The Name of the Lord is a strong Tower; The righteous run to It and are safe.
Because he has set his love upon Me, therefore I will deliver him; I will set him on high, because he has known My Name.
And it shall come to pass that whoever calls on the Name of the Lord shall be saved.
And these signs will follow those who believe: In My Name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues.
Paul, greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, 'I command you in the Name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.' And he came out that very hour.
As the song goes, there is power in the Name of Jesus.* I shudder to think how often His Name is said in vain. Instead of a prayer, OMG is now cultural slang. In stark contrast, Muslims guard the name of Allah closely. To portray him without reverence is a grave offense.
When God's Name is tossed around, outsiders may get a pass. But what's a Christian's excuse for profane exclamations? To use His Name without profound respect is dangerous.** Even then, we serve a Lord of amazing forgiveness.
Consider His Name's power: a power to rob the grave, a power to stop lions, a power to deliver. Jesus! How did it happen? When Jesus emptied Himself, He gained God's authority.
His act of submission defeated our worst enemy. His ultimate surrender gained absolute victory. Even more, He planned for His Name and great wins to be shared.
But a requirement must be met in the use of His Name. God's power will only work for us like it worked for Him. Our submission to our Father must be real and total. Only then can we tread on serpents and cast out demons. 'Submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you' (James 4:7).
Who thought in laying down our lives we would gain them? Jesus.
'Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the Name which is above every name, that at the Name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father' (Philippians 2:9-11).
To Be Continued...
* Song, Break Every Chain: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2uu2RDZdaxc
** Previous AMTC Devotion, Public Relations: http://amtcdevotions.org/public-relations-part-8-to-profane-gods-name
** Previous AMTC Devotion, Swearing: http://amtcdevotions.org/sermon-on-the-mount-part-12-swearing
P.S. To read the other devotions in this series, please see the Deliverance series.