coming,
but that is my job, not man’s.”
is so much I want to tell you, but right now you could not take it all in. You
will need to walk it out, experience what I want to teach you with My Holy
Spirit. The Spirit will share with you what is being spoken by the Godhead
(Trinity) and reveal to you that purpose for which you were created. He will
also tell you about events that will take place so that you will not be taken
unaware. When you listen to what My Holy Spirit says, you will be filled with My
disciples are once again confused about what Jesus is saying. So, Jesus speaks
more plainly to them as He describes what will happen within the next few hours.
He lets them know about His upcoming trial with false accusations, verbal and
physical abuse, humiliation and attempted degradation. He reveals that His
friends and family will abandon Him. He will die, be buried, and have a
victorious resurrection. He knows that His horrific treatment will cause those
who love Him to grieve and those who hate Him to rejoice, but He assures the
disciples that their grief will turn into wonderful joy that cannot be robbed
this point Jesus gives His disciples, and us, specific instructions:
will finally have direct access to the Father! You no longer need a priest,
rabbi, or pastor to talk to Him for you. You now have the ability to be in
relationship with the Father because you now are in My name. You are sons with
full freedom to approach the Father, be in His presence, talk to Him and listen
to Him. You can ask Him questions, make requests and receive from Him because
you are in Me, called by My name. Just ask your Father and you will receive and
with it you will get abundant joy!”
am going to speak plainly about the Father because you will now be able to
understand. Grab hold of the fact that you will have a loving relationship with
Him because you love Me. Because you are in Me and I am in you, you have every
right to speak directly to God; you don’t need to ask Me to talk to the Father
disciples finally begin to grasp that Jesus came from God. So Jesus gives them
this encouraging word:
me put it to you straight, the test is coming! You will be scattered, alone, and
will abandon Me during the next 24 hours. But, I know that the Father is and
will always be with Me. Now, let this be something you always remember, I will
never leave you alone so have peace. You will constantly go through tough times,
character building times, but don’t be defeated. Take heart because I have
overcome the world and all its hardships. Remain in Me, find shelter in Me, let
Me give you peace, respond in love, and you too will overcome all adversity”.
is a powerful thing to be in the name of Jesus. Interestingly enough, the Holy
Spirit is speaking these same words to many, including my earthly father. Just
recently, he suffered 3 strokes that miraculously did not leave him debilitated.
While he was sitting in the hospital in Tennessee and I was at my home in Las
Vegas, we found that we had been praying basically the same prayer: “Lord,
help me to understand being in Your name. I want to pray in Your name. I don’t
know what to say, but You know what I should pray. Tell me what Your desire is
for me to pray, in Your name, with Your authority, as Your own, Your
representative.” I want to close the newsletter with an article my father,
Jerry Lawson, wrote while I compiled this piece. Again, we didn’t know the
Holy Spirit was speaking the same thing to us, enjoy.
IN MY NAME
Jesus speaks that our time of joy has come; and that whatever
we ask in His name the Father in Heaven will give it to us (John 15-16). What
does this mean and in what context is Jesus speaking? To understand these
statements, we need to look into historical time at which Jesus spoke.
today’s society, people chose names for their children as a label with which
to identify that individual. In Biblical times, a child was given a name because
of its meaning, for instance, the name Jesus means "God is savior."
One’s name was considered an extension or expression of that person. To speak
"in the name of" someone was to express the thoughts of or speak with
the authority of the named individual.
is imperative that the name of the Lord is exalted because in His name
God Himself is suddenly present with the hearer.
“In” is a preposition that declares proximity; the one exalting the
name of the God is immediately in God’s presence where God reveals
Himself and thus truth. To "take the name of the Lord in vain" (that
is to treat it as if "God" were an empty, meaningless term or
expletive) is serious. God’s name is an aspect of His essence and God must
always be treated with honor and respect.
definition helps us understand what Jesus meant when He instructed His disciples
to pray "in My name" (John: 14:13,14; 15:16; 16:23,24,26).
Jesus was concerned not with the form of one’s prayer but rather with its
essence. In prayer, Jesus wants us to identify ourselves completely with Him so
that both the content and the motivation of our prayers are in full harmony with
His values and His known will. We pray in Jesus’ name with complete
confidence, for He whose name is above every other name is able to grant us our
request. (Richards Complete Bible Dictionary)
He taught the disciples to pray in His name, Jesus had already revealed Himself
as the "Son of Man and Son of God". Rabbinical teaching both then and
today believes that no man can be holy and so to say or even write holy name
“God” is considered taking the Lord’s name in vain. A devout Jewish person
will write “G-d” so as not to blaspheme the name of the Lord. To be called
“Son of God” is to be equal with God. (John 5:18).
word son means, "builder of the family name". After the father has
observed his son and knows that their hearts are one, the father will elevated
his son to be his equal. That son, bearer and builder of the family name, is now
to extend that family name by freeing the name from any debts or negatives.
restored us to the Father and we are now equal heirs with Him, sons of God
(Galatians 3-4; Romans 8). Paul writes in Ephesians 1 that we are adopted heirs.
In today’s terms, we view adoption as the act of adult parents adopting an
infant or young child. This is not at all what Paul was talking about in these
scriptures. Paul’s use of “adoption” refers to a slave that is obedient to
his master, serving him as a son, an extension of the master; this is the person
who was adopted. Jesus lived as a true son by saying "I do nothing unless
the Father shows me”. We who carry God’s name become elevated to be His
brother, a friend to Jesus. This definition of “friend” is actually a blood
brother, not a pal, understanding that there is no stronger bond than one
between blood relatives.
we ask for in prayer is what we are instructed by God’s Spirit to ask for. If
we are in His name, then He is present and we will know His will thus praying
with Him rather than praying as a petitioner who begs for our wants. Only when
we are free from our own understanding, without might or power, are we elevated
in God’s Spirit speaking in His name.
God’s children, His representatives, we are called to establish and maintain
His kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Realizing we are God’s children gives
us personal identity, love, value, and freedom. This is true unity; God is not a
tyrant or dictator but is in fact unconditional love (John 6:15). “Father,
just as You are in Me and I in You, may they also be in Us so that the world may
believe that You have sent Me” (John 17:21).
- Jerry Lawson (April 13, 2009)
the way – People are asking where Dawn will be
teaching this summer so here is a quick run down. June 27th-July 4th
she will be teaching at a worship arts conference in South Africa. July 9th-11th
she will be teaching at a worship arts conference in Cincinnati, OH. She will be
in East Tennessee for the rest of July with the possibility of a workshop