The Jesus Factor: His name, His love, His Word
and His Life Changes Everything!
March 29, 2017
The very name of Jesus attracts attention in a variety of ways, with favor as well as disdain. Favor by those who love and serve Him; disdain by those who doubt or detest or deny Him.
Every year, the most successful holidays celebrated are those which surround His name and life.
I’m reminded of the sermon/poem that Dr. James Allen Francis wrote in 1926, “One Solitary Life,” in which he stated that of all the lives that ever lived, no one solitary life has affected mankind as that of Jesus.
My heart is personally invested in revering His Name. But there are those who are equally opposed to Him. That, in itself, tells me that He is worthy to follow. If someone draws that much attention, there is an importance beyond what’s natural within them.
I’ve studied the Word of God. I have, in particular, immersed myself in studying the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, in which those first hand witnesses tell the story of the life and times of Jesus. Amazingly, their reports are totally unified.
There are those who get angry that there is so much commercialization of the Christian holy days such as Christmas and Easter. There’s no way you can possibly deny that there is something “to” it for it to cause such a ruckus.
Why should anyone even care if there was no importance to the man?
I personally praise God that those holidays ARE commercialized, as the world itself is paying for and helping to spread the message of Jesus Christ. They may get a few bucks for doing so, but praise God that it’s being done.
What do you need Jesus to do for you? Did you ever happen to think of His names?
One day while I was at work at PTL, I had to do the morning partners devotional because I was the one who scheduled local pastors to do so, and when they didn’t show up, I had to substitute.
I was hurrying to the partners lounge, going past the bookstore, and saw a small postcard in the window that had the names of Jesus on it. I ran in and bought a stack, and hurried up to the meeting room.
The Lord had been speaking to me about the names of Jesus, so I used that little postcard and began to share on those names. I gave one out to each person who came.
The bottom line of it is that the Lord began to help me explain that, everything Jesus is, He called us to be so that He could do it through us.
One of the most touching things the Lord showed me was regarding the story of rambunctious Peter. In Matthew 14:22-33 the story is told how that Peter walked on the water with the Lord Jesus, but when Peter saw the wind he got afraid and began to sink. In verse 31 it says that Jesus immediately reached out His hand and caught Peter, and instantly lifted him back up to again walk on top of the waves with Him.
To me, the entire Gospel is summed up in that incident. When we fall, Jesus is right there to immediately take our hand and lift us back up on top of the waves and walk with Him again. No hesitation. No saying, “Are you sure? Are you really and truly sorry? Do you really mean it? Here’s a list of your sins, and I’m not sure I can believe you now.” – While we are bobbing our heads up and down out of the water, hardly able to breathe, dying.
That’s the attitude of most in the church. Someone gets saved, but people are oh so ready to continue to remind them and everyone else of that person’s sins.
What’s the purpose of salvation, if it doesn’t include deliverance?
Salvation is a turning away from sin and a turning to Jesus.
So often people talk about generational curses. But the blood of Jesus came to reverse those curses, so that we no longer have to walk in the cursed ways of past generations. (Galatians 3:13-14)
It’s so amazing to me that, in just three years of His life, Jesus did so many miracles. Yet He promises that we can do greater things than what we saw Him do. I would guess that to mean greater in number, not better. Just saying. After all, He was/is Jesus.
Having ministered in many places in the past 22 years of my own personal ministry, including schools of ministry, I’ve seen many who have such great expectations of the ministry they hope to accomplish. Yet many do not ever step beyond their dreams. They spend their lives learning, learning, learning, yet rarely doing. I don’t understand why.
So many times people will say they are “waiting on the Lord” for a clear message on what to do and where to go. Yet they could tell you in a heartbeat what the dream or vision in their heart is of what they’d like to accomplish.
I told one lady that if she kept saying she was waiting on the Lord but died never doing anything that I’d buy her tombstone and put on it. “She waited on the Lord…so He came and got her.”
It’s funny but yet it’s not. There are multitudes of people we have the opportunity to reach every day of our lives, if we will use them.
Jesus described true ministry in Matthew 25:35-40 as visiting those who are sick or in prison, giving water, food, or clothing, or providing shelter for those in need. How hard is that? You don’t need a Bible degree or ordination for that. Just a heart of compassion. Love. And since God is love, that shouldn’t be so difficult for us to muster that up.
I have a son that became a drug addict and ended up in prison for seven years. The only person that ever went to visit him was me for most of that time. Once another friend went with me. Many people spoke against and condemned him though. Some said they “loved” and “prayed for him.” But guess what? They never even wrote to him. And I’m talking about spirit filled believers. Even minister friends of mine that were in the same area where he was incarcerated for a period of time. But not even a letter from others.
I see many people running from people that have needs, or making fun of, or condemning them.
I personally have experienced people saying to me, “Why do so many things happen to you? You must have an open door of some type in your life.”
But if it was them that was going through something, the story is different. They are “under attack” because of their great anointing. Uh, http://yeah….Let’s/ leave that there.
What on earth is the life of Jesus about? Is it about having huge buildings and big named preachers that we serve with five star hotels and first class airplane tickets?
Or is it about doing the will of the Father in Heaven? Of being “Jesus with hands on” to those we come across in life. Which one do you think would bring a sinner to salvation?
I’m not at all against church buildings or church services. But if all we do is sit inside of them, how will anyone else get saved?
I’m so thankful that there are many churches across America who are raising up their people to go outside of the church building and DO the true works of the cross. The things Jesus said to do. To reach out to others to pray for and prophesy over them. To heal the sick and see the oppressed set free. But we need many more to do so. There is a lost and dying world out there that needs help.
What will it cost you? Well that’s up to you. You can volunteer for an hour a week, or commit your entire life to it. But I promise you, the rewards in your own heart and life will be enriched beyond measure if you choose to reach out instead of continue to let the enemy make you look inside of you and inside of your problems. There’s something about the law of reciprocity that, when we give – time, money, whatever – so much more comes back to us.
The life of Jesus emulates the love of God. When we allow ourselves to reach out to others in the love He has given to us, Jesus tells us that it’s the same as if we did it for Him. (Matt. 25:40)
When I’ve felt my absolute worst, have been in my most terrible wilderness, have had my greatest needs, felt at the very lowest point possible, is often when God has used me to be the most effective I’ve ever been. Because you can’t out give Him. And when you give out of what you need – even in the area of love – it comes back many fold more. For it’s not by our own might or power, but by His Spirit. It's the Jesus Factor.
I call that “the Jesus factor.” His name, His love, His Word, and His life changes everything. Every knee in heaven and earth must bow to it. And doing what Jesus would do will change the outcome of every life that is touched by it.
So I challenge you today to DO “something.” Give a word of encouragement. Or as you are doing your spring cleaning, ask the Lord what you could give away to someone who may need or appreciate and be blessed by that item. Or perhaps, the next time you go through McDonald’s, grab an extra bag of dollar menu burgers and fries and deliver it to that homeless person you just saw pushing that cart of their belongings down the street. Or if you don’t even leave home, write a hand written note to that person you know of who is sick or in prison and say a prayer for them.
There may be much going on in your life, but we all have the chance to do something to touch on and change the life of others. And when we do, we will experience the Jesus factor in our own life.
Joni Ames is an itinerant prophetic minister, writer, teacher, encourager, mentor, mother and grandma. Joni has taught in churches of many varied denominations including: conferences, government offices, Christian businesses, Women's Aglow groups, Full Gospel Businessmen groups, house groups, prisons, and wherever the Lord leads. Joni believes that the Lord wants to encourage and activate the Laborers as we continue to move into the harvest and does share specific types of teachings (activating others in personal prophetic ministry, intercession, etc.). Joni believes that the job of the five-fold ministry is "for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry," (Eph. 4:11) and that "...the whole Body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love." (Eph. 4:16)