John 14:12-13 (NLT)
“I tell you the truth, anyone who believes in me will do the same works I have done, and even greater works, because I am going to be with the Father. You can ask for anything in my name, and I will do it, so that the Son can bring glory to the Father.”
You can ask for anything in the Name of Jesus and He will do it just to give His Father Glory. You can ask for ANYTHING. You can ask for EVERYTHING. Anything and everything in the Name of Jesus and by faith it belongs to you. So why? Why aren’t the desires of my heart happening in my life? How do you know that they are not? I am struggling. I am discontent. I am unhappy, unfulfilled and frustrated. There are days when I am overcome by any or all of these emotions as well. I find that those are the very same times when I have forgotten the Power in His Name. Anyone who believes in Jesus can do the same miraculous works that He did. In fact, Jesus said we can do greater things because He was going to the Father. Now the Living, Breathing Spirit of God lives on the inside of us. Now we know the Will of the Father and are able to do it but His Grace, Mercy and Love.
Philippians 2:5-11 (NLT)
You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to. Instead, He gave up his divine privileges; He took the humble position of a slave and was born as a human being. When He appeared in human form, He humbled himself in obedience to God and died a criminal’s death on a cross. Therefore, God elevated him to the place of highest honor and gave him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue declare that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
God elevated Jesus to the Highest Place of Honor in Heaven. He gave Him THE Name above all other names. At the Name of Jesus Christ every knee will bow low and every single tongue confess that He is Lord to the Glory of God the Father. The Name of Jesus is the greatest authority in all the world. He has the Power to overcome every single sickness, disease, problem, judgement and person. By faith, those who believe are given the same Power that is in His Name to do great things for the Kingdom of God.
Where is the power? Why don’t we have it? Where are the miracles, signs and wonders that should accompany modern day believer just as the early church? You must have the same attitude as Christ had. Though He WAS God, He did not think of equality with God as something to cling to and abandoned His Throne for obedience. Have we abandoned the Throne of our own lives to follow Jesus Christ and be His Disciple? We want the Power of His Name but have not submitted to His Lordship in our life. We are saved by His Name and not of our own doing. (Ephesians 2:8) Faith attaches us to Jesus and confident hope keeps us there. Those who catch on to this surrendering their own life to take up their “cross” and follow Jesus will be given the privilege and power of His Name.
Matthew 16:13-19 (NLT)
When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” “Well,” they replied, “some say John the Baptist, some say Elijah, and others say Jeremiah or one of the other prophets.” Then he asked them, “But who do you say I am?” Simon Peter answered, “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” Jesus replied, “You are blessed, Simon son of John, because my Father in heaven has revealed this to you. You did not learn this from any human being. Now I say to you that you are Peter (which means ‘rock’), and upon this rock I will build my church, and all the powers of hell will not conquer it. And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit[i] on earth will be permitted in heaven.”
The Name of Jesus is not good if we are not connected to the Source. I have a cousin who is a major league baseball player. He was named Rookie of the Year. We have spent holidays together at my aunt’s house. I know his name and if asked he would tell you that he knew me. We are familiar. But if I went to the ballpark requesting access in his name, unless I called and reconnected with him first, I would not be allowed to enter the park unless I purchased a ticket. Other family members who have attended games must contact him first so that he could leave their name at the gate. Without the connection and intimacy, the name of Jesus is not effective in our life. Faith in Jesus comes with intimacy that creates expectancy. We begin to expect certain things in our relationship to Christ based on His Word, Way and Will. Now the Name of Jesus becomes empowering to us.
Jesus asked His Disciples, “Who do people (others) say that I am?” They answered. But then He got to the core of His Probing when He asked them, “BUT who do you say that I am?” Many people will attempt to help you form an opinion about the Lord. They will share their knowledge, experiences and yes, even their doubt and disapproval. The only thing that Jesus is concerned with today is who do YOU say that I am. This is the important question that determines if His Name will do the things that He has promised it will do. Without faith in Jesus, His Name will do nothing. Faith is the connection to the Lord that allows His Word to impact our life.
Mark 5:6-10 (NLT)
When Jesus was still some distance away, the man saw him, ran to meet him, and bowed low before him. With a shriek, he screamed, “Why are you interfering with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God? In the name of God, I beg you, don’t torture me!” For Jesus had already said to the spirit, “Come out of the man, you evil spirit.” Then Jesus demanded, “What is your name?” And he replied, “My name is Legion, because there are many of us inside this man.” Then the evil spirits begged him again and again not to send them to some distant place.
Obviously the devil and all his demons know the Name of Jesus. When the demons in the man saw Jesus – they ran to Him screaming. Why? They are subject to the Power and Authority of Jesus Christ. When Jesus demanded the name of the demon(s) it proves a valid point to us today. There are many names to the attackers on our life. Sickness, disease, cancer, poverty, fear of lack, depression, oppression, worry, fear, doubt and the list goes on and on. Every single weakness bears a title. Every single thing that Jesus Christ died to free us from has an identity. How big is your God? How much confidence do you have in the Power and Authority of Jesus Christ today? Well, let me ask you this. Whose name are you calling on the most? Are you talking about your problem or are you considering the solution? When we talk about our problems and express worry, fear and doubt – it connects us to them. We are acknowledging that which has precedence in our belief. We must speak the Name of Jesus more. We must acknowledge Him not only with our words but in our life and how we live. We must have the same attitude as Jesus which will manifest in our countenance becoming cooperative action with Christ. This will cause the “demons” in our life to bow to Jesus who is Lord of our life.
Acts 3:5-7 (NLT)
The lame man looked at them eagerly, expecting some money. But Peter said, “I don’t have any silver or gold for you. But I’ll give you what I have. In the name of Jesus Christ the Nazarene, get up and walk!” Then Peter took the lame man by the right hand and helped him up. And as he did, the man’s feet and ankles were instantly healed and strengthened.
The lame man sitting at the gate begging that day thought money would change his situation. He had long since given up on walking and working now relegated to his handicap and human weakness would sit and ask others to do something for him, to care for him, to provide for him, and to meet his needs. When Peter came by, the same Peter who made the declaration that Jesus Christ was the Son of God, something was about to change. Peter didn’t have any money to give the money but what He did have was priceless. He spoke the Name of Jesus over the man and he was healed on the spot. Now the man expected money that day, a fix to his temporary problem and today’s hunger or need. But the Lord had other plans as He wanted to heal the man not the situation.
Human expectation can connect us to the Lord or severe the relationship completely. In order to have the Power and Authority associated with the Name of Jesus Christ, we must put all of our expectation in Him. Otherwise, we will constantly be seeking His Face to do our will. This will not work. God will never lower His Standards to meet our insufficiency of faith but rather condition and teach us in such a way that we raise our expectations to the Lord and His Level. What do you want from the Lord today? What do you need? Are you connected? There is power in the Name of Jesus Christ that will solve any problem and meet every need! Make it yours by faith and put all your hope in Jesus! He will never disappoint you! He will always welcome you in! Stop calling on your problems and cry out to the Name above all other Names – Jesus!
John 15:5-8 (NLT)
“Yes, I am the vine; you are the branches. Those who remain in me, and I in them, will produce much fruit. For apart from me you can do nothing. Anyone who does not remain in me is thrown away like a useless branch and withers. Such branches are gathered into a pile to be burned. But if you remain in me and my words remain in you, you may ask for anything you want, and it will be granted! When you produce much fruit, you are my true disciples. This brings great glory to my Father.”