And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils…they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover – Mark 16:17-18
The Name of Jesus is the Name of the Godhead; it’s the Name that the Father and the Holy Spirit answer to. It’s got to be, because the Bible says “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth” (Philippians 2:9-10). That means the Father didn’t reserve for Himself any higher Name than the Name of Jesus. Therefore, He chose to invest all His authority in that Name.
When you call the Name Jesus, hell quakes, demons scamper in terror, all of nature responds, and heaven stands at attention. This is why you should be confident to use the Name of Jesus, and live every day in, and by, the power of His Name; it’s your heritage. The Name was given to you to use, and to live by. Colossians 3:17 says, “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
Peter must have remembered the words of the Master in our opening scripture, and realized we had a divine prerogative bestowed on us by the Lord to make a demand in His Name and expect results. No wonder he could look a cripple straight in the eye and say, “In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” Then reaching out his hand, he grabbed him and lifted him up. The Bible records that the man, who was crippled from birth, leaping up, stood, and went into the temple, walking, leaping, and praising God (Acts 3:6-8).
Every Christian has the God-given right to use the Name of Jesus. When you stand in that Name, in the face of life’s crises and adversities, and before the cohorts of darkness, they’ll respond to you just the same way they would respond if the Lord Himself stood before them. Use His Name today!
Not everyone can command or speak in His name and has results for devils are aware of the ones who has the authority to use it; just read about the sons of Sceva who tried to cast out devils in His name but the devils didn’t recognize that they had authority to use His name and you know the rest of the story (Acts 19:13-16). In order for you to have that authority, you have to be born again. Please click here if you aren’t yet born again, God bless you.
Dear Father, I thank you for the power in the Name of Jesus, and the authority I have to use that Name against the devil, sickness, disease and the crises of life. I’m sustained by the power and authority of that Name, living the higher life of glory that you prearranged for me, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Further study: John 16:23-24 (The Living Bible); 1 John 5:13; Matthew 28:18-19