When I speak of using the name of Jesus I am not referring to calling His name in vain, using colourful expletives before and after His name; or using acronyms in social media such as ‘omg.’
God gave us power in the earth through His Son Jesus Christ. If anyone calls on His name amazing things happen. So how often do we call on His name? We quote a lot of scriptures, we give each other lots of encouraging words but how often can we claim to be doers of the Word and not just hearers of the Word? The moment something goes wrong in my life I start speaking to God about it in my spirit if I am with company or vocally if I am alone… it wouldn’t do for anyone who doesn’t understand to try and have me committed. Worst things have happened!
Putting scripture into practice and actively doing the Word of God is definitely a challenge and should not be dismissed lightly. It shouldn’t be difficult, but it undoubtedly is. The reason is that our nature is so different to God’s nature. Our ‘sin’ nature is not at all like God’s perfect nature, so we struggle. We resent the idea of loving those who hate us because we think it will make us look weak. And if we look weak then people will continue to take advantage of us, so we continue fighting to show our strength. We reason with worldly wisdom and not God’s wisdom. This is where we are going wrong. Our strength cannot overcome the strength of the enemy working through people to hate you. This is when we need the strength of God, so start living the Word and using the name of Jesus in your circumstances. The following scriptures are good to start with.
And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son
The first lesson here is to talk to God the Father, ask Him for strength to do what is right in the name of His Son. Ask Him for the ability to love those who hate you and ask for His wisdom in these situations. When you ask, you must believe and you will receive.
At the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth;
The second lesson is to know the power in the name of Jesus. Satan CANNOT overcome you when you call out for Jesus to help you. Whatever strength you think others have, it does not compare to the strength you have in Christ. Just calling out His name and asking Him to help you is enough. He already knows what you need but you do have to ask. He won’t force you!
I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me
The third lesson is to know who you are in Christ. Reaffirm this in yourself. You need to be convinced of it. The world believes in positive thinking with great emphasis on the person’s own ability and strengths, but the Christian believes in the power of Christ working in them.
One prayer I actively pray is to ask God for the ‘crucifixion love’ that enabled Jesus to forgive his accusers, the same people who were taking His life when He hung on the cross dying and in pain. This is the ultimate prayer to help me love people who hate you. Many thought they had overcome Him, that He was weak and that they had won. But He knew who He was and is; and the great power He had and still has so He did not have to prove Himself to anyone. Likewise, we do not have to prove ourselves to anyone; what does it matter if someone thinks you are weak. You know you are not, and if you don’t hate them or get involved in their battles with you, they have no power over you.
We can only overcome by the name of Jesus.