For several years now I have heard the phrase, “The dark is getting darker, and the light is getting lighter.” This has never been more true than today. Do you think that things taking place in the world today are any surprise to God? Of course not! In fact, Second Timothy 3 gives us clear indication that this will be the case, and YOU have access and full authority to use the greatest weapon against any attack or threat that comes against you.
It is the NAME OF JESUS! A couple of months ago one of my partners, Travis, was walking out of a gas station and was approached by someone who demanded money. Travis told him he had none for him and the man pulled a gun on him and put it in his face, close enough that Travis could see the bullets in the revolver. The man told him, “give me money or I’m going to shoot you!” Travis pointed his finger at the man and said, “in the Name of Jesus I command you to stop!” This happened three times and every time Travis used the Name of Jesus, the man would take a step back. After the third time of this happening, Travis gave him $7, and the man took off running.
Travis said that there is no doubt that he is alive today because of the power of the Name of Jesus. He watched that man back down every time he used it. He also said that when he would speak “Jesus” fear would leave. He knew he had the greater weapon, the Name of Jesus!
In Acts 4 we read about the time that Peter and John were arrested after they ministered healing to the lame man at the gate called Beautiful. Notice what it says in verses 16-18.
…what shall we do to these men? For that indeed a notable miracle hath been done by them is manifest to all them that dwell in Jerusalem; and we cannot deny it. But that it spread no further among the people, let us straitly threaten them, that they speak henceforth to no man in this name. And they called them, and commanded them not to speak at all nor teach in the name of Jesus.
Notice that Peter and John were not forbidden to teach about Jesus. They were threatened and told not to teach or preach IN HIS NAME! Why? Because that is where the power is!
Satan, in his sly, deceptive way attempted to stop the power of God from advancing through threats the religious leaders made toward these bold men of God. Satan knew that if he could just get them to teach ABOUT Jesus then everything would remain as he wanted it—powerless.
In Exodus 3, we find the time when God appeared to Moses in the burning bush, telling Moses to set His people free. Moses, doubtful of his ability, asked the Lord, “who should I tell them sent me?” This is when the Lord told Moses to tell the children of Israel, I AM THAT I AM sent him, revealing Himself as the eternal, the all-sufficient and self-existent One.
Through this name the Lord wanted them to know that there was never a time when He was not there; nor will there be a time in the future that He is not there; and NOW in the present moment, He is here! God wanted them to know that He was there for them.
The same thing is true for you and me. Through the redemptive work of Jesus, when we speak in the Name of Jesus, He is there! He is on the scene, and with it comes His power and His ability.
Being born again is an awesome thing, but just being born again doesn’t make things happen when situations arise. Peter and John were born again when they passed by the lame man at the gate called Beautiful, but it wasn’t until they spoke in the Name of Jesus that the man was healed. In the same way, Travis is born again, but just being born again didn’t cause that man not to shoot his gun—it was when Travis spoke to him IN THE NAME OF JESUS that the man resisted shooting him and took off running.
Speaking in the Name of Jesus is something my wife and I planted into the hearts of our children and grandchildren, and it is available to every believer. Don’t get caught up in fear and wonder about what is taking place in the world today. Take advantage of the power invested in the Name, and know that when you speak IN the Name of Jesus, He is there!
I encourage you to listen to the audio teaching included in this message. I trust it will bless you, and strengthen your faith in the Name above ALL names…JESUS!MP3
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