THE POWER IN A NAME
“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:16-18).
In most cases, when a child is born, their parents select a name that is sacred to them or their family. A child’s name may remind the parents of something or someone special to them. There reason for a certain name selection is for its uniqueness. It is not humanly possible to know who or what a child will become when he grows up; unless the God of heaven has told the parents. Thereby, children are named according to their parents desires and dreams. However, as children grow, some are given nick names because of their character or abilities. I know a few people with nick names. For example, “Scooby”, who is a person who has a nose for exactness. “Doc”, is a person who has multiple skills which he can draw from with precision. Then there is “Lonesome”, a solitary person who is at peace in a private environment, and yet is a strong guardian if need be. Another is “Mr. T” now this person is not nick named “Mr. T” for physical strength, but for exceptional cerebral strength and knowledge. Yet, in the name of Jesus there is a greater significance and power. There’s something about the name of Jesus that is above all names! Jesus! The Power In A Name!
When Jesus was named by his mother, Mary. (Read Matthew 1:18-21). It wasn’t because she chose this name, it was because God commanded her to name HIS son JESUS! “And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.” (Matthew 1:21). God put all power in heaven and earth in the name of Jesus, the son of the living God! Please note, only God’s son Jesus has power in his name, not those who were named after Jesus by their parents! “And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, “All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.” (Matthew 28:18). Jesus name represents the power and authority of his Heavenly Father, who is God the creator of heaven and earth. When we speak his name of Jesus in spiritual truth it can moves mountains!
In the name of Jesus, there is the gift of Salvation. Only in the name of Jesus can a man be saved from eternal hell and damnation. I know people have their own brand of religion, but their gods are dead and buried. Jesus Christ is not dead. He was resurrected by God over two thousand years ago and is seated at the right hand of the Father! This is the faith that believers have in Jesus Christ. It is the power of the resurrection of eternal life that rest in the name of Jesus Christ. “Neither is there salvation in any other; for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts 4:12).
In my name shall they cast out devils; they speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” (Mark 16:17-18). Those who believe in Jesus Christ have these spiritual powers. Christians do not have to depend on physical weapons to battle demonic behavior and actions. We have the name of Jesus through prayer as our defensive and offensive spiritual weapons. When you see evil and wicked people, you must know that they are possessed by a demonic spirit. It is the spirit of darkness that has embodied them and causes the person to perform evil works. Just as the Spirit of God embodies the righteous to perform the righteousness of God. The devil and demons know Jesus and they tremble at his name. The demon spirits also know those who belong to God! “And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know: but who are ye?” (Acts 19:15). Here’s a serious note, if you are NOT filled with the Holy Spirit of God, and you attempt to cast out evil spirits, you are going to get “Jacked up!” Every demon possessed person does not want to be saved! (Read Acts 19:15-19).
In the name of Jesus, we will speak with new tongues. We will speak holiness and righteousness, as well as in spiritual tongues! Our conversations will change from worldly conversations to heavenly conversations. Yes, the righteous have the power to lay hands on the sick and the sick shall recover through faith in Jesus Christ. “Is any sick among you? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil, in the name of the Lord. And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if they have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.” (James 5:14-15). Imagine if Christians would use their spiritual powers, how their medical bills would be reduced. Now sometimes we must go to the doctor for healing, doctors are God’s gifts too! God gave doctors the ability to make repairs to the human body. There are so many great spiritual powers that the name of Jesus activates through faith in him.
Jesus’ name is above every other name. Many people have tried to make a name for themselves and rise to fame an, fortune, and even world domination. Which reminds of me two cartoon characters, “Pinky and the Brain!” they were laboratory rats. “One was a genius and the other one was insane.” I suppose the constant experimenting on them resulted in their behavior. Nevertheless, they wanted to take over the world and have the world at their feet. But every night when they tried to take over the world, they failed shamelessly, never understanding that world domination was not for them to possess! Christians can only perform great works that matter’s to a man’s salvation in Christ, and in the name of Jesus. “I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” (John 15:5). It is not about great wealth, world fame or an over-abundance of education. It’s a about repentance and forgiveness of sins. Many may think they have conquered the world because they have acquired some prominence. In truth, this fame is short lived and only an illusion of world domination. Where are the hero’s, stars and legends today? They are aging, sick, or very old and weak or dead! “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him and given him a name 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; And that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. (Philippians 2:9-11). Jesus has eternal and everlasting power!
It does not matter how many times people chant the name of their idols or gods. It will never give them the power that the name of Jesus gives. In every name, there is a significant meaning. Whether it be “Scooby”, “Doc”, “Lonesome”, “Mr. T” or “Pinky and the Brain”. There is a name that signifies all power and is almighty; and that name is above every name and his name is JESUS! If you want power to confront and cast out devils, heal the sick, eat anything and live; come to Jesus and receive these supernatural gifts through faith. His name is the only name that God will acknowledge and open the door of Salvation for. We all need Jesus and now is the time to speak life into your soul. Jesus, The Power In A Name! Amen.
For the record, this is written for those who want to be able to stand in authority against evil spirits and heal the sick, “For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.” (Eph. 6:12). There is power in the name of Jesus! God bless you and amen!
Written by Reverend Jessica L. Matthews, Missionary Pastor