Sunday, July 27, 2008

Mighty Name of Jesus

The Mighty Name of Jesus

By Abraham Israel

The depths to the riches of this name are unfathomable. The whole of heaven’s riches was invested in this name [Jesus] and is given to us as a gift from God. The name Jesus, is the name of the incarnated physical human body of God’s only begotten Son, which was prepared by God the Father for His Son [who is Christ the anointed one] (Heb 10:5-7). The reason we should understand this and confess this openly is because understanding this important concept of His incarnation will give us the revelation to discern and identify the spirit of Anti-christ [i.e. thus Anti-christ himself ultimately] which is manifesting itself rapidly in these end times (1 John 2:18; 4:1-3). The angel of the Lord told to Joseph in a dream, “You shall call His name Jesus [whose name? Christ the anointed one’s name, the Son of God who was born as any other baby in this earth but the person who was inside the baby was given from heaven], who will save His people from their sins.” (Matt 1:21; Is 9:6).

First and foremost, His name means Savior who had saved us from all our sins because there is no other name given among men under heaven to be saved from the eternal penalty of the sin which is death
[eternal separation from God] (Acts 4:12). This gives us a clear idea that The Name of Jesus has been already universally given to mankind with a great potential and power that is invested in it by God Almighty, so that every man can be saved from the effects of sin which is deteriorating every person living in this planet earth. Sin has been affecting mankind ever since the fall of our forefather Adam in the Garden of Eden. It has affected human kind to the core of their being [i.e. in their spirit, soul and body]. So when we use this name Jesus in our daily life against the evil oppression of the devil by faith, instantly the power and potential of the name will begin to manifest itself around us in a supernatural way. Thus by using the name of Jesus we get delivered and will appropriate the gift of God that has been given to us already legally by citizenship in the family of God (Eph 2:19). Salvation is essentially our complete well being [i.e. spirit, soul and body].

By using this name we get healed and also others can get healed when we as kingdom citizens use this name in faith. One thing is we are all citizens and we have the rights to use the name of Jesus because it is legally ours, but it is quite a different thing when we use it by faith in the name. In the kingdom of God the king will only be pleased when any of His citizens use His name by believing the potential and power of the name based on their knowledge and intimacy with the King [Jesus Christ] because only the word of the king carries power (Heb 11:6; Eccl 8:4). This faith to use the name of Jesus comes not with our mind or soulish realm, but with our intimacy with the Person of Jesus Christ. Faith is the living connection that we establish with God through the Spirit of God by which we hear the word of the king and execute the word in the natural physical realm (Rom 10:17). We can clearly see this in the lives of the apostles in the 1st century. They first understood the basics of faith and operated in the authority of the name of Jesus. People who never understood the basics of faith were always amazed and astonished, but to the apostles it [i.e. the miracles that took place by using the name of Jesus] is neither surprising nor it is a marvel because they understood clearly about faith and operated in the faith principle (Acts 2:11-12;14:11-15).

The Apostle Peter has told the secret to that miracle worked by Him, “And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” (Acts 3:16). Here we notice two important things to work the miracle of God (John 6:28,29). First, Apostle Peter understood the power of His name by personally hearing and seeing Jesus throughout His earthly ministry. The Apostle Paul who had not directly been involved in the any of Jesus’ earthly ministry told that knowing Jesus was a revelation from God to Him personally (Gal 1:11-12; 1 Cor 11:23). We too need a daily revelation of Jesus from His word which will make us increase in the knowledge of God and Jesus our Lord (2 Peter 1:2). Now we can know Him intimately not in the flesh, but in our regenerated [i.e. reborn spirit] which has been put in to us through the Holy Spirit (2 Cor 5:16-17;Titus 3:5,6). The more we receive the Holy Spirit in capacity by being filled with the Holy Spirit, the more Jesus will be revealed to us intimately through His word (Eph 5:17-20).

The second thing is to have faith in His name. We must understand that faith comes from God the Father who is the source of all good gifts, through Jesus who will speak the word and the will of the Father in heaven, which we hear in the ear of our spirit by the Spirit that Jesus has given us all as a gift (James 1:17; Rom 10:17; John 6:63; Matt 11:15; Eph 2:18). Thus this gift of faith we can receive only by having fellowship with Jesus and the Father constantly in our spirit man (1 John 1:3;1 Thess 5:17). This is what Apostle Peter was saying as “….His name….through faith in His name….the faith which comes through Him….” (Acts 3:16). Even before the miracle happened Peter said to that lame man from his mother’s womb, “….“Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk.” And he took him by the right hand and lifted him up, and immediately his feet and ankle bones received strength.” (Acts 3:6-7). Here we see Peter having faith even before the miracle of healing was worked by him, this is why Peter said ,’what I do have I give to you’. In this case Apostle Peter had faith for the healing of the lame man. Because of having this faith, he was able to bring the wholeness and the salvation of the Lord to the lame man using the name of Jesus. Thus through His name we get wholeness in our life and also others will be blessed when we act on the faith that we have by our constant fellowship with the Lord.

The apostles realizing their lack of faith to forgive others, asked Jesus to increase their faith. Jesus replied to them saying, “…If you have faith as a mustard seed, you can say to this mulberry tree, ‘Be pulled up by the roots and be planted in the sea,’ and it would obey you.” (Luke 17:6). Here we notice that if we have that tangible faith even as a mustard seed size [which was the smallest seed found in Jesus’ days], then we can speak to the mountain or situation which is hindering us and it would obey us. In other words if we don’t have that faith within us which Jesus spoke about, we cannot speak to the situation to make it fall in line with our word of authority.

There are two main types of prayer in the basics of the dynamics of faith. Both are used in relation to the name of Jesus. First is, we are praying to the Father in Jesus name to receive the faith that we need in order to move the mountain, without which we cannot speak the faith that will make things to happen in the natural realm (Luke 17:5-6,10). Jesus Himself said, “And in that day [i.e. the day after My resurrection] you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.” (John 16:23). In other words Jesus was telling the apostles the secret to their future apostolic ministry, by telling them that because of the delegated power that will be deposited permanently in His name [after His death and ascension], they will no more ask Jesus as they did most of the time during Jesus’ earthly ministry (Matt 17:17-21) [because Jesus by then would be sitting at the right hand of the Father in heaven], but they will begin to use His name to ask directly to the Father because of realizing the power and authority deposited in it. We too should ask for such a revelation of the name of Jesus in order to use it in apostolic paradigm! For God says, “Ask and it [i.e. faith in different measures according to your specific need (Rom 12:3)] will be given to you…” (Matt 7:7).In this prayer God the Father moves and acts to fulfill what we ask for. Praise the Lord!

Once we have the faith in us tangibly, then we can move in to the speaking dimension of faith, where things will begin to happen before our very eyes. In this prayer we are speaking against the enemy and His strategies directly through our words in Jesus name. Here the word of faith which we speak out will begin to be the word of authority of God in Jesus name (Rom 10:8-10). This is what Jesus promised in this prayer of authority which he told us to pray once we have the tangible faith, “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.” (John14:12-14). The kingdom people can move in to the miraculous dimension of the supernatural power of God only if we understand these dynamics of using the name of Jesus in this way as shown above. In the last century, only we have seen more people rebuke the devil and speaking to the mountains without seeing the results accomplished. But when we speak after we have the tangible faith in us, it will happen because Jesus Himself will come in to the spiritual realm to make it accomplished in the physical realm. This will only truly bring glory to the Father in the Son [Jesus] who will do these things through His Spirit and the angels from heaven. In other words these types of prayers are like an army general commanding His soldiers to attack and win over the enemies. We as God’s Generals are speaking in to the spiritual realm and commanding our armies of heaven which God has provided for us to attack our enemy and defeat them. This is when everyone around us will begin to realize the delegated power that Jesus has given to us through seeing the supernatural things happening in the natural realm (Acts 13:9-12;16:18-19). In this prayer God the Son moves and acts to fulfill what we ask for or speak forth.

When we see with our spiritual eyes that someone has faith to get healed, we can also do the same thing [of working a miracle] by helping them to act their faith and thus get them delivered. Apostle Paul did the same thing in Acts14:9 by releasing another man’s faith by his faith of seeing in to the heart of another man, “… [a cripple from his mother’s womb] heard Paul speaking. Paul, observing him intently and seeing that he had faith to be healed, said with a loud voice, “Stand up straight on your feet!” And he leaped and walked” (Acts 14:9-10). Paul always preached Christ through the gospel and this made people to receive the faith of God to be healed and saved (Acts 14:7;1Cor 1:17-18;Eph 2:8). We too can receive from God healing, health and prosperity in every area of our life by believing in the name of Jesus [this is essence of the gospel of Jesus Christ] and then speaking it out in Jesus name with the faith that we tangibly have, thus using it against all evil in the spiritual realm.

Believing in the name of Jesus will move us in to the realm of faith to lay hands on the sick and get them healed by faith in His name, will move us in to the realm of faith to cast out demons in His name, will move us to get baptized in the Spirit and speak in new tongues in His name, will move us in to a place of immunity against all evil strategies of the enemy and will give us boldness to face the enemy and destroy his plans in His name, without getting hurt by it (Mark 16:17-18). If only we will realize the power of His name, nothing is impossible to us in His name!

When Jesus came to the earth, He never used anybody’s name [but He called God as His Father and Himself as His Son] to get others healed and delivered because He was that name, all the demons recognized him as Jesus the Holy one and the Son of the Most High God (Matt 9:1-8;Mark 2:6-10;1:24;5:7). He spoke healing to the sick, and demons recognized His name (Mark 7:34;Matt 8:8-10,16). He was that sent one from heaven by God and who was given a name above all names after His resurrection because of His perfect obedience (John 6:41, 44;Matt 26:63-64;Eph 2:8-11). In other words Satan was forever defeated and his authorized name in the spirit realm was wiped off by the death of Jesus on the cross. Jesus has forever been given that name [power and authority] in the spirit realm which directly influences the happenings on earth, which He demonstrates now through the church against the devil (Col 2:14-15;Matt 16:18-19;Rev 1:18). Satan tried all the time when Jesus was on earth, to make Him disobey the Father just only once because that would have made Him a sinner, and one who is less than perfect who cannot save others (John 14:30; James 2:10). Jesus only did on earth what He saw God the Father do in heaven and hence over came all the strategies of His enemy to topple Him (John 5:19-20; Matt 6:10).

The Apostles who were sent by Him used the name and were amazed by its power because all the spirit realm was subjected to it (Luke 10:17,20). God the Father had already deposited His power in His name when Jesus was sent forth in to the ministry of healing (Luke 3:21-22; 4:14, 18-19). That is why Jesus told Mary at the wedding in Cana of Galilee that his hour [to start the healing ministry] has not yet come [so that He can use the power that the Father has already deposited in His name] (John 2:4).Even some of those who had faith in his name started working miracles without following Him during the ministry of His earthly days and used that power which was deposited in His name (Mark 9:38-39). These people truly had a reverence for the name and were not like the seven sons of Sceva who tried to cast out demons without having faith in it and so had disastrous result (Acts 19:14-17).

We too need to boldly use the name of Jesus to display the kingdom authority and power to others to be a testimony to the world that we are truly the ambassadors of His kingdom! Now Jesus is the one who has the supreme authority and sovereign control over all His creations including Satan and his demons in this planet earth and in heaven (Matt 28:18;1 Peter 3:21-22). So it is up to us [the kingdom citizens] to posses the territory that has been taken by Satan and his demons in the past. Saints, break forth in to this planet earth and take it by force by displaying the kingdom living and authority all over the world (Matt 28:19-20)! Demons will tremble and will run away when you as a kingdom citizen will cast out Demons in His name because they may be evil enough, but are not powerful enough to stand against the mighty name of Jesus which you are using as legal citizen of God’s kingdom! It is the authority and order of the king of kings [Jesus] that you are executing in this planet earth as a king under Him in His dominion (Rev 19:16).

Jesus is the name that has authority over nations and tribes of all the earth because the kingdom of heaven rules over the kingdom of this world system [which operates under the influence of Satan and his demons]. The king of the kingdom of heaven is Jesus and He rules over all the earth as the word of God says, “…The government [power center of the universe (Matt 26:64)] will be upon His shoulder….” (Isaiah 9:6). Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever (Heb 13:8). He never changes and most importantly His promises and the delegated power that was deposited in it by God Almighty never changes! Will you use it Saints! If you take the Lord at His word and begin this endeavor of kingdom life, you too will experience the same power and victory that the apostles experienced in the 1st century. Praise the Lord!


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