The Leverage Daily Devotional 31-1-19
Doing Everything in the Name of Jesus Christ
Colossians 3:17 “And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.”
V: 17 And miraculous signs will follow to those believing these things: in My name they will cast out demons; they will speak new tongues;
V: 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them. They will lay hands on the sick, and they will be well.
The Name of Jesus is Jesus Himself; He bears that Name Jesus Christ. So, when you call the Name Jesus, it is a Person by the Name of Jesus that shows up. Jesus and His Name are one and inseparable; they are one and the same. The Name of Jesus, when called upon in faith, invokes the presence of Jesus. Everything that the Lord Jesus is, is back of His Name: His Person, power, authority, glory, grace, wisdom, name it. The Name of Jesus has in it everything that He is and that He possesses. What a blessing it is to be able to call upon that glorious and matchless Name, Jesus! What a blessing it is to have the power of attorney to use the Name of Jesus Christ. What great miracles happen when we call the Name of Jesus in faith! Hallelujah! Our opening verse tells us that whatsoever we do in word or deed, we ought to do it in the Name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father by Him. What does it mean to do everything that we do, either in word or deed, in the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ? It simply means to do everything, in word or deed, as His representative and in His authority or power.
Jesus came into the world and lived, died for our sins, and rose again for our justiﬁcation, and He has ascended on high and is seated at the right hand of the Father God in heaven. He is no longer here in person, but He has given us His Name to invoke His power and presence every time we require Him to manifest Himself to us and in our midst. We are not without Him, for we have His Name. He told us in Mark 16:17-19 that we have been given the right to use His Name to cast out devils, to heal the sick, and work many signs and wonders. It is our responsibility therefore to live here on earth, not like Jesus is not with us, not like we are powerless and cannot get anything done here for the kingdom of God; but as people who have the right to use the Name of Jesus to work wonders for people to be attracted to Him. Therefore, as we preach the Gospel, in word or deed, we must be bold and act as Jesus’ disciples on earth with the power of attorney to use His Name. He who has His Name has Him. Hallelujah!
My Solid Front (Confession):
In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I am bold in word and in deed. I acknowledge that I have the right to use the Name of Jesus Christ to cast out devils and work miracles; therefore, as I preach the Gospel, I invoke the presence of Jesus by using His Name in faith. I have the Name of Jesus, therefore I have Him; I am not alone. Amen.