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There is Power in the Name of Jesus

March 25, 2013

“Master,” said John, “we saw a man driving out demons in your name and we tried to stop him, because he is not one of us.” “Do not stop him,” Jesus said, “for whoever is not against you is for you.” Luke 9:49-50 (NIV)

I still cannot get it out of my head. I’ve been hearing it repeatedly. Even in my sleep, I hear Kim Walker Smith singing, “There is Power in the Name of Jesus to break every chain.” So, I began to meditate on the power that is in the name of Jesus. I still need to break some chains.

The ancient Hebrew people believed that the name of a person represented his character, honor, authority and reputation. They named their children what they hoped their children would become and know so deeply that their life reflected that belief. That’s why you see so many bible characters named with God’s name in their own. For instance, Hannah named her son Samuel, which means, hears from God.

So, when Jesus tells us that when we ask anything in His name we will receive it, He is telling us that the power in His character, honor, authority and reputation will accomplish what we pray for (Jn 14:13-14). Interestingly, the religious leaders of Israel asked Peter and John by what power or name they were healing people. Peter replied, by the name of Jesus who is the Christ.

The only requirement (apparently) is that we believe in His name (character, honor, authority and reputation) and use it for the good He is. “And these signs will follow those who believe; in my name they will cast out demons, speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents and if they drink any deadly thing they will recover.” (Mk 16:17-18). Now that take up serpents is a Hebraism for expiating (put an end to) sin. It does not mean we are supposed to go around picking up serpents with our hands. It means we are to deal with the sin the serpent brought in the world the way Jesus did. We are to stand in His character, honor, authority and reputation and heal all those oppressed by the devil.

I also want to note that it doesn’t require we be perfect to accomplish Jesus’ work. I used to believe that. It requires that we believe. According to the verse above, even those that weren’t following Jesus were accomplishing the work He did because they believed in His name.

There is more. Much more. I just need to keep meditating on it to know the more. I want to represent His name wonderfully, but I don’t want to be intimidated to begin doing what He said those who believe would do. Amen, so be it to me, my Lord, according to your word of truth and life.

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