In the Name of God
One of the seven petitions or seven blessings of the Lord’s Prayer is “Hallowed be Thy Name.” When we say this, we glorify God and state that His name is to be known and loved. God’s name is either known or not known, depending on how we live and pray.
The name of the Lord is powerful.
In the Old Testament, many prophets healed, resurrected, and did incredible miracles in the name of the Lord.
We know the stories of Moses, and he often used the Lord’s name when making the impossible happen.
Moses, under God’s command, brought ten plagues upon Egypt to compel Pharaoh to release the Israelites from slavery (Exodus 7-11).
Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and the Lord caused the sea to part so the Israelites could escape from the pursuing Egyptian army (Exodus 14:21-22).
Moses struck the rock at Horeb, and water flowed out for the people to drink (Exodus 17:5-6).
But there’s also Elijah, who raised the widow’s son from the dead. (1 Kings 17:21) “Then he stretched himself out on the boy three times and cried out to the Lord, “Lord my God, let this boy’s life return to him!” Before the Fire from Heaven event, Elijah says, “Lord, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, let it be known today that you are God in Israel and that I am your servant and have done all these things at your command. (1 Kings 18:36).
Elisha, Samuel, Isaiah, and Daniel all did incredible signs in the Lord’s name.
Jump forward to the New Testament, specifically the Apostles and Disciples.
Peter is recorded as performing several miracles, particularly in the Book of Acts.
Healing of a Lame Beggar
Peter, along with John, healed a man who had been lame from birth. Peter said to him, “Silver or gold I do not have, but what I do have I give you. In the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, walk.” The man was instantly healed and began to walk, leap, and praise God. (In Acts 3:1-10)
Peter heals Aeneas after being paralyzed, while Tabitha is resurrected from the dead.
Peter healed a man named Aeneas, who had been bedridden for eight years because he was paralyzed. Peter said to him, “Aeneas, Jesus Christ heals you. Get up and roll up your mat.” Immediately, Aeneas got up, and all those who lived in Lydda and Sharon saw him and turned to the Lord.
Peter raised a disciple named Tabitha (also known as Dorcas) from the dead. After she had been prepared for burial, Peter sent everyone out of the room, knelt down, prayed, and then turned to her body and said, “Tabitha, get up.” She opened her eyes, and seeing Peter, she sat up. (Acts 9:32-42)
Peter and Paul
In Paul’s exorcism in Acts, the apostle Paul and Silas encounter a girl with a spirit of divination. Paul commands the spirit to come out of her in the name of Jesus Christ. This is an example of an apostle using their authority to rebuke and cast out an evil spirit. (Acts 16:16-18)
Aside from Peter and Paul, other disciples and followers of Jesus were also reported to have performed miracles. These acts were seen as signs of the power of the Holy Spirit and the authority granted to the apostles and early Christians.
In Jesus Name
Jesus appoints seventy(-two) others and sends them out ahead of Him. When they return, they joyfully report to Jesus, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in your name.“
Other Apostles: In Mark 6:12-13, after Jesus sent out the twelve apostles two by two, they “went out and preached that people should repent. They drove out many demons and anointed many sick people with oil and healed them.”
It’s important to note that the apostles’ authority over evil spirits and their ability to rebuke them was derived from their faith in Jesus Christ and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. Their actions demonstrated the power of God over the forces of darkness. These instances of rebuking evil spirits or addressing spiritual challenges are part of the apostolic ministry described in the New Testament.
These accounts reflect the belief that the power to perform miracles was not limited to Jesus or a select few but could be manifested among various followers who had faith and were empowered by the Holy Spirit. The miracles served to affirm the divine authority of the message of Jesus and the early Christian church.
There are instances in the New Testament where the apostles are involved in rebuking evil spirits or rebuking Satan indirectly through their actions and prayers. In these situations, they would rebuke evil spirits in the name of Jesus. One example is found in Acts 5:16-16, where it is mentioned that people from various towns brought their sick to Jerusalem, and they were all healed, including those who were possessed by unclean spirits.
When fighting Satan and his evil spirits, use the word of God! Follow Jesus as he quoted scripture.
DO NOT play around with the Devil. He is smarter than you! The holiest person that ever lived was tempted. There’s nothing shameful about temptation. Satan tries to convince you that temptation is bad and you are, therefore, bad, so you should hide from God (Adam and Eve hid from God after sinning).
Satan knows your name but calls you by your sins. God knows your sins but calls you by your name.
Satan condemns you based on your sins, and the Holy Spirit convinces you that you are good and holy, so go back to the Father.
Satan always uses fear – God never uses fear
Angels Rebuking the Devil
While rebuking Satan in Jude 1:9, St. Michael the archangel says, “The Lord rebuke you!”
The key point in Jude’s reference is to illustrate the proper way to address evil or accusations, emphasizing respect for authority and the proper invocation of the Lord’s power, even by an archangel, when confronting the devil.
The most well-known example of Jesus confronting the devil was during the temptation in the wilderness.
In the Gospels of Matthew (4:1-11), Mark (1:12-13), and Luke (4:1-13), Jesus is tempted by the devil in the wilderness. He resists the devil’s temptations by citing scripture, effectively countering and dismissing the devil’s attempts to lead Him astray. In Matthew’s account, Jesus ends the temptation by saying, “Away from me, Satan!” (Matthew 4:10).
Throughout His ministry, Jesus frequently cast out demons, directly confronting and rebuking evil spirits. For example, in Mark 1:23-26, Jesus rebukes an impure spirit in a man in the synagogue of Capernaum, saying, “Be quiet! Come out of him!”
A Few Miracles
Here are five miracles performed by Jesus, along with the scripture passages where they are described:
Feeding the 5,000
Jesus feeds 5,000 men, plus women and children, with five loaves of bread and two fish, and there are twelve baskets of leftovers.
Scripture Passages: Matthew 14:13-21, Mark 6:30-44, Luke 9:10-17, John 6:1-14
Walking on Water
Jesus walks on the Sea of Galilee to meet His disciples who are in a boat, calming their fears and the storm.
Scripture Passages: Matthew 14:22-33, Mark 6:45-52, John 6:16-21
Healing the Blind Man
Jesus restores sight to a man born blind by making mud with His saliva, putting it on the man’s eyes, and telling him to wash in the Pool of Siloam.
Scripture Passage: John 9:1-12
Raising Lazarus from the Dead
Jesus raises Lazarus from the dead four days after his burial, demonstrating His power over life and death.
Scripture Passage: John 11:1-44
Healing the Paralyzed Man
Jesus heals a man who has been paralyzed for 38 years, found by the pool of Bethesda, telling him to take up his mat and walk.
Scripture Passage: John 5:1-15
These are just a few of the numerous miracles performed by Jesus as recorded in the Gospels.
In each of these instances, Jesus’ words demonstrate authority and power, whether He is giving thanks, issuing a command, or offering comfort. His words are integral to the unfolding of each miraculous event.
I was at church this past weekend with two of my Godsons. I grabbed the 8-year-old, and we prayed together. I told him that whenever he didn’t know what to say or if he was ever afraid of anything, just saying the name Jesus like this would help:
“Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” we repeated over and over, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” and then he continued to say in a sweet, quiet voice, “Jesus, Jesus, Jesus,” slower and sweeter to the point where he was calm and almost exhaling, “Jesus.”