Thursday, October 13, 2016


artwork by Krista Hamrick

It is so energizing and exciting to participate in #Write31days, an online writing challenge where writers pick one topic and write a post on that topic every day in the month of October. Within the #Write31days category ofInspiration & Faith, I chose to focus on the topic of the Name Above All Names every day for 31 days. You can view each of my daily posts at this landing page.

Krista Hamrick’s beautiful original art print, Name Above All Names Alphabet, has so inspired me. Each of the 26 individual Names she has identified are so special, as Krista has intricately painted, almost like stained glass windows, each one with its Scripture reference. 

My heart has been drawn to do a word study for each of the names included in her art print. Krista and I felt led to publish our Name Above All Names Devotional: Focusing on 26 Alphabetical Names of Christ available now on Amazon at this link.

I was inspired by the Hillsong anointed hymn, Healer, "I believe You're my Healer...Jesus, You're all I need, more than enough for me"...while studying  Isaiah 61:1

NASB:  The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me to bring good news to the afflicted; He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to captives and freedom to prisoners.

Amplified: The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor, and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,

Expanded: The Lord God has put his Spirit in me, because the Lord has ·appointed [anointed] me to ·tell [bring] the good news to the poor. He has sent me to ·comfort [bind up] those whose hearts are broken, to tell the captives they are free, and to tell the prisoners they are released.

God’s Word: The Spirit of the Almighty Lord is with me because the Lord has anointed me to deliver good news to humble people. He has sent me to heal those who are brokenhearted, to announce that captives will be set free and prisoners will be released.

The Message: The Spirit of God, the Master, is on me because God anointed me. He sent me to preach good news to the poor, heal the heartbroken, Announce freedom to all captives, pardon all prisoners.

Pastor Harry Ironside writes: In Isaiah Chapter 61, we have the portion to which the Lord Jesus directed His hearers’ attention when He went into the synagogue at Nazareth. After His baptism in the Jordan and His temptation in the wilderness He came up through Judea—He gave the Word in Judea—into Galilee and entered into the city where He had been brought up--Nazareth. There, we are told, that as His custom was on a Sabbath day, He went into the synagogue. That is very significant. We have very little information as to the early days of the Lord Jesus Christ, and men have tried to imagine what may have taken place between His childhood and His thirtieth year, when He went forth to be baptized by John, as He consecrated Himself to His great work. People have tried to imagine what Jesus may have done during those years, but Scripture says that when some of His townspeople came to hear Him, they said: “Is not this the carpenter?” They had known Him as a carpenter. And Luke says that He went as His custom was on the Sabbath day into the synagogue. It shows that the Lord Jesus not only submitted Himself to the obedience of the laws divinely given, but also to the ordinary regulations of the rabbis, and attended the synagogue service and apparently took part in it. They would recognize Him as one who had a right to go up to the dais and read from the Holy Scriptures. In that synagogue at Nazareth was handed to Him the book of the prophet Isaiah; this book, the last part, too, of this book - and it is called the prophet Isaiah. “The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord” (verses 1, 2a). Then He closed the book. He read to the middle of the sentence but then He closed the book. Why did He not go on with Isaiah’s words? Because those verses tell what He came to do at His first coming. His first and His second comings are intimately linked together in this chapter of Isaiah. He came to preach deliverance to captives, He came to give sight to the blind, to open the prisons of those that are bound, He came to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord. There He stopped at what we would call a comma. He put this whole dispensation in which you and I live into that comma. It is the acceptable year of the Lord still. We have not moved one iota beyond that point where He closed the book. Why did He close it there? Because the rest of the sentence would carry us on into the day of the Lord after this present age has come to an end. So now is the accepted time, now is the day of salvation. He came to proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord."

Often when we thank God, we are responding to what He does, how He is answering our prayers and working out His plan in our lives. When we worship, on the other hand, we are adoring, honoring, and embracing God simply for who He is. Worship is the overflow of hearts that are thankful and full of wonder. We worship Jesus when we lift our hearts and voices in grateful acknowledgment of how He has revealed Himself in our lives: our faithful and trustworthy provider, protector, redeemer, refuge, comforter, healer, sustainer, source of strength, helper, father, and friend. With praise-filled hearts we can proclaim all that God is and has done in our lives. Nothing delights the heart of our Father more than songs of praise from the lips of his children. It’s what we were created for, and it deepens our dependence on Him. What an awesome God we serve! Express to the Lord your desire to worship Him with all your heart, soul, and mind. Spend time in His presence meditating on all God has done and who He is to you.

Lord Jesus, how I praise the wonders of Your works! May I be found faithful in proclaiming through a heart of praise all that you are and have done in my life. You are so many things to me—You are everything! Thank you for the privilege of receiving a heart that is able to praise you every single day of my life. You are my Healer. I ask You to reveal this in my life today. Thank You for revealing Your wondrous attributes to us in Your Word. As I read it, continually open my eyes to who You really are so that my prayers will rest on the solid foundation of Your character. May my prayers have power because they are based on the truth about You. In Your mighty Name Above All Names—Healer, we pray, amen.

Look Up—meditate on Isaiah 61:1 Pray to see what it reveals about the character of God.

Look In
—as you meditate on 
Isaiah 61:1 pray to see how you might apply it to your life. Be propelled to ask galvanizing questions about your discoveries: "Because God is_________, I will_____________."

Look Out—as you meditate on 
Isaiah 61:1 pray to see how you might apply it to your relationships with others. Let the nature of God impact on every relationship, for your good, and for His glory.


  1. "Healer" is one of the one most powerful names of God to me. We all intuitively know that we need healing, and that is has to come from an outside source. So glad God provides it for us, even though it doesn't always "feel" as full yet as it will one day.

    1. Lisa, I so agree with you...He is our Healer, He heals all our diseases...we trust Him with our eternity, we can trust Him with our next heart beat. Many blessings to you!

  2. Thanks for sharing this post at Booknificent Thursday on this week! I love being reminded of different aspects of Yahweh each week!

    1. Thank you, Tina! It is a blessing to share encouraging Truth from God's Word with Mommynificent each week. Many blessings to you!


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