RUNNING WITH THE LORD--WITH A NEW NAME AND BRILLIANT FLAMES

by John Belt

"We are called to carry the weight of His Presence, but leave the details to Him."

 Our Song: "I Will Run With You"

There is a song being sung from Heaven: "Will You Run With Me?" The Lord is looking for those who will run in abandoned love and worship to Him without any contingencies or strings attached. He is looking for a people who will hold and steward the things of the Lord with an open hand (just enough to carry), but not control. He desires to pour out His Spirit in us and through us. He wants carriers, not controllers.

2 Corinthians 4:7, "But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us."

We are called to carry the weight of His Presence, but leave the details to Him. Whatever and whoever it involves must be an open hand that won't clench to control (Jeremiah 17:5). This is the condition for running with the Lord and consistently being able to carry His love and Presence.

It is not about what we can do, but about what only He can do. His glory only is the sole provider of all things. In this, He gets all the glory. Our role is simply to yield and be the releasers of His grace in love and freedom. Our song to Him is "I will run with You!"

Hebrews 12:1-2, "Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God."

The New Name God Gives to Us

The Lord gives us a new name--a new identity. Our total identity is wrapped up in our association with Him. As His children, we receive this new name. In walking in the new name, we are confident and strong, knowing who we are in Him. It is about the name that He has given to us (Revelation 3:12).

Revelation 2:17, "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it."

We can choose to walk in our "old name" or walk in the new that God has given. It is a picture of choosing to yield to the old man or the new man created in true righteousness in holiness (Ephesians 4:24). We are partakers of the divine nature through His promises (2 Peter 1:4).

By abiding in Him through His living words and in simplicity in worship and prayer, we begin to see, hear, and walk in this new nature that He has given to us. The powers of darkness know when we are walking in the new nature. And when we live in that nature they will call us by that name and fear us.

Acts 19:15, "And the evil spirit answered and said, 'Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?'"

Just as Saul received a new name from the Lord, the demons recognized him by his new name, the new divine nature--not the old. This is because Paul walked in the new name and life that God had given to him.

Part of walking in the new name will be the ability to love in action and in deed. Love never fails. Love overcomes evil. Love covers a multitude of sins. There will be a high measure of grace to love those who are walking in the old name, those who are religious, and those outside of the religious world.

Brilliant Flames of Worship & Prayer

There are altars of prayer that are without fire, but are going to be lit-up in brilliant flames. The smoke of worship and prayer will ascend up throughout cities, bringing light as they are billowed by the stirrings of God's passionate and persistent people. Many priestly worshippers will come to assist in these prayer altars.

Revelation 8:3-4, "Then another angel, having a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. And he was given much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all the saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne. And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, ascended before God from the angel's hand."

These worship and prayer altars will rise to light up cities and change atmospheres. These spiritual fires will be seen from great distances. When these fires are released, many more priestly worshippers, young and old, will run into the cities with great speed to help tend these flames.