We sing at the top of our lungs. We raise our hands in worship, proclaiming the greatness of our God. We join with hundreds of others in worship of Jesus, the One who died and rose again to pay our sin-debt.
Yet we are a bunch of hypocrites.
We proclaim the wonders of our Savior on Sunday morning and then fret about the greatness of our problems the rest of the week. Five minutes after we sing that there is no stronger power than Jesus, we revert to worry about how we are going to meet the pressures of the coming week.
Hold on. It’s time we get that emotional worship experience to sink deeper. We must let those words of praise and faith penetrate our minds and hearts, too. They must change our way of thinking, so that we no longer wallow in doubt, fear, and defeat.
Recently, a friend encouraged several of us bloggers to remember the omnipotent power of Jesus’ name. She had us look up John 14:12-14…
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it.John 14:12-14 ESV
I have read these verses many times over the last several months. They really became alive for me when I went through Kim Erickson’s His Last Words twice during the last school year. But this time, they hit me with another application.
Jesus’ name provides the power that answers my prayers. His name is the power I must call upon in every situation. His name enables me to funnel the power of God into my life. It enables me to overcome. It brings the forces of evil to their knees.
The name of Jesus invokes the power of almighty God.
Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.Philippians 2:9-10 ESV
If I REALLY believe this, then I will not surrender to fear.
I have found myself saying how terrified I am at the challenges facing me this coming school year. Why should I be terrified if I REALLY believe that Jesus is enough to empower me to do what He has called me to do? I must call upon Jesus’ name.
I have beat my head agains the wall in frustration as I once again give in to my anger and faulty expectations. Why should I keep sinning over and over? In the heat of emotion, I must call upon Jesus.
I have been burdened over parenting issues. Why do I parent as though their character is dependent upon my actions? I must take these problems to their Creator.
Are you worried? fearful? stressed? overwhelmed?
Take it to Jesus. Call upon His name, the most powerful name in the universe. Let Him work in your situation with His perfect wisdom and omnipotent strength.
Jesus truly is enough.
He is our strength. He is our redeemer. He is our savior from our persistent sins. He is our power.
We simply rest in his Name, letting Him work in and through us, as we live in a state of humble repentance.
Join us in our quest to call upon Jesus’ name in every situation.