Years ago when I was a small boy, I used to suddenly wake up in the middle of the night, unable to speak, move or do anything for that matter. Doctors call it, sleep paralysis, a transitional state between wakefulness and sleep, characterized by a temporary inability to move muscles. According to them sometimes it can be accompanied by hallucinations also. I never had hallucinations but still, the experience was scary enough.
My Pastor had a different opinion. He concluded I come under the attack of an evil spirit in my sleep. He prayed and instructed me to rebuke the situation in the name of Jesus if it happens again. It did happen again but how am I supposed to rebuke in Jesus’ name when I can’t speak? Hence I rebuked it in my mind saying “In the name of Jesus…” and that paralyzed feeling left me before I could finish the thought.
Is it a medical condition as the doctors say? Was it an evil spirit as my Pastor said? I do not know. But I certainly know one thing. Just the thought of Jesus’ name was enough. That night for the first time, I realized there’s power in Jesus’ name.
So today, I want to take this opportunity to share with you about that mighty power. In Proverbs 18:10 King Solomon wrote: “The name of the Lord is like a strong tower; the righteous person runs to it and is set safely on high.” Solomon likened the Lord’s name to a strong tower for 3 reasons.
1. We have healing in His Name
(Read John 21:25; Luke 7:1-10; Mark 16:17-18)
A. The Synoptic Gospels and the Gospel of John record at least 35 healing miracles Jesus performed. A large number of miracles are not even mentioned.
C. Jesus has vested us with that same power. He promised when we lay our hands on the sick in his name they will be healed.
2. We have authority in His Name
(Read Luke 4:41; Acts 7:55; Luke 10:17)
A. The Bible says Jesus performed at least 06 exorcisms. The demons fled because they knew Jesus is the son of God.
B. Jesus is seated at the right hand of God is a metaphor used by Jesus himself to show God has vested his power and authority on him.
C. Demons know we are the disciples of Christ. Therefore they will flee when we rebuke them in Jesus’ name.
3. We have victory in His Name
(Read Job 14:5-12; 1 Corinthians 15:55; Romans 8:38-39)
A. Today science has a solution for almost every problem. But it still hasn’t found solutions to the problems of aging and dying.
B. Jesus raised at least 03 people from the dead, (one was dead for days!) Finally, he conquered death in its entirety and its effect on the human race.
C. Even today people are being raised from the dead in far corners of the world. If Jesus conquered death what else is capable of standing against us?
Someone said, ‘The day of miracles is not past, because the God of miracles is still present!” I said these things because I want you also to experience the mighty power in Jesus’ name. There’s power in that name because he is alive and not dead. It doesn’t matter how big your problem is, how bad your sickness is or how powerful your demons are? All that is under Jesus’ feet. The victory is yours. Just claim it in the name of Jesus.
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