A little personal celebration….this is my 💯th post! 🎉🎊. Okay…now to my subject. 😊
On my way back to my room one morning on the ship, I walked by the wedding chapel which happened to be on our deck and I heard a bible study going on and the question asked was…How do you let your light shine? I walked on pondering this question in my heart of how that looks to me now and thought of the many people I know who do this effortlessly daily; just this like my friends who own their own business and how they have successfully let their light shine without condemnation, shame, or judgement.
Yet, I want to look a little deeper……and am hoping you will come along with me 😉
The other morning while talking to God I had a vision that I want to share. This vision was of me praying and as I ended the prayer I was going to say, “in Jesus Name I pray”. As I went to say this I could see Jesus in me and I in Him. Making John 14:20 come to life: “In that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.” It was like an essence in me and around me. In that moment, I believe, I understood in a greater way what “in Jesus Name” really means. I believe that I am where Paul was at in Acts 19 in understanding what the Name of Jesus holds. Let’s look at scripture:
In John 14:13-14, we read the well-known scripture from Jesus, ““Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.” NASB.
There are also many scriptures that refer to Jesus’ Name and believing in it, asking in it, baptizing in it, being gathered in it, cast out demons in it, speak in new tongues in it, perform miracles in it, receives children in it, and receives the Father in it. I want to expand your understanding of Jesus’ Name and how much more it means then maybe what you have thought of it as. So many times I have been taught or read how we must pray in His Name. It has become so many times, at least for me, a way to get something done in the spiritual realm.
I was talking to a friend recently about deliverance. (BTW, one of my favorite topics now). We were discussing the lack of power when dealing with the demonic. I was explaining to her the importance of who you are and Whose you are and the complete reliance of ALL that Christ did on the Cross. She was explaining to me some circumstances and the “methodology” that has developed in many Christian circles regarding dealing with the demonic. One of those methods was the use of Jesus Name. Now there are plenty of times in Acts where we see this used….yet there are times we don’t see this used…..so where does this leave us??? I think we need to look at the fullness, the multifaceted meaning of the word “name” in Greek because I believe with all my heart, that what I experienced the other morning was exactly where the apostles and believers in the book of Acts came to understand as they walked with the Holy Spirit in them. First let’s look at the Greek word for “name”:
ónoma – name; (figuratively) the manifestation or revelation of someone’s character, i.e. as distinguishing them from all others. A little more description coming from Hebrew understanding: “According to Hebrew notions, a name is inseparable from the person to whom it belongs, i.e. it is something of his essence. Therefore, in the case of the God, it is specially sacred” (Souter). (emphasis mine)
Second, let’s look at a couple of scriptures that help explain first our position in Christ because we believe in Him or Who He is and second just what happened at the end of Acts with miracles God was doing through Paul:
Jesus talking: ““I’ve used figures of speech in telling you these things. Soon I’ll drop the figures and tell you about the Father in plain language. Then you can make your requests directly to him in relation to this life I’ve revealed to you. I won’t continue making requests of the Father on your behalf. I won’t need to. Because you’ve gone out on a limb, committed yourselves to love and trust in me, believing I came directly from the Father, the Father loves you directly. First, I left the Father and arrived in the world; now I leave the world and travel to the Father.”” John 16:25-28 MSG (emphasis mine)
“God did powerful things through Paul, things quite out of the ordinary. The word got around and people started taking pieces of clothing—handkerchiefs and scarves and the like—that had touched Paul’s skin and then touching the sick with them. The touch did it—they were healed and whole.” Acts 19:11-12 MSG (emphasis mine)
Lastly let me give a real life example about a woman who my friend knew. This woman had come to us for prayer. She told us that she felt God’s love by standing with my friend and I. This had been the first time she had felt God’s love in years because she had dabbled with witchcraft most of her adult life. My friend and I never once prayed over her or proclaimed Jesus Name over her. What did happen is she felt Jesus’ essence (name) emanating from us. We simply stood near her. God wanted this for her more than anything and He did it.
As we believe in His Name, we will then have the essence of Him in us and us in Him, we will manifest and reveal Him in our actions as we simply believe we walk in Him and Him with us. We reveal a part of His character as we bring freedom and healing for those around us. As we become more assured of the fact Christ never leaves us nor forsakes us even when we have done something wrong is when we then fully believe Christ truly took ALL sin, ALL condemnation, ALL sickness and disease on Himself and finished, and paid our penalty for all time this is when we begin to fully walk in our authority of what Jesus died for us to have. The church is who has been left on this earth to bring heaven to earth. We are the light and the salt of the earth. That is you and I as believers in Christ’s Name. What I am saying here is that, His essence lives in you. This is a fact, believe it and your light shines! You can’t help but shine because you exude Jesus and in that it reveals His character. Just Who He is. As we more fully understand or maybe just believe this truth we will see these greater things Jesus promised His people would do. Anybody ready for handkerchiefs and scarves? I am!! ❤️