Key Word:- PERSEVERE
Title:- Waiting With NAMES!
Genesis 32:27-28 So He said to him, “What is your name?” He said, “Jacob.” And He said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.”
A month after war broke out between the United States and Great Britain, on July 16th, the USS Constitution, encountered a squadron of five British ships off Egg Harbour, New Jersey. The constitution was surrounded and preparing to escape when the wind suddenly died. Out of gunnery range and both sides now dead in the water, for 36 hours the Constitution's crew kept their ship just ahead of the slowly pursuing British by towing the frigate with rowboats and by tossing the ship's anchor ahead of the ship and then reeling it in. Later when the wind came up, the Constitution was far enough ahead of the British warships to then make her escape by sail. She was running rather than fighting, a wise move for the day.
It was actually yesterday, August 19th in 1812 that the USS Constitution earned it’s battle name of ‘Old Ironsides.’ During a ferocious engagement off the coast of Nova Scotia resulting in the sinking of the British frigate Guerriýre, witnesses to the crash of cannon balls claimed that the British shot ‘merely bounced off the Constitution's sides, as if the ship were made of iron rather than wood.’
The wisdom, courage and tenacity of the crew of the Constitution seen in these two incidents, fire my blood, for I am increasingly convinced that perseverance cannot exist without passion and passion cannot succeed without focus and dedication. The crew of the Constitution showed such tenacity and bravery that they were attributed a name far beyond their design and capability. A ship that seemed so unsinkable, it was attributed with both hidden design and secret properties. A wooden ship with 'iron sides' even.
I am equally convinced that the Sovereign Lord awaits with names to knight in the field, those with a constitution sturdy enough to turn to flight armies of demons, be valiant in battle, bring forth strength from weakness, escape the edge of the enemy sword, quench violent burning, stop the mouths of lions, obtain promises, work righteousness and by faith subdue kingdoms! O brave hearted friends, step up, step out, tread down, trample and be victorious in the fight for He is waiting with names!
Listen:- ……..to whom He gave the name Boanerges, that is, “Sons of Thunder”; Mark 3:17b
Pray: - I hurt O Lord and my day breaks upon me but I will not let You go, until you give me a prevailing name O my Jesus. Amen & let it be so.