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Magic, Mysticism and Calling on the Name of the Lord — 2 Comments

  1. William, thank you for your post on this topic. As you point out, calling on the name of the Lord is not a magical incantation to ward off the powers of evil or to manipulate God to obtain our will. Instead, the naming God is a recognition of his character attributes, our relationship with him and the responsibility that relationship brings to our lives. Calling on the names of the Lord is not the trivia mantra that some may have made it. It is instead the lifeline of our souls which connects us in intimate relationship with our Elder Brother and our Heavenly Father in this present world and in the world made new. It is God’s gracious privilege extended to us in his amazing love.

  2. Amen Pastor Williams so well said and so true!

    As I was studying this subject this past week the Holy Spirit brought to my mind how in some versions verse 23 is written this way

    “And then will I declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from me, you workers of lawlessness.’”
    ‭‭Matthew‬ ‭7‬:‭23‬ ‭ESV‬‬

    Referring to God’s law not being kept, of which Paul says,

    Rom 7:7 What shall we say then? Is the law sin? God forbid. Nay, I had not known sin, but by the law: for I had not known lust, except the law had said, Thou shalt not covet.

    And James tells us,

    James 2:10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.

    And praise God we have this promise from God, since we on our own can no more keep the law of God then a tiger can get rid of his stripes.

    Heb 8: 10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

    So then it came to my mind that the first time God wrote His holy Law, it was upon rock, to show its permanence, but now God wants to write them on our hearts, and so to choose Christ is to build upon the rock of His law, so He can say,

    Rev 14: Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

    After all, in the past, and in the end, are we not told this will happen?

    Jn 16:2 They shall put you out of the synagogues: yea, the time cometh, that whosoever killeth you will think that he doeth God service.
    3 And these things will they do unto you, because they have not known the Father, nor me.


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