Deuteronomy 23:1-25:19; Luke 10: 13-37; Psalm 75: 1-10; Proverbs 12: 12-14
I think that the next time I hear someone take the name of Jesus in vain, use it as an exclamation, or to swear by, I’m going to ask them, “Do you know there is power in that name-Jesus? Do you know that people have been healed, demons expelled, souls saved by the speaking of that name–Jesus?
There is power in that name.
“The seventy-two, returned with joy, saying, ‘Lord, even the demons are subject to us in your name!’ ” Luke 10:17
Jesus rejoiced along with his disciples–he was happy to hear that ministry was accomplished through them.
He reminds them, however, that though miracles and power over evil are breathtaking, it is far greater to know that faith in Him has secured them a place in Heaven, “But rejoice that your names are written in heaven.” Luke 10: 20
Maybe after I get over the shock of being bold enough to ask someone those questions, I can share a few more thoughts on the name of Jesus. Like:
“For everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” Romans 10:13
“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.” Philippians 2: 10-11
And I’ll pray that the next time that person uses Jesus’ name it will be to thank and praise Him for sins forgiven and a life made new.
Lord God, we praise you that the name of Jesus has power to banish the evil one; remove our sins; heal the brokenhearted. We pray for opportunities to share what Jesus has done for us–to use His name to bless and not to curse.
‘O Jesus, shepherd, guardian friend, My Prophet, Priest and King–My Lord, my life, my way, my end–accept the praise I bring.’ (John Newton)
In Jesus’ powerful and precious Name we pray, Amen.
“We give thanks to you, O God, we give thanks, for your Name is near.” Psalm 75:1