Tuesday, June 18, 2013


Interestingly enough, the only place in scripture that I could find reference to this name of the Lord is from the prophet Ezekiel.  In context, he is identifying this name of Jesus with the name of the city of Jerusalem during the millennium, the time when Jesus will rule the world from the throne of David for 1000 years.

Ezekiel 48:35 “…and the name of the city from that day shall be, The LORD is there.”

Though this is a description of the Lord’s physical presence in Jerusalem at that time, it is actually a valid statement of truth concerning the life of every believer, every trusting child of God.  God is always present with us through His indwelling Holy Spirit. 

1 Corinthians 3:16 “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”

One of my favorite sections of scripture is Psalm 139; in it the psalmist makes a beautiful declaration of that truth.

Psalms 139:7–10 “Whither shall I go from thy spirit? or whither shall I flee from thy presence? If I ascend up into heaven, thou art there: if I make my bed in hell, behold, thou art there. If I take the wings of the morning, and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea; Even there shall thy hand lead me, and thy right hand shall hold me.”

The inescapable presence of the LORD is a comfort to every child of God.  Even when we stumble and make choices that we wish we hadn’t, we can rest in the truth that God is not going to give up on us or reject us.  He is going to finish the work of salvation that He initiated in our lives.

Philippians 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ….”

God is a loving Father.  He will allow us to suffer the consequences of our choices to the intent of producing the fruit of righteousness in our lives.  I believe many, if not most, parents today seek to protect their children from the consequences of their choices to their detriment.  Consequences provide one means of effective deterrent against repeating the same bad choices.

The significant truth declared by the psalmist is that no matter in what circumstances His child might find him/herself as a consequence of choices made, God is always there to “lead” him as he remains firm in His grasp.  The fact that God leads us with His hand is a statement of personal interaction in our lives that is rooted in His love and concern for us.  He wants us to become the treasured vessels He created us to be.  Job understood this truth and stated his understanding of its application to his life beautifully.

Job 23:10 “But he knoweth the way that I take: when he hath tried me, I shall come forth as gold.”

The child of God also finds great comfort in the truth that he/she is firmly held in the grasp of the Almighty.  In Bible times the right hand was recognized as a symbol of strength.  When the psalmist references being held in God’s right hand, it is a specific reference to His matchless power and our everlasting security.  Jesus also made a point of this very truth in another one of my favorite sections of scripture.

John 10:27–30 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”

There are many that teach that a person can lose his/her salvation.  Frankly, I think this is a shameful misrepresentation of the truth of God’s word.  Scripture reveals that when a person accepts the LORD as Savior, the indwelling Holy Spirit is given Him as the earnest, or statement of security of our eternal inheritance.

Ephesians 1:3, 10-14 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ…. That in the dispensation of the fulness of times he might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in him:  In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: That we should be to the praise of his glory, who first trusted in Christ. In whom ye also trusted, after that ye heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation: in whom also after that ye believed, ye were sealed with that holy Spirit of promise, Which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, unto the praise of his glory.”

It is this truth that allows John to say with confidence concerning those who turned their back on their “professed” faith:  “They went out from us, but they were not of us; for if they had been of us, they would no doubt have continued with us: but they went out, that they might be made manifest that they were not all of us.” 
1 John 2:19

The sad truth is that many make professions of faith without actually possessing true faith.  One who possesses saving faith will be led by the Spirit of God.  It is that indwelling Spirit that encourages us to call out to God as our Father for our every need.

Romans 8:14–17 “For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God. For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:  And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.”

It is the indwelling Spirit of Jehovah-Shammah that sanctifies, strengthens and sustains us for His use.

1 Corinthians 6:11 “…but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”

Psalms 46:1 “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”

Psalms 55:22 “Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.”

(to be continued…)

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