“And I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne…saying with a loud voice,
‘Worthy is the Lamb’….” — Revelation 5:11-12
The James Brown arena was transformed into a Most Holy Place as God poured out His blessing on Just Give Me Jesus/Augusta, September 21-22. Thousands of women, with hundreds of men and children, experienced personal revival as they had a fresh encounter with Jesus through prayer, praise, and the proclamation of His Word. To God be the glory!
During this wonderful Thanksgiving and Christmas season, do you ever get down? Do you ever feel overwhelmed by life? A feeling that seems to be in stark contrast with the music, the festivities, the decorations, and all that goes with the Holidays? I wonder if pressure, stress, job assignments, battles, and the 24/7 service that angels render to their King, ever tempt them to stutter in their praise and worship of Him? Even as I ask that question, I immediately know the answer. No! They are never interrupted in their worship. (Revelation 4:8) And that continuous praise must be intentional, because they do a lot of work. (Psalm 103:20-21)
One key to living a life of uninterrupted worship is that our focus is not on ourselves or someone else or anything else…our focus is on Jesus, and who He is.
For the first time in 13 years, Just Give Me Jesus was made available to those outside of the arena. Friday evening, the Augusta revival was carried live on over 300 radio stations nationwide. And the entire revival was streamed live on the web. Within 24 hours we were joined by people in all 50 states, and in 70 different countries! It is now offered On Demand so that anyone can share in this life-changing experience until December 31st.
As I look back over 2012, this AnGeL wants to be uninterrupted in praise, proclaiming that all the physical and emotional ups and downs…the travel that included Canada and California, India and Indiana…the writing that included blogs and newsletters and a new devotional book and the rough draft of a new trade book…the thousands of emails and phone calls …the packing and unpacking…the illnesses and pressures and stress…the demands of family and ministry…ALL have been worth-while because Jesus is worth it! He is worthy of all praise!
The exaltation of the utter, absolute worthiness of Jesus Christ is one of the most serious casualties of 9/11. In our desire to be united as a nation against the terrorists, we have compromised the name of Jesus. Or at least, we’ve compromised our naming of His name. Yet Isaiah 59:19 (NKJV) promises, “So shall they fear the name of the LORD from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun [east]; when the enemy comes in like a flood, the Spirit of the LORD will lift up a standard against him.” The standard or the banner that is to be lifted up against the enemy is nothing more…and nothing less…than the name of Jesus. One vital key to victory over the enemy is praise of Jesus! Is it no wonder, then, that the enemy wants to interrupt us and silence His name?
I am burdened for the next generation…and the one that comes after that! Not only are our children and grandchildren going to be strapped with a huge financial debt, but they seem to be headed for spiritual poverty as well. So I was thrilled to watch and listen as my daughter, Rachel-Ruth, demonstrated to 3000 women in Albuquerque, New Mexico, how they could get children into the Word of God for themselves.
The Bible clearly states that Jesus Christ is:
- The Creator who left Heaven’s throne to become our Savior. Colossians 1:15-17
- The only begotten, virgin-born Son of God-that doesn’t mean He is God, Jr. It means He is God in the flesh-fully God and fully man. Matthew 1:18; John 1:14
- The Lamb of God, sacrificed to take away the sin of the world. John 1:29
- The Savior who rose from the dead to give us eternal life and open Heaven for us. Luke 24:1-8; John 3:16
- The Lord of lords who ascended into Heaven and sits at the right hand of God the Father with all authority under His feet. Ephesians 1:19-23
- The King of kings who is coming back to rule and reign on this earth. Acts 1:11; Revelation 1:7, 19:6-8, 11-16
Jesus Christ stands in the unique solitude of Himself. There is no one like Him. I alphabetized a list of His names for easy recall in order to prompt my praise …
He is the Alpha and the Omega
He is the Beginning and the End
He is the Christ
The Deliverer-Defender of the weak
The Everlasting Father, Emmanuel
The Foundation on which we stand
The Glorious One
The Hope of the Ages
The I Am
The King of kings
The Lord of lords
The Name above all names
The Prince of Peace
The Question…and the Answer
The Unchanging God
The Victorious Warrior
The Wisdom of God, Way to God, Word of God
XYZ-He is exalted to the highest place!
Vicky Bentley has been our liaison on the ground in Uganda as we have been preparing for Rooted in MORE of Jesus. Using our children’s book, Heaven: God’s Promise for Me, she gave this young boy, who is confined to his bed, the hope of Heaven, confirming that one day it will be his home. Praise God! This life is not all there is.
Make your own list of alphabetized names. Memorize it. Recite it. Say it out loud in your home. Have His name ready on your lips to say to others when the opportunity presents itself. Don’t be afraid or ashamed of His name. Don’t be silent. Speak up, knowing that “God exalted Him to the highest place and has given Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” (Philippians 2:9-11)
This Christmas, for the King’s Birthday, exalt and praise the name of Jesus! Join the voices of “many angels, numbering thousands upon thousands, and ten thousand times ten thousand. They encircled the throne…In a loud voice they sang: Worthy is the Lamb, who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!” (Revelation 5:11-12) This AnGeL is praying that your life…and mine, your deeds…and mine, your words…and mine, will exalt the name of Jesus! Why? Because He is worth it!
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Fixing My Eyes on Jesus Devotional Book
Getting up early in the morning to fix my eyes on Jesus through prayer and reading His Word is like setting my spiritual compass. Because no matter what faces me during the day, or how “lost” and confused I can become, or how many decisions and choices I’m confronted with, my heart and my thoughts always turn toward Him. And He invariably leads me on the right path.
My prayer is that the devotions in this small volume will help you fix your eyes on Jesus every day, so that you, too, can set your spiritual compass.
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