Questions About God And Faith

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” (Walt Emerson)

The first question is, “What’s in a name?” Well let’s start with Philippians 2:10, “That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”

Using the name of Jesus and having a revelation about the power in that name are two different things. Even teaching about the power in Jesus’ name is not enough, there must be a revelation about the power that is in the name of Jesus. No one can just have a revelation by himself, it must come from the God who is the revealer of all truth.

Releasing the power in the name of Jesus requires faith on that name. Peter and John were walking along and saw a crippled man being carried by. They recognized him as a poor man who sat at the temple gate and begged every day. When he saw Peter and John he asked them for a gift, and this was their reply: “In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!

The name of Jesus brings salvation and healing. “And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved” (Acts 4:12 Amplified New Testament). The Word of God reveals that salvation is in the name of Jesus. We are baptized in that name, we pray and expect our prayers to be heard and answered in that name. The sick are healed through faith in that name.

There is power in the name of Jesus, and the devil knows it. God listens to the prayers that are prayed in Jesus’ name. He answers those prayers. The devil does not want you and me using the name of Jesus because it a major weapon with which you defend yourself and attack the kingdom of darkness.

Here is another question: “Can we exercise authority in the name of Jesus?” The answer is yes! We command the enemy in that name. We speak to circumstances and principalities and powers, using the authority that has been given us by virtue of the power of attorney invested in us by Jesus Himself.

Peter and John commanded the crippled man to walk. They said, “Walk, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth”

In exercising our ministry, when we cast out demons, we don’t lay hands on a person and begin to pray for God to cast it out. We command it to come out in the name of Jesus. Believers have a legal right to the name of Jesus through their New Birth (Acts 2:38), with signs following.

“If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it” (John 14:14 KJV). The name of Jesus is not a “magic word” or a ritualistic incantation to be added onto the end of a prayer to insure its effectiveness. We must know the real meaning of praying in the name of Jesus.

“And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong……” (Acts3:16 KJV).

Rev. Dan Cox is the Pastor of the United Pentecostal Church of Warsaw and the Editor of the Indiana Apostolic Trumpet.

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