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  • Makes casting out of demons possible

We have the backing of Jesus Christ for this all important undertaking.  In Mark 16:17 He said: ’’…these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons…’’.

A young man once inhabited my boys’ quarters in Nigeria. He was actually homeless when I met him, and many people advised me against taking him in, because he was suspected to be a druggie and they justifiably felt that he could harm me at some point.  But somehow, I managed not to heed their advice! And not very long after he moved in with me, He became a born again Christian; I was then a hugely anti-born again Christians person!  Almost immediately, I noticed that he suddenly became very prayerful and fasting became his second nature.  He was also very busy conducting miracles services here and there, and folks were always flocking around him for one purpose or the other.  Then one day, he was directed in the Spirit to ask me to facilitate his getting to, and healing a particular man known to me, but unknown him.   The man in question was severely disabled and utterly disfigured and all medical interventions extended to him, were unhelpful.  Anyway, I facilitated the man of God and his team’s trip to the afore-mentioned man.  And as I was later told, when they got to him, and experienced his anguish first-hand, they were moved with compassion and they commanded the demon afflicting him to come out in Jesus name.  Then, the man’s body quaked violently for a fairly long time, and he was in a lot of pain but the men of God did not stop tormenting the demon, and commanding it to come out in the name of Jesus.  In the end, it succumbed, and came out riotously.  The man later went back to his government job, and lived a normal life thereafter to the glory of God.

Friend, you too can cast out demons in the name of Jesus, and you can be sure of his full support as you do so (Mark 16:17).  Amen.

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  • It makes healing possible

The name of Jesus also makes healing possible.  Healing as we know is central to the ministry of Jesus Christ and God specifically anointed Him for that purpose.  Apostle Peter confirmed this position in Acts 10:38 as follows: …God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him”.

Jesus also wants us, Christians, to heal people in His name, in this age and time.  That is why He said:  ”And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name … they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover” (Mark 16:17-18).

While I was attending to my patients in a hospital ward one day, a nurse asked me to review a patient who was severely ill with an abnormally high blood pressure.  She had been on admission for about two weeks, and her condition did not improve a bit.  In any case, I reviewed her as requested, and I discovered that her doctors had done so well that I had nothing to add to, or subtract from their line of management.  However, I asked her if I could pray with her and she said yes.  There and then, I did so; I also decreed healing for her in the name of Jesus.  I was later told that not long after I left her, she fell soundly asleep for the first time in weeks.  And when her blood pressure was taken later in the day, it had gone down considerably.  She was discharge the following day, hale and hearty, to the glory of God.

Friend, you too can offer healing to the sick in the name of Jesus, if you haven’t being doing so (Mark 16:17-18).  Kindly carve out time to pray for them regularly, and when possible, lay hands on them as well, and they shall recover in Jesus name.  Amen.

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  • Makes people to become very bold

One of the foremost things that the name of Jesus does for people is that, it makes them to become very bold.  For instance, Apostle Peter was well-known for his timidity.  He was so timid, that he denied Jesus Christ three times, before He was crucified (John 18:15-18, 25-27).  This he did, to play safe, and to stay alive!  But this same Peter later preached the gospel with unusual boldness and fervour, in the name of Jesus.  It is worth mentioning here, that himself, and Apostle John were so bold, that the people in authority, who by the way, detested them, took notice of them.  The bible relayed this occurrence in Acts 4:13 this way: Now when they saw the boldness of Peter and John, and perceived that they were uneducated and untrained men, they marvelled.  And they realized that they had been with Jesus.

Before I became a Christian, I could not imagine myself talking to people about Jesus Christ.  But immediately I became born again, I picked up a rare boldness, which enables me to address congregations of diverse sizes, perform leading/multiple roles in Christian drama and film presentations, take part in Christian talk shows, write to people about Jesus Christ using all manners of social media that I fancy, etc.  And as a Medical Doctor, I offered healing, hope, and help to people, where conventional medical knowledge had failed them.   I did all these, by the grace of God, in the name of Jesus Christ.

Friend, if you want to do very well where others have flopped, if you want to move forward where others have retreated, and if you want to be noticed for God, where others have been largely ignored, then you must be prepared to do things differently from now on.  You must be prepared to shake off the restrictive yoke of timidity hanging all over you, and obtain indescribable boldness from God.  The good news is that He is prepared to give it to you today, if you ask Him in the name of Jesus Christ (Matthew 7:7, John 14:13).

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I discussed the topic above with a friend some time ago, and I gained a lot from it.  And my experience made me to write some things about the name of Jesus, and cite instances that I am aware of, where it was evoked, with stunning results ensuing.  I am very excited to present this piece to you here.

First of all, the name of Jesus is one the most outstanding tools at the disposal of all Christians, and it prompts God to answer our prayers (John 16:23-24).  It is incredibly powerful, and it towers above all other names.  And when it is deployed against our enemies, it produces unbelievable results.  Apostle Paul attested to these facts as follows:  Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 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, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father’’(Philippians 2:9-11).  The name of Jesus also guarantees absolute safety (Proverb 18:10), and salvation through it, is incontestable (Acts 4:12).

At this point, you may wish to ask who swayed the Apostles into using the name of Jesus in the first instance.  Well, Jesus himself did!  In John 14:13, He said ”…. I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the son may bring glory to the father’’.  This passage is also applicable to us because Jesus Christ said ”…what I say to you (i.e. His disciples), I say to all(and that includes us)(Mark 13:37).   I am therefore not surprised that loads of Christians these days are using the name of Jesus to perform wonders globally.  Since it works for them, it will surely work for you too.  Amen.

Create In Me A New Heart, Oh Lord!

Create in me a new heart, oh Lord

And renew a right spirit within me

Cast me not away from Thy presence, oh Lord

And take not Thy holy spirit from me

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation

And renew a right spirit within me

 

-Rendered by Keith Green (based on Psalm 51:10-12)

THE LORD WILL SAVE YOU; HE’LL BLESS YOU IF YOU DO GOOD!

Today, we shall be looking at 2 Kings 2:1-25.  Elisha had just witnessed the extraordinary departure of Elijah, his boss, to heaven and for that reason; he got double the anointing of Elijah.  And shortly after that memorable event, the men of the city pleaded with him to help them make their water wholesome, and he did.  But as he was going up a road in Bethel, some youths appeared and mocked him on account of his being bald-headed.  Then, he turned around, and pronounced a curse on them in the name of the Lord. And two female bears came out of the woods, and mauled forty-two of them.

I revisited this popular account recently, and I extracted a couple of points from it.  Please permit me to share three of them with you here to encourage you.  They are:

1.  You may suffer afflictions while doing good.  Elisha did a very good thing by healing the city’s water, but in return, he suffered the affliction of being abused by the youths.  Likewise, you may suffer afflictions which may crop up in form of pain, embarrassment, harassment, distress, etc., if you do good, especially for the Lord.  Jesus Christ confirmed this position in Mathew 24:9, when He said: ”…you will be handed over to be persecuted (afflicted) and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me”.  So, if you suddenly find out that your good works are being paid back with afflictions, please don’t be too alarmed, as such is common (Psalm 34:19a).

2.  You may be tempted to give up on doing good.  Many people would have given up on doing good, if they were in the position of Elisha.  Similarly, you may be tempted to give up on doing good, just to have some peace, if you are faced with afflictions.  Unfortunately, peace doesn’t usually come up that way!  I therefore advise you to cling unto God very strongly, and persist in doing good.  And like the Psalmist, let your battle cry be: ”Though an army may encamp against me, My heart shall not fear; Though war may rise against me, In this I will be confident” (Psalm 27:3).  Elisha didn’t give up and so, you shouldn’t as well!

3.  God will save you; He’ll bless you if you don’t give up on doing good.  Elisha did not give up on doing good for humanity and God and in return, He (God) saved him from the unruly youths (2 Kings 2:23-24) and then, throughout his ministry.  He also blessed Elisha’s ministry with monumental signs and wonders.   If you too, remain steadfast and persist in doing good, I assure you that God will bless you sooner or later.  Apostle Paul pointed this out in Galatians 6:9 as follows: ”And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart”.

Friend, I encourage you to be committed to doing good not only for God, but also for humanity at all times.  Use your modest or vast talents, opportunities, possessions, connections, etc., to make life comfortable for as many people as possible.  Kindly give sufficient/special consideration to the underprivileged people in your society.  Please love them, feed them, clothe them, preach to them, pray for/with them, and remember to win their Souls for Christ (this is absolutely important).  I must confess to you here that doing all above and more, may not be easy because the Devil will without a shred of doubt, go after you and bombard you with numerous afflictions.  He might even attempt to devour you (1 Peter 5:8) and you may find yourself wishing to give up.  Please don’t!  And if you remain firm to the end, you will be blessed and saved here on earth (Numbers 6:24), and when you get to Heaven, God will give you the highly coveted crown of life (James 1:12) in Jesus name.  Amen.

Jesus is Lord!

C Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2013