WORD&POWER for TODAY
FAITH IN THE NAME OF JESUS
“And his name through faith in his name hath made this man strong, whom ye see and know: yea, the faith which is by him hath given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.” Acts 3:16 KJV.
Many know the name of Jesus as the name of their religious leader, just as the Muslims know Mohammed as the leader of their sect. Others only know the name of Jesus as the name they call when they are in distress. That is their emergency line. They just exclaim His name, “JESUS!” when they observe any danger, and they have no more relationship with the name beyond that. Others see His name as the ATM Card to make financial and material withdrawals only, no more than that.
The seven sons of Sceva thought of “using” the name of Jesus for their business too. “Then certain of the vagabond Jews, exorcists, took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, We adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth. And the evil spirit answered and said, Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are ye? And the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, and overcame them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this was known to all the Jews and Greeks also dwelling at Ephesus; and fear fell on them all, and the name of the Lord Jesus was magnified.” Acts 19:13, 15-17 KJV. Halleluyah!
GOD wants your faith to be in the name of Jesus Christ, not to know the name as a tool for solving personal problems. Or as the name of your religious leader. A fellow was reported: “And John answered him, saying, Master, we saw one casting out devils in thy name, and he followeth not us: and we forbad him, because he followeth not us. But Jesus said, Forbid him not: for there is no man which shall do a miracle in my name, that can lightly speak evil of me. For he that is not against us is on our part.” Mark 9:38-40 KJV. The faith of this other man was in the name of Jesus, and he was using the name to solve the problems of others by casting devils out of them, unlike the sons of sceva whose intention was business. Jesus Christ is the Savior of your soul. And there is no other name under Heaven by which we must be saved apart from this name. You too should put your faith in His name today, for the salvation of your soul, and for your “perfect soundness”. “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is 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 KJV.
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