As a kid, I had a bit of an odd experiment I would try: I would take a word – maybe a fairly new word I had learned or someone’s name – and repeat it over and over and over – multiple times over – until the word didn’t make any sense to me whatsoever. It was as though something went off in my brain where I suddenly lost the connection to the word. It would happen most often with a name: “Julie, Julie, Julie, Julie, Julie, Julie, Julie, Julie, Julie, Julie……” and then suddenly the disconnect would take place in my brain: “What the heck is a ‘Julie’?”
As weird (or maybe “troubled” 🙂 as that sounds, I can’t help but think how often that very same disconnect occurs in our minds regarding God’s Name and the power of that Name. We can become so familiar with God, with the things of God, that we lose the wonder, the expectation, and the hope that is found in His Name. We allow familiarity to override faith, cutting us off from His power.
God’s Word clearly shows us what really IS in a Name:
God’s strong NAME is our help…
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, to the glory of God the Father.
“… he was healed by the powerful NAME of Jesus Christ…”
How powerful that Name truly is!
What is it about the Name of the Lord that causes the enemy to tremble?
That's just it: how incomparably powerful our God is!
That at the mere mention of His Name…
…the enemy fears and flees,
…bodies are healed,
…the captive oppressed are set free,
…at just the sound of His NAME.
He doesn't even need to display elaborate acts of power; His NAME is that power.
It’s like the scene from the movie “The Lion King” — the hyenas are talking about the king Mufasa: “Now that’s power!…Tell me about it. I just hear that name and I shudder….‘Mufasa!’…Ooooh! Do it again!…‘Mufasa!’”
Your enemy has the same reaction when you say “Jesus”. He trembles. Despair trembles. Sickness loses its hold. Fear is displaced. Hope begins to grow. Peace settles. Joy starts to rise. Help suddenly comes like the rising of a flood.
What’s in a name? EVERYTHING you need, desire, hope for, if that name is the Name of the Lord.