In Proverbs 18:10, the bible says: ”The name of the LORD is a strong tower; The righteous run to it and are safe’”
Above passage, is often quoted by Christians to flaunt the Power in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ! We shall examine it more closely in this write-up, but before then, let us first pay particular attention to the word ‘tower’, which is central to it.
Towers are stately edifices, found in several locations in the world and they usually exhibit glowing attributes such as greatness, strength, dignity, reliability and magnetism (they magnetize people to themselves, as striking tourist attractions).
In the olden days, Towers were built for security purposes! When sentries climbed them, they could easily pick out enemy locations far afield, thus making it easy for steps to be taken to annihilate the enemies before they come close enough to cause havoc. These days, they are frequently used to support electric power transmitters, radio and television antennae, rockets and missiles prior to launching, etc.
Famous world Towers include Galata Tower (Istanbul, Turkey), Big Ben (London, UK), CN Tower (Toronto, Canada), Eiffel Tower (Paris, France), Leaning Tower of Pisa (Pisa, Italy), and Tokyo Television Tower (Tokyo, Japan).
Any person or anything, which exhibits some of, or all the qualities of a typical tower (viz. greatness, strength, dignity, reliability and magnetism, etc.), can be called a ‘Tower’; figuratively speaking. And there are many people, institutions and governments worldwide that fit this picture. However, the name of Jesus outclass all of them, because of its huge benefits to mankind each time it is invoked (Mark 16:17-18, Philippians 2:9-11) or better still, each time people run to it. No wonder it is fittingly called ‘a strong tower’!
Whenever people invoke or run to the name of Jesus, many things happen. Some of them are:
In Mark 16:17-18, Jesus said: ”And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name…they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover”.
In Acts 3:1-10, a certain man lame from her mother’s womb, had the unique opportunity of meeting Peter and John face to face, when they came to the temple to pray. Actually, he wanted alms from them, but he got much more than he bargained for that day. At some point, Peter looked at him intently, and said: “Silver and gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you: In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, rise up and walk’’. And instantly, his feet and ankle bones received strength and so, he leaping up, stood up, walked and entered the temple with them-walking, leaping and praising God. And those who knew him, recognized him as the ex-beggar, and they were stunned at what the name of Jesus did for him.
Friend, if you need healing in any part of your life, like your body, family set up, business, career, ministry, education etc. then, call on the name of Jesus Christ today, and you’ll have it at some point. Amen.
2. Deliverance from Demons (Evil Spirits).
Jesus confirmed this stance in Mark 16:17, this way: ”And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons…”.
In Acts 16:16-18, a certain slave girl, possessed with the spirit of divination, and who brought her masters much profits through fortune telling, met Paul and Silas as they were going for prayer. And she followed them endlessly, yelling ”These men are the servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to us the way of salvation”, until they got greatly annoyed with her. Then Paul turned, and addressed the spirit in her like this: ”I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her” and he came out that hour.
The name of Jesus is still available for use to cast out demons to date. Therefore, if you have any inkling that you are in bondage of any kind, and you want to be free from it once and for all, then stir Jesus Christ into action right away. Call on His name, and He will deliver you. Please remember that ”… if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed” (John 8:36).
3. Remission of sin.
While preaching to Cornelius’ household, Apostle Peter confirmed that the remission of sin is possible through the name of Jesus. This he did, by saying: ‘’To Him all the prophets witness that, through His name, whoever believes in Him will receive remission of sins’’ (Acts 10:43).
In Acts 2:14-42, precisely on the day of Pentecost, Peter gave a moving sermon, which stunned his listeners a great deal, and in their stunned state, they addressed the Apostles as follows: ”Men and brethren, what shall we do” (v37)? Then Peter responded, ”Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit” (v38). Afterwards, many people received his words gladly, and they were baptized. And that day alone, three thousand souls were added to the Church (v41).
Friend, we are all sinners (Romans 3:23), and unless we repent, there is no way we can attain the Kingdom of God (Ephesians 5:5). However, if we call on the name of Jesus Christ today, and confess our sins, He will forgive us, and we will have remission of our sins (Acts 10:43, 1 John 1:9) and in the end, we will attain heaven in Jesus name. Amen.
Apostle Peter made allusion to the inclusion of Salvation as one of the benefits of invoking or running to the name of Jesus, as follows: ”…for there is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” (Acts 2:12).
You will recall that a slave girl once tormented Paul and Silas without a break until Paul, in anger, cast out the Demon manipulating her (Acts 16:16-18). There and then, her owners framed them up, and they were imprisoned unduly. But God intervened, and set them free in a bit (Acts 16:25-26). And the keeper of the prison, supposing the prisoner’s had escaped, drew his sword and wanted to kill himself, but for the quick interjection of Paul that they were still around (Acts 16:28). And so in awe, the man said: ”Sirs, what must I do to be saved (Acts 16:30)”? And they replied ”Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household”. And without more ado, he and his household were saved that day!
You too can be saved today, in the name of Jesus. But being righteous is of utmost essence here (Proverb 18:10). And being righteous, starts from being born again! Are you born again? If you are; very good! In that case, you can go ahead and invoke the name of Jesus Christ as you wish, and you won’t have to struggle to be healed, delivered from Demons, have remission of your sin, etc. anymore. However, if you are not born again yet, please invite Jesus Christ into your life right now. Ask Him to take charge as your personal Lord and Saviour, and He will not snub you; this is a promise (John 6:37)!
Jesus is Lord!
c Adedayo Stoney Adegbulu, 2010
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