What's in a Name?

#22 The Great Possibility

Posted: Tuesday, May 24th, 2022
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About What’s In A Name? Series

What's in a name? Names identify, explain, and serve to distinguish one from another. What do God's names reveal to us about Him, coming from Him?


Genesis 17:1 AMPC
Walk and live habitually before Me and be perfect (blameless, wholehearted, complete).

God requires holiness and purity. He can be in intimate and continuous relationship on no other ground. But that is our impossibility and it is inconceivable to the broken that we could hope for such a ‘blamelessness.’

What God requires of us is not a demand for our performance but the possibility of His own character imparted to us in His Son. His commandment is simply an invitation to partake of His gift of holiness. In Christ.

A child would clap his hands and say, “Oh joy!” We adultish believers hear that call and judge it with either “Oh, I can do that” – which is pride – or “Well, I can never live up to that” – which is also pride!

But the worst pride is this: I say, “It is impossible to be perfect.” And that is blank unbelief against the shocking hope held out and repeated in Scripture.

Other Devotionals in What’s In A Name? Series

Power in the Name #53 Why Can't We See Our Shocking God? #52 Commanded to Bear Fruit #51 Unending Multiplication #50 Vision of the Almighty #49 El Shaddai, God's Abundance and Might #48 The Real Taking of God Within #47 Blessings of the Deep #46 Foolish and Weak Yet Chosen #45 The Unfathomable, Mystery God #44 Childish and Untaught #43 Almighty Source of All Things #42 The Source for All Humanity #41 Seed Like Stars and Sand #40 A Staggering Multiplication #39 Abundance of the Triune God #38 God Commands and Completes #37 God of Impossibilities #36 To Live Without Needing God #35 God Almighty Needs no Help #34 God Revealed in His Names #32 Faith is Not an Achievement #31 A Promise is His Command #30 Father of Many Nations #29 Destiny Enlarged by Faith #28 A New Name for Abram #27 The Unstoppable Effect #26 Our Blindness to God #25 Before God Almighty, Abram Fell #24 The Long List of God's 'I Will' #23 Waiting for the End of Effort
#22 The Great Possibility (Currently Viewing)
#21 A Humanly Impossible Calling #20 Face to Face with Our God #19 Back to His Waiting Arms #18 Clearing the Path to God's Heart #17 Greater Than All We Know #16 The End of Human Effort #15 Numbers in Scripture #14 Treasure Old and New #13 Unending Fellowship with God #12 God Can Begin When We End #11 Price of Failing to Wait #10 Nature and Destiny in the Name #9 Mother of All the Living #8 Unique Identity Lost in the Fall #7 This is Now Bone of My Bones #6 To Name Every Living Thing #5 The Strange Way that Adam is Named #4 Choosing a Name is a Serious Matter #3 The Naming of Creation #2 Nothing Is without a Name #1 What is the Importance of a Name?
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