Tag: Name of Jesus

The Father’s Keeping Power

Scripture reading for November 15th: Daniel 1-3, Psalm 88, John 17

John 17: 11-16 “And I am no longer in the world, but they are in the world, and I am coming to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your Name, which you have given Me, that they may be one, even as We are One. While I was with them, I kept them in Your Name, which You have given Me. I have guarded them, and not one of them has been lost except the son of destruction, that the Scripture might be fulfilled. But now I am coming to You, and these things I speak in the world that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. I have given them Your Word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. I do not ask that You take them out of the world, but that You keep them safe from the evil one.”

Jesus closed His final message to His disciples with a prayer that had petitions for Himself, His disciples, and all who would believe in Him throughout the ages through their message. Jesus emphasized that He was returning to heaven. His disciples would still be in the world for a time but they were not of this world, just as He was not of this world. These disciples belonged in heaven. Jesus appealed to His Father for keeping power for these precious followers from the tricks and traps of the evil one. He had given the disciples His Father’s Word and His Name to use as major weapons against the powers of this world. The Holy Father would exalt His Name and His Word to sanctify them, protecting them from the fiery trials of this world and bring them to their heavenly home!

Daniel 3:24-25 “Then King Nebuchadnezzar was astonished and rose up in haste. He declared to his counselors, “Did we not cast three men bound into the fire?” They answered and said to the king, “True, O king.” He answered and said, “But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods.””

Prayer: Holy Father, thank You for this prayer for us from Your Amazing Son! Thank You for Your powerful Word which sanctifies us and makes us clean and empowers us with the sword of the Spirit. Thank You for the Name of Jesus and heaven’s authority to ask You for help in the fiery trials of life in this world. As the men in the fiery furnace, walk with us and keep us from harm and evil! Amen!

Psalm 88:1-3 “O Lord, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you. Let my prayer come before you; incline your ear to my cry! For my soul is full of troubles, and my life draws near to Sheol.”

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Salvation experienced!

Scripture reading for April 19th: Ruth 3-4, Psalm 37, Acts 4

Acts 4:18-21 “So they called them and charged them not to speak or teach at all in the Name of Jesus. But Peter and John answered them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to listen to you rather than to God, you must judge, for we cannot but speak of what we have seen and heard.” And when they had further threatened them, they let them go, finding no way to punish them, because of the people, for all were praising God for what had happened. For the man on whom this sign of healing was performed was more than forty years old.”

The religious leaders were perplexed at Peter and John healing the crippled man and teaching salvation and resurrection from the dead in the Name of Jesus. They tried to stop them from this endeavor with a strong warning. They would have liked to do more but they feared the people who were praising God for what had happened. Peter put the ball back in their court when he told them they must decide if these followers of Jesus should obey them or listen to God. Authority and threats cannot stop people who have experienced salvation and Jesus’ healing touch! They boldly challenged the religious leaders to consider!

Psalm 37:7-9 “Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices! Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil. For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the example of Peter and John and the healing that came through their simple obedience and faith in the Name of Jesus. They are also good examples to believers of Your amazing patience with those opposing You and Your followers. Help me to listen to You in each situation and wait for Your instructions. Give me boldness to preach the Gospel message and trust You for results!

Ruth 4:13-15 “So Boaz took Ruth, and she became his wife. And he went in to her, and the Lord gave her conception, and she bore a son. Then the women said to Naomi, “Blessed be the Lord, Who has not left you this day without a redeemer, and may his name be renowned in Israel! He shall be to you a restorer of life and a nourisher of your old age, for your daughter-in-law who loves you, who is more to you than seven sons, has given him birth.”

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God’s amazing restorations!

Scripture reading for April 18th: Ruth 1-2, Acts 3

Acts 3:6-10 “But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I give to you In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!” And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong. And leaping up he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God. And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple, asking for alms. And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”

Our God specializes in amazing restorations. In this passage a man who had been lame from birth was begging at an entrance to the temple where Peter and John were entering. Peter and John’s attention became focused on this man and they spoke boldly by the Holy Spirit. The man was expecting to receive some alms but got much more! The disciples spoke the Name of Jesus over him and commanded him to rise up and walk! They took him by his hands and pulled him to his feet. As this happened, his feet and ankles were strengthened and he began to celebrate with leaps of joy and shouts of praise! In the passage in Ruth, God also did an amazing restoration for Naomi and Ruth that brough joy and ultimately the Son of God into the world!

Acts 3:16 “And His Name–by faith in His Name-has made this man strong whom you see and know, and the faith that is through Jesus has given the man this perfect health in the presence of you all.”

Prayer: Father God, thank You for the amazing power of restoration in the Name of Jesus. You are so good and full of mercy for those hurting and lost in sin! As I read the story of Ruth and Naomi, I am overcome by Your amazing restoration of two widows, one a foreigner who had to beg for food and sustenance. Use me to speak the Name of Jesus over the hopeless and helpless to see them redeemed!

Ruth 2:11-12 “But Boaz answered her, “All that you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband has been fully told to me, and how you left your father and mother and your native land and came to a people that you did not know before. The Lord repay you for what you have done and a full reward be given you by the Lord.”

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Confronting Evil Spirits

Scripture reading for May 8th:  1st Samuel 28-29, 1st Chronicles 9, Acts 19

Key Scriptures:  Acts 19:16-20  “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 upon them all, and the Name of the Lord Jesus was extolled.  Also many of those who were now believers came, confessing and divulging their practices.  And a number of those who had 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.”

The disciples of Jesus were performing many miracles of healing and deliverance from evil spirits in the Name of Jesus.  Certain Jewish exorcists tried to use the same “formula” and suffered a great beating by the possessed man.  This became widely known and brought conviction on many who brought their demonic materials to the apostles and they burned them up.  The stronghold of demonic activity was brought down by the Word of God and the Name of Jesus.

Faith confession and prayer:  Lord Jesus, thank You for Your Name and authority over evil spirits.  Help me to walk in faith and power to see Your Word increase and prevail in this region and time.  May I never seek help from evil spirits, but confront and overthrow them.

1st Samuel 28:7 “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.”  And his servants said to him, “Behold, there is a medium at En-dor.””

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Faith in Jesus’ Name

Scripture reading for May 8th:  Acts 3, Psalm 92, Proverbs 30

Key Scriptures:  Acts 3:6-10 “But Peter said, “I have no silver and gold, but what I do have I gave to you.  In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk!”  And he took him by the right hand and raised him up, and immediately his feet and ankles were made strong.  And leaping up, he stood and began to walk, and entered the temple with them, walking and leaping and praising God.  And all the people saw him walking and praising God, and recognized him as the one who sat at the Beautiful Gate of the temple asking for alms.  And they were filled with wonder and amazement at what had happened to him.”  

Peter and John were going to the temple for prayer when they were met by a beggar asking for alms.  They did not have money, but gave him more than he asked for.  They spoke a word of faith in the Name of Jesus and reached out for his hand.  As they did, God worked a miracle of healing and the man leaped up and began to walk and praise God.  The miracle brought awe and wonder to all!

Faith Confession:  I  am a believer in Jesus Christ.  I believe that through the Name of Jesus I have authority and power to confront sickness, disease, and demonic power and to trust God for results.  (Action Step:  In faith step out to help someone the Lord puts in your path.  Trust Jesus for results)

Psalm 92:4  “For You, O Lord, have made me glad by Your work; at the works of Your hands I sing for joy.”  

 

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Worthy of suffering!

Scripture reading for May 10th:  2nd Kings 17-19, Acts 5

Key Scriptures:  Acts 5:40-42  “. . .They called the apostles in and had them flogged.  Then they ordered them not to speak in the Name of Jesus, and let them go.  The apostles left the Sanhedrin, rejoicing because they had been counted worthy of suffering disgrace for the Name.  Day after day, in the temple courts and from house to house, they never stopped teaching and proclaiming the good news that Jesus is the Christ.”  

The disciples were threatened with death and flogged by the Jewish leaders for preaching and healing in the Name of Jesus.  They were ordered not to preach in Christ’s Name again.  However, the disciples were not afraid of men but feared God.  They counted the suffering for Christ as a badge of honor!

2nd Kings 19:19  “Now O Lord our God, deliver us from his hand, so that all kingdoms on earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God.” (King Hezekiah’s prayer at the threats of the King of Assyria.)

Prayer: Lord, thank You for these examples of the boldness and zeal of the early disciples and godly kings of Israel.  May we honor You with boldness in the face of suffering.  Amen.

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Rejoice in the “Name”!

Scripture reading for March 20th:  1st Samuel 15-19

Key Scriptures: 1st Samuel 17:45-47  “David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the Name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.  This day the Lord will hand you over to me, and I’ll strike you down and cut off your head.  . . .and the whole world will know that there is a God in Israel.  All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s and He will give all of you into our hands.””

David knew His God and the power of His Name!  He used that authority of God’s Name to declare a victory over a Philistine giant named Goliath!  He declared that the Lord would save Israel and win with supernatural power!

Rejoice in the Name of Jesus:  Jesus gave His followers His Name and killed our giant enemy Satan! “Therefore God exalted Him to the Highest place and gave Him the Name that is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess Jesus Christ as Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”  (Philippians 2:9-11)

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Prayer that shakes the house!

Scripture reading for May 11th:  Acts 4

The miracle of healing the crippled man at the temple gate shook the religious house.  “The priest and the captain of the guard came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the crowd.  They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people and proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead.  They seized Peter and John, and because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day.”   (Acts 4:1-3)  The religious leaders were not happy at the mention of Jesus!

They questioned Peter and John to find out by what power they had done this miracle.  “Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people!  If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a cripple and are asked how he was healed, then know this, you and all the people of Israel:  It is by the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. ” . . .”Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”” (Acts 4:8-10,12)

The rulers and elders ordered the apostles not to speak in the Name of Jesus Christ any more and threatened them. But the apostles told them that they must obey God and not men.  They let them go and they returned to the others and prayed:  “Now Lord consider their threats and enable Your servants to speak Your word with great boldness.  Stretch out Your hand to heal and perform miraculous signs and wonders through the Name of your holy servant Jesus.”  “After they prayed, the place were they were meeting was shaken.”  (Acts 4:29-31)

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The Name of Jesus!

Scripture reading for May 8th:  Acts 3

As the new group of believers was empowered on the day of Pentecost, it grew rapidly with the new power to witness indwelling the disciples.  New believers were added on a daily basis to the growing church.  (Acts 2:47)  The church continued to meet in the temple and be a part of the Jewish system.  This was soon to change!

Peter and John were going to the temple for the time of prayer at 3:00 in the afternoon.  They encountered a crippled man who was begging at the gate.  “When he saw Peter and John about to enter, he asked them for money.  Peter looked straight at him, as did John.  Then Peter said, “Look at us!”  So the man gave them his attention, expecting to get something from them.  The Peter said, “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I have I give you.  In the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.”  Taking him by his 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 into the temple courts, walking, jumping, and praising God.”  (Acts 3:3-8)

Many people gathered as a result of the healing of this man.  Peter again addressed the crowd and explained how God had glorified Jesus!  “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 can all see.”  (Acts 3:14-16)  Peter confronted the people.  He called them to repentance and faith in the name of Jesus!

 

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