Authority in Jesus Name for the believer

June 30 2024

Series: Spirit Led

Book: John

Bible Passage: John 14:13-14, 16:23-24

The game is OVER and we WON!
Core Lies
I am bad.
I am shameful.
I am forgettable.
I am not in control.
I am ugly.
I am stupid.
I am wrong.
I am a failure.
I am defective.
I am lazy.
I am not good enough.
Does any of the phrases stand out to
you or hit my heart.
Circle them….
Or———
I must be good enough
(perfectionist).
I must be in control.
I must be fit.
I must be smart.
I must be pretty.
I must be right.
I must be successful.
I must be wanted.
I must hide myself.
Scars are a natural part of the
body’s healing process.
A scar results from the biological
process of wound repair in the skin
and other tissues.
Most wounds, except for very
minor ones, result in some degree
of scarring.
Scars can result from accidents,
diseases, skin conditions such as
acne, or surgeries.
God could have made the flesh so
that it would not scar when it is
torn.
For example, the tongue has a
certain type of tissue that does not
scar when it is torn.
In fact, the tongue does not have
scar tissue.
God has fixed it so that the tongue
can virtually repair itself, and when
it does—it leaves no scar.
He could have also made it such
that once the skin is torn it never
heals and automatically becomes
infected.
But God gives us a physical
healing process that we can even
see for ourselves and He also
gives us an emotional and spiritual
healing process, to assist us with
the scars of life
Even though the tongue does not
have any scar tissue, the only scar
that the tongue could possibly
leave is when you use your tongue
to speak against someone—it
doesn’t leave a physical scar, but it
still leaves a scar.
So, all scars are not physical; it’s
easy to see physical scars and
wounds.
But emotional wounds and scars
are not as easy to detect.
A scar is formed when a wound is
healed.
When a scar is emotional or
spiritual, it cannot legitimately be
called a scar if it has not healed.
If you have a physical wound and
it doesn’t heal, you would never
call it a scar.
You would also keep working to
clean it of all infection, medicate
it, treat it with care, and give it
time so that it can heal.
Yet, so often we neglect to give
this same care, attention, and
patience to wounds that exist in
the heart and mind.
Some emotional scars and wounds
that are in desperate need of
treatment may have been ignored
for years.
Ignoring these types of scars and
wounds may result in serious
psychological damage.
It is important to not only
recognize when you have
emotional wounds but also know
what is needed to heal the hurt.
Come to the Lord as the Psalmist
says and find healing for your
wounds.
Quote: “Don’t hide your scars,
wear them as proof that God
heals”. – Jarrid Wilson
Over and over again in Scripture we read, “In my name,” “In
Jesus’ name,” or “In his name.” The devils were powerless
because of his name (Luke 10:17). The demons were cast out in
his name (Mark 16:17-18). Healing occurred in his name (Acts
3:6, 3:16, 4:10). Salvation comes in his name (Acts 4:12, Rom.
10:13). We are to baptize in his name (Matt. 28:19). We are
justified in his name (1 Cor. 6:11). Everything we do and say is
done in his name (Col. 3:17).
But, it is praying in Jesus’ name that I want to bring to the
forefront. Jesus has invited, urged, and commanded us to pray in
his name and has promised incredible results.
John 14:13-14 and John 16:23-24 are some of the most powerful
verses in all of scripture related to prayer. In fact, when most of us
pray we conclude with the phrase, “in Jesus’ name.”
But what does it mean to pray in the name of Jesus? When we
pray in Jesus’ name
1. We are admitting the bankruptcy of our own name.
When I pray in Jesus’ name I come boldly before God because of
the power of his name. It would be like a bride coming from abject
poverty to marry a wealthy husband. At that point the woman
takes the name of her husband and all that entails. She no longer
acts in her name, but in his.
2. We identify with the person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus has literally given us his name. When I use that name, I am
confessing that he is mine and that I am his. It is like going to the
bank of heaven, knowing I have nothing deposited. If I go in my
name I will get absolutely nothing. But Jesus Christ has unlimited
funds in heaven’s bank, and he has granted me the privilege of
going to the bank with his name on my checks.
3. We pray in his authority.
We are like the teenager who picked up a policeman’s hat,
wandered out onto a busy intersection and began to direct traffic.
The people in the cars followed the child’s direction because they
respected his position of authority. To pray in his name is to ask
by his authority; and to ask by his authority is to ask in
accordance to his will as revealed in his word.
4. We submit to his will.
Jesus’ authority rested with his submission to the Father, so our
authority rests with our submission to him. To ask in his name is
to ask according to his nature, and his nature is one of
submission. This, by the way, is why prayers that ask for things
contrary to the Word of God will never be answered.
5. We are representing him and his interests here on earth.
It is much the same as the legal arrangement known as the power
of attorney. In such matters one person may represent another in
his absence. They act in their behalf. Jesus has given every
believer unlimited and general power of attorney in all matters and
with the right to use his name in every situation.
6. We pray expectantly.
When we pray in Jesus’ name, we may expect the answer in
accord with the value of his name. So we can pray with great and
excited expectation

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