THE NAME

In all of Scripture God has many names and each has a special significance. One could do a Bible study solely on the Names of our Heavenly Father. Among them are Elohim, Yahweh and El Shaddai and each has its special meaning. The name of Jehovah itself has many meanings. For example, there is Jehovah Rophe our Healer, Jehovah Tsidkenu our Righteousness and Jehovah Shalom our Peace. Yes, our God has used many names to express Himself and His Goodness throughout Scripture.

However, just as the Father has many names so does the Son. Yet, there is none more significant than the one given to Him by the Angel of the Lord in Matthew 1:21 “And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name JESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.”

In Hebrew the Son of God is called Yeshua which has been translated into the English language as Jesus. However, whether you call Him Yeshua or Jesus there is one thing you can be sure of; there is power in His Name. We all have our favorite Bible verses and I have quoted to you some of mine in the past but at the top of my list is a verse which has great meaning to me personally. It is found in Philippians 2:9-11.

“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” 

When these verses first jumped out at me I thought about how majestic they were. I have always been drawn to the majesty and glory of God; His greatness and power. Hymns such as “A Mighty Fortress” and “How Great Thou Art” were always favorites of mine and I am ever in awe of the All Mighty and All Powerful Living God who loved me enough to save me from damnation.

As I began to look closer I noticed something I had not before. “At the Name of Jesus every knee should bow”. Wow! I thought if every knee should bow that must be why devils flee. After the whooping Jesus gave them it’s no wonder they don’t want to hear His Name. It’s also all the more reason we should use His Name against them.

In spending time with the Lord He has taught me many things. One of them is when Satan is trying to distract, interfere, hinder or otherwise cause problems in my life to go after him with the power and authority the Lord has given to us. The Lord said: “Do not fear, have courage for I will back you and the enemy will flee. Trust me in this.”

The Lord also told me if I’m ever in a situation there is not time to pray to just call out “Jesus”. He said “All of Heaven hears your cry and will assist you in your need”. Bless the Lord for His everlasting mercy and kindness!

Many times we do not realize the depression, discouragement or fear we are feeling is actually coming from the enemy putting thoughts in our head. We may think it’s because of what is happening around us or to us. Please know Satan will use negative circumstances in our lives like he did in Job’s. He wants us to curse God and die. However, we have authority not only over Satan but also our thoughts. We can tell Satan to take a hike, pull ourselves up by our bootstraps and sing praises to God. The Joy of the Lord will rise up within us. Then, with a clear mind we can pray and get the answer to our problem.

The first time I ever saw the power in action was when my son was about five or six years old. We had left the patio door open and a bee flew inside. Something within me rose up and I pointed to the door and yelled “in the Name of Jesus bee get out of here”. The bee immediately made a U turn and flew out. As I shut the door my son stood there and stared at me in amazement. Truthfully, I was somewhat amazed myself. What I did not understand at the time was the “named” bee had no choice but to bow to “the name which is above every name”.

So, over what do we have authority? We do not have it over other human beings but we do have authority over the powers of darkness and over everything in the earth.

Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all] the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.” So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.” Gen.1:26-28

Of all of the verses which address the subject there are none more direct than the words of Jesus Himself in Mark 16:17 and 18 “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.”

Please notice Jesus did not say this is just for the five fold ministry. He said it is for “those who believe” and that is a very general statement. Therefore, the Lord must have been including us if we believe. Something I have learned over time is I must know what it is I believe. There is a difference between believing and knowing. Knowing comes from experience. For example, there is a difference in saying “I believe God loves me” and “I know God loves me”. You may believe God loves you because you have been taught He does. It is when we experience God in a personal relationship we come to know His love in our lives.

Let’s return to Scripture for another example of the power in the Name of Jesus. It is written Acts 3: 6-8 “Then Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength. So he, leaping up, stood and walked and entered the temple with them—walking, leaping, and praising God”.

Early on, I decided to read the Gospels to really get to learn who Jesus was and is in my life. In doing so I noticed the term “disciples” often used and came to understand a disciple is more than a believer. A disciple is actually a student of Jesus; someone who wants to learn not only about Him but from Him. For over three years Peter and John lived and ate with and watched and listened to Jesus each day. In doing so I am sure they clung to His every word and deed. It is in this and in the Lord’s instructions to them before He ascended to Heaven they understood Jesus did not only come to save us from sin and death but also to teach us how to live.

The Apostles not only understood the power in the Name of Jesus but the authority Jesus had given to them to use His Name. Jesus said in Luke 10: 19 “Behold, I give you the authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.”  We must understand the same authority given to the Apostles to use the Name of Jesus has also been given to us.

In our own lives we are given authority to use the Name just as I did with the bee. However, it is quite another thing to step out into the world without express permission and instruction from the Lord. There were a number of times after the bee incident I’d see something and ask the Lord if I should say or do something about it and He’d tell me no. At times, situations require someone with an anointing so unless that’s you or you have a word from the Lord please refrain from doing so. If you don’t understand what you are doing you can get yourself into trouble. Acts 19: 11-16 illustrates this perfectly.

“Now God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul, so that even handkerchiefs or aprons were brought from his body to the sick, and the diseases left them and the evil spirits went out of them. Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches.” Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so. And the evil spirit answered and said, “Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?” Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.”

It takes faith to know God and it takes faith to know He loves you. It also takes faith to believe His Word is true. Therefore, we must also have faith in the power of the Name of Jesus so that we when we speak it with authority all of Hell knows we know who we are in Christ. Demons must know that we not only believe but know and understand the power in the Name and the authority we have to use it as disciples of Jesus Christ. For sure, the seven sons of Sceva did not know what Paul, James and John did and they also didn’t know Jesus like we do.

There is another topic in which Jesus mentions the power of His Name in Scripture. It is written in John 14: 13 and 14: “And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it. ” As many times as I had read those verses one day it dawned on me what Jesus had really said. I was so excited I could barely contain myself. Whatever I ask the Heavenly Father in His Name Jesus WILL do it.

This must have been very important to Jesus because He repeats Himself in the next chapter in John 15: 7, 8: “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.”

This time there is a condition; that we abide in Him and His words abide in us. What exactly does this mean? To abide means to live. Therefore, we must not only be alive in Christ but His Word must be alive in us. We must be His disciples, stay in His Word and walk in love. The Lord has strongly impressed upon me any unforgiveness will hinder our prayer life.

Let’s talk about prayer for a moment. We are taught to pray to the Heavenly Father in Jesus Name but do we think about what we are saying? Many times we spout off prayers and don’t think about anything but our request. However, when you ponder the power in the Name and add Amen you could say you are sealing the prayer with power and the confidence of “so be it”.

Through the years, I have spent many hours meditating these things and praying about them. There may be some disagreement with denominational teachings on this subject. To be sure I did not get my understanding from church. It came through spending time with the Lord and meditating His Word. If you have any questions please feel free to ask me or go directly to the Lord. I have full faith and confidence the Lord will teach you and lead you into His Truth. When he does I would enjoy hearing what the Lord has said to you. We can learn from each other. As written in Prov. 27: 17 “As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend.”

Finally, I would like to thank Duckie and AFVet who asked me to write this. It was with the Lord’s help that I did and to Him be the glory! Amen.