“And His name will be the hope of all the world.” (Matthew 12:21, NLT)
What’s in a name? The Bible gives many examples of people, given names either as prophetic declarations of their purpose in life, or as an intended blessing or curse for their future. Names are powerful.
The Bible says concerning Jesus: “Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth” (Philippians 2:9-10, NKJV). God conferred upon Jesus, the name reserved for the One who would come to defeat Satan, hell and death and the power held over you and me.
That is why Jesus came. As we enter the Christmas Season, I want to leave with you something, which I believe will empower you in your daily life: There is power in the Name of Jesus! That name gives every believer power of attorney. Power of attorney by definition is this: “A written document given by one person or party to another authorizing the latter to act for the former.” (dictionary.com). Why is this important?
Jesus’ words to His followers gave them this right: “And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.” (Mark 16:17-18, NKJV)
Though some may disagree, there is nothing in the Bible which even remotely suggests that this activity only took place with the original Apostles. In fact, the Bible is quite clear: “Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever.” (Hebrews 13:8, NKJV). In other words, He does not change.
As a charismatic believer for the past three decades, I have prayed for many people and I have seen miracles done in the Name of Jesus. These were not simple coincidences. For instance, one Sunday morning about five years ago, a man and his family came into the morning service I was leading, with braces on his legs, using a cane; his legs were inflamed and swollen. He was about forty years-old, and on top of all that, he was a meth user. After the time of praise and worship, I opened the altar for anyone wanting prayer. The man came forward. I prayed a simple prayer; rebuked the sickness in his body and prayed for healing, in the Name of Jesus! And I moved to the next person.
The next Sunday, the man strode into the service completely different; physically whole, no braces, no cane, cleaned up and early! The Lord had healed him; his legs were normal and though the drug problem took time, he overcame that too.
I encourage you today to speak the name of Jesus. It is the name which makes all of Heaven stand at attention; the name which makes all of hell shake and tremble, and the name which makes our natural circumstances subject to change.
More next week!
Rob Granger and his wife, Becky, serve as Executive Pastors of Grace Church San Marcos under Senior Pastors Brian and Melissa Bauer. Located at 855 E. Barham Drive, San Marcos, Grace San Marcos meets at 10 a.m. Sundays and 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays with meetings for youth, children and other groups scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.gracesanmarcos.net for further information. The views and opinions expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent those of the Times-Advocate.