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April, 24


THE RIGHT TO USE THE NAME OF JESUS!
Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. Philippians 2:9-10 The nineteenth chapter of the book of Acts gives us an interesting account of certain vagabond Jews, exorcists, who attempted to use the Name of Jesus to cast out devils. The Bible names the seven sons of Sceva as culprits; they had seen the Apostle Paul "heal the sick and cast out devils in the Name of Jesus and presumed they could do the same. Acts 19:13 says they "...took upon them to call over them which had evil spirits the name of the Lord Jesus, saying, we adjure you by Jesus whom Paul preacheth." Following their action, the man with the evil spirit attacked and prevailed against them, such that they ran out of the house naked and wounded (Acts 19:16). This shows that not everybody is given the right to use the Name of Jesus; only Christians have such a right! Only those who are born again have the right and authority to cast out devils in His Name; they're the ones given the power of attorney to use that Name by law. Jesus said in Mark 16:17, "And these signs shall follow them that believe; in my name shall they cast out devils...." Notice that He was specific as to those He said could cast out devils in His Name: the believing ones. So if you're born again, happy are you; it means you have the right to use the Name of Jesus; it belongs to you; and you can bless the world with that Name. However, if you're not born again, your only right to the Name of Jesus is to call upon Him for salvation. That's the way to come into Christ. "Jesus said in John 14:6, "...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me." Romans 10:13 says, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved." When you call on His name because you believe in Him, and then confess His Lordship over your life, He becomes your Lord. His Name is named upon you from that moment; and you can use it against the devil, sickness, disease, infirmities and the negativities of life.

PASTOR ANITA

 


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