“9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” – Philippians 2:9-11
Question: Have you ever considered the power that is in the name of Jesus? I’m not talking about the titles and honorifics we ascribe Him, though He is worthy of every single one of them. No, I’m talking about His name, five letters which combined exudes a level of authority that nothing earthly, man-made can attain. His name is infinitely greater than the title of president, prime minister, king, or queen. His name commands a response out of all who hear it, both mortal and spiritual, and that response is the acknowledgement and confession that Jesus Christ is Lord.
It is at Jesus’ name that demons tremble and flee:
“And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues;” – Mark 16:17
“The seventy-two returned with joy and said, ‘Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.” – Luke 10:17
It is in His name that infirmities and disease are healed:
“By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.” – Acts 3:16
It is by His name that salvation and restoration to a right relationship with God is possible:
“…for everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” – Romans 10:13
It is by His name that we can receive joy, love, and peace, to help live this life to its fullness. It is when we call on His name that things change, both our circumstances and our perspective.
The name of Jesus is powerful. It connects us to God and His power and authority, and that’s what the Enemy wants us to forget.
It’s important to remember and live this truth because as the days of our “new normal” go on, we must call on Jesus’ name to access that power which can transform anything. Returning to what was familiar is not an option, especially if it was harmful to us in mind, body, and spirit. Moving forward on our own knowledge and strength is not an option, either, for if life thus far has taught us anything, it’s that we don’t know everything. But the truth of Jesus’ name is the one thing we can count on so that we do more than survive: we thrive.
No matter how many times we must do so, we must call on the name of Jesus: not just for ourselves, but also our families, friends, churches, and the world. At all times let us remember and lean on the power in His name to renew minds, cleanse hearts, and revitalize our spirits. Let us draw from the authority in His name to speak life into dead situations, and protection for the defenseless. Let us invoke the name of Jesus Christ for increase in strength, confidence, and faith.
When we do this, live the truth of the power and authority in His name without backing down, we get to experience another truth about Jesus Christ:
“And I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. You may ask me for anything in my name, and I will do it.” – John 14:13-14
When the Son of God says He will do it, best believe that He will.
Prayer: Lord, we thank You for the matchless name of Jesus Christ, which by itself is full of Your power and authority. Help us not only to remember but also to live this truth every day without fear or uncertainty. Regardless of what we see before us, we know that You see it all, and will hear and answer our call. This we ask in Jesus’ name. Amen.