We fail to live out powerful lives because we do not understand the powerful brand name. The name of Jesus bears all power and we need to live it out which means it has to go beyond just mentioning it in prayer but moving to the point of living it out. Unless we activate the name of Jesus in our lives consciously, we cannot step up to our God-given destiny because we lack the power. The apostles understood that they did not need gold or silver to do great things; they could rely on the name of Jesus. We fail to step up because we do not understand the power that is in the name of Jesus, we perish because of the lack of knowledge. Understanding what the name means and living it out will bring the revolution in Christianity that was seen in the times of the early church; knowledge followed by action is power.
In this blog I seek to increase our understanding of the brand that we represent, the brand of Jesus, as conveyed in scripture.
Isaiah 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of peace.
Living out the name;
- Mighty God
Jesus stood by principles regardless the danger that such actions posed in His life. His word says that He did not come to give us the spirit of fear but that of power, love and a sound mind. He openly rebuked the Pharisees despite their clout, cast out demons in the power and authority that He had, at the temple He whipped people who were doing business and destroying the place of worship yet He was alone. He even called Himself Son of God openly which was considered blasphemy. Despite the looming dangers and the many reason to back down due to fear, Jesus pressed on and chose to act courageously.
The apostles also had a lot working against them as their doctrine went against belief systems that had been engrained in their lives for years. First they were taking a new way of Christianity which they were also learning; it was all about walking in faith and trusting that the Lord would connect all the dots together for them. Furthermore, their radical stand to reach out to gentiles and preach about love and grace instead of the law was not taken well by the Jews. They were persecuted and even met their deaths all in the pursuit of giving us Christianity as we know it. It was obvious that what they were doing was dangerous yet they pressed on and chose to act courageously.
Fortunately for us we do not face looming death for testifying our faith, at least not many of us. The world has changed in a sense and our belief of salvation and God’s grace accepted but in a sense, we still face persecution. Although we can do much more to reach out in courage to the lost souls, I think our biggest persecution is on our personal principles. The principles of the world conflict with the principles of God now more than ever and standing up for Jesus seems impossible. We do not face death in the physical form but from within, emotionally and socially. Our faith can make us loose relationships and walk alone in many decisions or even be mocked by people. But this is where we are called to show our might and power in that we choose to stand by our principles in courage. Just as Jesus and the apostles chose to stand in courage regardless the fears, we are also to choose to stand by our principles in courage.
Courage is something you can never lose; because courage is something you always choose.
- Everlasting Father
Jesus Christ always sought to leave a legacy imparting all He had to the disciples. Apart from preaching to crowds He took time aside with the disciples to show them a deeper understanding of God’s kingdom. He taught them the basics of prayer and fasting and even explained the parables to them. Whatever miracles He performed He always had a lesson for the disciples that went further from the awesome wonders; He knew that for the work to continue beyond Him, the disciples had to understand what He did. In a sense He was teaching us to be mentors and that we can speak to many people but can only speak into the lives of a few. Because He taught many and mentored the few, Christianity changed to what it is today. Even with Him in heaven, His lessons live on.
The apostles also furthered the lessons on legacy as they also preached to crowds but walked with a few. Paul crossed many cities preaching God’s word but he always took time to guide those he mentored such as Timothy. They always worked close to each other and Timothy ended up writing some books in the New Testament just as his mentor did, doing it at a young age which still inspires young people today to go all out for the kingdom. Because Paul took the time to guide one young man, the young generation today is unashamed of the gospel as they have found people in scripture to look up to.
Seeing things in the big picture will make us reach out and teach what we have learnt to others. We need to do the eternal and timeless in contemporary and timely ways, by deliberately guiding a few people with the aim of having them guide others. Preaching to many people is very noble but we have to understand that influence comes from a personal level, we need to walk and teach a few people on a one on one basis; legacy is birthed out of influence.
We should plant some trees we will never sit under.
- Prince of peace
Because of the love that Jesus Christ had, He reached out to help even when we did not know we needed help. He knew and understood our problems and He came to solve them and give us that peace. The peace that He came to give was not just to be experienced in heaven but also here on earth. He came to give us salvation, health and wealth. Salvation ensures our peace in eternity while health and wealth ensure our peace on earth. For those who came to Him with needs, He never turned a blind eye on them, he actively reached out to the distressed and handled their issues.
The apostles also actively reached out, first to one another as a church then to those they found to be in need. In wisdom they divided all they had and shared equally so that every need was met allowing people to minister at peace and effectively. Whenever they met someone sick they would pray for them and trust in the Lord for the healing, giving no regard to their financial incapability. They never let what they did not have (money) keep them from bringing people into God’s love and peace; rather they used all they had to spread the love.
We are also called to be peacemakers but I think the issue lies in what we think of ourselves and how we view our capabilities. When actively reaching out to help others we have to see God’s power and not our own strength. Life is about helping others find peace. We have found the love of Christ and experienced the joy; it would be quite unfair to the world if we do not share what we have freely gained.
The greatest service is to share with others the joy of living-love, this is what will bring peace to the hearts of men.
Knowing what the name of Jesus stands for will change our lives and impact other lives. We have to use the name in prayer as we declare things and also live it out consciously. The name of Jesus is both a powerful name and a powerful lifestyle.
- Not Done in a Corner (livingstoncoc.wordpress.com)
- Defining Christianity: Why Be a Christian? Part I (orthosphere.org)
- Underestimated (jillcobb.wordpress.com)
Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 I communed with my heart saying, “Look I have attained greatness and have gained more wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” And I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and folly. I perceive that this also is grasping for the wind. For in much wisdom is much grief, and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.
It would not be fair to leave you with this information and let you try to change by your own wisdom and strength-it is like chasing the wind. Only in Jesus Christ does all this make sense and by the guidance of the Holy Spirit will we know the way to go. Say this prayer and receive a new life..
Heavenly Father, I come to You in the Name of Jesus. Your Word says, “Whosoever shall call on the name of the Lord shall be saved” (Acts 2:21). I am calling on You. I pray and ask Jesus to come into my heart and be Lord over my life, according to Romans 10:9-10—”If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation.” I do that now. I confess that Jesus is Lord, and I believe in my heart that God raised Him from the dead.
I am now reborn! I am a Christian—a child of Almighty God! I am saved! You also said in Your Word, “If ye then, being evil, know how to give good gifts unto your children: how much more shall your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to them that ask him?” (Luke 11:13). I am also asking You to fill me with the Holy Spirit. Holy Spirit, rise up within me as I praise God. I fully expect to speak with other tongues as You give me utterance (Acts 2:4).
The prayer was obtained from the Kenneth Copeland Ministries.