The Name above all names
“Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name.” Philippians 2:9
The name of Jesus! Such a powerful name, in fact, there is no other name higher. The scripture says that God gave Him a name above (more powerful than) every other name. Wow! However, as awesome as that is, there is something even more amazing about the name of Jesus . . . that is our authority to use it. John 16:23-24 says, “And in that day you will ask Me nothing. Most assuredly, I say to you, whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you. Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.”
Using the name of Jesus can be compared to a marriage covenant. When a lady marries a man, she takes his name. Now she has his authority to access all their family resources just as he does because they have been joined in the covenant of marriage. We are in covenant with God through the blood of Jesus. It is a new covenant and much better than the old one. In the new covenant we have access to God Himself through the name of Jesus. We don’t have to go through the priest system like the people of the old covenant did. He gives us the access to everything we need through the name of Jesus, His son. This is the reason that we pray in Jesus’ name, because He said, “whatever you ask the Father in My name He will give you.”
It’s the same name that Peter used when Jesus healed the lame man through him at the gate Beautiful. He 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.” (Acts 3:6) It’s the same name the seventy used when Jesus sent them out. They said, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.” (Luke 10:17)
My point in saying all this is that everything that has a name in this world is subject to the name of Jesus and in His name all other “names” can be overcome. We can use the name over anything the enemy would throw our way. It is an override that we are permitted to use over any circumstance, any problem, any worry, and any diagnosis that doesn’t line up with God’s original plan for His people. In the name of Jesus, worry, anxiety, and fear must leave. In the name of Jesus loneliness, bitterness, and anger has to get out. In the name of Jesus, depression, discouragement, and lack cannot exist and in the name of Jesus sickness and disease must bow its knee.
Yes, we are in the world and these things do come at us, but glory to God, we do not have to let them overcome us! We can overcome them with the power and authority of the all eternal name of Jesus and according to Philippians 2:11 it’s one of the ways we give glory to God! That is a great gift: Our Heavenly Father gives us the the power and authority to use His Son’s name and when we do, it makes Him very pleased!
Today I want to encourage you to take a close look at your life’s circumstances. Are there any “names” that are trying to take you out? Do you feel like you are stuck with a diagnosis or limitation of some kind? Take authority over the situation with the name that is above every name. Call that limitation by name and say it must leave now in Jesus’ Holy name! Now that’s fighting the good fight of faith!! (1 Timothy 6:12)
Today’s scripture reading: Philippians 2:5-11