Did you know that the name of Jesus is a power unto itself? Healing comes in the “exercise” of His name (Acts 3:1-16; 4:10). Think about it. What would life be like if we had access to the kind of healing power Peter and John exercised? Signs and wonders would actually follow the mention of His name!!

In John 14:12-14, Christ prophesied that we would do greater things than He did – whatever we ask in His name? Clearly, “His name is power”!!

I believe this is true. I really do!! Really.

So why is this not a normal, everyday occurrence in my life? Is it in yours? I’m convinced – and convicted – that the answer can be found in Philippians 2:9-11:

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.

I believe this verse is very clearly saying that every time I hear the name of Jesus my knee should bow and my tongue should confess that He is Lord. Whether this is to be taken literally or metaphorically, the mention of His name should elicit a response from the center of my being. I should reverence that name far above all others (Ephesians 1:21).

Is it possible that the power of that name, as it is exercised in my life, is proportional to my reverence for it? In other words, is the authority of Jesus’ name for me proportional to my willingness to submit to its authority over me?

I eagerly confess to you and Him (in the hope of 1John 1:9) that has not been the case for me. I do not have the reverence for His name that I should. Oh, how could I be so blind to such a simple thing, for so long? But…

Praise God for the grace of His conviction!! Praise God for the grace that is, even now, stirring up a passion to reverence His name like never before. Praise God!! Praise God!!

And praise the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!!

His grateful servant and yours,