Hallowed be your name
By Brad Henderson
“Our Father Who art in Heaven, Hallowed be Your Name…”
LIFESTYLE, NOT LIPSERVICE
“We believe, therefore we speak” 2nd Corinthians 4:13
Worshiping the Lord involves first a decree, then a declaration.
What does it mean to hallow the name of the Lord?
Is it merely in word and tongue?
Or is it also in action and in truth?
Jesus said in John 4:23-24, “God is seeking those who will worship Him in Spirit and in Truth”…
Here is our decree; we must worship Him in Spirit and in Truth….
What does this mean?
When Jesus instructs His disciples to hallow the name of the Lord, we must also keep in mind our Lord also said, “not everyone who says Lord, Lord will enter the kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 7:22
Jesus quoted from Isaiah and said “they honor me with their lips, but in their hearts they are far from me. They worship me in vain, their teachings are but rules taught by men” Matthew 15:8-9….
And again in Matthew 15:11 He says, “It’s not what goes into the mouth that defiles a man, but what comes out of the mouth that is what defiles him.”
In 2Kings 17:33 we read, “they worship the Lord, but serve their own gods.”
The Scriptures command us to “bear fruit that is worthy of our confession or repentance” (Matthew 3:8; Acts 26:20).
Jesus said, “Why do you call me LORD, LORD, and do not the things which I say” Luke 6:46.
The one who truly loves me, is the one who does the will of my father in heaven, the one who keeps my commands
Worship and Hallowing the Name of the Lord must grow out of a lifestyle of doing those things that are pleasing in His sight, not just saying those things that are pleasing in His sight, we will talk more about this during “Thy Kingdom Come”
How do we place ourselves under the Kings decree?
And how do we partake of the Kings decree?
John 1:12 “To as many as received Him, He gave the right, power, and authority, to become the children of God, to those who believed on His name”
By this we come under the Kings decree so that we may become worshippers of God in Spirit and in Truth…
“Because you are His sons He sent His Spirit that cries out Abba, Father” (Romans 8:15; Galatians 4:6). And in 2Corinthians 4:13, “with that same spirit of faith, we believe therefore we speak.”
We are under the kings decree to declare the kingdom
Before kingdoms went to war, the king first signed a decree declaring war. Those who serve the King, serve him in times of peace and in times of war, at all times.
They went out and prepared for battle, and before waging warfare, those up front carried banners, blew trumpets and beat the drums of war in order to declare the king in whose name they fought.
When we worship God, we declare the kingdom of God, we make it known to the enemies of God what kingdom we are of, and who we serve, and the king we serve will not share His glory with another (Isaiah 48:11).
How long will a man sit on the fence between two kingdoms? How long can a man be friends to both sides? How long will a man flirt with God and dance with demons?
Don’t be the double-minded man who is unstable in all of his ways. In 1Kings 18, Elijah says “How long will you stagger between two ways….If God be God, then worship Him..”
Also as a soldier in the battle
“A good soldier does not entangle himself with the things of this world so that he might please the one who enlisted him” (2Tim. 2:4).
Worship God in Spirit and in Truth, not in the flesh, when it feels like it, for the flesh is weak, and the carnal mind is enmity against God (Romans 8:7-8), nor will we only in Circumstance, when everything is at peace and goes well, and we have no troubles…
God’s sovereignty is not affected when the nations rage and men plot vain things, and when there is persecution and affliction; because of this our worship of Him HINI should not be affected by these things…
We don’t worship the god of circumstance, we worship the I AM, the ONE who was and is and is to come, the first and the last, the ONE, who, though the heavens and earth perish, and grow old like a garment, He remains the same, and His years will never end, Jesus Christ the same yesterday today and forever….
When did we become so fat with prosperity and our inalienable American rights that we forgot what it meant to suffer for the name of Christ? Are we fair weather Christians? As long as everything goes our way and no one violates our rights, we praise God; is that faithfulness? When did we stop enduring suffering for Christ? When did we start rebuking trials and tribulations instead of rejoicing in them like the Apostles did? And like our brothers and sisters around the world?
We must by many trials and tribulations enter into the kingdom of God (Acts 14:22).
- “It has been given to us on behalf of Christ not only to believe in Him but to suffer for His name” Philippians 1:29
- “All who live Godly in Christ Jesus shall suffer persecution” 2nd Timothy 3:12…
- “He prepares a table for me in the presence of my enemies” Psalm 23…
- Yet Paul said rejoice in the Lord always, and again rejoice… Philippians 4:4
Paul said in Phillipians 3:10, “that I might know the fellowship of His sufferings”, and in 2nd Corinthians 11:23-28, He learned in all things to be content, because He worshipped God in Spirit and in Truth, He could not be turned away be circumstance….
And still yet in Acts 20:23-24 Paul said, “These things shall not move me!”
Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Him continually offer up a sacrifice of praise, the fruit of lips that acknowledge, confess and glorify His name”. Sacrifice is going to cost you something…
Praise God, Exalt His name, not only when it’s convenient, bear the fruit of lips that praise His name…
What does this mean? Faithfulness…1Cor. 4:1-2 “It’s accounted of a steward that one be found faithful.”
Hosea 6:4, “Ephraim what shall I do with you, and Judah , what shall I do to you, for your faithfulness is like a morning cloud, and like the early dew it vanishes away.”
What about our faithfulness, will it vaporize like a morning cloud when the heat gets turned up a little?