Ezekiel 48:35 What Is Your Name?

Books on a shelf

The distance all around will be 18,000 cubits. And the name of the city from that time on will be: THE LORD IS THERE. Ezekiel 48:35 

Titles or names can be important to let people know about something. It allows people to know who someone is and what his position is. It allows people to know what city, county or state they are in.

Without any names, people would only have confusion. No one would know who anyone or anything is. There would be no division as to what is good and what is bad.

Ezekiel was given a vision of the future city of Jerusalem. As he finishes out the vision and the book, he is told that the name of the city would be: The Lord Is There.

There are some people in the church who do not believe that titles should be used by anyone. They feel that titles is sinful and only fills one with pride. However, God used titles throughout the bible. Think of all the titles were given to God: provider, banner, shepherd. God also gave people titles: friend, priest, minister, witness.

One of the titles that every believer has in common is that he is a Christian. That title lets everyone know that he is a follower of Jesus. Being a follower of Jesus, also means that one has His Holy Spirit to guide him. Thus he also has the ancient title that Jerusalem had–The Lord Is There.

God is with every believer and the world should be able to see that. It is what sets a believer apart from the rest of the world. It is what drives him to live a life that is different. It is what compels him to turn away from sin and sinful practices. God’s presence is what gives the believer strength to love everyone, including his enemies.

You, also have a title and a name. When people look at you, who do they see? When they talk about you, what do they say?

You are a child of God and God’s presence is with you. Live your life in a way that brings honor to the name God has given you. Be willing to let the world know who Jesus is and what He has done for you and for them.

Just as God had said He would be with the city forever, He is also with you forever. You can have the name–The Lord Is There.

I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know God’s presence in your life; that the world will know God is with you; and that you will be God’s witness to the world. 

Song Of Solomon 2:3 Enjoying His Presence And Fruit

Together under trees

Like an apple tree among the trees of the forest is my beloved among the young men. I delight to sit in his shade, and his fruit is sweet to my taste. Ecclesiastes 2:3 

Most people have someone that they love to be around. They enjoy the presence of the person and what that person can bring into their life.

Each person is able to bring different things into the life of someone else. Some bring peace, others strength, or a listening ear, or care, or joy, or some other feeling or need that a person has.

Although many people do bring good things into the lives of those they are closest to, there are often many times when they do not bring those good things and will sometimes bring in negative. Each person has his own set of challenges and these are often brought into a relationship.

In this passage today, the lady loves to be with her loved one. She loves the fruit that he brings to her.

This is like the relationship of the believer (the church) with Jesus. The true believer in Jesus will enjoy being in His presence. The shade in the verse indicates that he is nearby.

When one is living for God, he will enjoy God’s presence. When he is living in a sinful way, he will despise God’s presence or run from it.

One of the things that God brings into the relationship is the fruit of His Spirit. Love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, and self-control are the fruits of the Holy Spirit, the fruit of His presence in the life of a believer.

A good sign for the believer that he is truly living for God is if he loves God’s presence and His fruit. Many do not taste the fruit because they want to live as the world lives and then they despise His close presence.

What do you love? Do you look forward to spending time in God’s presence, or are you in a rush to move on to “bigger and better things” that are only temporary and do not really satisfy?

Allow yourself to slow down and sit in His presence and enjoy what God can bring to you. Taste of His Holy Spirit and the fruit he has for you. These things are eternal and will benefit you more than the food and relationships of this world.

I pray today that you will know the salvation Jesus has for you; that you will love to spend time with God; that you will know the great taste of God’s fruit in your life; that you will find satisfaction in God alone; and that you will love God with all of your heart.

Psalm 138:7 Preservation During Trouble

Preserved fruit in jars

Though I walk in the midst of trouble, you preserve my life. You stretch out your hand against the anger of my foes; with your right hand you save me. Psalm 138:7 

Fruits and vegetables that are picked off of a tree only have a short time to be of any real value. Depending on the temperature of where they are stored, will depend on how long they may last to be edible.

During the high heat of summer, most vegetables and fruit will not last more than a few days, then they will rot and go bad. However, one can preserve them by canning them. Mixed with certain ingredients, they can withstand the heat and survive on the shelf for months, even years.

David was being attacked by people on all sides. As this was happening, God was still preserving his life and saving him. God would attack his enemies in the end.

Just as fruit and vegetables go through times of trouble with the heat, believers have times of struggle and danger. The world seeks to take down every believer and destroy him. The world is angry with every believer, because the believer goes against what the world wants and thinks.

Yet, God fills the believer with His Holy Spirit to preserve him and strengthen him during the times of trouble and attacks. The physical life may or may not be preserved, but the soul is kept intact.

God raised His right hand, Jesus, to fight against the attacks of the enemy. Sin was defeated upon the cross. There is now no more condemnation, but love and forgiveness, that the world does not understand.

This does not stop the trouble, but gives strength in the midst of it. Just as with the fruits and vegetables, canning does not stop the heat, but still preserves the food for later use, God is preserving the believer for a greater good.

Know that as you are walking in the middle of times of trouble and hardship, God is with you and is preserving you. His love will not let you go.

You may lose parts of your body and life, but your spirit will live on with God. Trust in what Jesus has done for you and will continue to do for you.

Don’t give in to the fear of the enemy, but hold on to God. Be filled with His Holy Spirit so that you may be preserved for a great work for God and an eternity in heaven.

I pray today that you will be filled with His Holy Spirit; that you will trust God’s preservation; that you will trust God’s forgiveness; and that you will know God’s presence in the midst of trouble.