USING THE NAME OF JESUS WITH UNDERSTANDING – PASTOR CHRIS OYAKHILOME.
Acts 3:6-8 Then Peter said, Silver and gold have I none; but such as I have give I thee: 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. And he leaping up stood, and walked, and entered with them into the temple, walking, and leaping, and praising God.
I’ve heard some Christians say they called the Name of Jesus while in some kind of distress and nothing happened. Well, that’s rather unusual because the Name of Jesus is the Name with power, and it always produces results. However, you must realize that the Name is not a magic wand. Anyone who calls that Name with the understanding of the power vested therein will certainly have the right results.
To know how to effectively use the Name of Jesus, let me first explain to you what a name is. A name is more than a mere article of identification. A name depicts “authority” or “character.” The Greek word is “onomah.” So when you command something to happen in the Name of Jesus, you’re actually speaking or acting in the authority or character of Jesus. That’s the power of attorney Christ has given us.
Moreover, when you make a demand in the Name of Jesus, you don’t need to squeeze up faith to make it work. That’s because faith is evidence – the evidence of unseen realities – and when an unseen reality becomes available, you no longer need any evidence for it. Thus, we require no evidence to use the Name of Jesus because it’s not an unseen reality; it’s an instrument that has already been made available to us. The Bible says,
Acts 4:12 “there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved”
Isn’t this wonderful? It means you don’t have to cross-examine your life first to know whether or not the Name of Jesus will work for you. The Name has been given to you as a gift, so you need no extra faith to use it. Use that Name today with this understanding and it will produce results for you.
Philippians 2:9-11 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.