I have loved looking at videos of my two-year-old granddaughters singing out boldly about their Savior. Of course they love sing about Zacchaeus and Jesus Loves Me, but watching our beautiful little Claire singing, “Jesus, Jesus, You make the darkness tremble!” and Oaklyn ringing out “Your Name, Your Name is Victory - all praise will rise to Christ our King!” makes our hearts well up with joy and hope.
But it also is the purity of encouragement out of the mouth of babes. It’s one thing to hear a congregation sound out praise songs - maybe that’s conformity, maybe it’s joy, maybe it’s the environment.
To these little ones, there is no human audience, no outside-in motivation, no reward other than speaking truth from the bottom of their souls.
Which begs the question, “Is there power in the name of Jesus?” Or in the Name of Yeshua Hamashiach (Jesus the Messiah)?
Here are a few verses which point to specific authority that Jesus demonstrated:
Hebrews 7:25, Matthew 7:28-29, Matthew 8:27, Acts 5:31, John 5:21, John 16:33, Matthew 9:6, Luke 5:17, Matthew 10:1
In addition, 1 Corinthians 1 and 2 addresses Paul’s expression of bringing nothing by style but only by substance through his call to evangelism. His explanation shows that there is no lasting power in the worldly forms of persuasion and wisdom, but that the spiritual wisdom through the Holy Spirit gives us eyes to see things that others are unable to understand, reconcile and accept.
When we put Paul’s explanation with the verses depicting Jesus’ authority, we begin to understand that His name has power in our lives too.
Hebrews 1:3 describes Him this way: And He is the radiance of His glory and the exact representation of His nature, and upholds all things by the word of His power. When He had made purification of sins, He sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.
Colossians 1:16-17 say: For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities—all things have been created through Him and for Him. He is before all things, and in Him all things hold together.
When we, as believers and receivers of His Lordship in our lives, trust this, we see miracles.
Sometimes the miracle is revealed in our suffering, allowing us to see His plan using our circumstances to bless, comfort, protect and strengthen others.
Sometimes the miracle is seen in His timing of meeting our expressed need.
Sometimes the miracle is the peace that passes all understanding demonstrated to others - our circumstance doesn’t change but the object of our faith (Jesus - Yeshua) is sure.
Sometimes the miracle is healing: Matthew 8:16, Matthew 12:15, Matthew 14:14
Always the miracle comes from Him.
Were you aware of His authority? Mark these verses as new references you can call upon.
Where have you experienced these miracles? It’s good to keep a journal of faith and answered prayer. “Oh yeah, you were faithful then, and then, and then - I believe You will be faithful in all things.
Sometimes our faith journal and the verses we marked serve as the same thing. Our Bible can be our best reference to the truth we learned and the truth of His Word being manifested (shown) and completed in our lives.