Safe and Secure

    Feb 23, 2024 | by Anthony Wade

    There is something about a safe place. A strong place. A place that isn’t moved by the storms of life. Steady. Reliable. Immovable. I guess the picture I have in my head as I write this is like a storm shelter or some sort of safe house. A great example could be a lighthouse along the rocky coast. We have all seen pictures of a lighthouse with a massive wave slamming into its side. No matter what is beating on the outside, the inside is safe.


    Proverbs 18:10 says, “the name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it (or into it) and are safe.” This is what the name of the Lord does. In the Old Testament here, it was talking about the name of God. He has many names listed in scripture, but they all boil down to I AM. When it comes down to it, He is the healer, provider, restorer, sanctifier, covering, and every other good thing that we need. If you ask Him for good in your life, no matter what category it falls under, He says, “I am that!” This name of God is the place to where His people could run for security and deliverance from all harm. His name is the ultimate safe place.


    Well, along came Jesus, and He represented the Father perfectly. In John 14:9, He told His disciples that if they have seen Him, they have seen the Father. To Jesus, He was the exact representation of their God, and Hebrews 1:3 corroborates that truth. As long as Jesus was with them, healing was present. Provision was present. Restoration and sanctification were present, as well as the covering they would need to protect them from both the natural storms and trials of life and any demonic attacks of the enemy. What an amazing time they had together. For a span of three-and-a-half years or so, they made an amazing team. And let’s just be honest, they were a great team because of Jesus and only because of Jesus. He did all the heavy lifting and only ever asked them to just trust in Him.


    At the end of His earthly ministry, Jesus prayed to the Father right before He went to the cross. You can read this prayer in John 17:1-26. This prayer included many things that we don’t have time to examine here today, but He said one thing that really stood out to me recently. Verses 11 and 12 say, “Now I am no longer in the world, but these are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep through Your name those whom You have given Me, that they may be one as We are. While I was with them in the worldI kept them in Your name.” Do you see it? Do you see the reason why these disciples were so well cared for during Jesus’ ministry? They were safe because He kept them in the name! He kept them in that strong tower where there were secure and delivered from all harm.


    Then, after Jesus went to the cross and paid the price to buy back our place of intimacy with the Father, God raised Him from the dead in the most amazing display of power this world has ever seen. And do you know what part of that mighty act was? Philippians 2:9-11 says that God “highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow… and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” And the very first thing Jesus did with that name is give it to us and command us in the Great Commission to do everything “in My name.” Peter and John did that when they healed the lame man in Acts 3:1-8. They said we don’t have any silver or gold to give you, but we’ll give you what we havein the name of Jesus Christ, rise up and walk! Notice that they “had” that name. They later confirmed that it was faith in that precious name that made that man walk.


    I encourage you to have that at the forefront of your mind with every Kingdom decision that you make. Be like those in the early church and use that name of Jesus to access all that is yours. You are the righteousness of God in Christ and are safe, secure, and provided for in that name. Live your life in the strong tower!


    Pastor Anthony

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