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Form versus Function (5 of 6)

Shane Willard

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So I just said: “yes, you will”. It had to be supernatural power of God stuff, because I did not know anything, about anything, about anything, and that thing left! Wow! Now where it went, I have no idea, but it went! I was like: phew, let's go home before something else happens here.

I got lucky once - even a blind squirrel finds a nut every now and then. I realised I was missing something, because I had to deal with scriptures that said: “lay hands on sick people, and they will recover”. Jesus said that. He predicted His own death and resurrection, and then pulled it off; and yet I was laying hands on people, and nothing was happening. So was He lying, or was I missing something?

The truth is: I was missing something. I was making a form out of everything. We make a form out of everything. We make a form of "in Jesus' name". I mean, we've all been guilty of this at times, but how many times do we use in Jesus' name as a "10-4 over-and-out" sort of thing? We do it all the time. We do it at the end of prayers without thinking, don't we? Yeah, it's kind of like a "10-4 over and out", but if you look at the New Testament, most of them did not end their prayers "in Jesus' name". They didn't.

What they did was, they stayed in Jesus' name - so everything they said was in Jesus' name. Peter was in Jesus' name so much, that his shadow was raising people from the dead.

“In Jesus' name” is not a form, it's a function - it's a way of life. To lay hands on people means: to take something, that's in your authority to give, and place it over the top of somebody.

The rabbis called it hovering. I can take anything in my authority to give Doug - and I can hover it over him. I cannot put it in him - that is his faith; but I can put it over him - and it will saturate him from head to toe. You see Jesus doing this all the time: “peace be on you”, or “go with peace on you”.

So you might say: what's in my authority to give? You have the authority to give anything that's in the name of God; because you're heirs according to that covenant. You have the authority to give, because you are Abraham's child, and heirs according to that covenant.

God first revealed His name as “El Shaddai” - God Almighty. Some 450-odd years later, He appears to Moses in a burning bush, and He says: my name is “Jehovah” - I am the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.

Moses' response? He's like: na-ah, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is El Shaddai - which that's all he would have known. God appears to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as El Shaddai, and they pass it on to their kids and to their kids and to their kids. Who are we in covenant with dad? El Shaddai. Who are we in covenant with dad? El Shaddai. El Shaddai, El Shaddai, El Shaddai. 430 years of slavery, in covenant with a God named God Almighty, and he wasn't doing anything, hmm.

So God finally appears to Moses, and Moses says: what's your name? Who are you? I am Jehovah - oh, I'm the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; and Moses is like: no, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is “El Shaddai”. You just said your name was Jehovah. And He said: My name is Jehovah, I appeared to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob as El Shaddai, but by My name Jehovah - they didn't know Me.

So God, over time, revealed himself in different names, and with different character traits: God Almighty (the God that has all might); Jehovah - Jehovah who? Just Jehovah; then later: Jehovah Rapha; Jehovah Jireh; Jehovah Tsidkenu; Jehovah M'Kaddesh; Jehovah Nissi; Jehovah Rophe.

These revelations of the name of God came in spurts, and every time God revealed a different part of His name, it expanded who He was; until Jesus came, and then He was given a name that is above every other name. Whether that name be written in heaven or on earth or under the earth, that Jesus is the name that encapsulates all other names of the revelation of God Himself.

We are in Jesus. We are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to that covenant; which means that in every one of us, we have the authority to reach into our spirit, and give to someone else - anything that's in the name of God.