[b]The Name of Jesus[/b][i]by Zac Poonen[/i]It is written in 2 Kings 2:14, that Elisha smote the waters of Jordan with Elijah's mantle. If we consider Elijah here as a type of Christ taken up to Heaven and Elisha as a type of the Church left behind on earth to carry on His ministry, then the mantle of Elijah must be a picture of the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ that He has committed to His Church. Jesus has given us the way, just as Elisha used the mantle to make a way through the River Jordan.However, it is not just a matter of repeating the Name as though it were some sort of magic charm. Many use His Name in that way, but nothing happens. There is no manifestation of power and no removal of the mountains that block up the way.Gehazi once took Elisha's staff and under instructions from Elisha, laid it on a dead child. He may also have at that time cried out in an authoritative manner, "In the Name of the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, arise from the dead." But nothing happened..God doesn't just listen to the words that a man says. He looks at his heart. The power of the words depends on the type of man that uses them. God knew that Gehazi's heart was not set on the glory of God but on the world and on personal gain.Elisha's heart was different. He sought God's glory alone and so God could commit His authority to him. And so when Elisha prayed, the dead child arose immediately. When he smote the waters of Jordan with the mantle, they parted into two.I have met people who use the Name of Jesus and keep on repeating it (sometimes at the top of their voices), but nothing happens. They have reminded me of the prophets of Baal who shouted and screamed on Mount Carmel. The kingdom of God is not manifested in mere words (no matter how loudly or how authoritatively spoken), but by power. If Elisha had not been an anointed man, he could have hit the waters as hard at he liked, with the mantle, but nothing would have happened. It would have been just a waste of time and energy! The anointing of the Spirit is indeed essential if we are to use the Name of Jesus with real power.In Acts chapter 3, we find Peter using the Name of Jesus; and God's power was manifested. The lame man began to walk. It was so obvious a miracle that no one had to go around showing people the man's medical reports in order to convince them that he had been healed. There was nothing uncertain or shady about that miracle. There was no doubt left in anyone's mind as to whether or not a miracle had actually taken place-as is so often the case with "miracles" wrought by some 20th-century healers!We find right through the Book of Acts, the disciples using the Name of Jesus again and again to remove every obstacle that came in the way of their fulfilling God's purposes. They really knew the anointing. And that's why the Acts of the Apostles ends with the word, "unhindered" (New American Standard Bible). The gates of Hell could not stand against such a powerful Church.
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Amen brother! Great article.The Name of Jesus is taken so lightly in the contemporary church today. Many people use the Lords name to try and fix-up their mistakes. I believe in the power of Jesus Christ and with that belief is respect. The church today needs to get back to the reverence and fear of God! We have got to use the Name of Jesus Christ in a respectful manner. Many people in the church want to go partying and get drunk on a Saturday night and then enter into Gods house on a Sunday morning and start binding and loosening the devil in the Name of Jesus! How much disrespect is the Lord going to take?We treat the church as if it is some supernatural playground. Many people who are abusing there children, smoking weed and acting like a heathen are the ones in the church running up and down the aisles, speaking their gibberish and blowing on people in the Name of Jesus to heal them from their ailments! Where has the respect and reverence for the Name of Jesus gone?Please dont misunderstand me. We are to fall on our faces in repentance for our sins and ask God to provide His grace and mercy to help us through any situation; even if we are disobedient. But, how can we possibly have the authority of Jesus Christ to speak healing and deliverance when we are so actively engrossed in our sins? Jesus knows the heart. He knows the actors from the true hearted. Let us always remember that sin separates us from the love of God. The wages of sin is death! We can only speak with authority in the Name of Jesus Christ when we have repented and are faithfully walking in the obedience of our Lord Jesus Christ. Enough of the amusements! It is time to seek the Lords face diligently in prayer without ceasing. The Lord longs for us to come into communion with Him on His terms with no hidden agenda of our own in mind. Pray to God for the strength to live a life according to His will, and then with a pure heart of obedience, God will give all authority to use the Name of Jesus to move those mountains that are in your way. In Christ,Joe