TOPIC: LIVING IN HIS EXCELLENT NAME
OPENING TEXT: For in him we live, and move, and have our being; as certain also of your own poets have said, For we are also his offspring (Acts 17:28).
True Christianity is living in the Name of Jesus. The very thought of this is so awe-inspiring! Colossians 3:17 says "And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus…." Notice that the underlined phrase says "…do all in the name of the Lord Jesus," not "through the name of the Lord Jesus." There’s a big difference between the two. Doing all things in His Name means living in His Name. That’s the way to live a supernatural life. That means you’re living for Him, in His authority. Therefore, defeat, failure, and poverty can’t be a part of your life. Life for you is glory all the way, because the Name of Jesus is named upon you.
Not realizing this truth is the reason some Christians erroneously, pray through Jesus. Nowhere in the scriptures are we told to pray through Jesus Christ. Rather, we’re to pray ‘in’ the Name of Jesus. To pray through Him is to make Him a medium; but to pray in His Name is to exercise the power of attorney that He has given to you. The former is a demonstration of unbelief, while the latter is real Christianity.
Nothing could be more sublime than our call to live in the Name of the Creator of the universe. His is the most wonderful and excellent Name there is. Living with this consciousness will stir unprecedented boldness in your spirit, such that you’re totally unruffled by any crisis! What a glorious life we have in Christ!
Everything in life is subject to the power and authority of His Name. God gave a decree to that effect; He commanded all of nature—everything in life—animate or inanimate, to hear and obey Jesus (Matthew 17:5). He has all authority in heaven, and on earth. So if you find yourself in a challenging situation, declare, "In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I decree a change! I command peace and calmness," and that’ll be it!
Dear Father, I thank you for giving me the Name of Jesus, to use and to live by. By the power and authority of that Name I declare that the lines are falling unto me in pleasant places; I’m making progress with giant strides today, with all of nature, and everything that exists, working together in my favour, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
f u r t h e r s t u d y:Acts 4:12; Colossians 3:17
: Mark 11:27-33-12:1-17 Numbers 18-19
: Acts 24:22-27 Psalm 59-60