Lets look for a moment at the disciple Simon Peter; he was the man who made such
great promises to Jesus and failed! On the night of the last supper,
Jesus told his disciples that they would become confused and scatter,
leaving Him alone in his time of trial. Peter was the disciple who told
Jesus boldly, if not a bit arrogantly! “Not
all the others may leave you Master, I will never leave you!”
Jesus surprising reply to Peter, “Peter, before the cock crows three
times, you will deny me three times.” Judas betrayed Jesus to the high
priests, who then sent soldiers after Jesus in Gethsemane on the Mount
Jesus was praying. He had taken Peter, James and John with Him to the garden.
Jesus went on ahead, His heart was full of grief. And he prayed and
waited on the Father.
When the soldiers came and arrested Jesus. The disciples did exactly
what Jesus said they would do, they scattered, Peter included! The
soldiers took Jesus away, and Peter followed afar off.
The soldiers led Jesus to Caiaphas, the high priest. Peter made his way
into the palace area, and sat down among those who had actually captured
warming his hands at the fire with them……. Suddenly……………
he was noticed! A young girl said, “You were with Jesus of Galilee!”Peter denied it… “I don’t know what you are talking
about.” Then another saw him, “This man was with Jesus of
Nazareth!” And again he denied it, this time with an oath. Then a
soldier said, “Didn’t I see you in the garden with him?” The
accusations were getting close to home now! Peter was worried, he cursed
and swore his denials! The rooster crowed three times. Then Jesus turned
and looked at Peter, and Peter remembered what Jesus had spoken. Peter
went out into the night and wept bitterly. As we look at this broken
man, crying on the night of Jesus betrayal. We catch a view of one side
of Peter’s character. Here was a man who promised great things, but
when it came to the crunch he couldn’t deliver! He went out and wept
view of Peter in mind, it’s difficult to understand how fifty-two days
later,……………… on the day of Pentecost,…………………..
the same man stood up and preached a sermon that changed an entire city.
Causing 3000 people to get saved!!!!! 53 days later, he walked into the
temple with John, healed a man that had been lame since birth, and
preached another sermon!
It is amazing! What changed
Peter? What made the difference in his life? A number of events;
He had seen Jesus crucified, and was also with the disciples when
Jesus appeared to them.That must have played a part in changing him. Jesus’ conversation with him on
the beach (John 21) He was restored….. That was a part of it……
Then he was in the upper room on the day of Pentecost, and was
dramatically filled with the Holy Spirit!!!!……… Dunamus…….
with power. Huge difference in the man!!!
these experiences played their part in changing Peter.
But with the
healing of the lame man in Acts 3, Peter began to reveal to us, what had
made the difference in his life.
The power of
the Name in the early church:
Acts 3v1 Peter
and John had gone to the temple at the hour of prayer, which was 3 o’
clock in the afternoon. This was the time when the priests went into the
Holy place to offer the evening sacrifice. There was a lame man lying at
the gate to the temple. He had been lame all his life. He begged for
money from Peter and John as they came in. Peter looked at the lame man,
and said to him, “Look at us!” And he looked expecting to get
something from them. Then Peter said, “Silver or gold I do not have,
but what I have I give to you.” Peter knew that he had something to
give to this man. He said, “I have something, and what I have I’m
going to give to you.” Then he said “In the Name of Jesus Christ of
the man what he had, and what he had…… was the Name of Jesus.
And as soon
as Peter spoke, he took the man by the right hand and lifted him up and
his legs were healed!!!!
The man was
leaping and praising God, running into the temple!
people saw what had happened, they gathered by the thousands, Peter
stood up to preach. And the first thing he said was, verse 12“Why are you looking at us
as if its by our own power that we made this man walk?”
When a man
or woman of God is used in healing, or to bring deliverance to someone.
look at him or her as though it is by their own holiness or
It must be because they are really spiritual that they can be used in
this miracle by God!………… This is a normal reaction…
We can think
that for a man to be used of God like this!
healing to the sick!
He must be a
very holy man, and he must certainly have a great amount of spiritual
power! But this attitude is wrong, and Peter started by correcting thinking. As
he moved on through his sermon, he revealed the key to this mans
Acts 3:16-By faith in the Name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was
made strong. It is Jesus Name and the faith that comes through Him that
has given this complete healing to him, as you can all see.
it very clear how this man was healed. He was healed with the weapon of
the Name of Jesus!
Peter looked at the man and ministered to him in the power and
authority of the Holy Spirit.
Then he had to emphasise the Truth to the crowd and tell them, that it was the Name of Jesus; faith in the Name of Jesus that made this man well!
Acts 4:7, Peter and John were called in by the high priests and asked a
question, “ By what power, or by what name have you done this?”
They knew that a ‘name’ had brought healing to this lame man, and they wanted
to know more about how and why Peter and John were using this name….
Peter said the same as before, Acts 4:10, “It is by
the Name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God
raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed.”
relates it to the Name and tells the high priests that it was the Name
that brought healing! He
goes on and ends up preaching them a sermon!
And in verse 12, he says, “Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no
other Name under heaven given to men by which we must be saved.”
When you see
the awe and respect that Peter had for the Name, you begin to realise the Name meant something very special to the early church. They did what
they had to do for God in the authority of the Name.
The Name had
been delegated to them, they had received a power of attorney to use
that Name! So they went about healing the sick, they went about casting
out demons, they went about raising the dead by the power of the
Name…. The high
priests got worried, they ordered that Peter and John in verse 18, to
stop using that name. They sad don’t speak or teach in the name of
Jesus. But Peter and John said they were going to do it anyway!!! And they
went back to the other disciples, and Believers and began praising God
for the mighty miracle He had done!
They had a
great prayer meeting!
made a request in verse 29-30, Now Lord,
consider their threats and enable your servants to speak your word with
great boldness. Stretch out your mighty hand to heal and perform
miraculous signs and wonders through the Name of your Holy servant
Notice the emphasis, “That
signs and wonders be done by the Name of your Holy Servant Jesus.”
If we are going to do signs and wonders in our day,
we must use the Name. The Name of Jesus is the weapon that God has given
the church, and the church must use the Name with all its authority and
We need a revelation of the Name!!!!!!
The power and
authority in the Name of Jesus!Amen.
In Acts 5, it is recorded how revival spread
throughout Jerusalem. The high priest became so worried they called in
Peter and John again, the priests were very upset. They said, (verse
28) “We gave you strict orders not to teach
in the name, yet you have filled Jerusalem with your teaching.”
The teaching that was filling Jerusalem was the
teaching of the Name…..it was the doctrine of the Name.
They literally filled Jerusalem with the doctrine of
the Name! Because there was such authority and power in the Name, The
religious leaders were extremely disturbed! We have kind of lost the concept that the Name of
Jesus had in the early church. In our modern Christianity, we almost use
the Name as a kind of signature to our prayers rather than something
that empowers us and excites us!
The high priests had the apostles beaten, and again
ordered them not to speak in the Name of Jesus. They were trying to stop
the doctrine that was filling the city! They were trying to stop the
force of God that was bring healing and revival to the city! If the
enemy can stop the use of the Name of Jesus in our town, he can stop the
power of God in our town! He can stop revival!!!
Acts 5:41, the apostles left
rejoicing that they were considered worthy of suffering disgrace for His
How important it is that we see this, They were
suffering for the Name! They were suffering for the use of the Name! They were suffering for the authority of God that had
been delegated to
them through the power of the Name! And consequently they were being beaten because that
Name had such power on their lips! We must see this today. What did Philip preach in Samaria? He preached the
things of the Kingdom, and the Name of Jesus Christ. That’s why he saw
such marvellous miracles.
The believers left Jerusalem, with a revelation of
the power of the Name! They knew they could use that Name, and revival
followed as the Name of Jesus was used!!!!
In Acts 9:15-16 after Saul was converted, the Lord spoke to Ananias and told him
to go to Saul, saying, “For he is my chosen vessel, to carry my Name
to the gentiles. I will show him how much he must suffer for my Name
The Lord was saying that the focus of Paul’s
ministry was to preach Jesus Name, but first he must know that he would
have to suffer many things for that Name.
In the early church they had a revelation of the
power of the Name that we seem to lack today. It was the main theme of
their sermons; if you study it you will see that it wasn’t just at the
beginning of their ministry but right the way through….
Peter preached the Name, Philip preached the Name,
Paul preached the Name! And signs and wonders and revival followed them
everywhere they went!!!!
There is no doubt; They were consumed with the power
of the Name of Jesus.They took it with them everywhere they went!
The Names of God:
It is important to understand the significance names
had in the Old Testament, in bible times names were used to describe
character, personality. Names were often given prophetically at birth.
Jacob, (twister, swindler) no wonder God changed his name to Israel when
he changed his character!!!
Isaac, (means laughter) even Jesus Himself means Saviour.And it is hard to over emphasise the importance of
the Name of God in the Old Testament.
The Names of God relate very much to His character,
and tell us a lot about who He is. The Name Yahweh or Jehovah speaks of
God’s eternal existence. Each name of God, points out certain aspects of His
person and character, that He wants us to understand.
It is important to study the Names of God in the Old
Testament to understand who God is.
His Character Revealed In John 17: 6 + 26, (NKJ version);
Jesus prays, “I have manifested your Name to the
men whom you have given Me out of the world……And I have declared to
them Your Name.”
Jesus in the New Testament, manifested the true
character and dimension of God to His disciples.He actually put flesh to the names of God that they
knew from theology.
Remember when He said to them in answer to their
question, “Lord show us the Father?” “If you’ve seen me, you’ve seen God.”(John 14:9)
He was God manifested in flesh. He wanted them to see that God was actually
represented in the flesh by Himself, the Christ. He manifested the Name of God to His disciples by the
signs and wonders He performed. Jesus came to manifest God to everyone of us!
We see in the ministry of Jesus a fulfilment of the
meanings of the Old Testament Names of God.
A single name reveals only one aspect of a person’s character. If the fullness of heaven can’t contain God, how
can one name fully describe Him????
There are a number of names in the Old Testament that
help us to understand our God. In our English translations we miss out
on these. When we look back in the original language we find them.
Elohim - the first word in scripture used for God is Elohim. This expresses the idea of greatness and glory. And
it contains the idea of creative and governing power.
Yahweh - the
next word for God is Jehovah or Yahweh, it speaks of His life and Being.
He is the Being who is absolutely self-existent, the One who in Himself
possesses essential life, permanent existence. He is truly the living
El Shaddai - the
next name is El Shaddai. This translates as Almighty, and suggests the
all-powerful nature of God. Shaddai is connected with the Hebrew word
for breast, and means that He nourishes, He satisfies. El Shaddai is One
mighty to nourish, satisfy and supply. The One who pours out substance
and blessing. The concept of abundance is linked with this great name of
Adonai - or Adonai, is plural in meaning. It confirms the concept of the
Trinity, and is used in Psalm 110:1, “The Lord (Yahweh) said unto my
Lord, (Adon)” the name
speaks of ownership or mastership, and indicates that God is the owner
of each of us, and demands our complete obedience to Him.
Jehovah-Jireh – this simply means that He is a God who
provides for all our needs, or even more simply “God will provide”.
That is a promise for every one of us. In Genesis 22, When Isaac asked
Abraham where the sacrifice was he simply said “Jehovah Jireh” -God is our provider.
When Jesus went to the cross to redeem man, He was
Jehovah Jireh, God providing salvation, God providing deliverance.
next redemptive name is Jehovah-Raphah. It means ‘God heals’.
“I am the God who heals you.” Exodus 15:26.Jehovah pledges himself to His people to be their
healer. It speaks of healing in the total sense of body, soul
and spirit. The Jehovah who heals in the Old Testament is the Jesus who
heals in the New. In other words, Jesus was manifesting the Name of God
to His disciples when He healed the sick.
Jehovah Nissi - ‘Jehovah my banner.’ The word banner can mean several things. It refers to the rod
that Moses used at the red sea, or when he brought water out of the
rock. The rod was a symbol and the pledge of God’s power and Presence.
A banner in ancient times was not necessarily a flag, but a bare pole
with some kind of ornament on it. It was a sign of deliverance and salvation. A sign of
victory. The name speaks of Jehovah as lifting up a standard,
or banner against the nations. When Moses arms grew weak in the battle,
the rod of God was lowered and the enemy prevailed. As long as Aaron and
Hur held up his hands and the rod, then Israel prevailed.
Jehovah-m’Kaddesh - this
name is found in Leviticus 20:8, and means ‘Jehovah who sanctifies’.To sanctify means to dedicate, consecrate or make holy, or to
set apart or separate. Holiness is the most impressive of all the
attributes of God. It shows His fullness and His perfection. The Spirit
of God is called the ‘Holy Spirit.’ It is the nature of God to make
His people holy. We are commanded to sanctify ourselves as an act of
freewill. Then His power makes us holy.
Jehovah-Shalom - this
means ‘Jehovah is Peace,’ and is found in Judges 6:24. Israel had
been living in apostasy, and consequently had been put under bondage to
the enemy. Jehovah appeared to Gideon as a deliverer and He called
Himself, Jehovah-Shalom in anticipation of victory and peace. The name
speaks of a harmony of relationship or reconciliation based on
completion of a transaction, or payment of debt, the giving of
Jesus is called the Prince of Peace. Shalom was the
most common form of greeting in Bible days and also speaks of the peace
that takes place between God and man because of atonement. Being
justified by faith we have peace with God. Jehovah desires peace for His
people. Jesus’ Name represents peace for the believer.
means ‘Jehovah our righteousness.’
This name reveals two facts to us; that Jehovah is
our righteousness, and our righteousness is as filthy rags. Romans 3:20
says, “there is none righteous, no not one.” In order for us to be
righteous, we must have the righteousness of God imputed to us. The
righteousness of an innocent sufferer must be reckoned to the sinner if
he is to stand before God.
This is what happened through Jesus Christ when God
made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin. That we might be made the
righteousness of God in Him. His righteousness is bestowed upon us as a free gift
through faith. This name reveals to us the tremendous gift that God
has bestowed upon the believer.
my shepherd’ found in
Psalm 23:1, the Lord is my shepherd. The first meaning of the word
shepherd is to feed or lead to pasture, as a shepherd does his flock.
Jehovah is the shepherd of His people.
It carries the idea of compassionate care.God leading
us and feeding us as His flock. He protects the sheep from wolves who
would attack us. He provides food, pasture and water.
In John 10, Jesus is described as the Good Shepherd.
When He looked upon the city of Jerusalem, His shepherd’s heart was
melted as He wept over the city. Jesus was the complete fulfilment of
the Old Testament name for God.
Jehovah-Shammah- the last redemptive name of God is Jehovah-Shammah,
the meaning of the word is ‘Jehovah is there’ Ezekial 48:35.
describing the great city of God which Ezekial names ‘The Lord is
there,’ Jehovah-Shammah. The idea that God’s continual presence is
always amongst us. God desired to reveal this to His people in both the
tabernacle and the temple of the Old Testament. His presence always was
in the midst of His people in the tabernacle. In the same way Jesus, in the New Testament, became
flesh, and brought the tabernacle among us. In the new covenant, His
presence is now in us as believers we are the living temples of God. We
are the temples of the Holy Spirit. Revelation 21:3 “Behold the
tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell [or tabernacle] with
A quick survey of these redemptive names of God,
reveals that God wants us to know Him in terms of His healing, victory,
peace, sanctification, justification, preservation,, guidance, and now,
He is always present with us.
These names reveal the character of God. But since
Jesus was a fulfilment of all these names of God from the Old Testament,
The Name of Jesus today encompasses every one of
The Name of Jesus brings healing.
The Name of Jesus brings victory.
The Name of Jesus brings peace.
The Name of Jesus brings holiness.
The Name of Jesus makes us righteous.
The Name of Jesus preserves us from the devil.
The Name of Jesus is with us everywhere we go.
All these aspects of God are encompassed in the Name
of Jesus. How often His Name should be on our lips.
The Authority of Jesus’ Name
Matthew 28:18,19 and Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore
go and make disciples of all nations."
into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
Verses 17,18 and these signs will accompany all who
believe: in my Name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new
tongues……….they will place their hands on sick people and they
will get well.
Jesus declared in Matthew 28, that all authority was
given to Him; He then commissioned the disciples to go in that power.
Go therefore; He was saying because I have all power,
I want you to go in my Name.
In that single act, Jesus was granting the power of
attorney to His disciples to go with His power, and to go in His Name.
Marks gospel backs this up. We see here that they are
commissioned to go and cast out demons, to speak with new tongues, and
to heal the sick, through the authority of the Name of Jesus.
In other words, the Name has been delegated as the
authority of God to the church.
When God delegates something to us, we are made
responsible for it.
The Name of Jesus has been given to the church, and
the church becomes responsible for the use of that Name. If we don’t
use the Name of Jesus with faith, nothing happens.
However if we do use it with an understanding and a
revelation that this Name is representative of the power of God, then we
will see the miracles of the early church.
The church today needs a fresh revelation of the
power and authority that is available to us in the Name of Jesus.
We need to seek God for this revelation!
As we read the awesome miracles that took place in
the early church in Acts, what’s changed? Because if it happened then, it can happen now!!!!
This makes it unnecessary for us to pray to God for
many things that we usually ask Him to do.God is literally waiting for us to do something about
the Devil, He is waiting for us to cast our demons.Nowhere in the epistles is there any verse that
encourages us to pray to God about the devil. Jesus has already done
everything He is going to do about the Devil and his works, He has
already done everything He is going to do about sickness.
It is now up to us to use the Name.
The weapons have been placed in our hands; the church
stands equipped to do the work of God.
Using the weapon of the Name:
There are many verse in the New Testament that speak
to us about our authority in resisting the Devil.
1Peter 5:8 Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the Devil
prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour. Resist
him, standing firm in the faith
We are told to resist the Devil. We aren’t to pray
to God to do something about the Devil. We are to resist him. We
are to resist him in the power of the Name of Jesus.
James 4:7 “Submit yourselves to God. Resist the
devil and he will flee from you.” That word ‘flee’ in the dictionary means “to
run from as in terror”. When we resist the devil in Jesus Name, he
will run from us in terror. But we notice again that we are not to ask
God to resist the devil, we are to resist. Ephesians 4:27 backs
up what Peter and James have said, “Neither give place to the
devil.” Don’t give the devil any place in your life. Stand
in the authority of the Name of Jesus, and demonstrate His power.
In prayer ministry, there is power when we cast out
demons in His Name. Evil spirits tremble at the Name of Jesus. Demons know when you know there is power there. They
will obey the authority of the Name if you know that you have the
authority to use that Name. So it’s important that we take time to
find out the power in the Name of Jesus.
Living in senseless poverty
A story from Charles Spurgeon, is of a woman who had
been hired by a very rich man to take care of his household. She served
the rich man faithfully for over twenty years. When the rich man is
about to die, he calls the woman to his bedside and thanks her for her
faithfulness to him over the years. And since he has no family he
decides to be generous to the woman. He wrote something on a piece of
paper and handed it to her. She was grateful to be appreciated. She lived in a tiny little shack on the outskirts of
the city of London. She took the piece of paper home and pinned it to
her wall. Several years later she became sick and Spurgeon, the great
preacher, was called to visit her. After he prayed for her, he walked around the room
and noticed this piece of paper on the wall. He turned to the woman and
asked her about it and she told him the story. He added, “Can you read?” she said “No. I have
never been taught how to read.” And then he said, “Madam, this piece of paper is a
cheque for a great deal of money. You did not have to be living in these
poor circumstances. You could have been living in the finest houses in
London, eating the finest food.” How true this is for many of us in the church today,
concerning the Name of Jesus. The Word of God tells us that by the Name
we have been granted power of attorney, for that Name has been granted
to the church. It is like a blank cheque that God has signed. And yet we
have never cashed it in!
So how do we come to a recognition and a realization
of the power that there is in Jesus Name?
What did Jesus mean when He gave us so many promises
that related to His Name?
It says in Matthew 18: 19,20“Again I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about
anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven.
For where two or three come together in my Name, there am I with
When we are gathered in His Name He is always with us.
When we are gathered in His Name, Jesus says to the
church, “Whatever you ask for in my Name that I will do.”
Why then are we not seeing God’s manifestation in
Ephesians 1:17 Paul prays for the church that the
eyes of their spirits be enlightened to the things of God.
And this is where we need to get understanding of the
power in the Name.It must be in our inner man. It must be in our
spirits not just in our minds.We can read the Bible and come to understand it
intellectually. But that understanding must get down into our spirits.
The Name, praise and worship:
Praise and worship plays a huge part in getting this
revelation of the power of Jesus Name into our spirits.As we
spend time praising, we are entering into spiritual warfare. Our spirit
is catching the revelation of the Word of God. As we sing about the
Name, our spirit catches the revelation about the Name.As we continue to flow in this dimension we prepare
ourselves for great spiritual revelation that we all need. Because when that revelation comes. We will manifest
the power of God as never before.
Hebrews 13:15 Through Jesus therefore, let us continually offer to God a
sacrifice of praise- the fruit of lips that confess his name.
A sacrifice is something that is hard to do. When
things are going wrong, we are to offer to God a sacrifice of praise. We
are to do it continually, every day of our lives! The praise that we
offer should be done verbally. Our lips should offer it; therefore it
should be spoken out loud.
How do we give that praise? We give thanks to His
Name, we give honour to His Name. Praise and worship are linked or tied
up with the power of the Name of Jesus. The sacrifice of praise will
lead us into a mighty revelation of Jesus Name.
We started this evening with Peter going out into the
night weeping bitterly. What happened to the man? There is no question
that Peter must have come into a personal revelation of the power of the
Name of Jesus.
And there are many times today we find our selves
weeping into the night. Financial worries, health, divorce, demonic
oppression, or temptation. The Name of Jesus is the answer for us today.
My prayer is that God will give us a powerful
revelation of Jesus Name as our weapon.
And with it we will see strongholds fall.
[Notes compiled from a book by Terry Law ‘The Power
of Praise and Worship’]