The Name of Jesus - PT 1
In the original languages, the Name of Jesus is Yahshua, meaning the Lord (Yah) is Salvation.
Now in the beginning, God gave the dominion of the earth to man. But man gave that authority to Satan. Christ, the Son of Man came to redeem that authority back. Thus making our redemption a legal issue. The Name of Jesus has power, because redemption was accomplished by the Son of Man. Jesus came by legal entry (unlike Satan) through a natural birth. He lived a sinless life and defeated death and the devil by rising again. Therefore the Name of Jesus has power (Phil. 2:8-11).
As born-again believers we pray in the Name of Jesus. But we need to know what that means. His Name is not just a religious, superstitious formula that we chant, hoping it works. Praying in the Name of Jesus refers to His Nature, character, purpose, and integrity. Praying in the Name of Jesus refers to Who He is, what He represents, and what He has accomplished. As Christians we are bearing the Name of Jesus as His representatives (Col. 3:17). Therefore, using the Name of Jesus is not a religious act, it is our lifestyle. It is who we are in Him (Acts 2:38). We are constantly bearing and representing the Name of Jesus is everything we say and do.
Moreover, on multiple occasions Jesus taught us that if we ask anything in His Name, He would do it. That the Father may be glorified in the Son (Jn. 14:13-15; 15:16; 16:23-26). As children of God, our Father gets glory answered prayer. And being of God, we not only bear His Name, we have been given the Power of Attorney to use His Name. If we can get our faith out of the mystical realm and into the realistic and legality of redemption our faith will grow exceedingly. Understanding these things, in His Name God has given us provision, healing, victory, sanctification, peace, righteousness, His Presence, and salvation.
Beloved friends, some of our prayers are not being answered because we do not have confidence in His Name. We tack His Name to the end of our prayers religiously. But for most of it is just a code. We do not have the full revelation of the power of the Name of Jesus that has been revealed and given to us to bear and use.
God wants an abiding relationship with us that is manifesting through answered prayers (Jn. 15:16). The secret to having the fullness of joy is answered prayer (Jn. 16:23-26). The secret to answered prayer is knowing the power of His Name. God wants you to be joyful. But He wants the joy to come through knowing His Name; asking and receiving in the power of His Name.
Peter and John healed the lame man by the Beautiful Gate in the Name of Jesus. Being convinced of the power of His Name, Peter took the lame man by the hand instructing him to walk. When questioned Peter went on to say that it was faith in the Name of Jesus that enabled this man to walk (Acts 3:16). Both Peter and John went on to proclaim that the power and authority by which they preached and demonstrated the power of God was in the Name of Jesus (Jn. 4:7-18).
Throughout the book of Acts they preached Name of Jesus and Christ unto them (Acts 8:5-7, 12). Paul who once persecuted the church against the Name of Jesus (Acts 26:9-11) was chosen by God to bear His Name before the Gentiles (Acts 9:14-15). Yet most of the persecution that the early church received was for teaching the Name of Jesus (Acts 5:28-32). Yes we need to teach that God loves them. BUT PREACH JESUS! Preach the power of His Name!
The Apostles stated in Acts 5:32 that God gives the Holy Spirit to those who obey Him. I realize this causes some of us to shift in our seats. But what was it they were obeying? Preaching in the Name of Jesus (Acts 5:28-29). Therefore, if we are not preaching in the Name of Jesus we are not obeying God. Thus there will be no power of the Spirit manifested (Acts 5:32). Beloved friends, I pray that in these last days we will pray for more boldness (Acts 4:29-30) so we can preach the Name of Jesus with great fervor!
Speaker: Dave Everett
November 29, 2020
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