I just got back from a Youth Revival at a small little town in west Texas. The preaching was powerful, Spirit-filled and challenging. And while at a campsite in the middle of a state park, a spiritual battle was waged. I don't know how you feel about spiritual warfare, but I have always relegated it to Biblical times or really pagan areas where witch doctors and witchcraft abound. But after what happened at that park, I'm convinced there is a battle being waged right here under our noses.
A young adult presented symptoms of being overcome by a demon and friends brought him out to the campsite to be prayed over. This person was strong, lashed out, bit, scratched, spit, and raged. Then it would subside and a fearful voice would emerge begging for help...to get rid of "it", to make "it" leave.
The youth present went farther down the trail and sang praises to God and prayed while the adults prayed and proclaimed over the overcome person for 3 hours. It wasn't until this person was able to speak the name of Jesus himself that there was relief. The person didn't want to speak the name of Jesus. He fought against it, but when he did, there was a change. There was a settling. There was a peace.
All because of the name of Jesus.
There is such power behind the name of Jesus. Jesus is one with the Father and the Holy Spirit. There is power in just speaking His holy name. When you proclaim Jesus as your lord, demons flee and peace comes.
When we truly believe in Jesus and emulate his life and teaching, we become little Jesuses in this word. We live in the power He brings. We are His hands, His feet, His heart. We bring peace to the world around us...and this world needs the peace of Jesus. Boy, does it need peace!
Are you speaking the name of Jesus on a daily basis? Are you living in the power of Him and His calling on your life? Are you fighting the war against the evil one, proclaiming the lordship of Jesus?
Try it. Speak the name of Jesus. Trust in Him to empower you to wage the war against the evil one. As it is written in Ephesians6:11-13:
11 Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes.12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.
After we have stood our ground...after we have done everything...we will stand in the power of the Name of Jesus. Speak it. Live it!