Revelation 22:4 (ESV)- They will see His face, and his Name will be on their foreheads.
There was a time during my younger years that I dreamed of becoming the “next heavy-weight kickboxing champion of the world.”
But as time passed and my priorities changed (marriage, family, education, ministry, bills, etc.), I slowly began to realize that although I was a pretty good martial artist, that I really did not have the genetics nor the killer-instinct required to fight endlessly for no reason other than a bronze-painted plastic trophy and my ego.
In fact it was by the grace of God through the Gospel of Jesus Christ, that my mind began to slowly wake up from the delusions that I had created for myself. Like most people, I lived much of my younger years in a semi-dream state, trying to believe the untruths that I was projecting and hoping to confirm through the external adulation of others.
Romans 12:1-2 (ESV) “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.”
According to scientists, the frontal lobe of our brains (the region of the forehead) is the area that carries out our higher mental processes, such as thinking, decision-making and planning. Whenever we make a decision to give ourselves to some illusory fantasy or to our bestial cravings, we suppress our “higher mental processes” to give place to baser ones.
Even though Christians have qualitatively been initiated into a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) and mystically received “the mind of Christ” (1 Cor. 2:16), it is up to the individual disciple to quantitatively train their brains to yield to the higher thought patterns and perceptions of the mind of Christ. It is only by doing so that we can begin to perceive the spiritual mysteries that transcend our baser senses of perception.
Ephesians 4: 17, 23-24 (NIV)- So I tell you this, and testify to it in the Lord: You must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of their thinking; to be renewed in the spirit of your minds; and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.
Contemporary discipleship in most churches consist mostly of learning doctrines without tangible, real-life applications. What good is it to memorize a passage such as the one cited above, unless we are also taught how to apply it? Not only should we study the injunction to be “renewed in the spirit of our minds,” we should also be instructed as to the methodological science behind the doctrine.
One of the easiest spiritual methods through which we can teach our brains to let go of untruths and yield to the mind of Christ, is to fix our attention upon the healing Name of Lord Jesus.
2 Corinthians 4:18 (NIV)- So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.
Hebrews 12:2 (NIV)- fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
Lord Jesus promised that he would be fully present whenever and wherever His holy Name is proclaimed. The reason for this is because there is no difference between the Name of God and His existential presence. (Gen. 4:26; Ex. 33:18-19, 6-7; Dt. 12: 11-12; 16:6; Ex. 25:8; Ezra 6:12; Num. 6:24-27; Jer. 29:12; 2 Chron. 7:14; Joel 2:32; Acts 2:21; Rom. 10:13; Matt. 18:20; 28:19-20, et. al.)
Although the Bible contains over 1,000 Names for God, the Lord has sent the Name of Jesus, which has the exclusive power to not only guarantee a post-mortem salvation, but also to save us from all sinful entanglements and habits while living in this body.
The easiest way to reap the full benefits of Jesus’ Name is to simply call out to Him wholeheartedly. Acts 2:21 says:
“And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”
The persons who steadily practice a method of prayer around the Name of Jesus, find that the power of the presence of God liberates (or saves) the anxious mind from earthly concerns, filling the heart with love, peace and exuberant joy! In other words, the Name of Jesus has the power to not only save our souls in a post-mortem future, but also to save our minds NOW from the insanity and chaos of an illusory world.
The easiest way to experience mind liberation from stress, anxiety, depression and obsessions, is to begin by finding a tranquil place where you can spend 10 minutes in prayer without interruption. The best time to do this spiritual exercise is in the morning, but any time of the day will suffice. Just try to choose a time and stick to it!
You will find that the mind is like a barrel full of monkeys… Your mind will be bombarded with all sorts of thoughts and things that you should do. Ignore it and only focus your attention on the Name of Jesus.
There are many prayers that focus on the Name of Jesus, but the easiest is to verbally pray or chant the YESHUA PRAYER:
Alleluia, Alleluia, Yeshua, Alleluia! Yeshua, Yeshua, Alleluia, Alleluia!
If possible, set a timer that will alert you when the 10 minutes expire. As you speak the words of this invocation, breathe calmly as you relax and focus on the Name of Yeshua (The Name of Jesus means “salvation” in Hebrew).
Say the prayer continuously, trying to connect the “A’s” in the prayer as much as possible. As you focus on the person of Christ, let go of every concern. Forget about yourself and focus only on the invocation. When your thoughts begin to drift, re-focus by thinking about the meaning of the Name of Yeshua or of the fact of His glorious resurrection, as you rejoice in saying “Alleluia!”
As you gradually grow in this prayer discipline, you will notice that your whole life will begin to be transformed. Your anxieties will melt away…Your faith and focus in Christ will grow, and with this, the realization of how the presence of God in you desires to work through you for the blessing of others.
There is salvation in the Name of the Lord. All who call upon the Name of the Lord shall be saved! (Romans 10:9-10)