Tag: Jesus’ Name

Who are you?

Scripture reading for May 10th: 1st Samuel 28-29, 1st Chronicles 9, Acts 19

Acts 19: 13-17 “Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists undertook to invoke the Name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, “I adjure you by the Jesus Whom Paul proclaims.” Seven sons of a Jewish high priest named Sceva were doing this. But the evil spirit answered them, “Jesus I know, and Paul I recognize, but who are you?” And the man in whom was the evil spirit leaped on them, mastered all of them and overpowered them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded. And this became known to all the residents of Ephesus, both Jews and Greeks. And fear fell on them all and the Name of the Lord Jesus was extolled.”

God was doing extraordinary miracles through Paul in Ephesus, many were being healed and delivered from evil spirits just through contact with aprons or handkerchiefs that had touched Paul’s body. Some sons of a chief priest named Sceva observed Paul’s use of the Name of Jesus and the resulting miracles. They tried to imitate Paul’s “formula” for success. The demonic spirit spoke to them in rebuke, the spirit knew Jesus, and recognized Paul the Apostle, but who were they? It is one thing to know about the Name of Jesus, but another to have authority to use Jesus’ Name in ministry to the afflicted and demonically oppressed! These impostors paid a price for their failure to know Jesus and received a beating to remember! Do the forces of Satan know who you are?

Acts 19:18-20 “Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices. And a number of those who practiced magic arts brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted the value of them and found it came to fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the Word of the Lord continued to increase and prevail mightily.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for adopting me into Your forever family and granting me the authority to ask in the Name of Jesus for needs of ministry and miraculous deliverance. I receive this authority by Your grace alone through faith in Jesus Christ. Use me as You will to see Your Word increase and prevail mightily in this time to Your glory!

1st Samuel 28:5-7 “When Saul saw the army of the Philistines, he was afraid, and his heart trembled greatly. And when Saul inquired of the Lord, the Lord did not answer him, either by dreams, or by Urim, or by prophets. Then Saul said to his servants, “Seek out for me a woman who is a medium, that I may go to her and inquire of her.”

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Healing in the Name!

Scripture reading for June 5th: Acts 3:1-26

Although they were now believers in Jesus Christ, Peter and John continued to go to the temple to pray.  On their way to pray, they came across a man who was crippled from birth who was begging for alms.  This man had probably been there for years.  But on this day, this man was going to get more than he was looking for.  As he called out to Peter and John for some money, their eyes looked upon him and they called for the man to look at them.

“Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  Taking him by the right hand, he helped him up, and instantly the man’s feet and ankles became strong.  He jumped to his feet and began to walk.  Then he went with them into the temple courts, walking and jumping and praising God.” (Acts 3:6-8)  Peter spoke simply to this man.  He had no money but he did have something more valuable, the name of Jesus Christ!  He gave this man that Name in authority, commanding him to walk.  Peter by faith took him by the hand and helped him up.  As the man rose up, the miracle took place!  Can you imagine the joy and amazement in the man and these disciples!

The healing of this man drew a crowd in the temple around the man and Peter and John.  Peter seized the opportunity to preach the Gospel!  “You killed the author of Life, but God raised Him from the dead.  We are witnesses of this.  By faith, in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong.  It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through Him that has given this complete healing to him, as you all can see.” (Acts 3:15-16)  Peter spoke directly to the ones who had crucified Jesus and confronted them with their evil deed and the Gospel.

Peter then called on them to repent.  “Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that He may send the Christ, who has been appointed for you–even Jesus.” (Acts 3:19-20) All men need healing for sin has crippled us from birth!  Call on Him today!

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