Soul Food: Bible Word Study Devotional #1
When comparing each of our individual / personal relationship with Jesus Christ to a mother with a new born child – we (Christians) would be the mother and our individual/ personal relationship with Jesus Christ would be the new born baby.
In the same way a good mother has to protect, feed, clean, and give constant tender love and care to her new born to nurture her child into maturity so must each of us take the same care in cultivating and developing our individual/ personal relationship with Jesus Christ in order to mature in our faith.
It’s good to read devotionals, inspirational Christian books, and have group Bible study, but none it can substitute reading the Bible …this is essential for growth. This is also critical in helping little hearts (i.e. children) grow in faith since “faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God” (Romans 10:17).
It is with this in mind that For My Child is serving up some “soul food”. We pray that these short Biblical word studies pique your interest in diving deeper into the Bible and allowing your soul to feast on the riches found in the Lord’s word. …With that said here’s a quick food for thought:
We pray in Jesus name, we rebuke, renounce, bind, and lose in Jesus name, and we even intercede in Jesus name. Throughout the New Testament we read of the disciples using the name of Jesus (i.e. in the name of Jesus) when debating, refuting, praying, teaching, evangelizing, healing, delivering, and battling in warfare.
Strong’s Greek 3686 defines the word “name” as onoma – a ‘name’ (authority, character). This implies that when we say “in Jesus name” or “in the name of Jesus” in essence we’re saying to our Heavenly Father what we are coming to Him in the same character as Christ our Savior.
The definition of character is “the mental and moral qualities distinctive to an individual. Synonyms: personality, nature, disposition, temperament, temper, mentality, makeup, features, qualities, properties, traits, spirit, essence, identity, ethos, complexion, tone, feel, feeling.”
Deep. So the question we must always ask ourselves is this: When I lift up prayers to my Almighty Father or even when I’m engaging in warfare prayer is my heart truly in the likeness of Christ?
Let your soul be blessed!