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above – jessica elle clark

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these song lyrics have been on repeat in my heart and spirit, “let all the other names fade away” (Wide As The Sky-Matt Redman).

a name is what a person or a thing is called, it distinguishes you from others. a name is what you respond to. a name has the potential to produce specific feelings or emotions within us. names are also what we identify ourselves with. we place names on what we consider success to be. we experience trauma or a difficult life event place blame (a name) or shame (a name) on ourselves. we live under an alternative name for so long that we eventually begin to operate our lives using this alternative name or label.

allow me to pause and  encourage you today by saying that these “re-names”, the alternative names, do not define you. you are not confound to any negative label that has been placed upon or spoken over you. you are not your past. you are not your yesterday. you are not your shame.

the song goes on to say “Jesus take your place”, referencing the verse found in Philippians 2:9. Jesus, the name that is above (beyond, more than, in extended space over and not touching) every name.  this verse is essentially saying, the name of Jesus cannot be touched and is supreme above all. His name is where our identity is founded in.  All other names must fade, leave, vanish at the mention of the name Jesus. because His name covers past failures, insecurities, diseases, fears, anxieties, pride, ego, low self-esteem, shame, EVERYTHING. every name has to bow to, surrender to, the name of Jesus.

i felt the love of Jesus so strongly this morning, and i believe that He wants someone to know that His name is covering you in love at this very moment. Jesus’ love for you is reckless, meaning His love is without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. It is a wild, abandon love. Jesus loves you because He loves you. He does not think twice about loving you. He does not withhold His love from you until you are perfect. NOTHING can separate you from His reckless love for you. As the song says, He lights up shadows, climbs up mountains, kicks down walls, tears down every single lie- to come after you. He is singing over us today, my prayer is that as the other names fade away that we are wooed into Love, strengthened in our God-breathed name, and empowered in His Name.

  • Jeremiah 10: 6 “No one is like you, O Lord; you are great. And your name is mighty in power.”
  • Acts 4:12 “salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
  • Luke 10:17 “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.”
  • John 14: 13-14 “Jesus answered…And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.”

Amen, it is so!